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Welcome to the Division of Public Health at MSU

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The MSU Division of Public Health focuses on population health from its home base – the College of Human Medicine’s Flint campus. Being embedded in the Flint community allows our faculty and researchers to understand the assets and needs of the community while studying Flint’s most pressing public health issues.

Spartans work side-by-side with community partners and healthcare providers in a community-identified and community-participatory public health focus model to:

  • Encourage healthy behaviors, mitigate chronic diseases, identify environmental health risks, and examine social factors that influence community health
  • Prepare graduate students to become competent public health professionals to meet the needs of communities across the globe
  • Engage agencies, professional organizations, and community-based partners on collaborative projects to improve health care delivery

that will lead to reductions in health disparities in the community, the state of Michigan, and beyond.

Division of Public Health News

MSU Helps Flint in New National Health Program

The city of Flint has been selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in a new Invest Health initiative and Michigan State University is helping to lead the way.

Debra Furr-Holden, a Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Endowed Professor of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine, will represent MSU in an effort that is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive. Invest Health will pay particular attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise and quality jobs. (Read more)


Endowment Supports with Investitures of MSU Public Health Researchers

Photo of people receiving an award.

The investitures of Jennifer Johnson, Harold “Woody’ Neighbors and Debra Furr-Holden as the first three Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professors of Public Health was a “momentous occasion” for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, interim Dean Aron Sousa said. (Read more)

TOMORROW: Healthier


Division of Public Health Newsletter

May 2016

April 2016

Division Contacts

Dean Sienko, MD, MS
Director, Division of Public Health
MSU College of Human Medicine

Leslee Wilkins
Assistant to Dr. Sienko

Nick Drew
Division Administrator

Chanel Vaughn
Division Office Coordinator

Sandra Enness, MA, MPH
Director, Division Communications and Marketing

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Division Units

MSU Extension Lead Exposure Resources

Public Health Jobs Postings

Flint Water Crisis Contacts

Joan Ilardo, PhD
Director of Research Initiatives
MSU College of Human Medicine

Deanna East, MA
Associate State Leader, Health and Nutrition
MSU Extension

Empower Flint smartphone app

Contact Us

Division of Public Health Office
965 Fee Road, A117 
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-6685 
(517) 432-9977 (fax)

To contact the Online Master of Public Health degree office:
Online Master of Public Health website
(517) 353-4883
(517) 353-4889 (fax)