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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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Health Policy Analysis: Overview to Implementation

This course is an expansive introduction to the public, nonprofit and private-sector processes by which public policy is developed and implemented in the United States. Course content examines the vital role of public policy in promoting access to care, advancing health equity, and improving health. The course presents models of policymaking and tools of policy analysis and application. Course focus will be outcome-based by way of examining community-based health challenges, solutions-based coalition building, and public and private policy improvement.

Health Policy Analysis: Seminar in Legislative Advocacy and Public Policy Development

Course Description: In this seminar, students will work directly with a public health or healthcare organization, coalition, or community-based initiative engaged in policy advocacy at the state or national level. Course content will examine the practice of legislative policy development; how organizations, coalitions and interest groups influence legislation; the nature of compromise in policymaking; and the advocacy role in the policy process.

International Healthcare Policy

This course examines issues of global health and care delivery framed by the social determinants of health and its implications for improved health particularly for developing countries. The course will examine international policy analysis, development, and policy impact monitoring. Discussion will examine contemporary global challenges including maternal health, HIV policy, refugee health, and international healthcare delivery. The role of international relief efforts, national governmental organizations and global private sector outreach, and the effectiveness of these efforts will be investigated.

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.

All students participate in a required international field experience, for an average of 7-10 days, which typically will not exceed 12 days, including travel time, allowing them to examine the unique and common health challenges of a diverse, yet interconnected world.

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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

International Application Requirements

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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