Program Description


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Oakland University prepares graduates to help improve the health of individuals and communities by training tomorrow’s public health professional via a skills-based, hands-on approach to teaching. Using an innovative teaching model, the program incorporates service-learning opportunities and community-based participatory research throughout the curriculum.

Partnering with local non-profits, health care agencies, corporations, and more, students will have the opportunity to conduct research, determine community needs and develop initiatives to make a positive impact all the while completing coursework in pursuing the degree.

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at Oakland University is to prepare graduate students to preserve, protect, and promote the health of human populations through organized community effort. We value the full and active participation of our community partners in the promotion of health. We strive through our teaching, research, and service to lift the capacity of our community partners to engage in public health practice including, but certainly not limited to, needs assessment; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; health policy formation; and health literacy campaigns. The goals of the Oakland University MPH program reflect our overarching purposes of instruction, research, and service.

About Oakland University

Oakland University is recognized as a student-centered, doctoral research institution with a global perspective. A public institution, we engage more than 20,500 graduate and undergraduate students in distinctive educational experiences that connect to the unique and diverse opportunities within and beyond our region. The university was established in 1957 through a generous donation from founders Alfred and Matilda Dodge Wilson. They contributed their historic estate and $2 million to Michigan State University to establish a satellite school, named Michigan State University – Oakland. Oakland provides a distinct educational experience with flexible class schedules and state-of-the-art facilities, student services, classroom technologies, research labs, internships and research opportunities with corporate partners. Located in the heart of Oakland County's Automation Alley, the university has forged hundreds of partnerships with hospitals, Fortune 500 companies, cities, government agencies and educational institutions.