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

Free Course: Public Health and COVID-19 in Michigan

What is public health? What are health disparities? How is COVID-19 driving health disparities? Strengthen your understanding of public health and why it is important in the fight against the current pandemic, COVID-19, and beyond. This free course includes five self-paced modules and optional interactive discussion sessions about the course material. This course was developed through MSU's Master of Public Health program. 

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Reclaiming My Future with MPH Student Jennifer Thompson

As MSU students prepare to graduate amid a pandemic, Master of Public Health Student Jennifer Thompson shares her personal story of triumph after a stroke. Confidence shaken, and thrown into health havoc, Thompson was forced to pause, reset, and find a way forward.

On Friday, December 18th she gets to realize her dream of graduating when others said it was not possible.

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NIH Grant to Address Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Disparities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 700 women die each year in the United States from pregnancy-related complications, and more than 25,000 women experience severe maternal morbidity. And severe maternal morbidity and mortality disproportionately affect African American (AA) women.

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R2D2 Scholarship Application Open

Research to Reduce Disparities in Disease Program (R2D2) is seeking first-year College of Human Medicine student scholars. Opportunity to earn $10,000 and satisfy the College of Human Medicine’s 3rd-year research requirement. Scholars will create a strong transdisciplinary bridge between medicine and public health while investigating the role of race, ethnicity, gender, and implicit/explicit bias in medicine. Apply by December 13, 2020.

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How Can You Create a Healthy Environment?

"Take a moment to reflect on major environmental trends in our communities and how they shape our health," asks Dr. Robert Glandon, MPH Instructor. There is a growing body of evidence that the built environment influences the health of people who live there. For example, inaccessible or non-existent sidewalks contribute to sedentary habits. These habits lead to poor health outcomes, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. 

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MSU: Public Health in Flint

Online Master of Public Health Degree

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Make a difference in people's lives, stand up for health disparities, and be a part of the solution to better health outcomes.

If your passion lies with changing the world around you for the better, look no further. Your path begins at MSU.


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