About UM SPH
The University of Michigan School of Public Health seeks to create and disseminate knowledge with the aim of preventing disease and promoting the health of populations worldwide. We are especially concerned with health equity and thus have a special focus on disadvantaged populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability. We serve as a diverse and inclusive crossroads of knowledge and practice, with the goal of solving current and future public health problems. (2011 update)
The University of Michigan School of Public Health will be the premier academic institution in public health recognized for the way it integrates research, teaching, service and practice in a diverse environment to develop effective solutions to public health problems.
Pioneering New Strategies
Faculty, researchers, students and partners at Michigan are . . .
- working in labs on
viruses, parasites, toxins, and on the leading edge of research in epigenetics
- devising new techniques for analyzing data
on health and illness
- designing epidemiological studies to track emerging
- developing strategies to alter behavior that leads to
health risks, including motivational interviewing to tailor health messages to individuals with chronic diseases or addictions
- helping communities solve their own
- and pioneering health policy that gives greater access to
health care and prevention services.
About the Home Page Photos
UM SPH photos are mostly copyrighted and permissions-protected. Contact the Office of Marketing and Communications with any questions or reproduction requests.
2013 SPH Graduation
SPH graduates show their Michigan spirit on graduation day, May 2, 2013 in this photo by Kate Manton.
2013 SPH Graduation
SPH Dean Martin Philbert celebrates with new graduates at the May 2, 2013 SPH graduation reception in this photo by Peter Smith.
The first day for new students: Practice Plunge!
A service-learning day in late August to get out in the field and learn by doing with community partners like Food Gatherers.
Public health is global...
Read updates on our growing public health partnership with the world's largest country, including a 2012 MOU w/ the China CDC.
Learn more about UM SPH's impressive Ann Arbor campus, pictured here by Peter Smith.
Health Behavior and Health Education focuses on social and behavioral factors associated with health, at home and worldwide.
Learn about photo-journalist alum Sheila Krishnan, who took this photo and 2000 more during her UM SPH internship in West Bengal.
Health Management and Policy experts are on the front lines.
HMP tobacco expert Cliff Douglas connects with President Obama during the signing of historic smoking-prevention legislation; photo courtesy of the White House.
Epidemiology is in the field.
Alum Chris Victor (at center, with sunglasses) leads a health initiative in Africa.
Environmental Health Sciences address many conditions that affect human health, including pollution.
Research on the effects of mercury on animals, detailed in a "Polar Sunrise" article.
Biostatistics is a core competency of public health, and a key to unlocking better outcomes.
Popular faculty include Bhramar Mukherjee, winner of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching award, lecturing in this photo by Peter Smith.
A Legacy of Achievement
In the past, public health measures have conquered diseases such as smallpox, measles, whooping cough, rubella, and tetanus. Michigan played a historic role in such achievements. Consider our contribution to the control of polio through the work of Thomas Francis Jr. and Jonas Salk, who developed and tested their polio vaccine during their years with UM SPH. It was here in 1955 that the vaccine was declared "safe, effective, and potent." The 50th anniversary of that event was celebrated in 2005; watch the award-winning commemorative film "The Last Mile."
Our Commitment, Your Future
The University of Michigan School of Public Health is organized into five academic departments:
We offer a full and flexible array of courses, programs of study, and concentrations to meet your academic and professional goals. Students benefit from the personal contact with excellent faculty, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art facilities. Welcome to Michigan!