Master of Public Health

University of Michigan


Online Student Experience

Online Student Experience

University of Michigan School of Public Health

Student Experience

The online Master of Public Health 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. The University of Michigan leverages Coursera’s online education platform to deliver the program curriculum, allowing MPH students to benefit from Coursera features such as interactive video transcription, in-course note taking, and seamless learning across multiple devices. From physicians to researchers, recent graduates to long-time professionals, students can earn their degree while working and immediately apply their learning to their work.

Students will collaborate with peers regularly in their courses and via numerous connection points built into the program. Additionally, online master’s students have access to Michigan’s mentorship program, are eligible to join student organizations, participate in networking events and opportunities with our Careers and Alumni offices, and meet peers via the Michigan Public Health Connect platform.

Degrees on Coursera are powered by technology that allows you to learn on your schedule and on the device of your choice. Students attend live virtual classroom sessions with professors and peers (mostly scheduled on weekday evenings), work together on group projects, and speak with instructors during online office hours. Courses are also made up of modules that can be completed during commutes or other short periods of spare time. Courses include supplementary readings, assignments, and discussion forums that help you spark connections with your peers.

An applied practice experience is required of all Master of Public Health students. Population and Health Sciences students will fulfill the applied practice experience requirement in the PUBHLTH 680 and 681 practicum courses offered in the second year. Students will work collaboratively with non-academic partners to develop products of use to the practice community by applying competencies and skills acquired through coursework.


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.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Applications open: September 1, 2023
  • Priority deadline: February 1, 2024
  • Final deadline: May 15, 2024
  • Extended deadline: June 30, 2024

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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.

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