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Masters of Public Health

Chicago State University's MPH program is a practice-centered curriculum designed to prepare students for the health problems of the 21st century. It focuses on the core functions of public health including:  health status assessments, environmental health quality assurance, behavior change strategies, health disparities, as well as health policy development and research. CSU’s MPH program has a value-added component that focuses on minority health and health equity. The MPH curriculum also emphasizes social and scientific strategies in understanding the causality, consequences, prevention and control of diseases and untimely deaths. 

Students in the MPH program will conduct research that will increase public awareness of these health problems. 



The program’s mission is to prepare public health practitioners and scholars who are able to identify and assess the needs of communities and populations; plan, implement and evaluate programs in order to enhance health and achieve equity in health status through organized community efforts, especially among urban minority populations.


The vision of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is to improve/impact the primary prevention initiatives for health in the Chicagoland area, state, region and globally through leadership in teaching, research and service.


The values of the MPH Program align with those of the University and the College of Health Sciences to include:

  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Social Justice
  • Life-long learning
  • Personal, professional and academic integrity
  • Leadership

School of Public Health

Public health degrees for health justice

Centered in the nation's largest urban medical district, our push for health equity and social justice starts at home in Chicago neighborhoods. Across numerous CDC, NIH and World Health Organization projects and global collaboration spanning 65 countries, our mission remains the same: to confront and mitigate social, economic and political determinants of health so that people across the globe can pursue their full life opportunities.

Policing and public health

The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in encounters with police captured the nation's conscience in 2020. But even these high profile cases cannot alone illuminate the scale of the effects on public health that can be caused by law enforcement activity. SPH faculty are building a surveillance system for Chicago, Illinois and the nation to systematically track and describe civilian injuries and deaths in interactions with law enforcement.

Residents of Columbus, Ohio walk down a street as a group protesting the death of George Floyd.

An underpass on Chicago's south side contains a mural showing a wide variety of people, with differences in age, size and ethnicities.

Democratizing population health data

We believe citizens should play an active role in improving the public health of their own neighborhoods and communities. SPH's PHAME Center is strengthening access to timely, detailed and understandable health data.

Population health data links

Advancing health justice

All people should have the power and resources to have agency over their health, which requires addressing systems of oppression such as classism, racism, sexism and xenophobia.

Public health isn't an action performed on others

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need for citizens to be collaborators in public health. We're building capacity for citizen scientists as researchers and contact tracers.

Community capacity examples

Global health

SPH students, faculty and staff are collaborating in 65 countries around the world. Our global health concentration builds on-the-ground experience for MPH and MS students, and our bidirectional emphasis is strengthening training of public health leaders in other nations, notably Indonesia, Cuba and Mexico.

SPH Program in Kenya

SPH students travel to Kisumu City each year, working with community partners on HIV/AIDS interventions, sexual and reproductive health, safe water access, interpersonal violence, tobacco cessation and LGBTQ health.

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SPH Program in Mexico

In partnership with Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, SPH students travel to Cuernavaca, capital of Morelos state, to work with community partners addressing community health challenges in the region and country.

Learn More About SPH Program in Mexico

World Health Organization Collaborating Center

SPH's World Health Organization Collaborating Center focuses primarily on occupational and environmental health and is a global leader in training occupational health practitioners to address the health and safety needs of informal workers around the world.

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Global Health Research Portfolio

SPH leads the way in developing and testing interventions and programs to investigate causes of disease, improve health and deliver acceptable, feasible and affordable services. Underlying our efforts, we prioritize equity, compassion and idealism as we address health equities and human rights worldwide.

Learn More About Global Health Research Portfolio

Environmental justice

All too often, the burdens of pollutants, toxic emissions and climate change disproportionately impact people in low and lower-middle income communities. At SPH, we're committed to strengthening environmental justice, the principle that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and have the right to a clean and healthy environment.
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About the MPH Degree Program

NEIU’s MPH degree program is unique to the greater metropolitan Chicago area. For individuals seeking to improve population health through policy, research, and strategy, the program consists of 42 credit hours taught by a multidisciplinary team of faculty members lending their perspective and expertise and providing a degree of flexibility: six credit hours let you explore a wide range of public health topics related to sociology, gerontology, justice studies, and economics. In preparation for a post-graduation career, you’ll pair classroom learning with research and internship opportunities to supplement your knowledge with hands-on experience. 

