Master of Public Health

Become a Leader in Public Health

Elmhurst University’s Master of Public Health program prepares you to take on complex health challenges that affect the people living in your community and around the globe.

Molly Tran, program director, talks about how you can make an impact with a Master of Public Health from Elmhurst University.

Earn your degree and open up a world of career possibilities—in health care, research, public policy and more in-demand fields. Our program is designed with your goals in mind.

  • 100% online
  • Part-time, cohort-style model
  • Two years to complete your degree
  • Fall start only

Concentration in Public Health Leadership and Innovation

As the first of its kind, the Elmhurst MPH in Public Health Leadership and Innovation is designed to prepare you to lead public health organizations by offering fresh approaches to persistent problems. Situated within a liberal arts university known for innovation, the program will equip you with the skills needed to craft multidisciplinary solutions that make a meaningful difference in the health of your community.

We Believe Your Education Should be Student-Centered

At Elmhurst, we put you first. The way we see it, our sole purpose is to provide you with a high-impact, high-value education. Our mission is to equip you with the skills and connections you need to achieve your goals in both your career and life. Thrive in classrooms small enough to offer personalized attention and opportunities for real-world problem-solving.

The Right People on Your Side

Our mission is to give you the skills and connections you need to achieve your goals. Elmhurst’s Master of Public Health faculty members are experienced industry leaders. They dedicate themselves to providing a high-value education and hands-on experience in the health care field.

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Career Opportunities in Public Health

Master of Public Health Program Director Molly Tran discussed the wide variety in public health-focused careers during the webinar “More than Epidemiology: the Many Facets of Public Health,” recorded on March 8, 2022.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 26 million new health care positions will be created by 2030. Below is just a sampling of professions that require a strong background in public health.

  • Biostatistician
  • Community Health Worker
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Public Policy Administration

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a basic statistics course, earning a grade of ‘C’ or better. This is a prerequisite for several courses within the program.


Optimize Your Resume with Our MBA Dual Degree Option

Graduates from Elmhurst’s Master Public Health program qualify to apply for the MBA Dual Degree Option. This one-year program culminates in an MBA with a specialization in public health.

Accreditation Status

Elmhurst University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. Learn more about the CEPH on its website. The accreditation review will only address the baccalaureate and master’s programs in public health.

The MPH Program at Elmhurst University is undergoing a review by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for initial accreditation. Part of this process includes the provision of a third-party comment period, which allows anyone, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, community and practice partners, and members of the public, to share relevant information about the program directly with CEPH.

If you have any information about the program you would like to share with CEPH to inform their review, send your comments to by March 24, 2025

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Frequently Asked Questions About the MPH Program

No. We welcome students with a wide variety of undergraduate degrees into the MPH program.

Completion of a basic statistics course, earning a grade of ‘C’ or better. This is a prerequisite for several courses within the program.

It is 100% online. Classes are generally asynchronous but there are some synchronous sessions.

The program may be completed in a full two years of part-time study.

Our alumni work in a variety of rewarding careers in community health and environmental health.

Students complete an applied learning experience in a public health setting of their choosing and produce a publishable capstone paper based on a scholarly project they undertake during that experience.

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