University of Michigan


Application Process

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.

The University of Michigan's Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences is only offered to admitted United States citizens and residents. However, the School of Public Health also offers a similar online degree program, the Master of Science in Population and Health Sciences, which is available to international applicants.

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.

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 taken through the SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) system. 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.

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.


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.

Tuition and Fees are subject to change without notice by the Regents of the University.

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.

The University of Michigan is committed to providing a world-class public health education to future leaders across the nation. 40% of students in the Fall 2019 online MPH cohort received scholarship funding from the School of Public Health.

For more information on course schedules and credits, see the “Program Length” section on the Academics page.

Financial Resources

To learn more about financing your degree visit the Degrees Financial Resources Hub.

Tuition Reimbursement

Many of our students are currently employed and benefit from tuition reimbursement through their employers. If you need any documentation from the University of Michigan to support this process with your employer, please reach out to (please include which program - Michigan's MPH or MS - you are interested in along with your inquiry).

Payment Plans

All students are eligible for university payment plans that break up tuition into monthly payments:

Student Loans

Student loans are available to fund your program costs. Like applicants to residential programs at the University of Michigan, we encourage applicants to our online Master of Public Health 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.

Please refer to and the Department of Education website for more information.

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