Master of Public Health

University of Michigan


Solve real-world public health challenges and earn your MPH online from a top-5 ranked program.

The online Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences degree from the University of Michigan provides cutting-edge multidisciplinary education for those seeking to create a healthier world through research, education, and practice. To prepare to become leaders in the field, MPH students build expertise in core public health concepts and customize their learning with skill development in areas like precision nutrition, health communication, data analysis, environmental epidemiology, and more.

The University of Michigan online MPH degree offers true flexibility, in contrast with other top online MPH programs that require full or partial residential study. Online students are welcome to visit and study on campus, but this is never required by the program.

The comprehensive MPH curriculum equips students to tackle complex health challenges such as chronic and infectious diseases, obesity and food insecurity, health care quality and costs, climate change and environmental health determinants, and the health impact of socioeconomic inequalities. Each student gains real-world training through distinctive Applied Practice Experiences (APEx) with professionals in the public health sector.

Students develop skills in data collection and analysis, intervention strategy, and communication methods, preparing them to succeed in a wide variety of roles and organizations. Graduates of Michigan Public Health are found in key positions as leaders at non-profit organizations, hospitals, insurance companies, universities, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and local and national government organizations.

  • Tuition
    $43,500 - 47,500 USD*

    *A student's tuition rate is determined by residency (ie. Michigan residents and non-Michigan residents). Because U-M is partially state-funded, Michigan residents pay a lower rate.

  • Program length
    2 years
  • Brief overview
    42 credits
  • Method of study
    Completely online

The application for the MPH 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.

Learn more about the MPH and MS Degrees

In addition to this MPH degree, the University of Michigan School of Public Health also offers an online Master of Science (MS) degree in Population and Health Sciences. Like the MPH, this degree provides students with a foundational public health education that will allow them to address complex challenges and pursue innovative, lasting solutions to improve the health of communities. While much of the curriculum across the two degrees is similar, the MS program has a stronger focus on research, data analysis, precision health, and biostatistics.

As part of the MS program, students will complete an in depth research analysis project during the course of the program and learn how to communicate findings in both written and oral formats. Graduates with an MS in Population and Health Sciences may go on to careers in academia, at research labs, or continue on to pursue their PhD.

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About the Program



Strong applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, but individuals with professional experience in a health-related field or industry with strong verbal, analytical, and quantitative skills are encouraged.

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While other top MPH programs require students to specialize in a single area, the Michigan MPH emphasizes students’ mastery of core concepts and provides flexibility to gain expertise in one of several sub-fields.

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Ninety-eight percent of 2018 residential program graduates are employed, continuing their education, or not seeking employment. The School of Public Health’s global alumni network is more than 16,000 strong, and the University of Michigan’s overall alumni network ranks as one of the largest in the world, comprising more than 545,000 living graduates.

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Student Experience

Student Experience

The online MPH degree program is developed and taught by the same University of Michigan faculty who teach on campus. Students have regular access to faculty through virtual office hours and email. Online students are full members of the Michigan community, with access to a wide range of student services, including career counseling and free Michigan Online course certificate programs across learning disciplines.

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About the University of Michigan

About the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan School of Public Health is one of the oldest and most respected U.S. schools of public health. The University of Michigan is the #1 ranked public research university in the United States by the National Science Foundation.

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Try a Degree Course

Try a Degree Course

Michigan Public Health offers online Specializations and free-to-audit courses on Coursera to help you decide whether Michigan online learning is right for you.

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