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Health inequalities related to care access and a population’s quality of life won’t resolve themselves without acknowledgement, intervention, and long-term solutions. As social determinants of public health come to light, the Chicago region and world as a whole require knowledgeable, compassionate professionals ready to tackle these challenges, defend and advocate for vulnerable communities, and enact change not solely through awareness but research-based policy measures as well.
To train the next generation of professionals to make an impact and work to overturn current structural inequalities, the Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education introduced the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program in the fall of 2019. Accommodating working adults with full- and part-time hybrid formats, the MPH prepares students to serve, lead, and conduct public health research in range of public health settings and to address the intersectional factors affecting marginalized communities.
Our MPH is unique in Chicago by taking on an interdisciplinary approach to public health. Courses are taught by faculty across the university. Students can personalize their degree with over 100 elective options, gain a breadth of perspectives, and an opportunity to pursue personal interests.
MPH graduates may sit for the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. CHES certification is a nationally recognized credential for health educators.
Public health professionals are in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 9% to 16% growth in public health jobs through 2026.
To improve health equity within communities, students focus on health equity and develop the knowledge and skills needed to help others.
NEIU’s MPH degree program is unique to the greater metropolitan Chicago area. For individuals seeking to improve population health through policy, research, and strategy, the program consists of 42 credit hours taught by a multidisciplinary team of faculty members lending their perspective and expertise and providing a degree of flexibility: six credit hours let you explore a wide range of public health topics related to sociology, gerontology, justice studies, and economics. In preparation for a post-graduation career, you’ll pair classroom learning with research and internship opportunities to supplement your knowledge with hands-on experience.
From a holistic perspective, you’ll learn about the social determinants of health, their impact on individual and community quality of life, and the intersectional factors playing a role. Emphasizing reflective, collaborative, and personally and socially transformative practices, our program prepares individuals to serve under-represented, under-resourced populations as public health experts in government institutions, non-profit and private organizations, K-12 schools and higher education, healthcare clinics, research centers, industry, and other settings. In striving to become a dedicated professional aiming to challenge existing systems and shape new legislation that benefit the public, you’ll:
Through online and on-campus classes at urban locations accessible by car and public transportation, you’ll progress through the MPH program according to the plan of study. Full-time students are ready to take their knowledge out into the world after two years, while part-time students finish the program in under three years.
Our MPH graduates are eligible to sit for the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The CHES examination is a competency-based assessment used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists.
The MPH offers two concentrations to choose from depending on student interest:
The Public Health Promotion concentration prepares students to educate, lead, conduct research, serve, and advocate for public health in a variety of settings. Additionally, students will be prepared to pursue terminal degrees in the behavioral, epidemiological, or environmental health sciences, as well as health-related law and policy, and health care administration.
The School Health concentration prepares students for leadership roles in the field of school health. Additionally, the concentration includes coursework that meets Illinois requirements for certified teachers seeking a cross-endorsement in Health Education and prepares them to take the Illinois Health Education content test.
Through required courses and six electives designed to expand your understanding of public health topics, you’ll:
As a culmination of your studies, you’ll complete a two-semester internship, a 200-hour mentored learning experience designed to cover key public health practice skills. The internship segues into a capstone project, for which you’ll identify a public health issue related to a defined population or community and present your solution.
NEIU strives to produce not just skilled, knowledgeable public health professionals, but passionate, resolute individuals ready to improve existing systems to uplift vulnerable populations.
Demand exists in no single organization. Rather, this generalist degree supplies you with the skill set ready to make a difference in public and private settings, including in healthcare organizations, health research facilities, social services, environmental health agencies, and government agencies focused on public health policy, services, and programming. Illustrating the need for social justice–minded public health professionals, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2019 and 2029, positions for medical and health services managers will climb 32 percent.
Additionally, NEIU’s MPH degree program prepares you for a career as a:
Ready to tackle a new challenge and serve your community? Individuals interested in applying will be evaluated on NEIU’s Graduate Admission standards, in addition to MPH program–specific requirements:
Transform into the force of change your community needs to grow and thrive with an MPH degree from NEIU. If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact the Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education at (773) 442-5581 or email Jennifer Banas, Professor and Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.