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Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in public health in five years

Grounded in the basic sciences with an emphasis on population health, the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program prepares students for positions in fields such as health education, epidemiology, and environmental health across nonprofit, industry, and government sectors. Inspired by Loyola's Jesuit tradition of social justice and freedom of inquiry, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares students to promote health equity.

The dual-degree BSPH/MPH program prepares future public health leaders through a competency-based and flexible community-engaged curriculum. 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.

Loyola's MPH program was ranked among the best grad schools by US News and World Report.

Our commitment to you

Graduates of Loyola's Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health programs will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values required for a leadership role in the diverse and growing field of public health.

Knowledge

As a multidisciplinary, practiced-oriented major, the BS in Public Health Program is designed to build knowledge across a broad array of domains to prepare students for entry-level public health jobs, graduate work, and lifelong learning. Foundational domains include:

  • Scientific knowledge in biological, life, social and behavioral sciences
  • Basic concepts of human health and disease
  • History, philosophy, values, and functions of public health
  • Determinants of health and health disparities
  • Role of data and application of quantitative reasoning
  • Health systems in the U.S. and abroad
  • Identifying and addressing population health problems
  • Project planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Health policy, law, ethics, economics
  • Health communications, and professionalism

In the MPH program, you will acquire foundational knowledge in the profession and science of public health and factors related to human health.

Skills

Students who complete the BS in Public Health major will be able to:

  • Discuss the history, characteristics, roles, functions, structures, and core concepts of public health and the U.S. health system
  • Debate the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, and environmental factors that influence human health and disease and perpetuate health disparities
  • Describe the legal, regulatory, ethical, and economic dimensions shaping public health policy and practice
  • Locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information
  • Use basic statistics and perform statistical analysis in SAS, a widely-used statistical software program, to identify and describe populations’ health concerns
  • Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms, through a variety of media and to diverse audiences
  • Identify the basic tools for project management as well as population health assessment, planning, and evaluation
  • Advocate for health equity, especially on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations
  • Take a stand on a controversial public health issue and support it with evidence
  • Craft evidence-based solutions that take account of the community dynamics and cultural contexts in which public health practitioners work
  • Engage in sound ethical practice while exhibiting a high degree of professionalism

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, inter-professional practice, and systems thinking with an MPH degree.

Professional Values

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program seeks to instill and reinforce the public health profession’s core values:

  • An obligation to promote health and prevent harm
  • A commitment to social justice
  • A focus on communities and community-wide outcomes
  • A belief in evidence-based practice underpinned by scientific reason
  • An adherence to the highest standards of professionalism
  • A celebration of diversity and respect for the rights, dignity, and worth of individuals
  • A preference for cooperation and collaboration
  • A drive toward solutions

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.

Curriculum

The five-year BSPH/MPH degree program requires 71 BSPH credit hours towards the undergraduate 120 credits needed for graduation and 30 MPH credit hours (up to 12 shared credits hours for the dual-degree). In the BSPH program, students complete remaining credits in the University Core, minors, and general electives. Several Knowledge Areas within the University Core are waived for BSPH students as they are already included in the major (Quantitative, Scientific Literacy, etc.).

120 total BSPH (71 required) and 30 MPH (12 shared) credit hours

Admissions

Juniors in good academic standing in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program may apply to the five-year BSPH/MPH degree program. Applications are accepted January through May 15, and must meet the following criteria:

  • Declared undergraduate major in Public Health
  • Junior based on credit hours earned
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for all course work at Loyola
  • A minimum 3.5 GPA in at least five completed courses in Public Health
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member who teaches a required course in the major)
  • A one-page statement of purpose (500 – 1000 words)

Juniors should apply using Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management (GPEM) during the Spring semester of their junior year.

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.


Accreditation

On March 13, 2021, our BSPH and MPH programs received news of accreditation renewal by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a seven-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 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 the public, CEPH accreditation promotes the health, safety and welfare of a society by ensuring competent public health professionals. For a copy of the CEPH letter and the Final Self Study Document, please contact Program Director Dr. David Shoham.