Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Master of Public Health Degree

Interim MPH Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton

A key feature of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Michigan State University (MSU) is the emphasis on applied knowledge. Public health students are engaged in coursework and practical training to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform, successfully, as a public health professional in the United States and internationally.

The Master of Public Health degree, conferred by the College of Human Medicine at MSU, is a 42-credit terminal, professional degree designed to meet the expectations of the MPH Foundational Knowledge and Competencies as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health. All required courses and student advising are delivered entirely online. Studies may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

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Online Core Courses (18 credits)

Students are required to take the core courses as the foundation of the public health degree. Our core courses include:

HM 801: Introduction to Public Health Introduces core public health concepts of protection, disease prevention, and health promotion. Discussion covers the history, development, and philosophy of the profession with ethical, legal, and political considerations.

HM 802: Biostatistics for Public Health Students learn data management, analysis, and presentation of public health data. The course includes techniques and methods for calculating population-based statistics and utilizes instruction with the Epi-Info software package.

HM 803: Epidemiology and Public Health Provides students instruction in the distributions and determinants of disease at the population level. Students develop skills in epidemiological research and quantitative methods as they gain knowledge of various study design strengths and limitations.

HM 804: Public Health Administration Offers instruction on public health planning, organization, administration management, evaluation, and policy analysis. Students gain knowledge of the legal and ethical considerations of public health programs. 

HM 805: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health Discusses concepts/methods of social and behavioral sciences concerned with individual public health and well-being, globally and domestically. Students learn about physical, social, and cultural factors that shape individual and community health, providing an interdisciplinary perspective on public health programs.

HM 806: Environmental Factors of Health This course examines the biological, physical, and chemical factors that affect the health of populations. Discussion involves potential impact of environmental agents on health, regulatory approaches to environmental hazards, and preventative management approaches.

Elective Courses (18 credits)

Students may choose elective courses to meet their academic and professional goals.

All program electives are offered online. 

Culminating Experience Courses

The Culminating Experience consists of two elements totaling six credits:

  • Practicum (240-hour commitment); and
  • Capstone Paper in which students demonstrate core public health competencies and skills.

The Practicum can be undertaken anywhere in the United States or at a variety of international sites. 

The Capstone Paper is the final requirement for completion of the MPH degree. This paper provides evidence of the student’s ability to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired during coursework and the applied experience.

MPH Degree

small degreeThank you for your interest in the online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Michigan State University. All of the courses offered within this degree are all delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered as part of the MPH degree.

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State Authorization: Distance Education Restrictions Based on Permanent Residence

Michigan State University is obligated to comply with existing state laws regarding distance education (programs/departments offering courses delivered exclusively online). State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state. The Master of Public Health offered through the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health at Michigan State University requires a practicum experience that constitutes a physical presence in some states, therefore restricting enrollment in our program to residents of those states.

Prior to applying, please visit, https://esp.msu.edu/StateSummary.pdf, for the most up-to-date approved and restricted states.  For more information, please visit MSU's State Authorization website, https://esp.msu.edu/stateauth.asp.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


Contact Us:

Online Master of
Public Health Degree Office

200 East 1st Street
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 600-5601
(810) 600-5699

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