Public Health

Program details

Credits required: 42

Location Type
Grand Rapids Hybrid

Industry highlights

Medical and Health Services Manager, Social and Community Service Manager careers are projected to grow 23 percent from 2012-22. They are considered "bright outlook" careers due to their expected growth rate.Occupational Information Network (O*Net)

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Focus on what matters

As the world grows ever smaller, the demand for public health leaders ready to develop and improve health care systems on a local, national and global basis will continue to grow.

The Master of Public Health at Western Michigan University moves beyond the traditional public health definitions and encompasses the ideas of physical, mental and social well-being. It incorporates solutions that include social, political, cultural and economic aspects of health so that action can be taken in concert with other sectors of the local, national or global community.

Please note: At this time, WMU does not issue Forms I-20 (for prospective F-1 students) for the MPH program.

The MPH at WMU is designed to prepare leaders for this generalist degree including competencies associated with:

  • Evidence-based approaches to public health
  • Public health and healthcare
  • Planning and management to promote health
  • Policy in public health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Systems thinking
The list of courses is available on the public health curriculum page.

Hybrid delivery for convenience and connection

The MPH program at WMU is delivered in a hybrid format, with mostly online classes taught by widely respected faculty from the College of Health and Human Services. Additionally, you can meet practicum requirements in your own community.

Every semester, you will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with your classmates and instructors. Classes meet two weekends each fall and spring semester (and online during the summer) at our downtown WMU-Grand Rapids location.

Traveling to Grand Rapids

Who should apply

WMU’s MPH program prepares leaders for the future of public health. If you are currently working in health care or community organizations and want to develop the knowledge and skills to lead in your industry, you will find value in this degree. If you are already managing in health care, the MPH degree can help you broaden your professional horizons while focusing on leadership in your community.

Career opportunities

If public health is a giant umbrella, you can imagine that there are many careers that might benefit from having an MPH degree. The list is long and growing, and includes:

  • Biostatisticians
  • Health educators
  • Epidemiologists
  • Social and community service managers
  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Environmental health scientists
  • Public health management analyst
  • Director of programs and services
  • Health communications specialist
  • Environmental health intelligence analyst
  • Health initiatives manager

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.