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Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562

Woman talking to a group of students outdoors

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the Department of Public and Environmental Wellness prepares graduates to help improve the health of individuals and communities via a skills-based, hands-on approach. Using an innovative teaching model, the program incorporates service-learning opportunities and community-based participatory research throughout the curriculum. The courses are offered in the evenings in a hybrid format.

Partnering with local non-profits, health care agencies, corporations, and more, students will have the opportunity to determine community needs and develop initiatives that make a positive impact while engaging in public health practices, including needs assessment; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; health policy formation; and health literacy campaigns.

The Master of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). For a copy of the CEPH report, please contact Michelle Love.

Program Overview Curricular Requirements Advising Apply

Master of Public Health Program Curriculum (44 credits)

  • MPH Core Required Courses (20 credits)
    • Statistical Methods in Public Health
    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences
    • Organization & Administration of Health and Medical Care Programs
    • Foundations of Health Behavior and Health Education
  • Cross-Cutting Competency Courses (8 credits)
    • Principles of Community-Based Participatory Research
    • Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
  • Required Culminating Courses (8 credits)
    • Public Health Practicum
    • Public Health Capstone
  • Elective Courses (8 credits)

For a copy of the MPH Student Handbook, please email Michelle Love.

Council on Education for Public Health Competencies
MPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge

Profession and Science of Public Health
1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing
and assessing a population’s health
4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other
community relevant to the school or program
5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population
health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge

Factors Related to Human Health
7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
10. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they
contribute to population health and health inequities
11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal
health and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health)

MPH Foundational Competencies

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health
2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public
health context
3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based
programming and software, as appropriate
4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

Public Health and Health Care Systems
5. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and
regulatory systems across national and international settings
6. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine
health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community
and societal levels

Planning and Management to Promote Health
7. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
8. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of
public health policies or programs
9. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
10. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
11. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

Policy in Public Health
12. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics
and evidence
13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for
influencing public health outcomes
14. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health
in diverse populations
15. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity

16. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a
vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
17. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community

18. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
19. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through
oral presentation
20. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

Interprofessional Practice
21. Perform effectively on inter-professional teams

Systems Thinking
22. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

Concentration Competencies
Oakland University's Master of Public Health Program provides its students with a rigorous and community-engaged curriculum that gives them the cutting-edge skills they need to engage in evidence-based public health. This will include translating empirical evidence into public health practice, as well as building the evidence-base through rigorous descriptive and evaluation research. Additionally, students will be able to specifically apply these skills to address health inequities through culturally competent intervention research and practice.

Engage community members in a participatory process that prioritizes capacity building,
shared decision making, and trust in order to design and implement research studies, public health interventions, and policy.
Develop and execute steps to plan, implement, and evaluate public health interventions and policies in specific target population.
Employ relevant and customized oral, written, and new media forms of communication – including translation of epidemiological data and research findings – to effectively reach target audience
Demonstrates cultural humility and respect by incorporating relevant values and traditions of communities being served (e.g., Arab, Chaldean, African-American, etc) into tailored public health practice.
Demonstrate ongoing engagement of best practices in public health by remaining current in scientific literature, use of new technologies, and ongoing engagement with public health community.
Demonstrate ethical, community-oriented professional practices through collaborative leadership, team-building, and fiscal management

The program’s goals addressing instruction, research and service are as follows:
Goal: To provide a high-quality, evidence-based and community-focused educational curriculum that prepares students for successful careers in public health.


Goal: Engage in theory-based research, including community-based participatory research, to further knowledge and understanding of core public health issues.


Goal: Faculty will launch productive health-related partnerships with relevant organizations.

The program has defined a series of measurable objectives for the goals:
  1. Each academic year, 100% of MPH courses will provide evidence-based instruction in the core public health competencies.
  2. Each academic year, at least 60% of MPH courses will deliver service and/or experiential learning opportunities and other community-based participatory practices throughout the curriculum. 
  1. All faculty members will produce at least one scholarly work annually as indicated by peer-reviewed publications, submitted internal/external grants or contracts, or presentations in the public health field.
  2. At least 60% of students will engage in student- or faculty-driven research over the course of their study.
  3. At least 80% of faculty members will bring their own research into the classroom. 
  1. At least 80% of faculty members will be engaged in at least one productive partnership with a community-based organization.
  2. At least 80% of faculty members will be engaged in a productive partnership with a national, state, or local public health organization or nonprofit agency.
  3. The MPH program will foster engaged relationships through the creation and maintenance of the MPH Advisory Board.
  4. At least one faculty member will facilitate a public health service or training event in the local community each year.
Degree Completion Options

No matter where you are on your path to earning a master's degree, OU’s MPH program has an option that’s right for you. Choose from three flexible tracks to complete the 44-credit program. Students should estimate 10-12 hours of work per week for every 4-credit course. 

