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Message from the Director

DePaul Master of Public Health Program
Public Health Leaders for a Changing Urban Landscape

On behalf of the MPH program I would like to welcome our new and returning students to the 2016-17 academic year. This year we are welcoming our first cohort of BS to MPH students. This combined degree program offers a pathway for highly qualified Public Health Studies undergraduate students in the Health Science Major to earn their Bachelor of Science degree and pursue their MPH degree in an accelerated format. 

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new program, the MBA / MPH degree. The joint MBA/MPH degree program gives the student the opportunity and flexibility to weave together the two domains of the best that DePaul has to offer for a broad understanding of business, health sector management, and public health in an integrated fashion.

This academic year we have 44 students in practicum with placements at many of our long standing community partners and several new partners including Access Community Health, BUILD, HealthConnect One, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Presence Health and Rush University School-based health centers. 

This past year has been very productive and I am happy to describe our major accomplishments. Congratulations to the MPH Class of 2016! Their outstanding capstone posters were proudly displayed at our Annual Graduate Public Health Forum and Reception. The Grace Budrys’ Award for Excellence in Community Health was awarded to Jennifer Akufo (Class of 2016) for her project with Erie Neighborhood House entitled, “Get Moving! A nutrition and physical activity health education program for Latino adolescents.”

This year’s Health Disparities and Social Justice Conference was held in August and was co-sponsored with the Center for Community Health Equity (CCHE).  The ninth annual event attracted record high participation, 252 attendees, and featured a keynote address from Patricia O’Campo, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto entitled, “Tackling Growing Health Inequities: Is the Evidence Failing Us?”

These accomplishments would not be possible without the support and contributions of the MPH Administrative team, MPH Program Committee, the Public Health Student Organization, alumni, current students, and our community partners. Thank you everyone and I look forward to another amazing year in MPH. 

John Mazzeo

Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program