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School & Program Updates

Michigan Set to Launch Undergraduate Public Health Program, Fall 2017

The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers six undergraduate courses in public healththat are available to all University of Michigan undergraduates.  The courses have robust enrollments each semester. Descriptions can be found at

In Fall 2017, a new program will launch that includes an upper-level undergraduate degree, leading to a bachelor of arts (BA) in community and global public health and a bachelor of science (BS) in public health sciences.  For both degree programs, students will take a set of integrated core courses as well as major-specific courses. They will also complete a field experience and capstone sequence. Students will apply to the new program as sophomores, and be admitted for their last two years of study.

“Our educational approach to undergraduate public health aims to teach students to embrace complexity, diversity, and change; and, to prepare graduates for a broad variety of careers,” says Gary W. Harper, director of the SPH Office of Undergraduate Education and professor of health behavior and health education.

“Both programs will offer flexible preparation for those pursuing careers in the public health workforce or in other health-related public or private organizations and institutions,” notes Harper. “For students wanting to pursue further study or graduate training in public health or other health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, kinesiology, pharmacy, and social work, this program will provide prerequisite coursework.

Michigan’s new undergraduate program in public health is being developed in response to both students’ needs and desires, as well as national calls by the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Colleges and Universities for an educated citizenry.

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