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    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  Apr 25, 2024
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [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.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

Professional Practice

  • Compare and contrast the structure, function, and organization of public health and healthcare systems in the United States and globally; and apply systems thinking tools to understand public health issues.
  • Identify public health needs, design and execute interventions to promote, preserve and protect the communities’ health. 
  • Assess the impact of public health programs, ensuring community partnerships are built and sustained in the process.
  • Apply principles and practices of ethics, leadership, and management to empower stakeholders as they collaborate throughout the process of evidence based decision making to improve health behaviors and outcomes.


  • Drawing from the literature on the social determinants of health, students will create culturally competent solutions for public health concerns keeping in mind the cultural norms, values and practices of diverse populations, as well as the inequities experienced by those groups.     
  • Advocate for policies, and programs whose goals include improving health outcomes and health equity among diverse communities.

Professional Behavior

  • Determine appropriate communication strategies and modalities to communicate public health content based on need of the audience and environment.      
  • Public health professionals will engage ethically and professionally with the communities they serve and on interprofessional teams.


  • Apply epidemiological methods that use both quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine public health challenges and utilize tools and techniques of biostatistics, informatics, computer programming to interpret findings that inform further research, policy and practice.      
  • Evaluate the public health impact of policy and understand the process associated with policy-making.

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.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • Successul completion of 42 credit hours of coursework
  • Successful completion of 100 hours of fieldwork over a 15-week semester


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

Required Core: 33 credit hours

Electives/Concentation: 9 credit hours

Program Total

Master of Public Health: 42 credit hours


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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