​Program Requirements

Foundational Courses (19 hours)

​This course provides advanced knowledge and skills in probability and statistics, enabling students to use statistical software to analyze datasets related to public health problems. This course may be offered in an online format. 

Credits 4(3-1) 

Contact Hours (3-1) 

Course Syllabus

​The course evaluates theories in health promotion and health education and illustrates how divergent theoretical perspectives are integrated into practice models. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPH Program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Epidemiology is the study of distribution and determinants of health or diseases in human populations and application of this knowledge to improve population health outcomes. This course may be offered in an online format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course is concerned with the structure and administration of public health organizations and policies that impact health programs delivery, quality and costs of healthcare. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPH Program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Examines modern understanding of how psychosocial factors and pathogens from the environment ‘get under the skin’ to cause diseases and illnesses in human populations. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: Admitted to the MPH Program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course is designed to interpret environmental factors and conditions affecting health, and assess the role of communities in mitigating risks associated with environmental exposures. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPH Program; MPH 640. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Required Courses (14 hours)

​This class analyzes the unique healthcare needs of rural, underserved and marginalized populations across the State of Michigan and the United States. This course may be offered in an online format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

This course introduces students to practical principles of leadership and systems thinking necessary for improving the health of underserved communities or populations. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: MPH 646, 648, 652; admission to the MPH Program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Prepares students to conduct community needs assessment, design and implement health interventions to address these needs and evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisites: MPH 640, 646. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course builds competencies necessary to apply systematic methods of investigating population-based health problems and challenges in a manner that translates findings to benefit the community. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: MPH 640. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Provides students with a work-related experience designed to integrate public health theory and practice in an applied setting under supervision. CR/NC. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisites: MPH 640, 642, 644, 646, 648, 650, 652, 655, 670. 

Credits 2(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Required Culminating Experience (6 hours) Select one of the following:

​This course is a culminating experience for the MPH candidate to synthesize knowledge and skills from different coursework and other experiential learning related to public health challenges at the community level. Not open to students completing a thesis. CR/NC Only. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisites: MPH 642, 644, 648, 650, 652, 654, 655, 670. 

Credits 1-6(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​Write a thesis directed by a committee in conformity with the university’s thesis guidelines. CR/NC only. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPH Program; MPH 640, 644, 646, 648, 650, 652, 654, 658, 660, 668, 670. 

Credits 1-6(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Public Health Practice Concentration (9 hours)

​The class explores effectiveness of communication tools in changing health behaviors and application of technology infrastructure for data gathering and analysis for improving health outcomes. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPH Program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​The course examines substance abuse agency service integration for clients, family and community interventions. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPH program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Describes the major issues affecting the health and well-being of children and families over the life span. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: MPH 644. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 48 semester hours