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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

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Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the Department of Public and Environmental Wellness 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. 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 conduct research, determine community needs and develop initiatives to make a positive impact all the while completing coursework in pursuing the degree.

The Master of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Program Overview

Contact Us
Dr. Rebecca Cheezum
Associate Professor and Director
Public Health
3150 Human Health Building

Lisa Staudt
Office Assistant
3068 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8855

Master of Public Health
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.

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.

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.

The 44-credit program can be completed in just two years of full-time study.

Master of Public Health Program Curriculum

  • 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)

MPH Program Forms and Documents

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 Oakland University's Master of Public Health Program

We invite you to attend one of our scheduled MPH Info Sessions. The info sessions give you a chance to learn about Oakland University's Master of Public Health program and hear more from a faculty member and a student. All info sessions take place in room 2045 of the Human Health Building, unless otherwise indicated. Additional info sessions for the 2020-2021 academic year will be added in June.

Please click HERE to 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
  • 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
CEPH Accredited Program

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 Dr. Rebecca Cheezum, director, at