University of Michigan



Whether you are new to public health or already working in the health sector and working to advance your career – the MS degree delivers a high-quality education that will prepare students for a variety of careers in public health. The MS curriculum will prepare students to continue on to doctoral study or advance in a career in public health research in academic settings, government, hospitals, or private industries. Many of our students already hold positions within the academic and health fields and are able to implement their learning while continuing to work. In addition to offering you the opportunity to enhance your abilities and knowledge within your current career, students can gain in-demand skills like healthcare surveillance, research design and methodology, R programming language, and healthcare sustainability.

What the online Population and Health Sciences degree does for your career:

  • Allows you to continue working!
  • Offers a holistic understanding of public health that can be applied to almost any field
  • Gives you the opportunity to network with peer professionals from across the country in fields you may be interested in
  • Tailors your study to your interests with elective series designed to give you expertise in the specific areas you’re looking to advance
  • Enables you to develop unique research based on real public data to submit for publication
  • Gives you access to U of M’s world-wide alumni community for mentorship, networking, and exclusive hiring opportunities

Alumni Network

The University of Michigan is fortunate to have one of the largest and proudest groups of living alumni across the globe, totaling more than 545,000 living graduates worldwide. The School of Public Health has 16,000 living alumni who are driven by a collective mission to help people by solving important problems.

School of Public Health alumni have access to career resources and employment opportunities via the Michigan Public Health Careers portal, which is the primary job posting site for the School of Public Health. Appointments with the Michigan Public Health Career Development Office are available to recent alumni up to 12 months following graduation.

Alumni also have access to Michigan Public Health Connect, a mentoring and networking platform that supports connections across the Michigan Public Health community. This platform has been created exclusively for alumni, students, faculty, and staff from the School of Public Health. Michigan Public Health Connect provides a meeting place for members of our community to have conversations, ask questions and seek guidance, coach and inspire, and explore paths to professional aspirations. Current students are invited to join and engage with Michigan Public Health Connect while they are currently enrolled, which can allow them participate in a student-alumni mentoring program and connect with alumni in the field on a regular basis.

The University of Michigan Alumni Association offers a variety of both free and for-a-fee services to its alumni. (e.g. library resources).

Career Services

The University of Michigan School of Public Health Career Development Office is focused on bridging the gap between school training and professional goals. The office works closely with recruiters from leading public health organizations to assist students in forging careers.

The Careers Team offers 1:1 appointments on topics such as career selection, identifying potential employers, resume review, and practice interviews.

Read more about Michigan School of Public Health Career Development.

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