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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health (PHS)

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3124 W. S. White Building
(810) 762-3172
Fax: (810) 762-3003

Program Director:  Suzanne Selig, Ph.D.
MPH Program Manager:   Laurel Hilliker, Ph.D.

Faculty Advisors:  Reza Amini, Ph.D., Lenwood Hayman, P.h.D.Lisa Lapeyrouse, Ph.D.Maximiliano Mendieta, Ph.D.,  Shan Parker, Ph.D. Rie Suzuki, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

We are “Public Health in the City.”  Our diverse faculty offer a dynamic, community engaged educational experience to prepare public health leaders to work to reduce health inequities in underserved populations.


We will be known for our learning environment which is informed by the knowledge and experiences of our diverse student, faculty and community partners, who together develop achievable and innovative solutions to public health challenges within our city and beyond.  Our solutions will be characterized by the synergy between multicultural local and global perspectives.


Diversity: Our diverse faculty and students bring their highly varied ideas, beliefs, and cultures to classroom interactions, scholarly activities, and community partnerships.

Social Justice: Our students and faculty engage in professional activities to reduce social disparities and health inequities in our communities.

Ethical Practice: Uphold high standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness in public health research, teaching, and service.

Professionalism: Model the duties and responsibilities of public health consistent with the code of conduct for the field.

Community/Partnerships: Engaging in mutually beneficial community collaborations built on respect, trust, and personal commitment to improve the public health status of local and global communities.

Global: Create an educational synergy among domestic and international students, faculty, and communities that foster learning and practice opportunities that improve public health across cultures.


The program participates in the University-wide assessment effort to assess its academic programs.  Information on assessment plans including goals, methods and outcomes is available at


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program was recently accepted as an applicant for accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Programs in Public Health

Two undergraduate programs in Public Health are offered, both leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, are offered:  the  General Program in Public Health ,   and the Honors Program in Public Health .  A Public Health Minor  is also available.

Also offered is a graduate  Master of Public Health (MPA)  program.

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