The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree Program at Loyola University Chicago combines the expertise and passion of several Schools and Institutes of Loyola University Chicago including the Stritch School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the School of Law, the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and the Schools of Social Work and Sociology.

The online program offers convenient, reliable, and rigorous distance education for working professionals, non-traditional students, and individuals who desire a more flexible learning format. Courses are taught by Loyola University Chicago Faculty with expertise in Public Health, Public Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health, Bioethics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. The vast resources of the Loyola University Health System, led by the prestigious Stritch School of Medicine, along with the combined knowledge an experience of distinguished faculty members from medicine, social work, bioethics, health policy and law, help you position yourself to take on many opportunities and challenges.

  • Public Health Policy and Management – this concentration can be completed completely online. This program can also be taken in conjunction with campus courses.
  • Epidemiology – this concentration is a hybrid program of online and evening classes.

Taking on health issues that affect us on all levels

Public Health Leaders come from a variety of disciplines including education, research, law, social work, nursing or medicine, but all are committed to improving the health of individuals and at-risk populations. The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree addresses multiple complex health problems including access to health care services, environmental hazards, injury, and substance abuse. Loyola University Chicago MPH students acquire qualitative and quantitative problem solving skills and training in communication and leadership which greatly enhance career opportunities. 

Note: Students entering the program may wish to pursue careers that may require licensure (e.g. Registered Environmental Health Specialist) or certification (e.g. Certified in Public Health or Certified Professional in Food Safety) upon or before employment. Loyola University Chicago cannot guarantee the Master or Certificate of Public Health programs will prepare students to meet the unique requirements for licensure or certification in their specific location and/or area of expertise. Students should check with their local licensing or certifying authority to determine if/what requirements are necessary. 


Our Mission

The Master of Public Health Program is committed to social justice and prepares leaders to improve health for all through collaborative community-engaged education, ethical practice, research, and service.  


Recognizing that all public health programs seek to address the health of communities through instruction, research, and community service, the Loyola Master of Public Health Program adopts a broad strategy of educational, research, and service-oriented initiatives to fulfill its  mission.  We envision a program that possesses the following characteristics that differentiate our program from others and add benefit to society:

  • A Transformative Education:  Provide a practice-oriented and population-centered education in which the student seeks out a personal connection with those affected by health disparities or injustice, reflects on that experience, and is transformed by it.

  • Global Involvement:  Engage globally – Maywood, Chicago, United States, and international – while maintaining a focus on the Maywood community.

  • Community Partnership:  Leverage our strengths and maintain consistency by partnering with local community organizations, especially Jesuit partners.

  • Systemic Change:  Address the systemic causes of health care disparities while serving those in need.

  • Tailored learning:  Tailor instruction to the learning needs of the individual student and to the needs of the profession.

  • Sustainable Solutions:  Identify the underlying causes and address the systems that contribute to health disparity.

  • Synergy of Goals:  Integrate instruction, research and service, recognizing that each contributes to the others. 

  • Committed Faculty: Foster an atmosphere to encourage an inspired, collaborative, engaged, and committed faculty. 

  • Interdisciplinary Participation:  Engages many disciplines to attain its mission, recognizing that health related problems caused by social injustice are complex and require collaboration among numerous disciplines to address


We are grounded in our Jesuit, Catholic values as we pursue our mission.  Specifically, we will behave in a manner consistent with the following values and beliefs:

  • Social justice:  As part of Loyola University Chicago, we seek a socially just world.

  • Collaboration:  We believe that we can best attain our mission by working cooperatively and interprofessionally with academic disciplines within Loyola, other academic institutions, and community organizations. 

  • Scholarship:  We pursue vigorous formal study and the knowledge gained from it.

  • Critical thinking:  We pursue disciplined intellectual criticism that combines research, knowledge, context, and judgment. 

  • Advocacy:  We contribute to public dialogue regarding health and disparities by sharing and communicating the knowledge that we gain from our scholarly pursuits. 

  • Professionalism and ethical behavior:  We are committed to morally right conduct based upon our Jesuit, Catholic values and the highest values of the profession.

  • Humility:  We humbly serve. 

Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

The MPH program at Loyola University Chicago received CEPH accreditation in October 2015. 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 the public, CEPH accreditation promotes the health, safety and welfare of a society by assuring competent public health professionals. 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 a copy of the CEPH letter and the Final Self Study Document please contact our program director, Dr. David Shoham.

The Accreditation Review Process

  • In June of 2013, the Loyola MPH Program was accepted as an applicant to begin the accreditation process of our MPH Program through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 
  • On February 9 & 10, 2015, the Loyola MPH Program had its on-site accreditation visit by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Student Testimonials

Loyola MPH Graduates After the Program

Community Service Opportunities

Maywood Fine Arts Association - Loyola Dept of Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine and Niehoff School of Nursing (Dietetics and Exercise Sciences) have had a long-standing relationship with MFA. We are starting our 3rd year of a Family-based Lifestyle Intervention Program in which families in Maywood set their own health goals and our students (and faculty) help them reach those goals. It is a great program and community organization. If interested in checking things out, the first orientation meeting for students will be Monday, August 25, 5-6 pm in room 360, SSOM. Dinner will be served but bring your own beverage!  For more information, contact Drs. Luke or Dugas.

West Suburban PADS -  West Suburban PADS is the only agency whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in Cook County’s 20 near-west suburban communities. They offer a continuum of services in five program areas:  shelter, supportive services, supportive housing, employment readiness, homeless prevention. More than 800 men, women and children use one or more of PADS services each year. For more information, you can contact Dr. Luke, Dr. Kuczewski in Neiswanger Bioethics Institute, or email  shelter@westsuburbanpads.org for current opportunities.

Practicum Possibilities

For more information on practicum possibilities please contact Dr. Harbison.


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