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Master of Public Health (MPH)

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. 

Community Health Practice Concentration

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.

Social Epidemiology Concentration 

The social epidemiology concentration prepares students to be public health leaders that use the methodological approaches of biostatistics and epidemiology to investigate and reduce health inequalities. This concentration focuses on social determinants of health as causes of health disparities and examines the role of concepts such power and social context. Students learn to use data to inform research, policy, and intervention efforts that lead to effective action aimed at eliminating health inequalities. 

Real-World Experience


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.

Capstone Project

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​.

Program Highlights

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:

  • Cohort-based learning model (including admitting once per year)
  • Integrated fieldwork and classroom learning
  • Ideal for working professionals (courses offered in the evenings)
  • Program can be completed in two, three or four years
  • Professors reflect the interdisciplinary nature of public health and are from varied departments, including anthropology, applied statistics, environmental sciences and sociology
  • Many 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 online.

Program Length

The MPH program requires completion of 56 credit hours. The program is designed as a cohort program based on 14 required courses and two electives. 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.