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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.
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
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.
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:
learning model (including admitting once per year)
fieldwork and classroom learning
for working professionals (courses offered in the evenings)
can be completed in two, three or four years
reflect the interdisciplinary nature of public health and are from varied
departments, including anthropology, applied statistics, environmental sciences
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
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.
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.