Solve real-world public health challenges and earn your MPH online from a top-5 ranked program.
The online Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences degree from the University of Michigan provides cutting-edge multidisciplinary education for those seeking to create a healthier world through research, education, and practice. To prepare to become leaders in the field, MPH students build expertise in core public health concepts and customize their learning with skill development in areas like precision nutrition, health communications, data analysis, environmental epidemiology, and more.
The Michigan MPH online master’s degree offers true flexibility, in contrast with other top online MPH programs that require residential study. Online students are welcome to visit and study on campus, but this is never required by the program.
The comprehensive MPH curriculum equips students to tackle complex health challenges such as chronic and infectious diseases, obesity and food insecurity, health care quality and costs, climate change and environmental health determinants, and the health impact of socioeconomic inequalities. Each student gains real-world experience through applied practice experiences with professionals in the public health sector.
Students develop skills in data collection and analysis, intervention strategy, and communication methods, preparing them to succeed in a wide variety of roles and organizations. Graduates of Michigan Public Health are found in key positions as leaders at non-profit organizations, hospitals, insurance companies, universities, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and local and national government organizations.
Do graduates of the online program earn the same degree as graduates of the on-campus program?
Yes. Students earn a Master of Public Health.
Can you switch between online and on-campus programs?
No, students cannot switch from an online to a residential program.
What is the school year schedule?
The school year is broken into four terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Some foundational courses will run on a monthly basis, but classes will generally run every term. Students will be able to choose the order in which they take their classes.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Most students will complete the program in two years. There is a requirement to complete the program within five years.
What career options will I have with this degree?
This multidisciplinary degree will prepare you for a broad range of careers in public health, including in biostatistics, epidemiology, community health, leadership roles in the health management field, or public health policy professions. In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your path and dive deeper into focus areas that interest you.
Are there online office hours with instructors?
Students will get frequent access to faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) through live office hours and email.
Are there networking opportunities to interact with fellow students?
Students will collaborate with peers regularly.
Do the same faculty teach online and on-campus courses?
Yes, your instructors are the same ones who teach on campus in Michigan.
How does the online format work?
To increase access to this high-quality degree program, learners will be able to pursue their MPH degree through a 100 percent online format. Online students are welcome to visit and study on campus, but this is never required during any part of the program.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Is there a residency engagement in this program?
No, instead there will be a capstone project involving applied practice through a network of field placement sites. Students will have an opportunity to address issues in the areas they live.
Are internships part of the program?
No. Instead, with the support of a network of field placement sites, each student will complete a capstone project that includes field research in their own community.
What if I don’t meet admissions requirements?
At this time, there isn’t a performance-based admissions track — but stay tuned; there may be in the future.
Is work experience required?
Is there an application fee?
Yes, it is a base SOPHAS fee of $135, and an additional UMSPH supplemental fee of $75, for a total of $210. Fee waivers are available for eligible applicants. Learn more.
Can I apply to both the online and residential program?
Yes, you can apply to both programs through SOPHAS. However, if accepted to both, you will need to choose one prior to enrollment.
Is there financial aid?
Like applicants to residential programs at the University of Michigan, we encourage applicants to our online program to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Submitting your FAFSA and designating the University of Michigan as a college of choice will allow our Office of Financial Aid to calculate a financial package if you are admitted. All need-based financial aid is coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid.
Are there career services available?
Yes. All online students will have access to internal job boards and career fairs, as well as access to 1:1 engagement through the alumni mentor network and corporate partner network. MPH students are members of the Michigan community and get access to a wide range of student services, including career counseling and free Michigan Online course certificate programs across learning disciplines.
What are the prerequisites?
Applicants should have a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution. There is no requirement for work experience.
What are the application requirements?
Transcripts: 4-year bachelor's degree conferred from regionally accredited US institution or equivalent (WES ICAP verification for international)Statement of purpose/objectives (1,500 words)Reflective essay (500 words)Resume/CVLetters of recommendation (3)Test Scores: GRE or MCATFor applicants whose native language is not English, please refer to our Language Proficiency Requirements. This will provide minimum TOEFL score requirements and information on other English Proficiency Exams accepted.
How do I apply?
Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort will open on November 1, 2019.
What is the program cost and payment schedule?
Online MPH tuition rates are $960/credit hour for Michigan residents, and $1060/credit hour for non-Michigan residents. We offer competitive rates for both in-state and out-of-state students. Because U-M is partially state-funded, Michigan residents pay a lower rate.Rates are subject to change and approval by the Regents of the University of Michigan.You won’t be billed upfront for the whole degree. Instead, you’ll pay as you go: each time you take a course, you’ll pay the tuition just for that course. If you need to take a term off you won’t be charged until you restart your courses.
What are the English proficiency requirements?
For applicants whose native language is not English, please refer to our Language Proficiency Requirements. This will provide minimum TOEFL score requirements and information on other English Proficiency Exams accepted.