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Academic Departments & Programs
The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers many options in areas of study, degrees, and professional education programs. In addition to the traditional residential degree programs, the school offers non-residential Executive Education Degree Programs (OJ/OC). The Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health is a distance-learning program.
Learn more about departments and programs (via links below and at left):
Biostatistics offers training in the development and application of statistical and mathematical methods to the design and analysis of public health problems and biomedical research.
Environmental Health Sciences aims to protect human health from adverse environmental conditions - in particular from harmful practices and harmful exposures in air, water, and food in the workplace, home, and ambient environment. The field utilizes multiple approaches in specialty areas of study: Environmental Quality and Health, Industrial Hygiene, Hazardous Substances Management, Human Nutrition, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, and Toxicology.
Epidemiology is concerned with analyzing and describing patterns of occurrence and determinants of diseases in human populations. This department includes programs in Epidemiology Methods and Applications, Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, and International Health.
Health Behavior and Health Education is concerned with the factors associated with health-related behavior and health status, and develops and evaluates educational activities designed to improve individual and community health and quality of life.
Health Management and Policy offers a number of degree programs, all of which provide excellent training in both health management and health policy.
Joint Degree Program
Health Informatics joins the expertise of the U-M School of Public Health in population health, health policy, and individual health behaviors with that of the School of Information in human-centered design and the development, implementation and evaluation of leading-edge information resources.
Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (online): See why our faculty think our distance-learning program works:
Two new SPH programs have graduated their first students: this spring, the Certificate Program in Health Care Infection Prevention and Control (CHIP) will graduate its first 10 students.
CHIP director Betsy Foxman, the Hunein F. and Hilda Maassab Professor of Epidemiology, says the program’s internships have been especially successful. Since CHIP’s inception in 2011, 11 students have completed internships at Hospitals at the University of Michigan, the VA, St. Joseph Mercy and the Detroit Medical Center.
And in Spring 2012 the Health Informatics Certificate Program, launched in 2011, graduated its first 3 students.