Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

International Opportunities

Michigan State University (MSU) has a long history of international engagement and has led the nation in study abroad participation among public universities for the last six years. MSU's Office of Study Abroad (OSA) administers over 275 programs taking place in more than 60 countries around the world. Each year, close to 3,000 students are transformed by their educational experiences outside of the United States and can be found in classrooms, research labs, field stations, and internships sites throughout the world.

This is made possible due to the hard work of a large number of dedicated faculty who invest an incredible amount of their energy to share their international education passion with our students. MSU's international partners are also key to our students ' success. OSA's experienced staff is available to support, assist and guide MSU faculty, staff, students, and advisors, as well as our colleagues from across the globe, in developing programs and services that maximize a student's learning experience abroad. As MSU expands its international reach, OSA stands committed to help our institution become a "world-grant" university by offering study abroad programs that focus on quality, diversity, and accessibility.


Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice  

This five-week program, led by Connie Currier, DrPH, MPH and MPH assistant director, Linda Gordon, MA, MS, MPH, combines classroom lectures and field practice with an in-depth exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methods for assessing community health in Ghana.  In addition to MPH students, the program is open to students from other graduate degree programs as well as undergraduates, allowing a group of students from a more diverse background.

 Please note: the 2018 trip has been cancelled.  Please keep us in mind for the summer semester of 2019!


Video: A slideshow of photos from the Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice course.  The video is set to music with no words.


Visit the Office for Education Abroad website for a program description, application requirements, cost analysis, and to apply.


Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice.  Semester Available: Summer 2019: 5 weeks.  Minimum credits: five for summer 2019.  Program application deadline: March 1, 2019.  Scholarship information: http://bit.ly/EAscholarships.  Courses: HM 847, HM 848, HM 891, HM 892.  Requirements: Minimum GPA: 3.0.  Standing: Graduate or upper level undergraduate.  Tuition is not included for most programs.  See program's webpage for details.  Program contacts: Linda Gorgon, College of Human Medicine, Phone: 810-600-5601, e-mail: lgordon@msu.edu.  (The above photo is of a priestess (right) of Akonedi Shrine in Larteh, Ghana with her linguist who is possessed.) This five-week program combines classroom lectures and field practice with an in-depth exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methods for assessing community health in Ghana. Students enroll in HM 848/891 Preparation for Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice for one-credit, and HM 847/892 Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice for four credits. While Public Health in Ghana is targeted to graduate public health students, it is open to undergraduate students from ALL majors following a selective application process. Public Health in Ghana offers lectures about Ghana's historical, social, political, economic and cultural environment to provide a context for understanding health care beliefs and practices in Ghana, and covers major public health issues in Ghana and both Western and traditional health care systems. Students will spend the first week attending lectures in Accra and then move to the town of Larteh, Eastern Region for the field methods experience. Evaluation of students' work will include journaling, participation in research methods (participant observation, focus groups, one-on-one interviewing), group presentations, a quiz, and a final paper. Field trips include visits to Elmina Castle and Cape Coast, Kumasi, Bonwire, Kakum National Forest, schools, craft centers, cloth markets, museums, local theater, and other cultural institutions. The Ghana program provides a unique opportunity to experience local African art, music, and rural living. Students who elect to participate in the Public Health in Ghana program should note: While students enroll in HM 848/891 summer semester, classes to prepare students for the Ghana program will begin in February of the previous semester. Students should plan their course schedules accordingly. Student comments about the program:  “In addition to all the factual information that I obtained....this reminder of the importance of cross-cultural awareness/sensitivity when dealing with any issue of public health in the US or abroad will have a lasting positive effect on my performance as a public health practitioner.” - 2010 student  "The three most important things I have learned about public health while I have been in Ghana are how dependent it is on political and government infrastructure, that insight into a culture and its influences on health are mandatory for success in public health interventions, and how difficult it is to make changes to public health policies. Culture is extremely important in influencing participation in community-oriented interventions, which greatly affects the health outcomes. Both the political infrastructure and the legislative process in general played a role in determining health intervention speed and success, which is highly relevant worldwide as well as in Ghana." -- 2014 student  More details about this program can be found at… http://osa.isp.msu.edu/Programs/ghanahealthcare.html.  This flyer is intended to provide an overview of this Education Abroad program.  Interested students should visit the program’s web page for further details such as specific course and cost information.  Program fees, dates, and arrangements are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Master of Public Health 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 access the State-by-State Summary, for the most up-to-date approved and restricted states.  For more information, please visit MSU's State Authorization website.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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