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MPH Degree Program

Application to the MPH program can be done online at Graduate Application, through the Benedictine University Admissions Office, or through the MPH Program Office.

Applicants for the M.P.H. program must submit, as a minimum, the following:

  • An official transcript demonstrating successful completion of the bachelor's degree or higher conferred by a regionally accredited institution of higher education or recognized formal institution.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's professional or academic work, excluding family or personal friends.
  • For international applicants: a minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on paper-based test or a score of 250 on the computer-based test or degree confirmation from an institution of higher learning whose language of instruction is English.
  • Essay describing the candidate's career path.
  • Optional: Submission of GRE, MAT, GMAT, LSAT, DAT or other graduate professional exams. Professional licensure exams may not be used.
  • Applicants holding an advanced degree or cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher are exempt from submitting graduate entrance exam scores.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 must submit additional documentation indicative of their preparedness for graduate-level work. Please contact the Office of Admissions at for more information on this process if needed.
  •  Additional conditions of admission may apply. Applicants may be required to take a language/writing skills assessment.  Students will be required to complete successfully one or more Adult Discourse Graduate courses during the first two terms of enrollment based on the assessment.

Certificate Programs

Applicants must demonstrate proof of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must meet with a MPH Program Advisor prior to registering and upon completion of the certificate courses. MPH degree students must submit a separate application for a certificate. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in certificate applicable coursework is required to receive a certificate.

Dual Degree Programs

Applicants must meet the requirements for the MPH Degree Program and also the requirements for the second degree program.

Request For Course Waivers

Students requesting waivers for courses completed in undergraduate or other graduate or professional programs must demonstrate sufficient knowledge and competency in the subjects with a grade of B or better; the course must have been completed within the previous seven years. Students must provide the syllabus for previous work and the student may be required to pass a qualifying exam. The waiver request form is in the back of this handbook.

Academic Advising

Students admitted to the MPH program receive a letter of notification and assignment to a faculty advisor. The student is responsible for meeting with the assigned advisor for a program orientation prior to the first quarter of classes upon enrollment in the program. The faculty advisor helps students plan course schedules, review graduation requirements, and incorporate public health degrees into career plans. Students should communicate with their advisors periodically to plan their course schedules and to stay on track for graduation. Advisors are not responsible for ensuring students meet university requirements; students have the ultimate responsibility for meeting all program requirements for graduation. Online students are assigned an Academic Program Coordinator instead of a Faculty Advisor.


The Master of Public Health program at Benedictine University is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The final accreditation report is available upon request. To obtain a copy of the report please contact Susan Cheng, PhD at or 630-829-6181.

For Admissions Inquiries:

Caroline Pluta, M.S.
Graduate Admissions Counselor
(630) 829-6311

For Graduate Tuition Information:

Current Graduate Tuition and Fees at Benedictine University


Department of Public Health
Benedictine University

Jeffrey Trask, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Mary Spengler, MOT
Program Coordinator

Phone: (630) 829-6215

Hours: 9:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

By Mail:
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Kindlon Hall, Room 258
Lisle, IL 60532

Fax: (630) 829-6281