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Program Overview

The College of Human Medicine's Master of Public Health (MPH) program is a pathway for forward-thinkers like you to establish a lifelong commitment to something bigger. To create meaningful interactions that make a lasting impact on the lives of the people you serve, in your community and beyond. As the world continues to evolve around us, so does the need for public health professionals aiming to mobilize change.

MSU's MPH is a generalist degree and allows you to choose elective courses that fit your personal and professional goals. If you have an interest in population health, working side-by-side with community partners and health care providers, look no further.

The need for public health professionals is on the rise and well-trained college graduates are needed to continue the work of community-identified and community-participatory focused public health. There is ample evidence that health inequities are preventable. These needs create a variety of opportunities that await students in pursuit of long and productive careers in public health.

Program Outcomes

Our program places you in the drivers seat by providing you with flexibility, value and increased opportunity to engage in experience-based education. This program has been crafted with students in mind to ensure you're on a path to immediate success within the public health-adjacent industry that you are most passionate about pursuing. 

All required courses are delivered entirely online and provide students with information that encompasses the root values of the program: leadership, health equity and practical application. Courses cover the breadth of practical methodology utilized by public health practitioners, including systematic review, program evaluation and study design. Graduates are users of public health information for enhancing the communities they serve.

Career Outlook

Today, more than 600 Spartans in public health are working hard to protect the health of people and communities. These individuals enhance the quality of care available on a global scale by lending their passion for public health and educational experience to those in need.

Public health professionals are at the forefront of creating solutions to many of the worlds immediate health-related issues. Here are some of the common areas public health professionals are focused on addressing today.

  • Health equity 
  • Social determinants of health 
  • Community health 
  • Mental health 
  • Maternal and child health 
  • Reproductive and sexual health 
  • Health policy and management 
  • Health communication and promotion 
  • Climate change on human health 
  • Lead contamination 
  • Gun violence 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Nutrition 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Communicable disease 
  • Infectious disease 
  • Chronic disease 
  • Global health 

Will you join in shaping a healthier tomorrow?



  • HM 801Introduction to Public Health3 Credits

    Introduction to public health philosophy and core knowledge areas. Ethical, legal and political considerations. Emphasis on principles and tools for population health, disease prevention and health promotion, health determinants, healthcare and public health systems.

  • HM 802Biostatistics for Public Health3 Credits

    Practical applications and methods using software (SAS, Epi-Info) for statistical analysis, database construction, data visualization and interpretation.

  • HM 803Epidemiology for Public Health3 Credits

    Distributions and determinants of disease in population. Epidemiologic research, quantitative methods, study designs pros/cons.

  • HM 804Public Health Policy and Administration3 Credits

    Structural, operational, leadership and components of health policy and public health administration. Community health assessment, advocacy and evaluation within public health agencies and programs. Major business systems used for administration of public health agencies and programs.

  • HM 805Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3 Credits

    Concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences applied to public health problems and issues.

  • HM 806Environmental Factors of Health3 Credits

    Biological, physical and chemical factors that affect health of populations. Regulatory approaches to environmental hazards. Potential impact of environmental agents on health and preventive management approaches.

  • HM 827Principles of Public Health Leadership1 Credit

    Context, competencies and core leadership skills. Theories and research in public health and related organizations. Best practices, leadership styles, professional identity. Future leadership challenges.

  • HM 828Community Engagement in Public Health Practice3 Credits

    Methods, ethics, and issues in community engaged practice and scholarship.

  • HM 854Health Equity Framework for Public Health Practice3 Credits

    Social justice and health equity framework for the practice of public health with analysis of persistent health disparity across race, class, gender, and other forms of difference.


  • HM 807Practical Application and Critical Thinking in Public Health3 Credits

    Critical thinking, reading skills, explanations, problem solving, and decision making in public health using case studies. Questioning assumptions, identifying bias, determining causality, and application of the scientific method. Reporting guidelines and systematic literature reviews.

  • HM 853Public Health Program/Intervention Evaluation3 Credits

    Introduce public health program evaluation methods/tools. Causal inference criteria, standard evaluation guides, procedural and outcome evaluation methods and needs assessment and performance monitoring methods. Integrates epidemiology, biostatistics and public health knowledge pertaining to program evaluation.

  • HM 880Study Design and Research Methods for Public Health Practice3 Credits

    Examination of empirical and logical basis of public health research. Identification of research questions, study design, data collection and qualitative and quantitative approaches. Reporting of findings. Proposal writing. Ethical considerations in research.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Previous work experience

    Résumé or CV required

  3. Taken the GRE
  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    The personal statement should be a concise, well-written document discussing the applicant's interest in public health; how their experiences (personal and professional) have influenced that interest; and how their career goals align with public health and their pursuit of an MPH. It is recommended that applicants also discuss why they have chosen to apply to the MPH at MSU and how their skills and experience contribute to their candidacy. The Admissions Committee highly recommends the personal statement be a minimum of four to five paragraphs. They expect personal statements to be of sufficient length to fully understand the applicant's interest and goals in public health.

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must be written within one year of the date of application. The Admissions Committee looks for letters of recommendation that address the following topics: The applicant’s academic or professional capabilities The applicant’s leadership skills The applicant’s work ethic The applicant’s ability to successfully complete graduate level work The applicant’s personal qualities consistent with professionalism and teamwork Any significant actions or accomplishments

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 2837)
  2. State Authorization: Distance Education Restrictions Based on Permanent Residence. Michigan State University is obligated to comply with existing state laws regarding distance education (programs/departments offering courses delivered exclusively online). State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state. The Master of Public Health offered through the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health at Michigan State University requires a practicum experience that constitutes a physical presence in some states, therefore restricting enrollment in our program to residents of those states. Prior to applying, please access the State-by-State Summary , for the most up-to-date approved and restricted states. For more information, please visit MSU's State Authorization website . Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
  3. Official English language proficiency test scores sent directly to the MPH program or MSU Office of Admissions
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Key Dates

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

May 31, 2021

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

September 30, 2020

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

February 28, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $28,380
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $28,380
  • Total


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