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Master of Public Health

Department of Public and Environmental Wellness
 433 Meadow Brook Rd (map)
(248) 370-3562 • Fax (248) 364-8657

Rebecca Cheezum, M.P.H, Ph.D, University of Michigan
3150 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8681

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Graduate Catalog Addendum 

Program description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program seeks to improve the health of individuals and communities by strengthening the foundational skills, core capacities, diversity, preparation and responsiveness of public health professionals. These public health professionals may be employed in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, international health organizations (e.g., World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders), federal government agencies (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health), state and local health departments (e.g., Michigan Department of Community Health and Oakland County Health Division), voluntary and philanthropic organizations (e.g., American Red Cross, Kaiser Permanente), corporations and worksite wellness sites, local hospitals and non-profit organizations (e.g., Migrant Health Promotion, Alternatives For Girls).

Admission terms and application deadlines

Applicants are admitted fall semester only. Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • Deadline is February 1st
  • After February 1st, we will accept applications until our cohort is filled or until June 1st, whichever comes first.
  • International applicants 

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1. Graduate Application Requirements  
  2. Additional department application requirements
  • Undergraduate overall grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Additional Recommendation for Graduate Admission form 
  • In addition to the two recommendations listed above, a third recommendation is required by the program.
    Requirements for recommendations
    All three forms must be from faculty members, supervisors, or professional mentors and must include letters attached to the forms. The letters must be on letterhead, signed, and include a statement describing the referee’s relationship to the applicant, duration of the relationship, and an assessment of the applicant’s aptitude for graduate school and public health practice.
  • Personal statement of no more than 1000 words describing the applicant’s reasons for seeking an MPH degree, related public health experiences, and long-term professional goals. 

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, personal statement, recommendation forms, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

Related links

  • Readmission (not enrolled for two years)     
  • Transferring to Oakland University    
  • Transferring to a new program   

Degree requirements

 The Master of Public Health degree program is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 44 credits in an approved program of study.

Course requirements (44 credits)

Required Core (20 credits)

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
PH 6700 - Health Policy and Management (4 credits)
PH 6000 - Foundations of Health Behavior and Health Education (4 credits)
PH 6400 - Statistical Methods in Public Health (4 credits)
PH 6500 - Introduction to Epidemiology (4 credits)
PH 6600 - Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences (4 credits)

Cross-cutting competency courses (8 credits)

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
PH 6100 - Principles of Community-Based Participatory Research (4 credits)
PH 6200 - Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (4 credits)

Required electives (8 credits)

Elective courses can be taken within Public Health or related disciplines. Students are encouraged to discuss these selections with their faculty advisers. Elective choices include:

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
PH 5250 - Research Methods in Health Disciplines (4 credits)
PH 5350 - Environmental Justice (4 credits)
PH 5550 - Qualitative Research Methods (4 credits)
PH 5650 - Social Determinants of Health (4 credits)
PH 5750 - Global Health and Social Issues (4 credits)
PH 6150 - Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (4 credits)
PH 6250 - Mechanisms of Chronic and Infectious Disease (4 credits)
PH 6850 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health (2 credits)
BIO 5900 - Selected Topics in Biology (1 to 5 credits)
CNS 5060 - Diversity and Social Justice Issues (4 credits)
CNS 6070 - Counseling for Wellness (4 credits)
MIS 5140 - Introduction to Databases and Data Warehousing (3 credits)
EC 6600 - Theories of Child Development and Education (4 credits)
EST 5310 - Crisis Intervention and Prevention of Self Harm (4 credits)
EXS 5600 - Health and Disease (2 credits)
EXS 5810 - Physical Activity Epidemiology (2 credits)
NRS 5221 - Diversity and Social Issues (2 credits)
PA 5500 - Nonprofit Organization and Management (4 credits)
PA 5100 - Foundations of Public Administration (4 credits)
PA 5150 - Contemporary Public Management Techniques (4 credits)
PA 5200 - Public Budgeting and Finance (4 credits)
  • Other - Selected departmental courses with focus on public health, with prior approval by Program Planning Committee (2-4 credits
  • Exit (8 credits)

    Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
    PH 6960 - Public Health Practicum (4 credits)
    PH 6996 - Public Health Capstone (4 credits)

    Satisfactory academic progress

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

    Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

    Good academic standing

    All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

    Good academic standing is a requirement for:

    • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
    • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
    • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
    • Going on a leave of absence
    • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

    Additionally, graduate students must meet all program academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University. 

    Program requirements: In order to remain in good standing at the graduate level, students must maintain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or better. Credit toward the degree will not be given for courses with grades under 2.5. 

    Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

    Related program information

    Plan of study

    All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

    Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility section of this catalog.)

    Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.

    Academic advising

    Each student will be assigned to a faculty adviser upon admission to the Master of Public Health program.