Master of Public Health (MPH)


New HyFlex Format

The Master of Public Health Program is now offering a fully online HyFlex format, designed for working professionals. For the two weekend meetings each semester, you can now attend in person in Grand Rapids, or you may choose to attend virtually. This flexibility makes this program work for you, whichever way you want it.

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Western Michigan University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers students the interdisciplinary public health knowledge and expertise needed to develop and lead efforts to improve health.

The MPH program offers broad exposure to social, cultural, physical, political as well as economic aspects of health. The curriculum provides an understanding of public health core competencies such as program planning, grant writing, health communication, education, research methods, and data analysis. Upon graduation, attained skills and a public health perspective can be applied to the professional field, or utilized to chart a new path in the field of public health.

Applications and Format

Application Deadline

The Master of Public Health program operates in a cohort model with limited enrollment. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application in the spring prior to the start date of the program to assure full consideration for entry into the cohort.  


Course Schedule

2020 Cohort Schedule

HyFlex Format

Our program of 15 courses offers a schedule designed for working professionals. You can now complete the entire program online if you want.

  • Seven of the courses are delivered in an asynchronously online format.
  • The other eight courses are delivered in a hybrid format and require the commitment of two weekend meetings per semester.
  • Weekend meetings take place on Friday night and then all day Saturday. You can attend the weekend meetings in person at our Downtown Grand Rapids location or join the classes synchronously online.

More about the program

  • Tuition

    Tuition at WMU is set by the Board of Trustees and is due the first day of the semester.

  • Curriculum

    The 42 credit-hour program is delivered across 28 months in a hyflex format.

  • Questions

    Contact us for more info or to set up an appointment to discuss the program.

Job outlook

What do individuals with an MPH do?

  • Make decisions based upon scientifically sound evidence from well-constructed research
  • Apply skills in the generation, analysis and interpretation of health data
  • Develop studies for local and state public health organization, not-for-profit organizations and the corporate sector
  • Promote public health in terms of physical, mental and social well-being
  • Interact with communities in addressing diverse health issues
  • Implement and evaluate public health programs

How much can an individual with an MPH earn?

The starting average salary is $68,000, but that absolutely depends on the type of job and on the agency where the job is located.

Where do individuals with an MPH work?

Western Michigan University's MPH degree doesn't necessarily qualify you for any particular job. However, WMU's MPH degree does guarantee that you will bring a diverse, public health perspective to any traditional health care career. And there are many job titles that fit nicely with the education you'll receive in the MPH program at WMU:

  • Public health management analyst
  • Director of programs and services
  • Health communications specialist
  • Environmental health intelligence analyst
  • Health initiatives manager

Are jobs available?

Yes! In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics identified MPH holders are expected to increase between 12-20% between 2014 and 2024.

Applying to the MPH program

For full consideration, submit your application by May 15. Applications received after May 15 will be considered if space in the student cohort is available.

WMU's online graduate application system that allows all you to enter all required information into one system. Before initiating your application, review the summary of program requirements from the WMU Graduate College. You may want to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the MPH program application process.

  • Application Requirements

    The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Public Health at WMU are listed below.  

    1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    2. An official transcript from EACH institution of higher education attended since high school, even if a degree was not conferred or credits were transferred. (WMU graduates: your WMU transcripts will be automatically uploaded)
    3. An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work.
    4. Undergraduate courses in biology/anatomy & physiology, statistics, psychology/behavior change and communication are strongly recommended.
    5. Current resume or curriculum vitae.
    6. Two references – at least one from an individual who can attest to your academic potential and one from a supervisor or other professional who can attest to your work skills. Ideally, one of the references works in a public health-related field.  
    7. personal statement that includes:
    • What sparked your interest in public health
    • Evidence that your employment, academic or volunteer background is related to public health
    • A concise statement of your career goals and how WMU’s generalist MPH degree will help you achieve these goals
    • Why you chose to apply for hybrid format program
    • Why you believe you will be successful in a predominantly online educational environment

Contract and international

Interested in Learning More?

Our team would love the opportunity to discuss and provide more details on the things going on in the MPH program. Let us know how we can connect with you!

International Applicants

Due to the MPH program’s hyflex format, WMU is unable to issue Forms I-20 for prospective F-1 students. 

Student Resources

  • 2020 Cohort Schedule
    SemesterCourseCreditsWeekend Sessions

    Fall 2020

    Orientation – East Beltline


    September 11

    MPH 6010 – Public Health Concepts


    September 11-12

    MPH 6110 – Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics 


    November 20-21

    Spring 2021

    MPH 6030 – Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health


    January 22-23

    MPH 6120 – Analytic Epidemiology and Biostatistics


    April 2-3

    Summer I 2021

    MPH 6070 – Environmental Health



    Summer II 2021

    MPH 6050 – Global and Cultural Issues



    Fall 2021

    MPH 6210- Public Health Planning and Evaluation


    September 10-11

    MPH 6410 – Research Methods in PH


    November 19-20

    Spring 2022

    MPH 6220 – Health Ed & Promotion Strategies


    January 21-22

    MPH 6230 – Public Health Communication and Marketing


    April 1-2 or 8-9

    Summer I 2022

    MPH 6310 – Public Health Systems Administration



    MPH 6420 – Integrated Learning Project Proposal



    Summer II 2022

    MPH 6320 – Public Health Policy



    Fall 2022

    MPH 6330 – Grant Proposal Writing



    MPH 6430 – Integrated Learning Project - Capstone





    December 17