The MPH program requires completion of 56 credit hours that includes fourteen required MPH courses, two elective courses, and two zero-credit 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.
Eight elective credit hours are required, usually in the form of 2 courses. In addition to the MPH elective courses listed below, students are encouraged to consider other graduate-level courses at DePaul for their electives. If students elect to take a course outside of MPH for elective credit, they are encouraged to select a course that is aligned with their public health interests and career objectives. Students are required to write a brief statement explaining why they are choosing to enroll in a particular elective course outside of MPH and submit that statement to their MPH technical advisor.