Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint Public Health (MPH) Program Apart?

The UM-Flint Master of Public Health is grounded in the foundational partnerships we have in the City of Flint and the application of these principles of authentic partnerships globally. When you add the talent of University of Michigan-Flint faculty, the deep sense of community throughout the Flint area, and the resources of the entire University of Michigan system, it’s easy to see why UM-Flint is a top choice for those pursuing an advanced degree in public health.


UM-Flint’s Master of Public Health program has two concentrations available for graduate students: Health Education and Health Administration.


UM-Flint faculty work closely with you throughout your culminating experience, allowing you to develop skills that address current public health challenges.


The MPH program at the University of Michigan-Flint requires a minimum of 45 credits and can be completed either on a part-time or full-time basis. Some MPH courses are offered online. These courses are offered through high-quality course management systems and are taught by the same expert faculty who teach on-campus courses.


Listen to what one our students has to say about the MPH program:


UM-Flint is a part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, enabling students to tap into additional resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses.


The MPH program’s small class sizes allow increased student/faculty interaction and personalized attention.


Graduates of the MPH program possess the knowledge and skills necessary to develop broad-based, collaborative strategies for creating successful resolutions to public health challenges.


Our mission is to improve health in the community through collaborative research and community service. We aim to produce future practitioners who promote healthy populations by providing experiential learning opportunities through community engagement.


Achieving health equity in Flint and beyond.


  • Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
  • Social Justice
  • Ethical Practice
  • Professionalism
  • Community and Partnerships
  • Local-Global Synergy

MPH Foundational Competency Areas: (additional details here)

  • Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  • Public Health & Health Care Systems
  • Planning & Management to Promote Health
  • Policy in Public Health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Systems Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Systems Thinking



A minimum of 42-45 credits as follows, with grades of B- (2.7) or higher in each course. 

A. Core Courses (26 Credits)

  • HCR 500 - Epidemiology (4)
  • HED 540 - Health Behavior Theory for Public Health (3)
  • HED 547 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals (4)
  • PHS 500 - Social Determinants of Health (3)
  • PHS 501 - Public Health Administration and Policy (3)
  • PHS 503 - Welcome to Public Health (1)
  • PHS 520 - Environmental Health (3)
  • PHS 550 - Interprofessional Education in Public Health (2)
  • PHS 562 - Cultural Competence for Public Health Practice (3)

B. Concentration of Choice (12 Credits)

Health Education Concentration

  • HED 541 - Program Planning and Program Design (3)
  • HED 543 - Community Assessment (3)
  • HED 545 - Health Communications (3)
  • HED 546 - Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion Programs (3)

Health Administration Concentration

  • HCR 577 - Applications of Financial Management in Health Care (3)
  • HCR 578 - Performance Management in Health Care Organizations (3)
  • PHS 504 - Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
  • PHS 567 - Health Information Management for Administrators (3)

C. Elective (3 credits)
An additional course from:

  • HCR 505 - Health Policy (3)
  • HCR 506 - Research Methods (3)
  • HCR 511 - Economic Applications in Health Administration (3)
  • PHS 531 - Global Health (3)
  • Another course chosen with approval of the advisor.

D. Applied Practice Experience (2-3 credits)

  • PHS 590 - Public Health Applied Practice Experience (2-3)

E. Integrative Learning Experience (2-3 credits)

  • PHS 595 - Public Health Integrative Learning Experience (2-3)

F. Additional Requirements

  • MPH exit interview
Additional information on the The Master of Public Health (MPH) program including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with sufficient preparation in algebra to succeed in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of BIO 104 or an equivalent course in anatomy and physiology. This may be taken at any regionally accredited university.

Joint UM-Flint Bachelor/MPH Programs admission requirements can be found here


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation that can speak to your past academic performance and/or your potential for successfully completing the MPH program. At least one letter must be an academic reference.
  • Statement of Purpose should be a typewritten document of 500 words or less that includes:
    • Your understanding of and interest in public health
    • How you anticipate a Master of Public Health degree will help you in future professional settings
    • The concentration you wish to pursue (Health Education or Health Care Administration) and how you plan to use your concentration area in your career
    • Why you want to attend UM-Flint
    • Any special circumstances applicable to your application
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details. 
  • Interview: an interview may be required at the discretion of the faculty admissions committee.

UM-Flint undergraduate students applying to the joint Bachelor/MPH programs can find application requirements here

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month. Application deadlines are as follows:    

  • Fall (early deadline) – May 1*
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1 
  • Winter – November 15 
  • Spring – March 15

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, October 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.