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Programs & Degrees
UM SPH offers four main types of degrees (described below). Each degree is completed in a specific method area or department.
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is the basic professional degree that is 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.
Master of Health Services Administration (M.H.S.A.) is designed to provide a well-rounded professional education to those aspiring to leading 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 School of Graduate Study and is designed for students pursuing an academic career and often is 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 School of Graduate Study 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 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 will be prepared to be leaders and innovators who revolutionize the ways information is used to enable better health.