Online Master of Public Health


Program Description

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for working adults seeking a career in public health with an interest in mental health issues or practicing psychologists seeking to broaden their education or career options. Program graduates will be prepared to deliver outstanding service as public health professionals in the U.S. and globally, excel as leaders and managers, and promote social justice. 

Building upon its 35 years of excellence in providing quality education in the fields of professional psychology, The Chicago School has developed a master of public health degree program that stands apart from others by offering three concentration areas that emphasize the diverse aspects of public health service from a mental health perspective. These include:

  • Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health: Provides students with the knowledge base and practical skill set necessary to address mental and behavioral health as public health professionals
  • Leadership: Provides students with important skills that can help them pursue careers in diverse fields such as organizational development, business consulting and others in a domestic or global setting
  • Global Health: Allows students to become advocates for public health anywhere in the world where population-based health progress is needed

The online MPH program is perfect for working adults who are interested in starting a career in public health with an emphasis in mental health. Graduates may also consider roles in government, nonprofits, consulting, and advocacy organizations. Many MPH graduates serve in mental health organizations; work in research; work with a nonprofit organization; work as consultants related to mental health promotion and disease prevention; or work at a company that does health communication and health marketing. 

This master of public health is also a great option for those already working in mental or public health settings who would like to make a difference as agents of change in the fields of mental health service delivery systems, mental health policy development, mental health program design and management, population-based and community-based mental health research, or mental health advocacy.

The program culminates in a collaborative, participatory action capstone project with an identified U.S.-based or international partner who engages public health programming with a focus on mental health addressing underserved, marginalized or vulnerable populations.

The MPH is a 42-credit non-licensure and non-clinical program, consisting of 33 core course credits (including capstone project based on a required field experience), and 9 concentration course credits. 

Department

Public Health

Concentrations

  • Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
  • Leadership
  • Global Health

Licensure

Total Credits

42

Fieldwork Requirements

The Chicago School’s MPH program is not accredited by The Center for Education for Public Health (CEPH). The curriculum is aligned with national public health education competency standards as established by CEPH. In keeping with these standards, students enrolled in The Chicago School’s MPH program must acquire and demonstrate skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a planned, supervised, and experienced practice experience (fieldwork) that is relevant to students’ areas of specialization.

Students will be enrolled in three credit hours over two seminar courses. The MPH is a 42-credit program, consisting of a core of 33 credits including the capstone project based on a required field experience), and 9 concentration course credits. Students will complete a minimum of 75 hours of fieldwork in a seven-week term, and 25 hours of fieldwork in a second seven week term. While conducting their fieldwork, students will be enrolled in an online course in which they will discuss fieldwork challenges and achievements, focusing on the application of MPH principles to their respective work environments.

Program Time to Completion

2 years full time, 3 years 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

Public Health Law, Regulation, and Ethics

This course examines the critical relationship between health law, regulation, and ethics. Emphasis is on the contemporary challenges of how public health law, regulation, and bioethical decisions influence 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.

Psychological, Social, Behavioral, Cultural and Biological Issues in Public Health

This course examines theories, concepts, models, and methods of social, behavioral, cultural, and biological sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health issues in diverse communities and populations.  Explored are cultural perspectives, the relationships within and between families, and health disparities between populations and their impact on designing health services, such as the biological factors that may create stressors. Students will gain an understanding of levels of prevention, the need for cultural competence, and community based intervention strategies.

Emerging Trends in Global Health

This course examines global health issues and determinants in an array of countries. It covers global challenges and the social, economic, and epidemiological causes.  Emphasis is on the evaluation of current and emerging trends in global health such as pandemics, disparities in populations’ health and disease, chronic illness, paucity of resources, a limited healthcare workforce, and the stressors associated with determining and dealing with limited health resource allocation.

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