The Master of Public Health (MPH) provides a collaborative, applied approach to public health education,
focusing on health promotion and disease prevention to vulnerable populations. The
programs primary focus is community health practice.
The community health practice concentration prepares students to be leaders, innovators, and advocates in addressing community health problems and reducing health disparities. The concentration applies an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and focuses on skill development around community health assessment, program design, and program evaluation. Students learn to appraise community health needs and design, implement, and evaluate interventions to address those needs. The objective is to provide students with the professional knowledge and practical skills to become effective public health leaders.
During the final year of instruction, students gain practical experience working in the public health field while completing the required practicum. The practicum includes nine months of professional practice and provides students with a structured and integrated application of their coursework. There are a variety of practicum site opportunities available to students that represent a range of settings (e.g. governmental agencies, community-based organizations, health care delivery systems) and public health topics (e.g. sexual/reproductive health, childhood nutrition, refugee and immigrant health). Students choose from an approved list of opportunities and are matched to a practicum site based on their interests and career goals.
During the practicum, students work on a project that address a need or fills a gap at their practicum site. Students receive mentoring and guidance on their project from their site supervisor (public health professional at the practicum site) and faculty advisor. The project serves as the foundation for the capstone thesis, which is developed over a three-course sequence that runs concurrently with the practicum.
Examples of previous capstone projects are available in our Graduate Public Health Forum booklet.
The MPH program is a
unique and applied example of DePaul's identity with a mission to serve
marginalized populations in urban communities.
Other features unique
to DePaul's MPH program include:
learning model (including admitting once per year)
fieldwork and classroom learning
for working professionals (courses offered in the evenings)
can be completed in two, three or four years
reflect the interdisciplinary nature of public health and are from varied
departments, including anthropology, applied statistics, environmental sciences
faculty and staff are current public health practitioners
Flexible Locations and Times
All courses are
offered in the evening and held in the traditional classroom environment, not
The MPH program
requires completion of 56 credit hours. The program is designed as a cohort
program based on 14 required courses and one elective. All 14 courses are four
credit hour courses.
Students who choose
to enroll full-time will complete the program in two years. Students may also
enroll part-time and complete the program in either three or four years.