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Master of Public Health (MPH)

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.

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

The fall 2024 application is open now in SOPHAS with a priority deadline of March 1, 2024.  Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis after the priority deadline 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 MPH graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Get your MPH Degree with faculty who make an impact

You’ll study with passionate and driven faculty like Assistant Professor Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, who has spent over 16 years volunteering at Chicago Recovery Alliance, where she currently serves as the Director of Research. Her teaching practices utilize the Chicago area as an extension of the classroom. She enrolls her students in real-world experience due to her two decades of public health practice.

“This program gave me the tools I needed to approach any given public health challenge with curiosity, hope and confidence that I could impact positive change. One of the key functions of my position is to lead Lurie Children’s community health needs assessment and implementation strategy process. My training with DePaul has prepared me to lead these efforts, including stakeholder engagement, primary data collection, secondary data analysis, dissemination and iterative evaluation and monitoring.”

Kelli (MPH ’17)

Director of Operations, Healthy Communities, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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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