If you are ready for a rewarding career, an MPH degree will prepare you to be a leader in public health planning, policy, management, evaluation and research. Finally, a program that prepares you for a rewarding career in Public Health, one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for health educators and community health workers is projected to grow at a rate of 21% between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average for all occupations (13%). Public Health workers specifically are projected to grow 15% between 2014 and 2024. Graduates of the MPH Program have rewarding careers that offer great personal fulfillment by serving others in local, national, and international settings. They hold leadership positions in hospitals, district health departments, research institutions, federal, multilateral, and voluntary organizations throughout the state of Michigan and beyond.
Students are admitted in the fall semester.
Students must complete the application in full, along with all submission materials, before it can be reviewed.
Admission decisions are made by an Admissions Committee made up of Public Health faculty members. Admission is based on the applicant's entire record and potential to succeed in earning a graduate degree in public health.
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale
- Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.
- Application fee
- Official transcripts sent to CMU in English (or third party evaluation such as WES or ECE)
- Personal statement (1-2 pages)
- Two letters of reference
- Official GRE, GMAT, or MCAT scores*
- TOEFL, IELTS, or other English proficiency exam scores (if you are from a non-English speaking country). In general scores of 79 or higher on TOEFL are desired
*NOTE: Waiver of Standardized Test Requirement
The requirement will be waived for students who meet one of the following conditions:
- Applicants with a Doctorate Degree obtained from U.S. universities or foreign universities listed in the International Association of Universities' World Higher Education Database (IAU WHED).
- Applicants with a Master's Degree obtained from U.S. universities or foreign universities listed in the International Association of Universities' World Higher Education Database (IAU WHED) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Applicants with an Undergraduate Degree obtained from U.S. universities or foreign universities listed in the International Association of Universities' World Higher Education Database (IAU WHED) AND:
- Applicants with an undergraduate degree with no work experience: Degree obtained with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Applicants with an undergraduate degree with no work experience: Degree obtained with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher for the last 60 hours provided the overall undergraduate GPA is at least 2.7.
- Applicants with an undergraduate degree with at least 3 years professional work experience: Degree obtained with an overall GPA of 2.9 or higher.
- Applicants with an undergraduate degree with at least 5 years professional work experience: Degree obtained with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours, provided the overall undergraduate GPA is at least 2.7.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you would like more information about the MPH degree program, you can view this MPH informational piece or feel free to contact:
Dr. Jeff Inungu, M.D., DrPH
Professor and MPH Program Director
Health Professions Building 2212
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
PROGRAMS AND DEGREES
The MPH program at Central Michigan University is designed to provide a comprehensive, practice-based, student-centered education. The MPH program offers degrees in one concentration currently and two are in progress.
CMU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and as a regionally accredited institution is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education. HLC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Public Health Practice (Face-to-Face and Online)
This concentration is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to assume leadership roles in a wide range of settings such as local, state, national and international public health agencies, hospitals and health systems, nursing and ambulatory care facilities. Coursework incorporates features of several public health disciplines and specialties including maternal and child health, health promotion, and socio-behavioral health in addition to foundational and required public health courses.
Students must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours.
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES (16-19 credits)
MPH 640 Biostatistics in Public Health
MPH 642 Health Education Theories
MPH 646 Epidemiology for Public Health
MPH 648 Health Policy and Management**
MPH 650 Biological Basis of Public Health
MPH 652 Public Health Environmental Science
REQUIRED COURSES (11-14 credits)
MPH 644 Rural Health
MPH 654 Public Health Leadership**
MPH 655 Program Planning and Evaluation
MPH 670 Methods in Public Health Research
MPH 790 Applied Practice Experience
REQUIRED CULMINATING EXPERIENCE (1-6 credits)
Select one of the following in consultation with an academic advisor.
MPH 796 Integrative Learning Experience
MPH 798 Thesis
PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE CONCENTRATION COURSES (9 credits)
MPH 664 Public Health Communication and Informatics
MPH 666 Substance Abuse Services
MPH 667 Maternal and Child Health