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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Public Health (MPH)

Become a public health leader, innovator and advocate

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides a collaborative, applied approach to public health education, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention to vulnerable populations. Gain the knowledge and practical skills to become an effective public health leader and solve problems to reduce health disparities. Choose from one of two concentrations:

  • Community health practice: Assess a community’s health needs and design, implement and evaluate interventions that address those needs.
  • Social epidemiology: Use biostatistics and epidemiology to inform research, policy and intervention efforts aimed at eliminating health inequalities. (STEM designated program)

Courses are offered on weekday evenings at DePaul’s Loop Campus. This program can be completed in two years.

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Diverse opportunities for field experience

You’ll get real-world experience by doing a nine-month practicum in the public health field. Chicago has a number of government agencies, community organizations and health care systems that serve as practicum sites.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the fall 2019 quarter will be reviewed until the cohort is filled.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé/CV, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation.

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Required Courses

You’ll take seven core courses, seven concentration-specific courses and two electives.

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of 2017 MPH degree graduates reported that they were employed, 94% of which held positions in the public health or health fields


of employed 2017 MPH alumni found their first job within six months of receiving their master’s degree

Faculty experts and practitioners

You’ll study with professors like Fernando De Maio and Suzanne Carlberg-Racich who work to address health inequities in Chicago. Associate Professor De Maio is co-director of the Center for Community Health Equity. Assistant Professor Carlberg-Racich has more than 20 years of practice experience and she’s a leading expert in harm reduction research and strategies.

“The MPH faculty provided great information about health behaviors and the best practices for planning and evaluating health programs. From writing grant proposals to understanding which research methods to employ, I’m very pleased with what I learned and how applicable it is now.”

Derek (MPH ’17)
Research and Evaluation Associate, The Council on Recovery

Alumni Network

Join a diverse community of Master of Public Health alumni working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors locally and around the world. You’ll find our graduates at companies and organizations like Howard Brown Health, Rush University Medical Center, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Scholarships & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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