College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Public Health > About > Message from the Director

Message from the Director

DePaul Master of Public Health Program

Welcome to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year!

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome the new cohort of students to our MPH program, our largest cohort to date.  We look forward to working with our new students during the Autumn Quarter both virtually and in-person. The last academic year required us to connect almost entirely virtually, and our faculty and students rose to the challenge, continuing to work on impactful projects and serve Chicago communities. Our community partners found new ways to work and host our students to complete meaningful practicum projects and network with their public health peers. In the face of great challenge, the MPH Program continues to deepen our commitment to public health excellence.

MPH Program Director, John Mazzeo
In June 2021, the MPH program held our Graduate Forum in a hybrid format sharing our poster session virtually, while holding our Awards Ceremony in person. This allowed our students to safely gather and celebrate their accomplishments.  I am very pleased to share the winner of The Grace Budrys Award for Excellence in Public Health: Huda Shareef, MPH.  I am equally pleased to announce that our Outstanding Practice and Performance Award went to Brianna Flores, MPH.




Our faculty continue to be recognized for the innovative and deeply committed work that they do both for students and in the field. I would like to congratulate Dr. Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, who was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. We also congratulate Dr. Dan Schober as one of the recipient of the 2021 DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry Award, which honors research, scholarly or creative achievements that exhibit commitment to that spirit of creative inquiry. Dr. Kathleen Conte continues her scholarship on systems thinking with the recent publication, Committed, ambivalent, concealed, or distanced: community organisations' perceptions of their role in local prevention systems

The MPH Program continues to expand the ways that we serve students and to offer new opportunities. This year, we have collaborated with the DePaul University School of Public Service to offer a new certificate program: the Health Care Administration Graduate Certificate. This certificate allows MPH students to learn the managerial and analytical skills to distinguish themselves as emerging leaders in health care.

As we prepare for the fall term, I am pleased to welcome Anne Sedlacek as the new Department Assistant for the Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work Programs. Anne will be splitting her time evenly between the departments. Anne is also a graduate of DePaul University, earning her BA in Geography this past spring.

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