The application for the MPH degree is now open
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 communications, data analysis, environmental epidemiology, and more.
The Michigan MPH online master’s degree offers true flexibility, in contrast with other top online MPH programs that require 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 experience through applied practice experiences 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.
We offer competitive rates for both in-state and out-of-state students. Because U-M is partially state-funded, Michigan residents pay a lower rate.
The application for the MPH Fall 2021 cohort is now open.
The priority application deadline is February 15, 2021.
The final application deadline is June 15, 2021.
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.
Our applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, but many of our students have professional experience in a health-related field or industry and strong verbal and analytical skills.Learn more about admissions
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.Learn more about academics
Ninety-eight percent of 2018 residential program graduates are employed, continuing their education, or not seeking employment. The School of Public Health’s 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.Learn more about careers
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. 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.Watch the student experience video here
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.Learn more about the University of Michigan
Michigan Public Health recently launched two free-to-audit, online courses. One helps health professionals at all career levels learn how to effectively communicate with patients, policymakers, and the broader public. The other teaches learners how to find their own purpose in life following principles first explored in ancient philosophy, along with their physiological benefits, supported by the modern scientific research in neuroscience, laboratory science, and epidemiology. Try out an open course to see if Michigan online learning is right for you.Learn more about how to try a course
MPH Application Opens
Yes. Students earn a Master of Public Health.
No, students cannot switch from an online to a residential program.
The school year is broken into four terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Some foundational courses will run on a monthly basis, but classes will generally run every term. Students will be able to choose the order in which they take their classes.
Most students will complete the program in two years. There is a requirement to complete the program within five years.
This multidisciplinary degree will prepare you for a broad range of careers in public health, including in biostatistics, epidemiology, community health, leadership roles in the health management field, or public health policy professions. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your path and dive deeper into focus areas that interest you.
Students will get frequent access to faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) through live office hours and email.
Students will collaborate with peers regularly.
Yes, your instructors are the same ones who teach on campus in Michigan.
To increase access to this high-quality degree program, learners will be able to pursue their MPH degree through a 100 percent online format. Online students are welcome to visit and study on campus, but this is never required during any part of the program.
No, instead there will be a capstone project involving applied practice through a network of field placement sites. Students will have an opportunity to address issues in the areas they live.
The University of Michigan's Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences is only offered to admitted United States citizens and residents. A network of vetted partners is essential for the master’s curriculum, and the university is working to build a global network with the goal of opening this degree to non-U.S. students in the near future.
International applicants may consider another School of Public Health online degree program: the Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences degree is open to both international and domestic applicants. Learn more about the MS here.
No. Instead, with the support of a network of field placement sites, each student will complete a capstone project that includes field research in their own community.
At this time, there isn’t a performance-based admissions track — but stay tuned; there may be in the future.
Yes, you can apply to both programs through SOPHAS. However, if accepted to both, you will need to choose one prior to enrollment.
Like applicants to residential programs at the University of Michigan, we encourage applicants to our online program to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Submitting your FAFSA and designating the University of Michigan as a college of choice will allow our Office of Financial Aid to calculate a financial package if you are admitted. All need-based financial aid is coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid.
Yes. All online students will have access to internal job boards and career fairs, as well as access to 1:1 engagement through the alumni mentor network and corporate partner network. MPH students are members of the Michigan community and get access to a wide range of student services, including career counseling and free Michigan Online course certificate programs across learning disciplines.
Applicants should have a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution. There is no requirement for work experience.
Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort will open on November 1, 2019.
Online MPH tuition rates are $960/credit hour for Michigan residents, and $1060/credit hour for non-Michigan residents. We offer competitive rates for both in-state and out-of-state students. Because U-M is partially state-funded, Michigan residents pay a lower rate.
Rates are subject to change and approval by the Regents of the University of Michigan.
You won’t be billed upfront for the whole degree. Instead, you’ll pay as you go: each time you take a course, you’ll pay the tuition just for that course. If you need to take a term off you won’t be charged until you restart your courses.
For applicants whose native language is not English, please refer to our Language Proficiency Requirements. This will provide minimum TOEFL score requirements and information on other English Proficiency Exams accepted.
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We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.