University of Michigan



The application for the Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences Fall 2022 cohort is now open.

The priority application deadline is February 1 and the final application deadline is May 15. Classes begin in August 2022.

Admissions Requirements

Admission for all Master of Science programs at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is administered by the university's Rackham Graduate School. Applications to the online Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences should be submitted through Rackham’s online application system. All supplemental materials must be submitted through the Rackham CollegeNet application.

Applicants must have:

  • A 4-year bachelor's degree conferred from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent (WES ICAP verification for international)
  • Statement of purpose/objectives (1,500 words)
  • Reflective essay (500 words)
  • Resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from degree granting institutions
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic contacts
  • Standardized test scores are not required for applicants applying to Michigan Public Health's online master's degree programs for the fall 2021 academic year.

For applicants whose native language is not English, please refer to our language proficiency requirements for minimum TOEFL score requirements and information on other English Proficiency Exams accepted. Scroll down on the page and click into the "Language Proficiency" dropdown module.

For more detailed information, please view our Requirements page.

Who is this degree for?

This degree is designed to train the public health leaders of the future. There are no specific undergraduate degree or prerequisite courses required. Strong applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, but individuals with professional experience in a health-related field or industry with strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply. Applicants to this MS program may be interested in pursuing a career in academia, at a research center, or going on to earn a doctorate. International applicants welcome.

Special Note for International Online Students: University academic units cannot provide services, including online education, to individuals located in comprehensively sanctioned countries or regions as administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Additionally, U-M or its partners may block access to additional countries and regions where there are near-comprehensive sanctions and a perception of increased risk for export control violations. The list of countries and regions where U-M does not currently offer services, which may be subject to change, is as follows: Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela.

All conditionally admitted online students, regardless of their location, will need to complete a certification form as a condition of enrollment. In this form, conditionally admitted students will certify that they will not access course content or any U-M services from a country or region on the “blocked” list described above.

Coursera does not grant credit, and does not represent that any institution other than the degree granting institution will recognize the credit or credential awarded by the institution; the decision to grant, accept, or transfer credit is subject to the sole and absolute discretion of an educational institution.

We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.