Option 1: 2-year plan (8-12 credits per
This option is ideal for individuals interested in completing the degree at an accelerated pace, and is not recommended for anyone working more than 20 hours per week.

Option 2: 3-year plan (4-8 credits per semester)
Geared toward individuals who want to pursue the degree part-time, this option allows for flexibility based on personal circumstances.

Option 3: 5-year plan (4 credits per semester)
Designed to fit into your busy schedule, this option enables students to balance work and family life, while pursuing the degree at a slower pace.

For a breakdown of specific coursework by semester in each option, please email Michelle Love.

Admission Information

Application deadlines for Fall 2022 semester:

February 1, 2022 - Early Admissions Decisions and to be considered for Graduate Assistant
July 1, 2022 - Deadline for Fall 2022 admission

Learn more about OU's Master of Public Health Program

We invite you to attend one of our scheduled MPH Info Sessions. These sessions provide an opportunity to learn about OU's Master of Public Health program and hear more from a faculty member as well as a current student.

Click here to register

Information Session DatesDelivery Format
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Online
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Online
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.In-person 
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.Online
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Online
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.In-person 
Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.Online
Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.Online
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Online
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.Online
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.In-person
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.Online
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.Online
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.In-person

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts indicating baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Undergraduate overall grade point average of at least 3.0
    • a minimum grade of at least a B- in an undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate writing or writing-intensive course is recommended
  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study
  • Three (3) recommendation forms and supporting letters from faculty members, supervisors, or professional mentors
  • 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
  • International applicants will additionally have to meet the University’s standards established in the International Student Supplemental Application Packet
Career Information

With an increasing concern for public health needs around the world, the career outlook for individuals with an MPH degree is positive and expected to grow in coming years. Professional opportunities are varied in both the public and private sector, including:

  • 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, Kresge Foundation, Skillman Foundation)
  • Corporations and worksite wellness sites
  • Local hospitals (e.g., Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Health System)
  • Non-profit community-based organizations (e.g., Migrant Health Promotion, Alternatives For Girls)

Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (April 2020), employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028. As of June 15, 2020, the average annual pay for MPH jobs category in the U.S. is $74,231 (ZipRecruiter).

OU’s MPH Class of 2020 Employment Data

  • 27% found work in the non-profit health field
  • 27% found work in another setting (non-public health or medicine)
  • 18% found other health or medial (non-public health) work
  • 27% found government work
  • 0% seeking work

Examples of where our alumni work:

  • Oakland County Health Division
  • Monroe County Health
  • Genesee County Health Department
  • Ascension Health
  • Greater Flint Health Coalition
  • MedNetOne Health Solutions
  • Meridian
  • University of Michigan School of Nursing
  • Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan


Advisory Board

Comprised of dedicated public health professionals across Southeast Michigan, the OU Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) plays an integral role in providing counsel on program strategies and objectives, public health priorities, and trends in public health practice. Promoting the program in the community, and advancing professional development and networking opportunities are central to the board’s mission.

Sonia Acosta, President/CEO, Centro Multicultural La Familia
Atoysha Bassene, MPH student
Barbara Blum-Alexander, Director in Office of Community, Health, Equity & Wellness, Henry Ford Health System
Mary-Grace Brandt, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
Deb Brinson, Chief Executive Officer, Honor Community Health
Rebecca Cheezum, MPH Program Director, Oakland University
Jaye Clement, Director of Community Health Programs and Strategies, Henry Ford Health System
Kathryn Correll, OU MPH Alumna; Manager of Quality Improvement Strategy, MedNetOne Health Solutions
Florence J. Dallo, Chair, Department of Public and Environmental Wellness, Oakland University
Agnes Dmochowski-Ward, Chief Clinical Officer, Macomb County Community Mental Health
Anthony (Tony) Drautz,  Administrator, Oakland County Health Division
Christina Harvey, Health Consultant, Oakland Schools
Jenifer Hughes, President, Administrative Network, Inc. (Oakland Southfield Physicians, PC)
Arjan Kallou, Director of Program Operations, United Community Family Services
Leah McCall, Executive Director, Alliance for Housing
Lisa McKay-Chiasson, Administrator, Oakland County Health Division
Sarah Mills, Director of Wellness and Nutrition Education, Gleaners Community Food Bank (of Southeastern Michigan)
Perry Ohren, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit
Bill Ridella, Director/Health Officer, Macomb County Health Department
Traci Smith, Chief of Staff, Macomb County Community Mental Health
Matthew Stiffler, ACCESS Community Health and Research Center
Madiha Tariq, Deputy Director, ACCESS Community Health and Research Center
Ian Unger, Youth Program Coordinator, Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center
Aleksandra Vucevski, MPH student
Krista Willette, Deputy Health Officer, Macomb County Health Department

Contact Us

Dr. Caress Dean
Associate Professor and Director
Public Health
3156 Human Health Building

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562