Master of Public Health

Program

Curriculum

Student must complete 56 credit hours (13 four-credit courses, 2 zero credit course). The program is designed as a cohort program based on fourteen required courses and one elective course.

Course Schedule

In order to accommodate the working professional, all of our courses are offered at night (6:00-9:15pm). The course offerings are scheduled to give students the opportunity to complete the MPH program on a two, three, or four year track.

Practicum

Public Health field experience opportunities: The practicum at DePaul University’s MPH program constitutes nine months of professional community health-focused practice in order to engage MPH students in public health activities. The practicum takes place during the final year of the MPH program.

Practicum Hours

Students 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, students will contribute from 250-300 hours over three academic quarters. Specific schedules will be arranged based on the needs of the organization and the student.

Practicum Agency and Direct Field Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities

Students must have an appointed Direct Field Supervisor. The Direct Field Supervisor must be a trained and experienced public health practitioner, in the estimation of the DePaul MPH Program, who can meet the following requirements in supporting their practicum student:

  • Create a Learning Agreement in collaboration with the student and Community Public Health Practicum Coordinator to structure the field experience within the first week of placement.

  • Monitor student performance, regularly providing both informal and formal written feedback throughout the practicum to the student as needed.

  • Complete a formal evaluation of the student at the end of each academic quarter.

  • Provide a minimum of one hour per week of direct supervision to the student.

  • Structure public health activities to encourage the student to learn a broad range of practices common to professional community health practices.

  • Follow procedures outlined in the Practicum Field Manual.

Practicum Student Roles and Responsibilities

All students are expected to be active and engaged adult learners in their practicum placements and to conduct themselves ethically as a developing community health practitioner and a visitor to a community agency. Although there as a learner, students are not unpaid administrative staff, and practicum activities should be structured to directly address the Learning Agreement and the development of the capstone. Appropriate practicum activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Learning how to advance community health through public health education and system development.

  • Learning how to improve community health through public health systems and program planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, including improvement and effectiveness program evaluations.

  • Learning how to collect, assemble, analyze, interpret, and disseminate community health-focused data on public health issues prevention and treatment.

  • Learning how to assemble, analyze, interpret, and disseminate community health-focused data for disease tracing, monitoring, and reporting.

  • Learning how to conduct public health policy research, development, and advocacy to ameliorate community health outcomes.

  • Learning how to research and promote advocacy designed to improve funding for community health-focused public health prevention and intervention programs and initiatives.

Please note that the student is not to fulfill any unpaid administrative or staff role at the agency or organization.

DePaul’s Director of Community Partnerships and the Direct Field Supervisor will remain in regular communication throughout the practicum as necessary.