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Master of Public Health Degree

A key feature of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, conferred by the College of Human Medicine at 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, is a rigorous, 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.

Beginning the spring semester of 2019, 43 credits of coursework are required to fulfill the MPH degree requirements.  For more detailed course information, please visit the New MPH Program Requirements page.  For applicants applying to the fall semester of 2018, please view the Legacy MPH Program Requirements page.

  • 10 Credits of Foundational Courses
  • 15 Credits of Core Courses
  • 12 Credits of Elective Courses
  • 6 Credits of Culminating Experience Courses

Course Delivery Platform

Michigan State University utilizes the D2L Brightspace learning management system as the platform for delivering online courses.  Within each course space in D2L, students have access to course information, recorded lectures, discussion forums, course assignments, and other resources.  Instructors and students interact through D2L discussion forums, chats, e-mail, and Zoom video conferencing

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Schedule

The MPH program offers courses in accordance with the semester schedule noted on the MSU Academic Calendar.  We offer our core courses each semester, and the MPH foundational courses and elective courses on a varying schedule.  Course offering schedules can be found on our program requirements page along with links to course descriptions. 

 

SemesterLength of Semester in Weeks
Fall Semester 15
Spring Semester 16
Summer Semester 13

 


Time Commitment

Program Completion

The Master of Public Health program offers courses each semester of the academic year (fall, spring, and summer).  If an MPH student enrolls in courses full time (the Graduate School considers full-time enrollment as nine credits in one semester), they can complete the degree requirements in five semesters or just under two years.  Enrollment is flexible, and students can work with their advisor to create a curriculum plan to best suit their scheduling needs.  Students have a maximum of six years to complete the requirements for the MPH degree.

 

Credit Enrollment Per Semester

# of Semesters to

Complete Degree

Approx. # of Years to

Complete Degree

Full Time: Enrolled in 9 Credits (with one semester of 7 credits) 5 1.7
Part Time: Enrolled in 6 Credits (with one semester of 7 credits) 7 2.3
Part Time: Enrolled in 3 Credits (with one semester of 4 credits) 14 4.6

 

As many of our students are non-traditional students who are currently employed or are concurrently pursuing post-bachelor degrees, our MPH students have, on average, completed their degree requirements in 7.7 semesters, or just over two and a half years.

 

Coursework Time Commitment

MPH students are expected to participate in their courses regularly throughout each week, while having the flexibility to access the coursework at the time of day that best suits their schedule. The rigorous nature of our coursework requires study time outside of the time spent in the course.  MPH students can expect to spend an average of 12-15 hours per course per week on coursework, studying, and completing assignments, quizzes, and exams.  Please keep in mind, time commitments may vary by course and by student.

 

 

 

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.


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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