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Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) provides a collaborative, applied approach to public health education, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention to vulnerable populations. The programs primary focus is community health practice.

The objective of this interdisciplinary program is to provide you with the professional knowledge and practical skills you will need to identify and address community health needs as a working public health practitioner.

Real-World Experience

During the final year of instruction, you are expected to gain practical experience working in the field and completing a field-based final project in the three-course practicum experience.

The practicum constitutes nine months of professional community health-focused practice in order to engage in public health activities. You must complete 8-10 hours per week at the practicum site or working on practicum-related projects and activities over the course of nine months. In total, you will contribute 250-300 hours over three academic quarters.

Program Highlights

The MPH program is a unique and applied example of DePaul's identity with a mission to serve marginalized populations in urban communities.

Other features unique to DePaul's MPH program include:

  • Cohort-based learning model (including admitting once per year)
  • Integrated fieldwork and classroom learning
  • Ideal for working professionals (courses offered in the evenings)
  • Program can be completed in two, three or four years
  • Professors reflect the interdisciplinary nature of public health and are from varied departments, including anthropology, applied statistics, environmental sciences and sociology
  • Many faculty and staff are current public health practitioners

Flexible Locations and Times

All courses are offered in the evening and held in the traditional classroom environment, not online.

Program Length

The MPH program requires completion of 56 credit hours. The program is designed as a cohort program based on 14 required courses and one elective. All 14 courses are four credit hour courses.

Students who choose to enroll full-time will complete the program in two years. Students may also enroll part-time and complete the program in either three or four years.

Career Opportunities

Graduating with an MPH can open many doors and create numerous career paths:

Community Practice. Community practice offers career opportunities to those striving for mobility or a leadership position in health care programs. 

Heath Education/Behavioral Health. Public health problems involve complex and interrelated social, behavioral, legal, medical and economic issues. As an educator with a graduate degree in public health, one primary challenge may be to develop and implement interventions designed to improve overall health.

Policy. Health policy examines the complexity and dynamics of our public health system and its impact on the health of individuals and communities.

Administration/Management. Rapid changes in both the public and private sectors of health care and related industries mean more opportunities for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations and health services delivery programs.

Research. A career in basic and applied research demands interdisciplinary skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field.