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Degree Requirements

Students must complete a total of 56 quarter hours consisting of 7 required core courses, 7 required concentration specific courses, and two elective courses.

All MPH courses are offered during the evening. The program uses a cohort-based model in that students are admitted once per academic year and move through courses together as a single group. Students can complete their degree in two, three, or four years. Students complete the practicum field experience and capstone course sequence in their last year.

Required Core Courses (7 courses, 20 quarter hours)

  • MPH 501 Introduction to Public Health
  • MPH 502 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • MPH 503 Introduction to Environmental Health
  • MPH 511 Health Behavior Theory
  • MPH 541 Biostatistics
  • MPH 600 Preparation for Public Health Practice*
  • MPH 699 Public Health Practicum*
  • * MPH 600 and 699 are zero-credit hour courses

Required Community Health Practice Concentration Courses (7 courses, 28 quarter hours)

  • MPH 512 Research Methods
  • MPH 513 Public Health Administration
  • MPH 522 Program Development and Grant Writing
  • MPH 525 Program Evaluation
  • MPH 602 Community Health Assessment
  • MPH 603 Community Health Project Design
  • MPH 604 Capstone Seminar in Community Public Health

Required Social Epidemiology Concentration Courses (7 courses, 28 quarter hours)

  • MPH 530 Social Epidemiology
  • MPH 531 Data Analysis
  • MPH 532 Advanced Epidemiology
  • MPH 535 Program Design and Evaluation
  • MPH 605 Social Epidemiology Project Design
  • MPH 606 Social Epidemiology Project Implementation
  • MPH 607 Capstone Seminar in Social Epidemiology

Elective Courses (2 courses, 8 quarter hours)

Two elective courses, comprising eight credit hours, are required. Students are encouraged to select elective courses that align with their public health interests and career objectives. In addition to the MPH elective courses listed below, students should consider other graduate-level courses at DePaul. A student who chooses to take a course outside of MPH for elective credit must produce a brief rationale for the choice, discussing its relevance to the field of public health and the student’s course of study. Students must receive approval from the Program Director before enrolling in elective courses outside the MPH program.

  • MPH 551 GLOBAL HEALTH INEQUITIES
  • MPH 552 MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
  • MPH 553 PUBLIC HEALTH AND FORCED MIGRATION
  • MPH 554 GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE
  • MPH 556 WOMEN'S HEALTH
  • MPH 557 ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
  • MPH 595 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
  • MPH 599 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Practicum Requirements

Students complete their practicum field experience during their last year in the program. Students are required to commit to 8-10 hours per week to their practicum site, for a total of 250-300 hours over the course of the nine-month placement. Students are required to be physically onsite at the agency for the majority of these hours providing 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​.​