From a holistic perspective, you’ll learn about the social determinants of health, their impact on individual and community quality of life, and the intersectional factors playing a role. Emphasizing reflective, collaborative, and personally and socially transformative practices, our program prepares individuals to serve under-represented, under-resourced populations as public health experts in government institutions, non-profit and private organizations, K-12 schools and higher education, healthcare clinics, research centers, industry, and other settings. In striving to become a dedicated professional aiming to challenge existing systems and shape new legislation that benefit the public, you’ll:

  • develop a complex understanding of the profession and science of public health;
  • explore sociological, economic, and policy factors related to human health;
  • enrich your existing skill set with an evidence-based approach to public health and the healthcare system, including planning, management, communication, policy, systems thinking, and interprofessional practice skills;
  • gain insight and skills related to biostatistics, epidemiology, healthcare administration and leadership, health literacy and health communications, health promotion programming, social and behavioral health theory, policy and legislation, systems thinking, and environmental health;
  • explore a wide range of public health topics related to urban community studies, gerontology, human resource development, geographic information science, economics, and more; and
  • build upon your existing knowledge while preparing to pursue a terminal degree in behavioral health, epidemiology, environmental health issues, or health law and policy.

Through online and on-campus classes at urban locations accessible by car and public transportation, you’ll progress through the MPH program according to the plan of study. Full-time students are ready to take their knowledge out into the world after two years, while part-time students finish the program in under three years.

Our MPH graduates are eligible to sit for the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The CHES examination is a competency-based assessment used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists.

Reasons to get an MPH (especially if you're already started/finished medical school!)!

Our Program

The Masters of Public Health (MPH) program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago trains students in a premiere, multidisciplinary educational environment for a variety of professional roles in public health, clinical care and health research. In our public health courses, students capitalize on close interaction with faculty leaders to advance their career goals.

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Michael Fagan, PhD, MPH

Director's Message

Hear from our program director, Michael Fagen, PhD, MPH, and learn about his goals for our MPH degree program.


Our Faculty

Get to know our program and public health course directors by browsing their faculty profiles to see their publication and contact information, research and clinical specialties and more.


Program in Public Health: Summer 2020 Teaching Excellence Recipients:

Rishi Agrawal, MD, MPH, PUB_HLTH 448 Introduction to Maternal and Child Health
Rosemary Braun, PhD, MPH, BIOSTAT 305 R Programming
Lauren Balmert, PhD, BIOSTAT 302 Introduction to Biostatistics
James Sinacore, PhD, PUB_HLTH 302 Introduction to Biostatistics

Our faculty


Working in a busy urban ED, I encounter clinical issues pertinent to public health on a daily basis. It gives a broader perspective on the challenges facing my patients. My MPH has also been useful in my extracurricular research projects, and I plan to pursue more public health-related emergency medicine research throughout my career.

NU's MPH allows you to see the big picture into which individual patient interactions fit. I feel extremely well-prepared to conduct clinical research and policy or advocacy work that will improve the health of my patients.

The MPH program at Northwestern gave me a broader lens through which to approach my clinical practice and research career...I strengthened my analytic skills and was exposed to a different view of health.

A fantastic experience!

Getting my MPH was one of the best career decisions I ever made!

CEPH Accredited

Our program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency dedicated to assuring excellence in public health education. Visit the CEPH site to learn more about the accreditation process.

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Contact Us

We welcome your questions and comments. Connect with us via the information below.

Our central program office is located on Northwestern's downtown Chicago campus in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, 633 N. Saint Clair, 20th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.

