The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to address the needs of individuals who aim to promote and protect the health and well-being of human populations as public health professionals. There is currently increased demand throughout the world as the need and expectation for high quality public health services continues to grow. The UM-Flint MPH program is designed to enable students to excel in their chosen careers in the medical profession as both participants and leaders in the field. The program provides graduates the knowledge and skills necessary to develop broad-based and collaborative strategies to contribute to successfully resolving the public health challenges of not only today, but tomorrow as well.

Program Information


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
  • Cultivate and sustain a high quality, diverse educational program and environment.
  • Conduct and disseminate research to advance knowledge and address health inequities.
  • Engage faculty and students in public health service.
  • Improve the health of Flint and beyond through community engagement.
  • Monitor and improve organizational development to support a high quality program.


Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice

2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context

3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate

4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

Public Health & Health Care Systems

5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings

6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels

Planning & Management to Promote Health

7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health

8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs

9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention

10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management

11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

Policy in Public Health

12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence

13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes

14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations

15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity


16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making

17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors

19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation

20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

Interprofessional Practice

21. Perform effectively on interprofessional teams

Systems Thinking

22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue



1. Apply principles of accounting and financial management

2. Develop strategies for improving organizational performance

3. Evaluate all elements of the electronic medical record including administrative, demographic, and clinical data

4. Develope healthcare management and policy solutions using varying perspectives

5. Apply ethical decision making in a health care context


1.  Apply theoretical constructs in the development of intervention strategies specific to health issues.

2.  Apply data collection methods and strategies through an ecological framework to assess community needs, assets, and capacity.

3.  Develop and deliver a variety of health communication strategies, methods and techniques to promote behavior change.

4.  Develop logic models to guide evaluation process.

5.  Utilize planning modes to develop health education and health promotion programs.



The Department of Public Health & Health Sciences is pursuing accreditation for its public health programs (MPH & BS) through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) . This extensive process is enhanced through input from our many stakeholders. See below for opportunities to participate in this process.

Serve in an advisory capacity on one of the following committees:

Admissions, Recruitment and Retention



Public Health Advisory Committee

Research & Community Engagement

Review select sections of the self-study document and data

Complete surveys as needed on various aspects of the program, such as:

Academic advising surveys (current students)

Alumni perceptions of program effectiveness

Course evaluations (current students)

Input on workforce development ideas and effectiveness

Staff services

If you are interested in any aspect of this process please email Dr. Michelle Sahli your contact information at:

Criterion for the accreditation process is below:

2016 CEPH Criteria for Schools and Programs