Online Master of Public Health

Program Description

U.S. health care is dramatically changing. Well into the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, our national focus is shifting toward prevention, wellness, and access to affordable and outcome-based care. In turn, the role of public health is changing to one that is evidence-based, focused on quality of life, and built around public and private partnerships.

The Chicago School’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) program has been designed to meet these historic challenges and provide our graduates with the highly sought-after skills that this changing field demands.

Built on our history of innovative education, community outreach, and service, The Chicago School’s dynamic online Master of Public Health program is designed for working adults passionate about making a difference in the health and wellness of others.

Our curriculum integrates theory, research, and innovative real-world practice; all aligned with national public health competency standards. Additionally, the foundation of our online MPH program is interdisciplinary, built upon on an integrated community-based healthcare model.

Our online Master of Public Health (MPH) is a 42-credit program of study consisting of 27 credits of core courses; four, three-course practical concentrations; engaged fieldwork; and a practical capstone project. On average, this program can be completed in 27 months with 8-week courses. Our class size is small, providing opportunity for sharing, community-building, and personalized attention.

As part of The Chicago School’s steadfast commitment to prepare globally-responsible and locally-responsive leaders, 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 commitment is to graduate true agents of change. Through coursework, concentrations and field experiences, you’ll be empowered with the competencies to contribute to local public health needs while remaining focused on our ever-present responsibility as global citizens. Substantial public health challenges at the national and global level await you as you prepare to bring both head and heart to a world in deep need.


Public Health


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)


Total Credits


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)
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • N/A
  • Work experience recommended
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements


Sample Courses

Foundations of Public Health and Public Health Policy

This course explores the unique history and evolution of public health; the role and mission of public health organizations; concepts, models and core functions of public health; and public health problems and challenges in communities. Past practices are examined to offer a perspective on current and future public health care strategies needed for disease prevention and health promotion across diverse communities and populations. Also included are the structure of the political processes in making public health policy and the role of the government, agenda setting, and the types and analyses of public health policy. Focus is on the dynamics and challenges of developing and managing policy and the roles that can be played to advocate for and intervene in policy to achieve community capacity, health outcomes, and well-being.

Public Health Law, Regulation, and Ethics

This course examines the critical relationship between health law, regulation, and ethics, focusing specifically on their influence on the practice and delivery of public health. Principles of law, legal sources of power, legal obligations of healthcare providers, and examination of the US legal system as well as other national and international governmental and private entities are covered. Workplace and environmental regulations such as medical malpractice, public health safety, administrative and public health as they relate to individual rights, substance abuse, communicable disease, and technology are included. Also explored are the basic tenets of bioethics such as human rights, social justice, other ethical principles and theories, and ethical decision making models. Emphasis is on the contemporary challenges of how public health law and regulation and bioethical decisions impact community capacity and health outcomes.

Principles and Methods of Biostatistics

This course is an introduction to the statistical methods and analyses commonly used in Public Health. Included are statistical concepts and models, relevant study designs, probability, distribution, sampling, data collection, management and storage of data, and statistical computing. Also included are the application of descriptive and inferential statistics and non-parametric and parametric tests inclusive of correlation, and linear regression. Emphasis is on understanding statistically based reports and evaluating the appropriate statistical applications used to analyze and interpret population/community health data.

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