Master of Public Health in Los Angeles


Program Description

Built upon The Chicago School’s history of practitioner-focused learning, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at our Los Angeles campus is designed for working adults passionate about making a difference in the health and wellness of others through the promotion of community and public health.

The Chicago School’s 21st Century curriculum embraces the evolving U.S. healthcare landscape, which has seen dramatic change following the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while developing a global mindset to respond to the challenges of a highly interconnected world. The rigorous curriculum integrates theory, scientific research, professional practice and innovation - all framed by career-focused community engagement, offering the knowledge and skills drawn from a variety of disciplines.

The Chicago School's Master of Public Health (MPH) consists of 42-credit hours including 27 credits of core courses, 9 credits in a chosen concentration, and 6 credits of fieldwork culminating in a capstone project. All students participate in a 10-day international field experience, allowing them to examine the unique and common health challenges of a diverse, yet interconnected world.

Our MPH degree program in Los Angeles, California offers a flexible hybrid class schedule. The program serves as a doorway into the exploding public health and healthcare job market.

Graduates are equipped with the skillsets required to successfully engage as collaborative partners in multicultural and stakeholder-diverse settings.

Department

Public Health

Concentrations

Students choose from four concentrations, which include 4-day residencies, graduatingwith employment-ready skills.

  • Health Informatics: Students gain essential skills to identify the meaning and application of health information to support effective public health interventions and health service administration. (No residency)
  • Mental & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health: Students gain an understanding of the psychological aspects of health and wellness and develop effective community public health interventions to support mental health. (Includes 4-day residency)
  • Public Policy Development & Advocacy: Students develop skills essential to community engagement, collective policy development and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. (Includes 4-day residency)
  • Senior Services Administration: Students evaluate the social, biological, and psychological aspects of healthy aging and implement strategies that promote quality-of-life for seniors including end-of-life community care. (Includes 4-day residency)

Licensure

Total Credits

42

Fieldwork Requirements

In accordance with national accreditation standards, MPH students acquire skills in basic public health domains and apply these skills through a community-based fieldwork experience relevant to their career objectives.

MPH students complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork over a 15-week semester. Through their supervised field experience, students apply MPH principles to real-world settings.

Program Time to Completion

3 years or less (Full-Time/Part-Time)
Degree
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
Coursework
  • N/A
Additional
  • Work experience recommended
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

No

Sample Courses

Global Issues of Culture, Health and Wellness

This course examines theories, concepts, models, and methods of social, behavioral, and culture relevant to the identification and solution of global public health challenges. Concepts of international and multicultural health and wellness, illness and the etiology of disease are introduced framed by the social determinants of health. Understanding the levels of prevention, the need for cultural competence and community-based intervention strategies are discussed. Explore the needs of immigrants, displaced persons, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Examine the health disparities between populations and their impact on designing effective, promising-practice health services. The course includes a required 10-day international study abroad experience.

Dimensions of Community Assessment, Environmental, and Occupational Health

This course examines the principles and practices of assessing the health of a community and its risk factors. Included are health status and profiles, determinants of health, and needs and capacity assessment strategies. Focus is on using assessments for community/public health prevention and interventions. Also covered are the impact of physical, chemical and biological factors of the environment on health and environmental influences on various ecosystems and the workplace. Explored are community/industrial hygiene and injury control, radiation, water and air quality, wastewater and food safety, hazardous and solid waste management, vector control, toxicology related to work and other environments, the relationship of environmental exposure and disease, communicable disease, and bioterrorism. Emphasis is on public health surveillance and analyses, current and future occupational and environmental health problems and issues, and the role of regulatory agencies.

Public Policy Development: Essentials of Communication, Collaboration, Advocacy

This course examines the development of policies and procedures to support the health and welfare of populations. Focus will be on identifying common challenges among and between people, developing skills to support mutual collaboration and problem solving and finding areas of common ground. Emphasis will be placed on identifying effective strategies to address shared health and wellness population challenges. Focus will be on developing public policy responses to community challenges and advocating for changes at the local, regional and national levels through public and private partnerships.

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