Programs & Degrees
U-M SPH offers four academic degrees, a joint degree, and several dual degree options. Each degree is completed within a specific SPH department or program:
- Environmental Health Sciences
- Health Behavior and Health Education
- Health Informatics
- Health Management and Policy
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is the traditional degree required by statute for public health professionals working in certain classifications in many areas. It is the oldest degree specifically identified with public health education. Many of our MPH programs have some flexibility in their requirements so you can tailor them to your particular interests.
Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) is designed to provide a well-rounded professional education to those aspiring to leadership positions in the administration, management, and planning of health services in public and private settings.
Master of Science (M.S.) is administered by the University's Rackham Graduate School and is designed for students pursuing an academic career. It is often a prelude to a Ph.D. program. M.S. is offered in: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, and Health Management and Policy.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is also administered by the University's Rackham Graduate School for various SPH programs. The Ph.D. program usually takes six terms of study beyond the master's degree. It includes original research, which culminates in a dissertation. Ph.D. is offered in all of our departments.
Master of Health Informatics (M.H.I.) is offered in partnership with the U-M School of Information. The program meets the growing need for individuals with fundamental knowledge and skills in both information science and public health. It joins the expertise of the SPH faculty in population health, health policy, and individual health behaviors with SI's expertise in human-centered design and the development, implementation and evaluation of information resources. Graduates of the program are prepared to be leaders and innovators who revolutionize the ways information is used to promote better health.
The U-M SPH Executive Education and On Job/On Campus (OJ/OC) programs provide a unique opportunity for working professionals to complete a graduate degree without taking leave from work. Admitted students attend classes at U-M SPH in Ann Arbor on four-day weekend (Thursday through Sunday) up to once a month and complete coursework between sessions (using distance learning technology, in some instances). Students obtain their degree in 18 to 25 months, depending on the program of study, approximately the same amount of time it takes to complete an equivalent on-campus degree program.
Offers a choice of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) or Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) degree to mid-career health professionals. Applicants to this program follow the same procedures as applicants to the residential Health Management and Policy M.P.H. or M.H.S.A. programs. Applicants for this program apply through SOPHAS.
Provides a way for physicians, dentists, pharmacists, pharmacologists, and others who are involved in clinical research to develop expertise in research design and statistical analysis. Applicants to this program follow the same procedures as applicants to the residential Biostatistics M.S. programs. Instructions. Applicants for this program apply through Rackham Graduate School.
Preventive Medicine Residency
U-M SPH houses one of the oldest Preventive Medicine Residency programs in the country, dating back to 1969. The central mission of the residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health is to train highly-qualified physicians for careers in clinical preventive medicine and public health. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and prepares physicians for board eligibility by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
The University of Michigan is known for encouraging an interdisciplinary environment. Students at U-M SPH have the opportunity to pursue a formal or self-initiated dual degree option. Formal dual degree programs are written agreements between two U-M schools. Formal dual agreements, created out of shared interest and demand, typically have a specified number of credits or courses that can be double counted or recommended.
Self-initiated dual degree programs offer students the ability to complete two degree programs based on their particular interests. Double counting credits for self-initiated duals will vary within each school, and will require more interaction with the registrars at each school. In either case, most dual degree students enrolled in two distinct two-year programs earn their degrees in three years rather than the standalone four (with the exception of M.D., J.D. and PhD). If you are interested in applying for a dual-degree program, you must apply to each program separately.
U-M SPH offers formal dual degree programs with the following U-M schools and colleges:
- School of Medicine (MPH/MD.)
- Department of Human Genetics Genetic Counseling Program (MPH/MS)
- School of Social Work (MPH/MSW)
- Ross School of Business (MPH or MHSA/MBA)
- School of Nursing (MHSA/MNA)
- Law School (MPH or MHSA/JD)
- Ford School of Public Policy (MPH or MHSA/MPP)
- College of Engineering (MS)
- Rackham School of Graduate Studies (MPH/MA)
LSA-SPH Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies Program (SUGS 4+1)
SUGS 4+1 is a program for U-M undergraduates who wish to begin an SPH degree while still completing their bachelor’s degree. Students begin their graduate degree during their senior year, with credits overlapping between undergraduate and graduate studies.
Students must be advanced enough to complete their undergraduate concentration as well as all general college requirements by the end of their junior year. Minimum eligibility requirements are:
- Must have completed a minimum of 100 credits by the end of their junior year,
- Must graduate in the fall term of their senior year,
- Must have a 3.5 GPA at the time of application to SUGS.
Students who show enough progress toward completing their undergraduate degree are eligible to apply to the graduate program in the second term of their junior year. Students must first get a recommendation letter of support to the program from:
- LSA students: from the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs
- Dean's Recommendation/Certification Form from their Advisor
- LSA Honors students: from the Director of the Honors Program
- RC students: from the Director of the Residential College
The required recommendation should be sent directly to the Admissions Office at the School of Public Health. The student will complete all required admissions materials for the School of Public Health (application, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, GRE or MCAT scores) through SOPHAS and must use the “ZZ” designation.
Once the student’s application has been submitted, the student should email the Director of Admissions, Adam Ancira at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that they recently applied for this unique program. The student should also submit an Election Form and plan for completing undergraduate requirements and enrolling in the initial set of required graduate courses in the first term of the student’s senior year. Admitted 4+1 students will matriculate into the School of Public Health at the beginning of the Winter term of their senior year.
Once admitted to the SPH graduate program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor from the relevant department. However, LSA Academic Advising will retain primary responsibility for academic advising until the student has completed the undergraduate degree.
Undergraduates who have been admitted to the SUGS program will be given permission by the graduate program to enroll in the required graduate coursework. Students must be registered for a minimum of two terms of the master’s program, with no other concurrent U-M registration. Dual enrollment (in grad and undergrad concurrently) is not required. Approved graduate credits taken in the final undergraduate term - typically the Fall of the senior year - will be counted in the graduate program upon matriculation.
Note: Students can double-count up to 15 credits from their undergraduate coursework toward their graduate coursework, if the credits are 400 level or higher.