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Welcome to the Wayne State University Graduate Program in Public Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences (DFMPHS) in the School of Medicine. We are located in the heart of Midtown Detroit on the School of Medicine campus. Detroit is a border city, an international port, and a Legacy City with a long history of manufacturing, change, and revival. Detroit and Wayne State University are homes to diverse communities which provide a rich environment for learning and practicing public health. 


Public Health education has a long history at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. In 1913 The Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health was led by Dr. Guy Kiefer, son of Dr. Herman Kiefer, one of the city's original public health leaders. Dr. Kiefer helped to develop a 1-year, post-graduate program in Public Health and in 1915 and 1916 two physicians were awarded some of the earliest MPH degrees in the state.  These are the first documented MPH degrees awarded by what is known today as the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

In 2004 the Wayne State University Board of governors established our current MPH Program, and we have more than 200 graduates from our Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice Programs. 

We are committed to improving the health and vitality of the metropolitan Detroit area and beyond.  Our MPH degree prepares students for successful careers in public health practice and research in the community, government and private sector.  Our students develop skills in grantsmanship, program evaluation and planning, leadership and team management, and policy advocacy and analysis that are valuable  in a variety of career paths.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need any information. We look forward to helping you achieve your career goals.

Victoria Neale, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Vice Chair for Public Health Sciences
Juliann Binienda Ph.D.
Interim Director, MPH Program
Elissa Firestone, MEd
Program Manager