How will you improve population health?
As a public health professional, you can change lives by promoting and protecting the health and well-being of people and their communities locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
Inspired by Loyola's Jesuit tradition of social justice and freedom of inquiry, the Loyola University Chicago Master of Public Health program prepares students to promote health equity. We prepare future public health leaders through a competency-based and flexible community-engaged curriculum.
The Master of Public Health program is ideal for individuals seeking leadership careers in the diverse and growing field of public health. Loyola's Master of Public Health was ranked among the best grad schools by US News and World Report.
Our commitment to you
Graduates with a Master of Public Health degree from Loyola will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values required for a leadership role in the diverse and growing field of public health.
You will acquire foundational knowledge in the profession and science of public health and factors related to human health.
You will graduate with public health competencies in the areas of quantitative and qualitative data collection, evidence-based approaches, public health and health care systems, planning and management, policy, leadership, communication, interprofessional practice, and systems thinking.
Our MPH program is committed to social justice and prepares professional leaders to improve population health for all through collaborative community-engaged education, ethical practice, research, and service.
On March 13, 2021, our BSPH and MPH programs received news of our accreditation renewal by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a 7-year term (through June 2028). CEPH accreditation serves multiple purposes. In general, accreditation attests to the quality of an educational program that prepares for entry into a recognized profession. For the public, CEPH accreditation promotes the health, safety and welfare of a society by assuring competent public health professionals. For prospective students, CEPH accreditation provides assurance that the program has been evaluated and met accepted standards established by and with the public health profession. For a copy of the CEPH letter and the Final Self Study Document please contact our Program Director, Dr. David Shoham.
Offered in-person, online, or hybrid, Loyola Chicago's MPH is a 42-credit curriculum. Online courses include both synchronous and asynchronous components. We offer three concentrations: Epidemiology, Policy and Management, and Global Health Equity. The curriculum includes six core courses, concentration-specific courses, electives, and applied practice and integrative learning experiences.
Convenient and rigorous, the online program is geared to working professionals, non-traditional students, and individuals who need a more flexible learning format. Loyola University Chicago faculty with expertise in Public Health, Public Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health, Bioethics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics teach in this program. The vast resources of Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola University Health System, along with the combined knowledge and experience of distinguished faculty from medicine, social work, bioethics, health policy and law, will help you take on many opportunities and challenges.
Core Courses (18 credits)
- Determinants of Population Health
- Public Health Practice and Management
- Introduction to Epidemiology
- Public Health Policy: Concepts and Practice
- Biostatistics I
- Public Health in Action
Concentrations (15 credits)
Public Health Policy and Management
This concentration can be completed entirely online, and also can be taken with in-person courses. This curriculum studies the organization, structure, and delivery of health-related services, and associated population health outcomes. Students may customize their academic focus in either public health policy, administration, or both.
- Policy Analysis
- Health Services and Research Methods
- Choose one of the following: Public Health Ethics, Social Determinants of Health and Bioethics, Justice and Health care, Global Bioethics, Advancing Health Equity Practice, Biomedical Ethics and the Law, or Organizational Ethics
- Choose two of the following:
- Policy-oriented: Public Health Law: Theories and Cases, Health Economics, and Health Financing
- Management-oriented: Population Health Planning and Management or Health Program Planning and Evaluation, and Fiscal Management in Health Care Organizations
This hybrid program combines online and evening classes. Epidemiology is the basic science of public health: it helps us understand the causes of and solutions to diseases. This track equips students to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret population health research, while they learn the basic principles of all public health disciplines.
- Introduction to Statistical Computing for Public Health
- Biostatistics II
- Intermediate Epidemiology
- Grant Writing
- At least one of these Research Methods track-specific courses: Epidemiology of Obesity, Introduction to Global Health, Clinical Trials, Meta-Analysis, or Geographic Information Systems
Global Health Equity
This concentration is a hybrid program of online and evening classes. Study the health of global populations globally with the ultimate goal of identifying and eliminating structures and practices of inequity and injustice to evaluate and advance health equity for individuals and populations.
- Introduction to Global Health
- Population Health Planning and Management
- Grant Writing
- Global Maternal and Child Health
- Select one: Global Bioethics, Social Determinants of Health and Bioethics, Essential Topics in Global Health, or Health Policy and Health Systems
Electives (Choose at least two of the following; 6 credits)
- Meta-Analysis (3 credits)
- Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)
- Epidemiology of Obesity (3 credits)
- Justice and Health Care (3 credits)
- Epidemiology II (3 credits)
- Migration and Social Justice (3 credits)
- Justice and Health care (3 credits)
- Or other relevant course, pending Track Director approval
Applied Practice Experience (1 credit)
Typically an internship or field study, provides the student with practical experience in a public health setting, requiring the student to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge. The applied practice experience (APE) must be 210 hours or more, but these hours can be performed over one or more semesters. Examples of APE sites include MRSA Research Center, North Shore Mosquito Abatement District, Summer Field Research in Ghana, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Chicago Department of Public Health, and Mount Sinai Hospital. Students must apply five program competencies to their APE and produce at least two deliverables, which will become part of their portfolio.
Integrated Learning Experience (2 credits)
The integrated learning experience is a student-led research project culminating with a presentation and written manuscript. The project should demonstrate student's ability to apply acquired skills and competencies to a public health problem that simulates a professional practice experience. Depending on their interests, some students may analyze data collected during their practicum to help complete their capstone.
