NEW: Public Health

New program now accepting applications!

Program Description

The undergraduate major in public health exemplifies the university’s metropolitan vision. The metro-Detroit area is home to a number of racial and ethnic minority groups, for instance African Americans, Native Americans, and Arab Americans. Research on health disparities (some of which has been conducted here on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus) shows that these groups, in particular, are at increased risk for chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Students graduating with a degree in public health would be able to have a direct impact on helping to educate, research/understand, and implement wellness-based programs that might positively impact health in these already at risk groups locally and beyond.

This program is also consistent with the mission of the newly formed College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS) with its commitment to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and engaged learning. In addition, the program is consistent with the mission of the Dearborn campus’ Office of Metropolitan Impact and Public Allies Program, which are recent programs on campus that emphasize community engagement and academic service learning. The public health major includes 3-6 credits for internship placement in a local health setting, fostering engagement, service learning and integration with the Detroit community.

The curriculum outlined for the proposed undergraduate degree in public health is truly multidisciplinary in nature. Students graduating with a degree in public health will be well-prepared for service roles in the community or for continuing graduate education in public health. In addition, the program will serve to promote growth in the College and potentially increase recognition of the university’s health related programming.


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