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

Ghana: Study Abroad Experience

Connie Currier brings 25 years of cross-cultural experience to the Master of Public Health. She spent two years in Africa as a Population Fellow with the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council.

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An Evolutionary Career Path

Human Medicine, Paleontology, Vet Med, and Public Health... Katherine Adwell has carved out a non-traditional career path for herself—which includes her passion for animals.

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Reducing Health Disparities

Debra Furr-Holden and her team are dedicated to finding solutions that will reduce health disparities in the Flint community through the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions (FCHES).

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Furr-Holden becomes ELAM Fellow

Debra Furr-Holden named Fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen 
Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. It is a one-year leadership training on coaching, networking, and mentoring for senior women faculty.

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Taking on the Colonoscopy Ick Factor

Every year in the U.S., colorectal cancer claims more lives than traffic accidents. Todd Lucas is working to improve colorectal cancer screening and prevent needless loss of life from cancer. 

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