School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

MPH degree with a Concentration in Public Health Practice


Richard Severson, Ph.D., MPH Program Director
Kimberley Campbell-Voytal, MSN, Ph.D., Graduate Student Officer

For application forms and additional information on the program please see our website at

A combined MD/MPH program is now available with application through American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS).



The Wayne State University Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed for individuals with a range of academic and professional backgrounds that include the medical, veterinary, health care, biological, psychosocial and behavioral sciences.

The Program is administered by the School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences in collaboration with other divisions of Wayne State University.

Accreditation: The MPH Program at WSU is accredited by the Council for Education for Public Health (CEPH). The CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health programs. More information may be found at

Mission Statement: The MPH Program at WSU educates and engages students in public health theory, practice and research to understand and improve the health of urban and diverse populations.

All students are required to complete the MPH core courses:

  • Seminar in Public Health
  • Epidemiology and Applied Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Social Basis of Health Care
  • Health Care Organization and Administration
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals

A range of elective courses are available to provide students with interests and career goals in several areas of public health practice. These areas include the management, promotion and protection of the health of individuals, families, groups, and communities, as well as the promotion of policies that assure continuity of health and social justice.  Elective courses in health economics, health policy and planning, health and aging, health education, and health management are available.  Courses are also available for students interested in several aspects of occupational and environmental health that include the management and promotion of effective and innovative strategies to assess and minimize the adverse health effects resulting from chemical, biological, physical, and psychosocial exposures and to apply unique intervention strategies to ensure the wellbeing and sustained performance of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Elective courses in toxicology, industrial hygiene and safety, employee and organizational health, and health psychology are also available.   

All students are required to obtain practical experience working with local community and/or industrial health organizations; and following completion of a course on research methods, conduct an investigative project. 

The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42 credit hours and can be taken in part-time or full-time status.  Classes are mainly offered in the evening and completed within a six year period. 

A Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice (GC-PHP) is available that requires completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours for individuals who either have completed a graduate degree or are not yet ready to commit themselves to the demands of an MPH Program.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the MPH Office:

The MPH Office
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
3939 Woodward Avenue
Wayne State University
Detroit MI 48201
Phone: (313) 577-1051



MPH degree with a Concentration in Public Health Practice