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School of Health Sciences

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

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

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

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

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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 Lisa Staudt.

Program Overview

Contact Us
Dr. Rebecca Cheezum
Associate Professor and Director
Public Health
3150 Human Health Building
cheezum@oakland.edu

Lisa Staudt
Office Assistant
3068 Human Health Building
lstaudt@oakland.edu
(248) 364-8855

Curriculum

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)

Core Competencies
C1 Environmental Health Sciences
Describe specific approaches to assess, prevent, and control exposures to environmental hazards that pose risks to communities’ health and safety.

C2 Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Understand the distribution and determinants of infectious and chronic disease using surveillance, descriptive and inferential methods in population-based settings.

C3 Health Behavior and Health Education
Select and apply the appropriate theory, concepts, and conceptual model to drive public
health practice.

C4 Health Management & Policy
Incorporate evidence-based best practices into public health organizational management and health policy development.

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.

EBP1
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.
EBP2
Develop and execute steps to plan, implement, and evaluate public health interventions and policies in specific target population.
EBP3
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
EBP4
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.
EBP5
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.
EBP6
Demonstrate ethical, community-oriented professional practices through collaborative leadership, team-building, and fiscal management

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

Research

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

Service

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

The program has defined a series of measurable objectives for the goals:
Instruction
Objectives:
  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. 
Research
Objectives:
  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. 
Service
Objectives:
  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
 semester)
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 Lisa Staudt

Admission Information

Application Deadlines for Fall 2020 Semester:

February 1, 2020 - Early Admissions Decisions and to be considered for Graduate Assistant
July 1, 2020 - Deadline for Fall 2020 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.

All MPH Info Sessions listed below will take place virtually: 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Register for an MPH Info Session.

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 MPH Advisory Board 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