Prospective Students/ General Questions: [email protected]

Registration Info for Current Students: [email protected]

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Programs chicago mph

Public Health Schools and MPH Programs in Illinois

Illinois has a wide variety of higher education opportunities. There are eight public health schools in Illinois with programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), giving students plenty of options. With a need for public health professionals throughout this highly populated state, many graduates of MPH programs in Illinois continue living and working as public health professionals in the state.


Explore Online Master of Public Health Programs

George Washington University Master of Public Health

Earn your MPH online in as few as 12 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 45 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

Baylor University Master of Public Health

Earn your MPH online in as few as 18 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes

Tufts University Master of Public Health 

Earn your MPH online in as few as 20 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

University of North Carolina Master of Public Health 

Earn your MPH online in as few as 20 months

  • GRE waivers available
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

Master of Public Health (MPH) Programs in Illinois

The above MPH in Illinois programs are all accredited by the CEPH. Public health classes at the Illinois schools listed may feature small cohorts.

There are also dual-degree programs in Illinois that provide both an MPH and another master’s degree in subjects like business and social work. Depending on your career goals, you may want to look for programs that feature a concentration or courses that will help you as a public health professional.

Public Health Schools and Highlights in Illinois

Illinois has on-campus, online and hybrid public health school options. As many programs try to accommodate working professionals, on-campus programs may offer night and weekend classes for MPH students. Here’s what you can expect from each school.

Benedictine University – College of Education and Health Services

5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 

Benedictine University was founded in 1887 and is a Catholic university in the Benedictine tradition. It offers a Generalist MPH degree that can be completed in less than two years on campus or online, and certificate options in Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, and Health Education and Promotion. The university also offers dual MPH degrees with Business Administration (MBA) and Organizational Behavior (MSMOB).

Email: [email protected] 

DePaul University – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

2400 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 

The nation’s largest Catholic university, founded in 1898, Chicago’s DePaul University offers an MPH program that can be completed in two years. Courses are offered weekday evenings at DePaul’s Loop Campus. Students complete a nine-month practicum in public health, working at organizations like healthcare systems, government agencies and community organizations in Chicago. 

In 2015, DePaul University and Rush University founded the Center for Community Health Equity. Students may be able to earn academic credit by interning with center-affiliated faculty.

According to DePaul, 94% of graduates from its MPH program are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation. MPH graduates have gone on to work at companies including Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Howard Brown Health and Rush University Medical Center.

DePaul University also offers a Global Health certificate and an MBA in Management/MPH degree program. There are also Universal Pathways, Bachelor’s + MPH and Health Sciences (BS) + MPH programs.

Email: [email protected] 

Loyola University Chicago – Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago is located downtown on Lake Michigan. Loyola, founded in 1870, has a strong research focus. Justin Harbison, Department of Public Health assistant professor, works with the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease researching how ticks and mosquitoes spread disease.

Loyola offers six public health degree programs including an MPH, an MS in Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology, an MD/MPH and a Master of Social Work/MPH. The Loyola University MPH program receives about 200 applications a year and enrolls only about 40-50 students.

Email: [email protected]

Northern Illinois University – School of Health Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences

1425 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL

Founded in 1895, Northern Illinois University focuses on educational excellence, equity and inclusion, research, ethics and service. The MPH program at Northern Illinois University, which is also offered online, has two specialization options: health promotion or health services management. The MPH program has been accredited by CEPH for more than 20 years. The university says 81% of graduates from the 2018-2019 program were employed by December 2019 and 6% were enrolled in other educational programs, including medical school. Northern Illinois University also offers an accelerated BS to MPH and a graduate certificate in public health.

Email: [email protected] 

Northwestern University – Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine – Center for Education in Health Sciences

633 N. Saint Clair Street, 20th Floor, Chicago, IL

Founded in 1851 in Evanston, Northwestern University is one of the country’s oldest universities. Northwestern University offers several public health graduate degree programs, including a PhD/MPH, an MD/MPH, a Doctor of Physical Therapy/MPH, an accelerated program in public health and options for students who want to learn about public health without pursuing a degree.

