Dr. Wayne McCullough

Michigan State is advancing the health well-being of local and global communities by educating the next generation of public health professionals. With more than 600 graduates, Spartans in Public Health are mobilizing change in meaningful ways.

April 4, 2019 (Updated June 25, 2019)

Spring semester 2019, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program launched a new curriculum to prepare our future public health practitioners. The MPH program has undergone significant changes to ensure that our program is relevant, competitive, and able to make an impact on the greatest health challenges of our time. 

To advance health equity and showcase our public health strengths in Flint, Michigan; programmatic changes and curriculum changes are led from a community engaged practice-oriented experience

We are committed to continual improvement through ongoing critical evaluation of our program, regular assessment of student needs, and the development of a responsive and cutting-edge online curriculum. 

Student-Centric Mentoring from Application through Matriculation 
Throughout the educational journey, graduate students are guided by expert faculty and staff vested in the success of each individual scholar. From inquiry, to application and enrollment, through matriculation students are guided by a formative and summative evaluation process.

Emphasis on Competency and Applied Knowledge 
Spartans in public health, are leaders who enact change and promote health and well-being. They translate and disseminate public health knowledge into evidence-based practice, policy change, and advocacy.

New Online Curriculum 
Foundational courses provide students with information that encompass the root values of the program: leadership, health equity, and practical application. Courses cover the breadth of practical methodology utilized by public health practitioners, including systematic review, program evaluation, and study design.

Diverse Selection of Elective Courses  
Students are able to customize their public health education and pursue their passion. With a range of topics to select from, students are able to engage in courses that ignite their interest. Elective courses vary from policy/administration, global/cultural health, nutrition, infectious disease, and epidemiology/biostatistics/surveillance.

Community Engaged Practice Experience 
As a pioneer land-grant institution, MSU works side-by-side with communities to identify relevant health issues. These experiences help to create public health practitioners armed with skills to address the social determinants of health and improve community health.

A culmination of these efforts prepares MSU to pursue Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation. I am pleased to announce that Michigan State University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health

Progress Toward Accreditation: 

  • We will start the form and structure of our self-study report; to be completed by June 15, 2021
  • June 3-15, 2019, the governing body of the Council on Education for Public Health formally acted at its June meeting to approve Michigan State University’s request to begin the accreditation process
  • February 6, 2019, application submitted to the Council on Education for Public Health
  • February 4, 2019, accreditation application request signed by Dean Norman Beauchamp and Interim President Satish Upda

The accreditation review will address the Master of Public Health program. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review.

For additional information go to https://ceph.org/.

Wayne McCullough, PhD
Master of Public Health Director
mph.msu.edu