Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine


The MSU Division of Public Health focuses on population health from its home base – the College of Human Medicine’s Flint campus. Being embedded in the Flint community allows our faculty and researchers to understand the assets and needs of the community while studying Flint’s most pressing public health issues.

Spartans work side-by-side with community partners and healthcare providers in a community-identified and community-participatory public health focus model to:

  • Encourage healthy behaviors, mitigate chronic diseases, identify environmental health risks, and examine social factors that influence community health
  • Prepare graduate students to become competent public health professionals to meet the needs of communities across the globe
  • Engage agencies, professional organizations, and community-based partners on collaborative projects to improve health care delivery that will lead to reductions in health disparities in the community, the state of Michigan, and beyond.

Division of Public Health News

Depression In Black Men

Black men are just as likely as any one to have depression but less likely to get help for it. Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor at Michigan State University tells host, Dr. Lonnie Joe why Black men can no longer live in silence and in the shadows of this treatable condition.

Violence - A Public Health Issue

Dr. Lonnie Joe and epidemiologist Dr. Debra Furr-Holden discuss how a public health approach to violence has proven successful in preventing and reducing violent crime.

Debra Furr-Holden appointed Interim Director for Division of Public Health

The College of Human Medicine is pleased to announce that C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Debra Furr-Holden has been appointed interim director of the MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health. In addition to her new role, Dr. Furr-Holden will continue in her current position as director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions and co-director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center.

Dr. Furr-Holden is an internationally renowned epidemiologist with expertise in addiction epidemiology, prevention science, psychosocial measurement and behavioral health equity research, interventions and policy. In 2006, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by virtue of her early career accomplishments in environmental research. 

During the past decade, Dr. Furr-Holden’s research has focused on developing environmental strategies, structural and policy interventions to promote behavioral health and health equity. She has worked extensively with a wide range of partners including community-based organizations, local municipal officials and policy makers. Her research has supported legislative efforts to impact zoning as well as state-level legislation to promote behavioral health equity.

“Debra’s collaborative approach to research has been very well received by community stakeholders in Flint and across the state,” said Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS, dean, MSU College of Human Medicine. “We believe her management and leadership strengths are key to the successful trajectory of our public health research growth in Flint.”

Dr. Furr-Holden will have administrative responsibility for all the activities of the Division of Public Health, which includes the core research faculty and staff, the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, the Institute for Health Policy, and the Master of Public Health degree program.