About the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS)

Health care is expanding at a rate never before seen. Driven by technological developments and an aging population, health care offers more career choices than any other industry. To best prepare you for a career in the multi-dimensional arena of health care, the degree programs of the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS) blend a liberal arts education with dynamic professional experiences. This gives you a balanced, contemporary perspective of the many issues in health care, health care delivery models, factors influencing health, and health care professional/client relationships.

The University of Michigan-Flint has a long, distinguished history with a first-class academic reputation, and the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS) reflects this long tradition of excellence. SHPS is an active part of the community, with over $9 million in external grants funding projects like HCOP, UM-FIND, and the Cultural Competencies Project that promote diversity in the health professions. With 60 FTE Faculty members, classes at SHPS are small and you'll have ample opportunities to interact with your instructors and fellow students. As you progress in your studies you'll take advantage of a wide selection of off-campus health care resources where you'll experience first-hand the exciting challenges and rewarding opportunities that await. You'll learn using contemporary tools and technology and when you graduate you'll enter the field with one of the most highly respected degrees in the nation - a University of Michigan diploma.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the School of Health Professions and Studies is to educate students to the highest standard in health professions. We are dedicated to excellence and creativity in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service. Our commitment to community and professional service is enabled through campus-community partnerships, outreach initiatives, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We strive to provide the highest quality culturally appropriate health care services, health promotion, and disease prevention services while contributing to the knowledge base of professional practice.

The School of Health Professions and Studies will:

  • be recognized as a leader in the field of health professions education;
  • commit itself to the success of its students and prepare them for life-long learning;
  • affirm its commitment to diversity by promoting the cultural competence of faculty, staff, and students; and
  • seek to improve the quality of health services and care for residents of the region.