MPH Program Director: Dr. Wayne McCullough
A key feature of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from 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, conferred by the College of Human Medicine at MSU, is a rigorous, 43-credit, 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.
ADVANCING PUBLIC HEALTH WITH NEW CURRICULUM
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program has a new curriculum to prepare our future public health practitioners better. This effort is in preparation for submitting an application for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation and in response to feedback from stakeholders. The priority of the Master of Public Health program is to advance public health practice in Michigan and across the globe.
The updated curriculum will begin spring semester of 2019.
New aspects of the curricular updates include:
- Updated requirements for graduation from 42 to 43 credits.
- Additional requirements for taking a health equity framework course, a public health leadership course, as well as your choice of one of the three practical public health methods courses.
- Required courses are categorized into foundational, core, electives, and culminating experience.
- A limited number of electives will be offered each semester to allow for increased diversity of topics covered throughout the program. Electives will run on an odd/even semester schedule and will fit into the categories of policy/administration, global/cultural health, nutrition, infectious disease, and epidemiology/biostatistics/surveillance.
The foundational courses of the MPH program will provide students with information that encompass the root values of the program: leadership, health equity, and practical application. Courses include the student’s choice of one of three selectives. These courses cover the breadth of practical methodology utilized by public health practitioners, including systematic review, program evaluation, and study design.