Student Experience

University of Michigan


Learning Outcomes

When you graduate, you will have learned how to:

  • Utilize evidence-based approach to public health through the application of epidemiological methods, data collection and data analysis.
  • Address the social determinants that contribute to health disparities and health inequities in communities.
  • Analyze the structure and function of the public health, health care, and regulatory systems that influence population health.
  • Build skills in effective and clear written, verbal, and non-verbal communications for a variety of settings and with cultural competency.
  • Learn what it takes to design and implement effective public health programs and policies.
  • Become effective evaluators, advocates and coalition-builders within policy-making.
  • Gain an understanding of the profession of public health, including its history, philosophy,and values.
  • Employ qualitative and quantitative methods to describe and assess population health to advance evidence-based knowledge.

Student Experience

The online Master of Science (MS) in Population and Health Sciences degree is fully developed and taught by the University of Michigan, and comes from the same faculty that teach on campus at the School of Public Health. The University of Michigan leverages Coursera’s online education platform to deliver the program curriculum, allowing MS students to benefit from Coursera features such as interactive video transcription, in-course note taking, and seamless learning across multiple devices.

Approximately 10 percent of the online MS program requires synchronous participation. Students should expect to participate in one 1-1.5 hour synchronous class session per week, per course. Much of the other program work can be completed asynchronously while meeting set deadlines each week. Some courses include group projects that may require students to find time to meet together in an online format. Students will enjoy learning from the diverse experiences and perspectives of a global network of peers.

Students in the MS degree will have access to weekly office hours with faculty instructors, and monthly advising sessions with their faculty advisor and academic advisor. The academic advisor will also be available to students in the MS degree throughout the week via online chats and 1:1 video conference appointments.


Lectures are organized into weekly modules, which are presented through videos and transcripts. Pace yourself through online lectures before meeting with your professor and classmates in weekly live sessions to dive deeper into the material.


Access courses from anywhere — just download them to your mobile device and study offline at your convenience.


Interact with fellow students through course forums. Leverage the experiences and knowledge of your peers by posing questions to the group and engaging in rich discussions.

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.