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Message from the Director

DePaul Master of Public Health Program 

Welcome to the start of the 2019-2020 academic year!

This fall we welcome new students at our DePaul Loop campus and at our on-site program at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

We are also very pleased to welcome back Professor Dan Schober in his new position as Assistant Professor.

John Mazzeo
I would like to highlight the work of two outstanding alumni from the class of 2019 recognized at our annual Graduate Public Health Forum.  The Award for Excellence in Community Health was awarded to Wei Ning Chi for her project with the Chicago Department of Public Health, entitled “Are Young Injection Drug Users at Increased Risk of HIV through Sexual Transmission?"  The Outstanding Practice and Performance Award was awarded to Hee Jin Park for her project with Northwestern University, entitled “Qualitative Analysis of a Perinatal Depression Preventive Intervention: Mothers and Babies."

A recent survey of our alumni tells us that 96% of our graduates are currently gainfully employed.  The vast majority of alumni continue to work in the field of public health, and most graduates find full time employment within six months.  This professional success comes from our ability to attract talented students each year, deliver high quality courses and mentoring by faculty experts, and prepare students for the workforce through our nine-month practicum placement at partner sites across the city.

Over the summer, MPH hosted the 12th annual Health Equity and Social Justice Conference.  The conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Community Health Equity (CCHE) and was held at the Malcom X College Conference Center.  This new venue accommodated expanding interest in the conference and attracted over 450 registrants.  The morning keynote address, entitled “Place-based Epidemiology: New thinking to drive health equity," was delivered by Sharon Homan, PhD of Sinai Urban Health Institute.  The closing keynote panel was moderated by DePaul Associate Professor Noam Ostrander, PhD, MPH, and focused on the work of the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative.

This year is significant for the MPH program because we were among the first programs in the country to adopt the revised 2016 criteria set forth by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  This new criteria is reflected across our curriculum and our competencies.

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!

John Mazzeo
Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program