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Public Health MPH Program

At Southern Illinois University, MPH students receive instruction from quality faculty and have the opportunity for educational experience along with real-world application concentrated on, but not limited to, health and social disparities, rural health, and population health.

SIU is positioned in a distinctive location to enhance the educational experience for Master of Public Health students – notably, those students interested in health disparities and population health. The region surrounding SIU is disproportionately burdened by negative health outcomes, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved populations. Additionally, SIU is located amongst the sixteen Illinois counties designated as part of the Mississippi Delta Region – a government-designated region based on its location as well as the unique racial, cultural, and economic history.

This geographic location sets SIU apart as students and faculty have the opportunity for community engagement throughout their learning experiences along with further education regarding health disparities, research, and outcomes. Furthermore, local and regional workforce enhancement and development can lead to improvement for the public health field where highly educated people are needed.

Mission of the MPH Program

The mission of the Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Education at Southern Illinois University 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.

Our vision:

The SIU MPH program will be defined by excellence in preparing public health leaders to enhance the health of regional, national, and international populations.

Our Program values:

  • Promoting ethical standards
  • Fostering excellence in teaching, research, and community service
  • Cultural competency
  • Healthy equity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Honesty and integrity

Letter to students about the Master of Public Health Program accreditation 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)
  • Master of Public Health concurrent with PhD in Health Education (MPH-PhD)

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 - Research and Evaluative Approaches to Health Education
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
QUAN 402-3 credits - Basic Statistics or QUAN 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 500: Community Organizing
PH 505: Introduction to Public Health
PH 525: Health Behavior and Health Education

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

Summer Year 1 

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

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

Fall Year 2

PH 526: Program Evaluation and Research Approaches to Health Education
PH 593: Epidemiology


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

Spring Year 2

PH 590: Practicum in Community Health**

*Students are required to take one graduate credit eligible (400 or 500) public health 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, since all electives must be pre-approved.

** The practicum must encompass specific areas of the public 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.