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Master of Public Health

Public Policy Development and Advocacy Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 27 Months

Through the Public Policy Development and Advocacy Concentration of our Online Master of Public Health program, students develop skills essential to community engagement, collective policy development and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Students will learn to focus on multicultural, regional, legal, and global factors when analyzing the full implications of complex health policy decisions. Graduates […]

Through the Public Policy Development and Advocacy Concentration of our Online Master of Public Health program, students develop skills essential to community engagement, collective policy development and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Students will learn to focus on multicultural, regional, legal, and global factors when analyzing the full implications of complex health policy decisions.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Conduct evidence-based research to improve the health and well-being of the public and to advance the public health profession
  • Evaluate collaborative health promotion and disease prevention programs/interventions using biostatistics, epidemiological principles, and other evidence-based research
  • Design public health access and quality strategies/policies for diverse populations

Online Master of Public Health: Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and ask questions from your instructor.

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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.

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.

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Application to the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Master of Public Health program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Essay – Please answer the following two questions within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience contribute to your success in this program?
    • How will the successful completion of this MPH Degree Program support your professional career goals?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae – Relevant work experience is recommended
  • Interview with Program Chair or Faculty Designee.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • N/A
  • Previous Coursework
    • N/A

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The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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