The Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides a collaborative, applied approach to public health education, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention with individuals, families, communities, and organizations in diverse urban settings. A fully accredited public health program, DePaul’s MPH program has one focus--community health practice. Students in the program will master the breadth of public health subject matter necessary for practice in the field. The program requires students to organize, analyze, interpret, and communicate knowledge in the applied area of community health practice. This focus on community health practice provides students with the professional knowledge and skills needed to promote the health and well-being of all communities.
Features unique to DePaul’s MPH Program include a cohort-based learning model (including admitting students once per year); integrated field work and classroom learning in the practicum and capstone course sequence; ideal for working professionals--courses are offered in the evening at the Lincoln Park Campus; students can complete the degree in two, three or four years; and professors who reflect the interdisciplinary nature of public health coming from a number of departments throughout DePaul, including anthropology, applied statistics, health sciences, management, and sociology. This interdisciplinary perspective prepares students to address the complexities of community health.
The DePaul University MPH Program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Students gain practical experience during the final year of the program in their community-based practicum. 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 the MPH capstone, project and formal presentation through a three-course capstone sequence.