Program Specific Requirements

The MPH Program offers three distinct tracks of coursework in Public Health: Global Health EquityPublic Health Policy and Management and Epidemiology. In addition to coursework specific to each of these tracks, all students are required to take all Core Courses, 3 credits of ethics coursework, and 2 credits of practicum and capstone work (these are described in the practicum and capstone sections).

MPHs student must also complete online training in ethical research via the CITI program (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative).


Practicums must be 210 hours or more but these hours can be performed over one or more semesters. Practicums can NOT be performed within the LUC Department of Public Health Sciences or involve the specific activities and responsibilities of your current employment. Consult your MPH adviser for more information.


Capstone research does not have to be related to practicum experiences.  Depending on their interests, some students will analyze data collected during their practicum to help complete their capstone.

Examples of past capstone titles (videos for some presentations available upon request):

  • Megan Aronson, On-site Food Pantry at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System Veteran's Affairs Hospital.
  • Allison Kong, The Association between Acculturation and Hypertension Prevalence among South Asian Immigrants.?
  • Keeley Lewis, Risk for West Nile virus transmission in mosquitoes and humans in Northern Cook County: a spatio-temporal approach.
  • Nicole Nelson, The association of visceral adipose tissue and physical activity.
  • Gillian Conrad, Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication with Vulnerable Populations: Challenges and Considerations for Local Public Health.
  • Tarah Osowski, Increasing Fallbook Food Pantry Client Attrition Rates: A Novel Approach to Promoting Food Security and Self-Sufficiency.
  • Kaushal Mehta,  Depression prevalence in the U.S. population pre/post-recession.
  • Cherylanne Kolmin, Limited proficiency and hospital readmission in patients with heart failure.

Please refer to our  for information 2017-2018 LUC Public Health Student Handbook regarding coursework and other program requirements.