Public Health

Program details

Credits required: 46

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 focuses on five core areas of public health, offering a broad education in the field. Our MPH is a master’s degree for people working in health-related careers who want to develop knowledge and skills to impact the future of public health in their communities and beyond.

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

Five core areas

The MPH at WMU is a generalist degree with a clear focus on leadership, designed to prepare you for a variety of public health careers. You'll get a broad understanding of complex issues related to public health, with focus on these five core areas:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental health sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health services administration
  • Social and behavioral sciences
The list of courses for the degree 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’ll have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with your classmates and instructors. Classes meet two weekends each semester (and one week each summer) at our downtown Grand Rapids location.

Traveling to Grand Rapids

Who should apply

WMU’s MPH program prepares leaders for the future of public health. If you’re currently working in health care or community organizations and want to develop the knowledge and skills to lead in your industry, you’ll find value in this degree. If you’re 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

Employer tuition reimbursement

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

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.