Students must complete 56 quarter hours consisting of 14 required 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.

Course Requirements

Elective Courses

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.  

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​.