Elements of Study

The various academic programs are supported by a number of additional opportunities.

Graduate and undergraduate student can choose to add a concentration to their degree, and both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students can partake of certificate programs that we offer. Undergraduate students should review pertinent information on the Undergraduate Program page. 

Graduate Study Concentrations

Global Health Concentration

This concentration is offered to students in any Master's or DNP program. 
The Global Health Concentration is designed to educate students about global health issues and provide an opportunity for practical field experience. The concentration promotes multidisciplinary prevention over treatment and community-based service over institutional care. Requirements are to complete two additional classes and a substantive overseas internship or service. Serving in the Peace Corps may fulfill this overseas requirement. For more information, speak to the Office of Global Affairs or an academic advisor.

Occupational Health Nursing Concentration

This concentration is offered as an extension of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN or Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner MSN programs, and contains all content and clinical experiences required for certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner and as an Occupational Health Nurse, including over 500 hours of supervised practicum experience in primary care and occupational health services.
The occupational health nursing concentration at the University of Michigan is part of the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering. This education and research center, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), offers traineeships in the form of tuition support and stipends to eligible students.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs do not result in a degree, and are intended to supplement rather than replace an academic degree. With the growing demand for focused, specialized knowledge, a certificate can help health care professionals increase their qualifications. Certificate programs can generally be completed in less time than an academic degree program, but individual requirements vary.

  • Certificate in Health Informatics Both nurses and non-nurses can earn UMSN's Certificate in Health Informatics with completion of just 16 credits in a web-blended curriculum, which also prepares students to sit for a variety of informatics certifications. It's part of Systems, Populations and Leadership at UMSN which also offers a master's degree in Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science.


  • Staff Nurse EBP Certificate Program Designed for staff nurses at any educational level working with a mentor, this program will prepare participants to lead Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) as each dyad is guided through the EBP process from inception to implementation and sustainability. The program, which is led by Dr. Marita Titler, is completely online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences to help lay a solid foundation for continued use of the EBP process at the point of care delivery. Application available from the National Nursing Practice Network® (NNPN). 


  • Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education (CNE) This certificate is designed for individuals who seek to enhance their teaching skills and techniques in relation to the field of nursing. The CNE program is only available to those who have already completed a master's or doctoral program as well as students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at UMSN.


  • Post-Master's Advanced Practice Certificates These certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed a master's or doctoral program as well as students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at UMSN. The certificate provides additional advanced practice skills in leading and managing health in a different focus area than the original master's degree. Options include: adult-gerontology acute care NP; adult-gerontology CNS; acute care pediatric NP; adult-gerontology primary care NP; primary care family NP; nurse midwife; and primary care pediatric NP.

The Michigan Difference in Nursing Education

Pioneering Leadership and Innovation

UMSN's graduate programs have always been on the cutting edge. Our midwifery program, founded in 1990, was the first in the state of Michigan and is ranked among the top 10 nurse midwifery programs by U.S. News & World Report.  The Systems, Populations and Leadership department leads the way in using technology to draw students from all over into our programs, offering the first web-blended MSN and Post-Master’s DNP. Since 1980, community health nursing with a focus on mental health has been emphasized in our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP program. 

Recognized Success: Rankings and Pass Rates

In 2017 by the U.S. News & World Report, the University of Michigan School of Nursing was ranked #1 in Nurse Midwifery; #5 in Nursing Administration; #15 in Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and #11 overall for our Master’s degree programs.
With a nearly 100% pass rate on certification exams in recent years in a number of our programs, it is undeniable that the graduates of the University of Michigan School of Nursing are well-prepared.

World-Class Faculty Leaders in Education and Practice 

Faculty that teach in our programs are excellent teachers and practitioners. Our faculty are actively involved in national organizations, using their expertise to help shape and advance the future of care and education. As active participants in local and national educational and policy setting organizations, faculty stay current in education and practice trends, and lead the profession.
In addition to the excellent faculty of our school, our students benefit from the expertise of all health science faculty at U-M. Our students take classes in other schools, such as Pharmacy, and participate in cross-listed interprofessional health science courses. The interdisciplinary nature of learning and scholarship at the University of Michigan benefits all our graduate students and helps them become leaders in interdisciplinary healthcare provider teams, directly benefitting patient care. 

Groundbreaking Research

UMSN is known for research that is systems, community, and patient focused, in addition to basic science. Focus areas of our faculty include: women's health, domestically and globally, basic biological sciences, acute and chronic care efficacy trials, health systems science, health-promotion studies, care effectiveness studies, and population-based studies.
Our students learn the most up-to-date research as it is continually incorporated into their curriculum, and the broader community benefits indirectly. We support our students as researchers in their own right and encourage them to take advantage of faculty expertise on a wide range of research projects. We value our students' unique perspectives and provide ample opportunity for their collaboration on research initiatives that draw on their interests. 

Talented Preceptors and Variety of Clinical Settings for Students 

UMSN has a broad scope of talented clinical preceptors available in the University of Michigan Health System. We also place students with skilled preceptors in major health systems in southeast Michigan and other locations across the state. Clinical settings expose students to the entire spectrum of care, from community settings such as homeless shelters and youth center clinics, private primary care practices, regional hospitals in global locations, and local specialty clinics. Our long-standing tradition of rigorous academic preparation paired with intensive experiential learning makes for highly successful nurse professionals.

Global Opportunities 

The School of Nursing is a designated PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center. This designation gives students the opportunity to see how international health policy is formed through intergovernmental organizations. Students have the opportunity to work with School of Nursing faculty in a variety of global clinical settings, to complete a global health concentration, and Peace Corps fellows are eligible for the Coverdell Fellowship. In addition, all our students can draw on the wealth of international opportunities available through the University of Michigan.