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Mission of the MPH Program

The mission of the Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Education at SIU Carbondale is to promote public health through professional preparation of community health educators, ongoing development of practitioners, community service, and research/evaluation related to public health.

The Master of Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Within the MPH program there are several options:

  • Classic Master of Public Health in Community Health Education (MPH)
  • Master of Public Health in Community Health Education in conjunction with the MEDPREP program. (MPH/MEDPREP)
  • Master of Public Health concurrent with SIU School of Medicine MD program. (MPH/MD)

For additional information for each degree option, click on tab appropriate to program of your interest.

Master of Public Health in Community Health Education

Applicants for the Master of Public Health degree must have a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average (A=4.0) to be admitted in good standing.

Only graduate level courses taken after a student's admission to the program will be included automatically in the student's degree program. "Nondeclared" hours or hours from other degree programs must be petitioned into the program. Courses eligible for inclusion in a degree program must be graduate level and cannot have been applied toward another degree.

Master of Public Health Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses:

PH 500-3 credits - Community Organizing 
PH 505-3 credits -  Introduction to Public Health 
PH 512-3 credits -  Public Health Program Planning 
PH 525-3 credits -  Health Behavior and Health Education 
PH 526-3 credits -  Program Evaluation and Research 
PH 532-3 credits -  Public Health Administration 
PH 583-3 credits -  U.S. Health Systems 
PH 588-3 credits - Environmental Health 
PH 590-6 credits -  Practicum 
PH 593-3 credits -  Epidemiology 
PH 598-3 credits -  Grant Writing 
ESPY 402-3 credits -  Basic Statistics or EPSY 506-4 Inferential Statistics

Requirements vary slightly depending on student’s professional track. See course sequences below for each track. 

Each student will work with an advisor to select an additional 3 credit hours from courses within Health Education or related fields as electives.

Students who are not already CHES certified are required to take the credentialing exam (CHES) for Health Educators prior to graduation. For additional information see CHES tab.

Sequence of Courses

Classic MPH

Fall Year 1 

PH 505: Introduction to Public Health 
PH 525: Health Behavior and Health Education 
PH 593: Epidemiology

Timing at student’s discretion: EPSY 402: Basic Statistics or EPSY 506 -Inferential Statistics, or a health education elective.*

Spring Year 1 

PH 512: Public Health Program Planning 
PH 532: Public Health Administration: Principles and Practices
PH 583: U.S. Health System: Organization, Delivery and Public Policy

Timing at student’s discretion: EPSY 402: Basic Statistics or EPSY 506 -Inferential Statistics, or a health education elective.*

Summer Year 1 

PH 588: Environmental Health 
PH 598: Grant Writing for Health Education

Timing at student’s discretion: EPSY 402: Basic Statistics or EPSY 506 -Inferential Statistics, or a health education elective.*

Fall Year 2 

PH 500: Community Organizing 
PH 526: Program Evaluation and Research Approaches to Health Education


Timing at student’s discretion: EPSY 402: Basic Statistics or EPSY 506 -Inferential Statistics, or a health education elective.*

Spring Year 2 

PH 590: Practicum in Community Health**

*Students are required to take one graduate credit eligible (400 or 500) health education elective. For students with a strong prior background in health education, electives outside of health education, but clearly related to the discipline, may be approved. Consult your advisor in advance.

** The practicum must encompass specific areas of the health educator responsibilities. A limited number of practica are available in southern Illinois and are selective and competitive. For this reason, the student must plan ahead for alternative locations. 

Retention

Any master's degree candidate with a grade point average of less than 3.25 after eighteen (18) semester hours of master's degree work will not be allowed to continue in the program nor be readmitted at a later date.