Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Program History

get healthyInterim Master of Public Health Director: Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton
 

From 2006 to 2008, the online Master of Public Health (MPH) Program was conceptualized and created, with the first students enrolling in 2008.  This was accomplished by Dr. Denise Holmes, Dr. Kathleen Oberst, Dr. Michael Rip, and was realized as a collaborative effort among six units on campus:

  • College of Social Science (under the direction of Dean Marietta Baba)
  • International Studies and Programs (under the direction of Dean Jeffrey Riedinger)
  • College of Nursing (under the direction of Dean Mary Mundt)
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine (under the direction of Dean William Strampel)
  • The Graduate School (under the direction of Dean Karen Klomparens)
  • College of Human Medicine (under the direction of Dean Marsha Rappley)

Based in the College of Human Medicine, the MPH degree program began with 18 students, 9 courses, and 16 faculty members. Since those early days, the program has grown to over 200 current students, over 450 alumni, and 40 faculty members.

The MPH degree was developed to address the public health workforce shortage, increase interest in public health careers among high school and undergraduate students, and to offer a highly applied, accessible, affordable competency-based MPH degree.

Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds including:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Health Education/Health Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science
  • Medicine (MD, DO)
  • Nursing
  • Physiology
  • Social Work/Social Science/Sociology
  • Veterinary Medicine/Animal Science/Zoology

Some MPH Program Statistics:

  • Approximately 45 percent of our students are non-traditional graduate students.
  • Our students complete their MPH degree in an average of 7.5 semesters.
  • Our alumni graduated with an average of a 3.76 GPA.
  • 11% of our graduates earned their MPH while dually enrolled in a second graduate or doctoral degree at MSU.

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.


Contact Us:

Online Master of
Public Health Degree Office

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