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Frequently Asked Questions

MPH Degree

How long will it take to complete the MPH degree at DePaul?

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.

When and where are courses typically held?

T​he DePaul MPH courses are held at the Loop Campus. Courses are taught Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening, from 6:00-9:15 pm.​​

Can I take courses on a part-time basis?

Yes, completing the program in 3 or 4 years is considered part-time; completing the program in 2 years is considered full time.

Can I complete the MPH degree online?

No, all courses are held in the traditional classroom environment.

How many students are accepted annually into the DePaul MPH Program?

While the MPH program receives more than​ 100 applications each year, our cohort is generally between 20-25 students per academic year.

Is the MPH Program accredited?

The Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accredits Schools and programs of public health. The MPH program received accreditation in June 2013. This accreditation period lasts for five years.

What is the advantage of DePaul’s MPH degree over other master degrees in Health?

The DePaul MPH degree is one that best prepares students for a career in Public Health. This terminal, professional degree emphasizes community public health practice. For example, a DePaul MPH degree includes a structured and integrated practicum that provides experience working in a public health setting. For example, Master of Science degrees typically emphasizes research and focus on a single discipline. However, should a DePaul MPH graduate decide to pursue research training, MPH graduates are competitive applicants for PhD programs.

Financial/Tuition Information

What is the MPH yearly tuition cost full time/part time?

For the 2016-2017​ academic year, tuition for graduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science is $670 per credit hour. The DePaul MPH program requires a total enrollment of the 56 credits hours; full time students usually take two classes per quarter (classes are generally FOUR credits each). Please note that DePaul is on a quarter system and MPH students are enrolled in Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. For up-to-date rates and details on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Financial Accounts website​.

Are any scholarships available?

The MPH program offers a limited number of graduate assistantship positions, which include a stipend and tuition waiver.​​

Credit Transfers

Can I transfer any credits toward the MPH degree?

No, the MPH Program does not accept transfer credit. All students are required to complete all DePaul MPH courses while enrolled in the program.

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