Frequently Asked Questions

Why pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health?
Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. During the next decade public health and the healthcare market will expand dramatically. This will create numerous opportunities for professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. Professionals from varying educational disciplines are needed to address public health issues. These specialties include: teaching, journalism, research, administration, environmental practice, demographics, social work, scientific research, and law practice relating to public health issues.
“Health care saw a net gain of 419,000 jobs in 2008 and its growth outlook continues to be strong through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

Who should consider a degree in public health?
Formal knowledge in Public Health Policy and 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’ve already established a career, or are a recent college graduate, public health is ideal for those who gain satisfaction from helping and improving the live of others.

Can I Take On-Campus Courses, or are All the Courses Online?
Our programs are set up in a way that you can elect to take on-campus courses in conjunction with the online curriculum.

  • Public Health Policy and Management Track – Although this program can be completed completely online it can also be taken in conjunction with campus courses. We offer a variety of elective classes that can be taken on campus. It is also highly recommended that the Practicum and Capstone units be taken on-campus for closer monitoring by your mentor, but we do make arrangements for those students who wish to take this track completely online.
  • Epidemiology Track – this is a hybrid program of online and evening classes. This track can not be completed completely online.

How does a Master of Public Health degree from Loyola increase my job opportunities?
Since it is often a requirement for many managerial or administrative positions in public health, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree provides the best credentials for individuals who desire leadership careers in the diverse and growing field of public health. A graduate degree gives public health professionals a competitive edge and enables them to:

  •     Have advanced insight and knowledge of the factors which influence local, national and global legislative and social polices.
  •     Apply broad-based, state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative skills needed for problem solving.
  •     Develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems.
  •     Have enhanced communication skills by working with diverse populations.
  •     Be positioned for leadership roles in all areas of health promotion and disease prevention.

How long will it take?
You are in control of your timeline. Typically an MPH degree takes two years to complete because it is a professional degree and in addition to having more credit hours than other master's degrees, you will also 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 1.5 years, you will need to complete at least 12 credits a semester and take summer courses.

Should you pursue your degree as part of an online MPH program instead of a "traditional" residential program?
If you want to keep working, stay where you are, or carefully manage your time because of family or work responsibilities, our online program can help you budget your time. The Loyola University of Chicago MPH programs have been created to provide the same level of quality and dedication as our traditional on-campus programs. They are a great way for anyone with time issues or an already busy schedule to advance their career.

Is your program accredited?
The Loyola MPH Program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

What are the GRE codes?
The general institute code overall is 1412. Use that for the CRME or dual degree programs. However, if you are using SOPHAS to apply to the MPH program, then use institute code 1792. See the full list of GRE codes here (Loyola Public Health is on page 6): https://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_aidi_fellowships.pdf

Are there assistantships available for students?
Various teaching and research assistantships often become during each academic year.

Where do public health professionals work?
Public health professionals work in both the public and private sectors. Graduates can expect opportunities in local, state, or federal health departments.

Health department job descriptions include among others:

  •     Directors and mangers of departments, programs and initiatives
  •     Epidemiologists
  •     Researchers
  •     Food Safety Inspectors
  •     Policy Analysts
  •     Nutritionists

Private sector jobs include:

  •     Directors and managers of departments, programs and initiatives
  •     Deans, Professors and Educators
  •     Researchers, engineers
  •     Analysts
  •     Economists