Programs in public health

What is public health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, detecting and limiting health disparities, and researching disease and injury prevention. A large part of public health is also about promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.

Degree programs

Studying public health

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers training in a broad range of public health issues to undergraduate students interested in careers in both public health practice and applied public health research. Students will learn to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and explore answers to promote the health and well-being of communities locally, nationally and globally. In particular, students will learn how to be a catalyst for change in Detroit and beyond and facilitate health equity for years to come. Core courses in the public health major and minor allow students to gain competencies in the following areas:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities and health equity
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Research methods and applied methodological approaches
  • Public health practice