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

The first of its kind, the Elmhurst Public Health Leadership and Innovation concentration will prepare you to lead public health organizations with fresh approaches to persistent problems. Embedded in a liberal arts university known for innovation, you will learn to craft multidisciplinary solutions to make a difference in the health of your community.

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

The MBA Dual Degree Option Program

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the MBA Dual Degree Option, a one-year program that leads to the master of business administration with a specialization in public health. If you wish to apply for the MBA Option, follow the admission requirements for the Elmhurst MBA.

Admission Requirements

Learn how to apply for admission to graduate study.

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.

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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.

A basic course in statistics, with a grade of C or better.

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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