Email: [email protected] 

Southern Illinois University – Public Health and Recreation Professions

1263 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University (SIU) was founded in 1869. The university promotes diversity, with minority students making up 29% of enrollment. Southern Illinois University offers an MPH program as well as a concurrent PhD/MPH degree and MD/MPH degree. The MPH is 100% online. 

According to SIU, its distinctive location may enhance the educational experience of public health students, particularly those who are interested in health disparities and population health. The university is located in a region that is disproportionately affected by negative health outcomes and is designated as part of the Mississippi Delta Region. Students and faculty participate in community engagement to help in-need communities.

Email: [email protected] 

University of Illinois Chicago – School of Public Health

1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL

The University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health has worked to positively influence public health outcomes since its founding 50 years ago. It offers the following dual degree programs: MBA/MPH, MD/MPH, Master of Social Work/MPH, Master of Urban Planning and Policy/MPH, JD/MPH, Doctor of Chiropractic/MPH, Doctor of Dental Medicine/MPH and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/MPH.

All MPH students must complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) during their second year. The ILE may take the form of a policy brief, a community health assessment or an intervention plan. The ILE must be relevant to the student’s professional and educational goals and is developed and delivered in a way that’s useful to external stakeholders.

Email: [email protected] 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – College of Applied Health Sciences

110 Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was founded in 1867 and boasts professors and alumni who have won 29 Pulitzer Prizes. The school’s MPH program promotes “culturally relevant individual and community health.” Students in the MPH program gain hands-on public health experience. The program states that 99% of students graduate within two years and 98% of graduates are employed or continuing education within one year of graduation. The MPH program has small cohort sizes and a 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university also offers several BS-MPH programs. 

Email: [email protected] 

Online MPH Programs in Illinois

If you want to pursue your MPH degree online, various Illinois schools have options that are CEPH-accredited and may support public health educational programs. Online MPH programs in Illinois teach students how to collect and analyze public health data from different sources, create preventative programs that promote good health and perform other public health duties.

There are five schools in Illinois offering online MPH programs, including those that focus on Public Health Policy and Management, Health Promotion, Health Services Management, Public Health Informatics and Community Health Sciences.

As you research online MPH programs in Illinois, you may want to consider choosing one that’s accredited by the CEPH. Accreditation can contribute to the quality and relevance of the degree program, which can support fellowships and job prospects.

  • The University of Illinois at Chicago has many programs, especially at the master’s level, with more than 30 concentrations ranging from Gerontology to Maternal and Child Health.
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago also has offerings at the bachelor’s and doctoral level, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and eight DrPH, DPH or PhD of Public Health programs.

Public Health Careers Outlook in Illinois

Public health careers are in high demand in Illinois due to the large population, especially in the Chicago area.

For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area had the eighth-highest rate of employment of epidemiologists of all U.S. metropolitan areas, at 0.05 employment per thousand jobs in May 2019.

The BLS also reports the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area had the sixth-highest employment level of statisticians of all metropolitan areas in the United States, at 0.33 employment per thousand jobs in May 2020.

Other occupations are also comparably more prevalent in this  area. The BLS reports the  in the United States, at 1.95 employment per thousand jobs in May 2020. The BLS notes the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area had the eighth-highest employment level of environmental health scientists of all metropolitan areas in the United States: 0.33 employment per thousand jobs. In the table below, you can compare the average salary and job growth for public health jobs in Illinois and the United States, according to O*NET OnLine.

Health Specialties Professors$80,410$97,320 12%21%
Environmental Health Specialists$79,010$71,360 6%8% 
Medical and Health Services Managers/Healthcare Administrators$105,270$100,980 6%32% 
Health Educators$55,020$55,2202%11% 
Occupational Health Specialists$75,890$74,100 3%4% 
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians$39,570$49,850 1%8% 
Dietitians and Nutritionists$59,280$61,270 4%8% 
Health Informatics Specialists$89,530$90,920 6%7% 

Specializations to Consider in Illinois

In Illinois, environmental health specialists, epidemiologists and medical and health services managers/healthcare administrators earn average salaries that are notably higher than in the rest of the country. If you plan to live in Illinois after you get your MPH, consider specializing in these areas. For more information on these programs, see the Master of Public Health (MPH) programs in Illinois table above.

