Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree

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University of Michigan-Flint’s Master of Public Health program is designed to cultivate responsible public health leaders who can promote and protect the health of populations. The MPH degree program empowers students with the knowledge and specialized skills to ignite viable solutions to solve public health challenges with an evidence-based approach.

At UM-Flint, we are committed to serving the community throughout the Flint area and beyond. The Master of Public Health program is grounded in the foundational partnerships we have in the City of Flint and the application of these principles of authentic partnerships globally. With esteemed faculty and the resources of the entire University of Michigan system, UM-Flint is a top choice for those pursuing an advanced degree in public health.

Why Choose UM-Flint’s MPH Program?

Real-Life Rigor on Your Resume

To help students build practical skills that can be applied to their careers, UM-Flint’s Master of Public Health program provides ample opportunities for students to gain real-world experiences.

You can have at least two resume-worthy experiences in the community through an internship and a capstone where you develop health-related projects to be used by agencies to accomplish their mission.

Along with the guidance from our experienced faculty, these real-world projects allow you to acquire skills to address current public health challenges and prepare for a career as a public health professional.

Flexible MPH Program that Fits Your Life

Designed to accommodate diverse student needs, the MPH program at UM-Flint can be completed either on a part-time or full-time basis. The program also offers a number of online courses that are taught by the same expert faculty who teach on-campus. Utilizing high-quality course management systems, we ensure an engaging and effective online learning experience.

With rolling admissions, the MPH program reviews completed applications each month, welcoming students to join the program in the fall, winter, and spring semesters.

U-M Research Resource

UM-Flint’s MPH students have the opportunity to be involved in meaningful public health research projects. As a part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint also enables students to tap into additional resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses.

Master of Public Health Program Curriculum

The robust Master of Public Health program curriculum consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours of in-depth study that can help students establish a solid knowledge foundation in public health and strengthen skills in leadership, systems thinking, and communication. Providing an Applied Practice Experience and an Integrative Learning Experience, the curriculum enables students to demonstrate their synthesis of competencies through hands-on health projects.

 In addition, the flexible curriculum allows students to customize individualized degree completion plans to fit their unique learning pace. Students select a program concentration in Health Education or Health Administration, depending on their career aspirations.

Starting Fall 2022 the Master of Public Health program will be offered 100% online by utilizing Hyperflex technology.

Review the detailed Master of Public Health program curriculum.

MPH Core Courses

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

Concentration Options

  • MPH in Health Education
    The Health Education concentration option is ideal for MPH students who are committed to improving the well-being of individuals and communities. The concentration courses focus on establishing students’ specialized skills in health program evaluation, design, and execution.
  • MPH in Health Administration
    The Health Administration concentration is designed for those who aspire to take on managerial roles in health care organizations. It puts an emphasis on financial management, strategic planning, and leadership.

Caitlin Toth

Caitlin Toth
Master of Public Health 2020

“Following my bachelor’s degree, I was interested in a different college experience. UM-Flint offered the opportunity for me to commute to class and work in my field during the day. Studying for my MPH in a community like Flint offered many unique opportunities I wouldn’t have received elsewhere. My true passion is education. My current position finds me creating training courses for Oakland Community Health Network staff and Direct Support Staff in our network. It’s my job to not only create stellar content but to craft if I’m away that gets across to all learners. Earning my Master’s of Public Health degree set me up for success. Having an MPH is becoming standard in my field but the unique experiences I acquired throughout my program have boosted my career.”

MPH Degree Career Outcomes

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. In fact, 91% of our graduates responding to the alumni survey indicated they successfully gained employment within one year after graduation. MPH alumni are employed at agencies such as Wayne County Health Authority, Genesee County Health Department, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, Altarum, and Underground Railroad with titles of:

  • Population Health Project Specialist
  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • HIV Prevention Manager
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Sexual Assault Prevention Educator
91% of UM-Flint MPH graduates gained employment within one year
after graduation. Source: UM-Flint Alumni Survey

Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • For students who seek admission to the BS/MPH joint degree program, please see the details on our BS/MPH catalog page.

Applying to the MPH Program

To be considered for admission to the Master of Public Health program, submit an online application via SOPHAS. All application materials will need to be uploaded into the application system before your application is complete and prepared for admission review.

Submit the following to SOPHAS:

  • 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. These will be submitted to SOPHAS
  • Statement of Purpose should be a typewritten document of 500 words or less that includes:
    • What is your concentration of interest (health education or health administration) and how would completion of the MPH program allow you to live your purpose?
    • Describe how your coursework, work/volunteer, and life experiences have prepared you to be successful in the MPH program. In your answer please also include experiences that have helped you better understand, address, and/or advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity issues.
    • Describe your experiences with facing and overcoming adversity.
    • Describe how your characteristics and goals are congruent with the Program’s mission and values (see below)
    • Describe how your personal or academic background and experiences will bring a unique perspective to the program and positively contribute to the Public Health community.
    • Any special circumstances applicable to your application

Submit the following directly to UM-Flint:

  • Transcripts and diplomas or certificates of graduation from any colleges and universities you have attended from outside the United States (do not send to SOPHAS)
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is an on-campus program. Admitted students are eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

Interview: an interview may be required at the discretion of the faculty admissions committee.

Application Deadlines

The Master of Public Health 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 above. 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.


The Public Health Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint received accreditation from the Board of Councilors of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2021.

The five-year span is the maximum term the programs could have achieved as a first-time applicant. The accreditation term extends until July 1, 2026. Our initial accreditation status is recorded as November 2018.

The final self-study and reviewer’s report are available by request at


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.


  • Diversity, Inclusion & Equity: Our diverse faculty and students bring their highly varied  ideas, beliefs, and cultures to classroom interactions, scholarly activities, and community  partnerships.
  • Social Justice: Our students and faculty engage in professional activities to reduce  social disparities and health inequities in our communities.
  • Ethical Practice: Uphold high standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness in public  health research, teaching, and service.
  • Professionalism: Model the duties and responsibilities of public health consistent with  the code of conduct for the field.
  • Community and Partnerships: Engage in mutually beneficial community collaborations  built on respect, trust, and personal commitment to improve the public health status of  local and global communities.
  • Local-Global Synergy: Create an educational synergy among domestic and  international students, faculty, and communities that foster learning and practice  opportunities that improve public health across cultures.

MPH Program Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to provide dedicated advisors to help students navigate their unique educational journeys. For academic advising, please reach out to your program/department of interest as listed here.

Improve Health in Your Community with an MPH degree from UM-Flint

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Master of Public Health program empowers you to make a positive impact on population health locally and globally. Start your application today, or request information to learn more about the MPH program.