DePaul Master of Public Health Program
Public Health Leaders for a Changing Urban Landscape
Starting this Fall term (2018), the DePaul Master of Public Health Program will offer a new MPH in Social Epidemiology. This concentration prepares students to use biostatistics and epidemiology to investigate and reduce health inequalities. This concentration focuses on social determinants of health as causes of health disparities and examines the role of concepts such power and social context.
Another new program starting this fall is the Universal Pathways, Bachelors to MPH Combined Degree Program. DePaul students in their junior year from any major in any college at the University can apply for Fall term (2018) admission. In their Senior year, student take 3 MPH courses that double count toward their undergraduate degree and MPH degree. Once they complete their undergraduate degree requirements, students can take advantage of the Double Demon tuition discount.
On behalf of the MPH program, I would like to welcome our new and returning students to the 2017-2018 academic year. This past June, MPH had a record number of graduates; 43 students in total from our Loop and Lurie Children’s Hospital cohorts. Their outstanding capstone posters were proudly displayed at our Annual Graduate Public Health Forum and Reception. The Award for Excellence in Community Health was awarded to Lauren Ebeling for her project with the Chicago Department of Public Health, entitled “Secondary Data Analysis: Knowledge of HVC Status among Injection Drug Users.” Congratulations to the Class of 2017! This year we have 24 students in practicum with placements at many of our long standing community partners and a few new partners including the Office of Adolescent and School Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Heartland Health Center-Uptown.
I am especially proud of the success our MPH graduates as they join the public
health workforce. A recent survey of our alumni tells us that 97% of our graduates are currently employed, with the vast majority (90%) employed in a public health-related field. After graduation, 83% find employment within six months. I believe this success comes from our ability to attract talented students each year, deliver high quality courses and mentoring by faculty experts, and prepare student for the workforce through our nine-month practicum placement at public health sites across the city.
Our program is committed to serving Chicago’s public health workforce. Over the summer, MPH hosted the 10th Annual Health Disparities and Social Justice Conference. The conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Community Health Equity (CCHE) and attracted 238 attendees. The keynote address, entitled “Human Rights, Health Equity, and Working for Justice,” was delivered by Evan Lyon, MD, the Chief Integrated Health Officer at Heartland Health Outreach. The Public Health Student Organization (PHSO) was very active during the past academic year and hosted seven service opportunities for students to engage with the community, including the AIDS Walk/Run and wrapping gifts for underserved children during the holiday season. The engagement of our students further highlight our program’s strong commitment to serving Chicago.
This year is significant for the MPH program because we are being reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The MPH program has been accredited since 2008 and this is our first renewal. Over the coming year, the program will be inviting current students, alumni, and community partners to participate in the accreditation process. I hope that you will consider supporting our program.
The accomplishments over the past year and the work that lies ahead depends on the support and contributions of the MPH Administrative Team, the MPH Program Committee, the Public Health Student Organization, alumni, current students, and our community partners. Thank you to everyone, and I look forward to another amazing year in MPH!
Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program