Careers

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.


Admission

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.

Apply online at apply.cmich.edu


Admission Requirements

The program reviews all applications and submitted documents in making a determination on admission and makes such recommendations to the College of Graduate Studies.

  1. Bachelor degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Students must provide official documents including official transcripts of classes completed. Students who have graduated from a Council for Education of Public Health (CEPH) certified program will have priority consideration for admission.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as an undergraduate. Applicants with an overall GPA of less than 3.09 may be considered for regular admission if they have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of course work. Applicants of an overall GPA of 2.5 to 3.0 and who do not have a GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours taken may be considered for admission with stipulations following the process for admission with stipulations below.
  3. Resume that includes at least the following:
    • Educational Experience;
    • Professional goals and objectives;
    • Work history;
    • Professional experiences, memberships, and participation in professional activities.
  4. Statement of Purpose. A personal statement (1-2 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in public health at Central Michigan University. The statement should include information about your future career plans, or any past or current activities or achievements which are related to your proposed field of specialization including any research or teaching experience you may have had.
  5. Two letters of reference that can attest to the applicant's ability and likelihood of success in a graduate program.
  6. Submit GRE, GMAT, or MCAT examination scores.
    • Note: Waiver of Standardized Test Requirement:
    • The Requirement will be waived for students who meet one of the following conditions:
      • Applicants with 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 three years professional work experience: Degree obtained with an overall GPA of 2.9 or higher.
        • Applicants with an undergraduate degree with at least five 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.
  7. Because of the nature of the program and academic content, it is recommended that the applicant have competency in the following areas: math and statistics, biology, and written and verbal skills. Applicants who may not have had such courses or developed these competencies should ensure they develop them prior to starting the program.
  8. TOEFL, IELTS, or other English proficiency exam is required if a graduate is from a non-English speaking country. Applicants must be able to study and communicate in English, and achieve the minimum score required by the CMU College of Graduate Studies. Students who take the IELTS exam must achieve a minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 for admission with stipulations or 6.5 or higher for regular admission. Students who take the TOEFL exam must achieve an overall score of 79 (iBT).

For students who may not meet one or more of the admission requirements, admission with stipulations may be considered by the program. In such cases, the student will need to earn at least a 3.0 GPA during the first nine credits taken in the program. Applicants wishing to be considered for admission with stipulations will need to submit a rationale for granting such admission, which will then be reviewed by the program which has the final authority in making a decision.


 Retention Requirements

  1. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  2. Students who may be admitted with stipulations must demonstrate during the first semester that they can achieve a 3.0 GPA.
  3. Students who do not maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or who have more than two C or C+ grades in foundational or required courses may be placed on academic probation. Continued academic probation in multiple terms will result in dismissal from the program.
  4. Students will be allowed to repeat a course no more than two times in order to improve the grade. Students may not have more than two C or C+ grades in foundational and required courses to graduate. Grades of C- or less do not count for graduation.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer into the degree program up to 12 credits of course work from another regionally accredited graduate degree program, provided that the student earned a grade of B or better in the course and the course is determined by the Program to be equivalent to courses taught in the degree program. The determination of the Program is final in determining what courses, if any, can transfer.

The MPH courses are sequenced to start in each fall semester of the academic calendar. Students admitted in the spring program should take courses that might not have stringent prerequisites or with the permission of the instructor. In the initial stages, students admitted in the spring semester of the program may be delayed for at least one semester of the expected completion date; this will be offset when classes are taught in each semester.


Application Deadline

April 1


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
P: 989-774-4476
E: mph@cmich.edu


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. 

The Master of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).


Concentrations

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.