If you’re interested in epidemiology, check out the Social Epidemiology MPH program at DePaul University, the hybrid Epidemiology program at Loyola University of Chicago or the Epidemiology programs at Northwestern University, University of Illinois Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

If you’re interested in environmental health, look at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program at the University of Illinois Chicago.

If you’re interested in being a healthcare administrator or medical and health services manager, you might be interested in the Generalist MPH at Benedictine University, the Community Health Practice MPH at DePaul University, the Policy and Management MPH program at Loyola University Chicago, the Health Services Management program at Northern Illinois University, the Health Policy and Administration program at the University of Illinois Chicago or the Health Behavior and Promotion program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Organizations to Work for with a Public Health Degree

If you’re staying in Illinois and want to put your MPH to use, there are several organizations that employ public health professionals. Check out the following for information on public health careers and opportunities in Illinois.

  • Chicago Department of Public Health: The Chicago Department of Public Health has services and programs promoting healthy communities, health data and reports, healthy homes, health inspections, healthy living, healthy mothers and babies, health services like HIV testing and health protection and response, including immunization and emergency preparedness.
  • Cook County Department of Public Health: This is the state-certified public health agency for Cook County, with the exception of Oak Park, Skokie, Chicago, Evanston and Stickney Township. Serving 2.5 million residents, this public health department works on services related to behavioral health, chronic and communicable diseases, epidemiology, emergency preparedness, environmental health, health equity and nursing services.
  • DuPage County Health Department: Based in Wheaton, the DuPage County Health Department provides a variety of health services, including disease reporting and immunizations. It also works on environmental health initiatives.
  • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services: This is a government agency providing healthcare coverage for adults and children who qualify for Medicaid. It also provides child support services. The Division of Medical Programs administers and funds medical services provided to about 25% of the Illinois population.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services: The Illinois Department of Human Services provides and implements services to improve the quality of life of families, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health: The Illinois Department of Public Health has 200 public health programs focusing on initiatives such as food safety and quality, hospital and nursing home care standards, recreational safety, farm and processing plant inspections, state vital records maintenance and newborn genetic disease screening.

Additional State Information

Illinois is the sixth-most populous state in the United States and home to Chicago, the No. 3 U.S. city in population. Illinois’ population was estimated at 12.6 million in July 2019, according to the Census Bureau. More than 7% of the people in Illinois younger than 65 were living with a disability, almost 9% of those under 65 years old did not have health insurance and more than 11% of the population lived in poverty.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), in 2019, nearly 4% of adults in Illinois reported their health as poor, and more than 13% reported their health as fair. With a significant population in poverty, without health insurance and reporting poor or fair health, there may be opportunities to improve public health in Illinois and serve in-need populations.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.

Information last updated May 2021


Explore All Public Health Degree Programs

Baylor University Master of Public Health 

Earn your MPH online in as few as 18 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

George Washington University Master of Public Health

Earn your MPH online in as few as 12 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 45 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

Tufts University Master of Public Health 

Earn your MPH online in as few as 20 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

University of North Carolina Master of Public Health 

Earn your MPH Online in as few as 20 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CEPH

Simmons University Master of Public Health

Earn your MPH online in as few as 21 months  

  • No GRE required
  • 45 credits
  • Live, online classes

University of North Carolina Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian 

Earn your MPH in as few as 28 months

  • No GRE required
  • 42 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by ACEND

George Washington University Master of Health Administration 

Earn your MHA online in as few as 24 months 

  • No GRE required
  • 50 credits
  • Live, online classes
  • Accredited by CAHME

Tufts University Master of Health Informatics & Analytics

Earn your MHI online in as few as 20 months

  • No GRE required
  • 36 credits
  • Live, online classes


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