Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Why a Public Health Degree?

Public health is an exciting and dynamic field that considers health and disease from the perspective of populations rather than individuals. Unlike medicine and clinical services, which focus on the curative aspects of individual health, public health focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and the overall health of the community.

Now more than ever before, we are faced with public health problems of international proportions, from climate change, pandemic influenza and other infectious diseases, to bioterrorism. Today, public health is not just for public health professionals—we all have the need to be educated citizens—to understand public health and the role it plays in our everyday lives.

MSU Public Health 101 Web 1To provide high school and college students with an opportunity to explore public health education and a possible career in public health, Michigan State University Master of Public Health program offers the online course HM 101: Introduction to Public Health. 

To learn more about the course, please download the  Public Health 101 pdf.

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.