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Program Curriculum

The program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of students by offering a generalist MPH degree, certificates in specialized areas, and dual degrees with master's level programs in business administration and organizational behavior.

The year-round program is offered in four quarter terms a year winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Classes are held on campus in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM; on weekends; online; or in a blended online and on campus format. Students are admitted to either the on-campus or the online program.

M.P.H. Degree: Curriculum

The generalist MPH degree prepares students to be public health practitioners who draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines. The foundation (core) coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, management, policy, behavioral and social aspects of public health, environmental health, and biology, provides a scientific and practical base for public health practice. Elective courses may be taken in a variety of areas such as health education, finance, law, and information technology or in other programs such as psychology, business, information systems, nutrition and wellness. The M.P.H. degree can be applied in a variety of settings and positions. A few examples are administration of private health organizations, social service or public health agencies at the local, state, national, and international levels; managers, planners, evaluators or practitioners in community or workplace health promotion programs; and epidemiologists working on cancer surveillance or in the pharmaceutical industry. Current and future health professionals in medicine, nursing, dentistry, or pharmacy find the M.P.H degree provides them with a broader perspective and additional skills to complement their primary disciplines.

The M.P.H. degree requires 58 quarter hours which includes 40 quarter credit hours of foundation (core) courses; 12 quarter credit hours of elective courses; and an internship/capstone experience of 6 quarter credit hours (240 contact hours).

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience gives students the opportunity to integrate knowledge and competencies acquired through the curriculum and apply this approach to real public health problems and practice.

MPH 6098 Community Health Analysis and MPH 6099 MPH Internship/Capstone courses are the final two courses required to complete the MPH degree experience.

  • MPH 6098 Community Health Analysis is taken after successful completion of most core/foundational courses. In MPH 6098, students will conduct an in-depth analysis of health-related factors for a defined population(s) or community of interest, synthesizing and integrating knowledge acquired in previous coursework to resolve a significant public health problem. The work product is a 25-30 page paper.
  • MPH 6099 Internship/Capstone is taken after successful completion of all core courses. This is a pass/fail course designed to prepare students to become public health professionals. Students should begin planning for the internship/capstone upon admission to the program and submit application forms to the internship coordinator at least 1-2 terms prior to starting internship. The internship gives students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and competencies acquired through coursework in a real work setting. Internships are frequently unpaid. Many students are able to work at regular jobs and complete the 240 contact hours (6 quarter credits) required for the internship on a part-time basis. This often requires some flexibility in one's regular job. Internships may be completed over one or two terms. A group internship orientation session is offered once each term. Internship coordinators work with students on an individual basis. Students must complete a minimum of 240 hours in an approved site; write a 10 page reflection paper describing specific competencies and coursework demonstrated in the practice setting, and do an oral presentation.

A student must complete a minimum of 58 quarter credit hours of coursework at Benedictine University at the 5000 level or above. This requirement is known as the academic residency requirement. For students in dual degree programs, the residency requirement is 98 quarter credit hours.

Students may complete the required 58 quarter credit hours in two years or more part-time, or in one year full-time (approximately 20 quarter hours per term plus internship/capstone). Dual degree programs require additional time to complete. Students must complete the MPH degree within six years. At large students may count a maximum of 16 quarter hours toward a degree and then must apply for admission to the degree program. On campus students may request an online course when there is a scheduling conflict, but should note on campus and online sessions may overlap.

Courses designated as foundation (core) courses, as identified in the course catalog, require a grade of a 'B' or higher to apply toward graduation/certificate requirements. Students receiving a grade of 'C' must or below in a foundational course must repeat the course to be eligible for MPH 6098 and 6099. Students must receive a grade of 'C' or higher in elective courses. Students must receive an 'A' or 'B' in all courses that count toward certificates.



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.

My M.P.H. degree continues to provide benefits in more ways than I can imagine. Thanks to the great mentorship provided by the Benedictine faculty, I am better able to stay abreast of health care system reform efforts and be involved in those efforts. I serve as a student delegate to the American Association of Public Health Physicians, and was one of the few students selected to attend President Obama's address to the American Medical Association in Chicago. These issues are second nature to me because we discussed them often in my classes at Benedictine.

Ibrahim Shamsi
Medical school student
M.P.H. program graduate

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Department of Public Health
Benedictine University

Susan Cheng, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Mary Spengler, MOT
Program Coordinator

Phone: (630) 829-6215

Hours: 9:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.

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