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

Michigan State University, Henry Ford Health, Brown University Announce New Suicide Prevention Research Center

$15M NIH Award to Link Health Care and Justice Systems

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A Healthy Perspective on Criminal Justice

Crime. Trauma. Drugs. Intimate partner violence. Sex trafficking. Child abuse and neglect.

That may sound like a lineup of topics from episodes of Law and Order: SVU, but it’s not. These are the real-life issues that concern Rebecca Stone on a daily basis.

Stone is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Education at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Along with earning her B.A. (2007), M.S. (2009), and Ph.D. (2014) degrees in criminal justice, Stone added on a Master of Public Health degree (2012) from Michigan State University.

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Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable

The best way to create a fulfilling career is to move forward. From pre-med to public health to nursing school, Holly Campbell may think that she “did things backward.” It turns out she was charting a path to do what she loves in a public health career where she combines her nursing background with health promotion and disease prevention. 

Learn more about Holly's public health work in northern Michigan. 

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NIH Grant to Examine Universal Postpartum Depression Prevention for Moms

Maternal mental health is a critical public health component of perinatal care and maternal safety. Postpartum depression can have lasting consequences for the mother, child, and family. After each birth, 1 in 7 women will experience postpartum depression.

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Flint Registry Enrolls 20,000th “Golden Ticket” Participant

The Flint Registry has reached – and surpassed – its original goal of enrolling 20,000 participants. With approximately 20,276 enrollees (and counting!) and over 30,000 connections to critical support services, the Flint Registry continues to fulfill its mission of improving public health. "Reaching over 20,000 people in our community and connecting them to crucial resources is an important milestone," Nicole Jones, PhD, MS, Flint Registry Director, said. 
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Flint Proud: Partners for Change

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We Are Hiring

Come join a dynamic, diverse, and innovative team of faculty and staff working to improve health outcomes in Flint. 

Hiring up to 18 new faculty at all levels. Learn more about pursuing your public health passions on a highly successful research team. Emphasizing health disparities and health equity solutions, MSU faculty have been awarded over $115 million in externally sponsored grants for community research. Funding success is the result of a strong relationship among community advocates. Partners in the community help fuel the efforts with resources and a shared commitment to improving lives. 


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