Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is a widely recognized professional credential for those seeking leadership and managerial positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations in Public Health.

Through rigorous curriculum, research, and culminating experiences, the MPH program at CMU prepares students to design culturally-responsive behavioral and social interventions to address health challenges affecting rural and underserved populations across the state, country, and globally. 

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Each year, the MPH program awards a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified students on a competitive basis. Graduate assistants receive a partial tuition waiver and a stipend as compensation. They work up to 20 hours per week for the department by assisting in faculty research and/or teaching activities. Assistantship applications are available from the department in February. Other awards and scholarships may be available through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MPH program requires:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume
  • Personal statement (1-2 pages)
  • Two letters of reference
  • GRE, GMAT, or MCAT exam scores
  • For non-English speakers: TOEFL, IELTS, or other English proficiency exam

Apply online at Students are admitted in the fall semester.

Required Courses

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 Culmination Experience (1-6 credits)
           Select one of the following

  • MPH 796: Integrative Learning Experience

  • MPH 798: Thesis

Concentration Courses (9 credits)

  • MPH 664: Public Health Communication and Informatics

  • MPH 666: Substance Abuse Services

  • MPH 667: Maternal and Child Health

Graduation Requirements

To earn the MPH degree, students must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours as described below:

  1. Required Courses:
    • Foundational courses (19 credits)
    • Required courses (12 credits)
    • Concentration courses (9 credits)
    • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (B or better) in all program courses
  2. Applied Practice Experience: (2 credits)
  3. Culminating Experience (6 credits) consisting of either a thesis or integrative learning experience.

Career Outlook

For More Information

Dr. Jeff Inungu
MPH Program Director
Health Professions Building 2212
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-3899

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