The Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares public health leaders to work collaboratively with diverse communities to prevent disease and ill-health, prioritize and investigate health concerns, achieve lasting social change, and foster health equity to promote the health and well-being of all people. The MPH program has one focus, community health practice, and students will master the breadth of public health subject matter necessary for practice in this field. It is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, and 56 credit hours are required for program completion.
One of the program's distinctive aspects is its community-based practicum and corresponding capstone course sequence which is completed during the students' final year of the program. The practicum constitutes nine months of professional community health-focused practice and provides students with a structured, comprehensive, and integrated application of their MPH course work. This experience culminates in the creation of a capstone thesis, a capstone product, and a formal presentation through a three-course capstone sequence.
Additional features unique to DePaul's MPH program include: a cohort-based learning model (including admitting students once per year); small class sizes; integrated field work and classroom learning in the practicum and capstone course sequence; ideal for working professionals--courses are offered in the evening; students can complete the degree in two, three, or four years; and a multidisciplinary perspective that prepares students to address the complexities of community health.
The Master of Public Health may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest. Students participating in a combined MPH/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs. A separate application process for the certificate is required. Students who are interested in the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.
- Public Health + Global Health Certificate