Dual Degree Programs
The needs of the public health workforce are diverse and ever-changing. Our students are diverse and enter public health at different points in their careers, from undergraduate through practicing nurses and physicians. To meet these needs, the Department of Public Health Sciences offers six programs:
- Five-Year Bachelor/MPH Degree
- Environmental Science BA or BS/MPH
- Health Care Administration BS/MPH
- Public Health BS/MPH
- Doctor of Medicine/ Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)
- Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH)
- Public Health Certificate
- MS in Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology (CRME)
Note: Students entering the program may wish to pursue careers that may require licensure (e.g. Registered Environmental Health Specialist) or certification (e.g. Certified in Public Health or Certified Professional in Food Safety) upon or before employment. Loyola University Chicago cannot guarantee that the Master of Public Health will prepare students to meet the unique requirements for licensure or certification in their specific location and/or area of expertise. Students should check with their local licensing or certifying authority to determine what requirements are necessary.
The Loyola University Chicago Master of Public Health program admits students twice a year for the Fall and Spring semesters. MPH candidates must complete and submit their application via SOPHAS. MD/MPH program must follow a different application process. Apply for dual degree and certificate programs through the Loyola University Chicago online application system.
- Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Transcripts must show completed undergraduate coursework in algebra (calculus recommended), writing, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences.
- A GPA of 3.0 or above is recommended, but not required, for admission.
- At least one of the following scores: GRE, MCAT, GMAT, or LSAT.
- Applicants with an advanced academic or professional degree (MD, DO, JD, PhD, ScD, etc.) from a U.S. or Canadian institution may request a GRE waiver.
- Waivers for other advanced degrees (MBA, MPH, MPP, MSW, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis; waivers are generally granted if the degree is from an institution that required the applicant to take a graduate admissions test such as the GRE or MCAT. The GRE or other graduate entrance exam requirement may also be waived if the applicant’s cumulative GPA is above a 3.0.
- Statement of purpose
- Must be limited to 500-1,000 words.
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- At least two letters of recommendation
English Language Proficiency
An official TOEFL, IELTS, OR PTE score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
Loyola Guidelines for International Students
- International applicants must submit official foreign transcripts to an approved foreign transcript evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report from the World Education Services, Inc (WES).
- Find more information about applying as an international student (Loyola’s Graduate School international application).
Why pursue a Master's Degree in Public Health?
Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. During the next decade, public health and the health care market will expand dramatically, creating many opportunities for professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care and controlling infectious disease, as well as reducing environmental hazards, violence, and substance abuse. Professionals from varying educational disciplines are needed to address public health issues. These disciplines include: teaching, journalism, research, administration, environmental practice, demographics, social work, scientific research, and public health law.
Who should consider a degree in public health?
Formal knowledge in public health policy, health management or epidemiology will enhance your leadership skills and broaden your career prospects. No matter your skill set—whether it is working with people, conducting research, or designing demographic platforms—there is a place for you in public health. Whether you are established in a career or a recent college graduate, public health is ideal for people who gain satisfaction from helping and improving the lives of others.
How does a Master of Public Health degree from Loyola increase my job opportunities? Where do public health professionals work?
Public health professionals work in the public and private sectors. Graduates can expect opportunities in local, state, or federal health departments. Since it is often a requirement for managerial or administrative positions in public health, the MPH degree provides the best credentials for individuals who want leadership careers in the diverse and growing field of public health.
How long does it take to complete the program?
You control your timeline. Typically, an MPH degree takes two to three years to complete because it is a professional degree and, in addition to having more credit hours than other master degrees, you will need to complete a practicum (or field experience) and a capstone project. You may take as many as five years or as few as one and a half to complete the degree.
To complete the degree in one and a half years, you will need to complete at least 12 credits each semester and take summer courses.
How many applications do you receive each year for your program? How many students enroll each year?
We generally receive about 200 applications each year, with approximately 40-50 students enrolling.
Is your program accredited? Are you an accredited Public Health Program, or an accredited School of Public Health?
The Loyola MPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as a Public Health Program. The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health is the home for our accredited program.
Can I take classes both in-person and online?
Our Epidemiology and Global Health Equity programs are hybrid online and evening classes in the Chicago area. The program in Public Health Policy and Management can be completed completely online.
If you want to keep working, stay where you are, or carefully manage your time because of family or work responsibilities, our online program is a good option. The Loyola University of Chicago MPH programs provide the same level of quality and dedication as our traditional on-campus programs. They are a great way for professionals to advance their career.
Is the GRE required? May I substitute another graduate exam (such as the MCAT) for the GRE?
You may request a GRE waiver as long as your undergraduate GPA is above 3.0. The GRE is also waived if you completed a graduate degree at an accredited institution. We accept all graduate entrance exams, including the MCAT and DAT.
What is the GRE code?
What is Loyola University Chicago’s FAFSA School Code?
Loyola University Chicago’s FAFSA School Code is 001710.
Tuition and Fees
The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.
As Loyola University Public Health Programs are up for accreditation, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) gives stakeholders the opportunity to offer confidential feedback on Loyola University Public Health programs directly to CEPH in order to inform the accreditation review process. More information and details can be found on the Accreditation Third Party Comments Page.