History

One of the greatest things about the field of public health is that every finding, awareness campaign, and policy has the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world. The University of Michigan School of Public Health has been creating a better world through shaping public health practice and research since 1941.

U-M SPH is where Blue Cross Blue Shield was created...where the National Sanitation Foundation was founded...where the first Earth Day was held...where FluMist was invented...and where the chair of our epidemiology department, Thomas Francis, Jr., conducted the largest field trials in history, proving that the Salk polio vaccine was "safe, potent, and effective."

Today, U-M SPH researchers are working in Michigan and around the globe to maximize disease prevention and reduce health disparities, making our planet a healthier place for everyone, no matter where they live.

There's never been a better time to shape the future of public health.