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    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  Sep 30, 2023
2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Master of Public Health

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Online - Los Angeles

Program Overview

The Chicago School’s 21st Century curriculum embraces the evolving U.S. healthcare landscape, which has seen dramatic change following the implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while developing a global mindset to respond to the challenges of a highly interconnected world. The rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum integrates theory, scientific research, professional practice and innovation - all framed by career-focused community engagement - offering the knowledge and skills required by a changing healthcare marketplace.

The Chicago School’s Master of Public Health (MPH) consists of 42-credit hours including 27 credits of core courses, 9 credits in a chosen concentration, and 6 credits of fieldwork culminating in a capstone project. All students participate in a required 10-day international field experience allowing them to examine the unique and common health challenges of a diverse, yet interconnected world.

The online program can be completed in as little as 27 months with 8-week courses offered consecutively. The on-ground program in Los Angeles, California offers a flexible hybrid class schedule perfect for working adults.  The on-ground program can also be completed in as little as 27 months with students taking two 15-week courses simultaneously in the Fall and Spring terms and two, 12-week courses over the Summer term.   Whether online or on-ground, our class size is small, providing opportunity for sharing, community-building, and personalized attention.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

Efficacious and Original Research: Design and conduct efficacious and original research to ethically and positively impact and advance the body of knowledge in the MPH program.

1.  Promote community capacity, health, and well-being using results from analyses of health problems, issues, strengths and the needs of diverse populations.

2.  Impact the health outcomes of communities through the use of data gained from the appraisal of their essential services, systems, and public policies.

Cultural Sensitivity and Competence: Demonstrate reasoned decision-making skills, recognizing the local and far reaching implications of complex decisions within equally complex multicultural regional, national, environmental, social, political, behavioral, legal and global factors within the realm of Public Health.  

1.  Create solutions for public health concerns found in diverse communities by assessing their major environmental, social, behavioral, cultural, political, legal, and regulatory factors.

2.  Design public health access and quality strategies/policies for diverse populations.

Ethical and Professional Behavior: Evaluate individual values, strengths and weaknesses in order to further develop professional leadership styles and improve leadership effectiveness within the dynamic and complex field of Public Health.

1.  Convey prevention and intervention strategies across diverse communities and populations with the goal of improving health outcomes using culturally appropriate communication and technology

2.  Demonstrate professional and ethical leadership inclusive of strategic planning and decision making skills.

Assessment and Evaluation: Effectively evaluate collaborative health promotion and disease prevention based on biostatistics, epidemiological principals and evidence-based research and persuasively articulate findings, challenges for appropriate planning and implementation strategies in the realm of Public Health.

1.  Evaluate collaborative health promotion and disease prevention programs/interventions using biostatistics, epidemiological principles and other evidence-based research as a source for appropriate planning and implementation strategies.

2.  Conduct evidence-based research to improve the health and well-being of the public and to advance the public health profession.

Admission Requirements

Application to the MPH Program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.

 Factors that are considered in admission to the MPH Program are:

  • Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned.
  • Application fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two-page personal statement/essay answering the following questions:

1.  How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience contribute to your success in the MPH Program?

2.  How will the successful completion of the MPH Program  support your professional career goals

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission and in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.

Articulation Agreements

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established an agreement between the Master of Public Health and the B.A. Psychology programs to allow qualified students to enter early into the master’s program. This agreement allows qualified students to begin their master’s study while completing their bachelor’s degree. Click on this link  for details.

Fieldwork Requirements

MPH students complete a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork over a 15-week semester. Through supervised field experience, students apply public health principles to real-world challenges.

The Curriculum

Total MPH Program Credits: 42

 Required Core Courses: 33 credits

 Elective Courses: 9 credits


Mental Health and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Students gain an understanding of the psychological aspects of health and wellness and develop effective community public health interventions to support mental health.

Public Policy Development and Advocacy

Students develop skills essential to community engagement, collective policy development and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

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