The MPH degree is a 44 credit program which provides students with the theoretical, methodological, and practical experience relevant to address public health issues with regards to research and policy with emphasis on racial and economic health disparities and bioethics. The curriculum consists of core course work in public health, a practicum training experience and a capstone project. The practicum provides the student with practical experience in a public health setting requiring the student to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge learned during their graduate study. Field experience/practicum will be supervised by full-time faculty.
The Loyola online MPH Program currently offers two concentrations:
- Public Health Policy and Management – coursework for this program can be completed entirely online. This program can also be taken in conjunction with in-person campus courses.
- Epidemiology – this is a hybrid program of online and in-person evening classes.
The capstone experience enables the MPH student to apply key public health concepts to a specific public health facility (e.g. local, state or national government body, community-based organization, etc) or research project and apply knowledge of the core areas of public health. The capstone project integrates the skills and knowledge gained through core and elective coursework as it relates to a specific public health topic.
The development of this program has been guided by the Council on Education in Public Health and the Association of Schools of Public Health Core Competency Development Project. The program addresses five areas of knowledge:
- Environmental Health Sciences
- Health Services Administration
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
In addition, the program addresses the seven interdisciplinary competencies suggested by the Association of Schools of Public Health:
- Communication and informatics
- Diversity and culture
- Public Health Biology
- Program Planning
- Systems Thinking