Master of Public Health

University of Michigan


Who is this degree for?

This degree is designed to train the public health leaders of the future. 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.

Our program emphasizes application of research methods and foundational public health principles to improve population health outcomes. The Population and Health Sciences curriculum will empower a variety of professionals to apply public health principles to make a larger-scale impact - by approaching issues at the population-level - in the communities they serve. Those in the health professions, health industries, government, and non-government organizations seeking to improve their understanding of health systems, policy, social determinants, environmental impacts, and more can advance and enhance their career with the skills and knowledge gained in this program.

Fall 2022 Key Dates
Applications openSeptember 9, 2021
Priority deadlineFebruary 1, 2022
Final deadlineMay 15, 2022
Classes startAugust 29, 2022

Application Requirements

Applicants for the degree program must have:

  • 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
  • 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.

Application Process

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.

For more detailed information, please view our Requirements page.

Applications to our Master of Public Health programs are collected through SOPHAS, the Schools of Public Health Application Service. Any individuals applying to a residential and online program, if admitted to both, must choose one before matriculation.

Learn more about the full application process and access SOPHAS here.

International Applicants

The MPH capstone project requires trusted relationships with local organizational partners. At this time, Michigan Public Health is only able to support these relationships domestically. For this reason, the online MPH program is currently only open to United States citizens and permanent residents.

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