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Michael Rip, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of the Program in Public Health

1991 PhD, Michigan State University
1984 MS, University of Cape Town
1979 BS, University of Cape Town
1978 BS, University of Cape Town

CJ 839 Analytic Thinking and Intelligence

Biography

Michael Rip serves as the Founding Director of the Program in Public Health and is responsible for overseeing the strategic directions and daily operations of the Program and the global, online Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree—which has more than 400 graduate students enrolled—as well as positioning the Program for future expansion, the development of specialty tracts, and international collaboration. Previously, Dr. Rip was on the faculty of the Department of Community Health at the University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa, for seven years. After obtaining his Ph.D. in spatial epidemiology and medical geography at Michigan State University (MSU), he spent 16 years on the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology (MSU). There he developed graduate and undergraduate degree programs and courses in public health and epidemiology, most notably the undergraduate Specialization in Global Public Health and Epidemiology. He also assisted in the creation of the Department of Epidemiology in the early 1990s and was the Director of the Graduate Program until 2007. Dr. Rip’s research interests include the teaching of public health and epidemiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students—particularly from developing countries—the regionalization of public health, and medical care programs.