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 the Oakland University Graduate School 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
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- 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.
- 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 school at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, 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.
Students who are considering applying to the Master of Public Health program may contact the academic adviser for the School of Health Sciences to review prerequisite courses and application requirements. Upon acceptance to the program, students are assigned a faculty adviser.