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Courses are offered evenings, weekends, and online. Full-time students can complete the degree program in less than two years. Certificates require four courses and may be applied to a degree.
Click on the hyperlink above for an overview of the Master of Public Health Program here at Benedictine University.
The master of public health degree is the most universally recognized credential for professionals in population health. The multidisciplinary curriculum offers a broad set of skills that can be applied in a variety of settings. Health systems are much more than illness treatment. There is an increasing need for basic management skills to organize integrated systems; research skills to find new solutions to health problems; communication and leadership skills to prevent illness and injury. Public and private agencies need health professionals who can produce a significant impact on health outcomes at the community and population level. Clinicians with MPH training learn to integrate prevention into their practices and understand how the delivery system works.
MPH professionals work in local and state health departments, hospitals and clinics, nonprofit health organizations, international health agencies, health insurance plans, and government agencies.
Benedictine University has been a leader in higher education for 125 years. Helping people is a key value shared by the field of public health and the University. The Benedictine MPH combines the traditions of face to face learning with innovative on line technology.
The MPH program prepares students to practice real world – real time public health within a global context. Students learn to apply public health skills in locations all over the world from northern Illinois to rural Bangladesh.
The faculty includes experienced practitioners who take a personal interest in each student and create a professional learning environment in small interactive classes, community service activities, and research projects.
Students come from a wide variety of undergraduate preparations, from psychology to computer science, and many have professional degrees in medicine, nutrition, or nursing. Many students earn the MPH degree before applying to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health professions. For others, the MPH is a path to changing careers from business or education.
Admissions requirements for domestic and international students are in the MPH Student Handbook
MPH students take 66 quarter credit hours (15 four-credit courses plus a six credit internship) to graduate. All students take the 12 core courses covering basic public health competencies. Students individualize their programs in their selection of three electives. All students demonstrate their ability to synthesize and integrate all acquired competencies in a major study project and an internship in an actual public health setting. Read more in MPH Student Overview.