Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Dual Enrollment

Medical Doctor and Doctor of Osteopathy

Physicians are educated and trained on how to diagnose and treat human disease. Public Health professionals assess factors affecting health, critique and apply research findings and, in turn, develop strategies and implement various measures to promote health and prevent disease.

Thus, integrated education and training toward the combined MD and MPH degrees or DO and MPH degrees complement and enhance each other and provide health care professionals with greater understanding of health issues and better tools to understand and prevent human diseases. The Division of Public Health and Colleges of Human Medicine (CHM) and Osteopathic Medicine (COM) at Michigan State University are proud to offer students a dual MD/MPH or DO/MPH degree.

Students interested in one of these dual degrees must apply to College of Human Medicine (CHM) or College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) AND the Graduate School at Michigan State University. Students must also apply to the online MPH degree program (application information is available at www.publichealth.msu.edu). Each applicant is evaluated independently by both CHM or COM and the Division of Public Health MPH Admissions Committees.

If accepted by the medical college and the MPH, the student has two options for earning their dual degree.

  • Option A is to complete their MPH coursework prior to beginning medical school, actually delaying matriculation by one year.
  • Option B has the students complete two years of medical school and then take a gap year from medical school to complete their MPH coursework prior to resuming their medical school studies.
 CHM or COM Year  OPTION A  CHM or COM Year  OPTION B
MHP    --  --
 1  MD or DO  1  MD or DO
 2  MD or DO  2  MD or DO
 3  MD or DO  GAP  MPH
 4  MD or DO  3  MD or DO
 --  --  4  MD or DO

With either option, students work with their CHM or COM advisor and their MPH advisor to develop a curriculum plan that supports their studies in both areas. Students complete the culminating experience portion of their MPH coursework during an elective clerkship at the end of their studies.

Students interested in learning more may contact the Division of Public Health academic office at (517) 353-4883 or mph_generalinformation@hc.msu.edu

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The MPH degree is the preferred degree for those interested in working in local, state, federal and international public health agencies such as MDCH, CDC, FDA, WHO and USDA. Students interested in public health are usually active in the College’s “One Health Club”, which is a very active and supportive learning cohort of students with a deep interest in public health. Most dual degree students take MPH courses during the summers after their first and second years of veterinary school. However, it is a great idea to start taking MPH courses in the summer before veterinary school, which generally means that both the DVM and MPH degrees can be completed at about the same time. Students will want to have their six required MPH courses completed before they enter their last 1.5 years of veterinary school. This will allow them to take a clerkship that will meet requirements for their DVM program as well as their MPH practicum requirement.  The MPH program accepts 9 transfer credits from the DVM program. Students who take HM 803 and HM 864 in the MPH program have typically been excused from taking VM 544 and VM 533 during their third semester of veterinary school, thereby freeing up time that semester to take a couple of MPH courses without additional truition charges.   If you want to start taking MPH courses during the summer before veterinary school, you’ll need to apply immediately to the MPH program after being accepted to DVM program, because the application deadline for the MPH program is usually at the end of March.  For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Bartlett and the public health academic office.

Master of Social Work

For additional information on this degree please visit the  School of Social Work website.

Master of Science in Food Safety

For additional information on this degree, please visit the  MS Food Safety Curriculum page.

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.


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Online Master of
Public Health Degree Office

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