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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 undeserved 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.


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 on each degree option, click on the tab appropriate to your program of intrest.


Master of Public Health Degree Requirements:

A student must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours with the following core courses being required:

  • PH 505-3 – Foundations of Public Health Knowledge
  • PH 506-3 – Communicating Public Health 
  • PH 507-1 – MPH Experiential Learning Seminar
  • PH 508-2 – Leadership in Public Health
  • PH 512-3 – Public Health Program Planning
  • PH 513-3 – Public Health Analytics I
  • PH 514-3 – Public Health Analytics II
  • PH 525-3 – Applied Theoretical Foundations of Public Health
  • PH 526-3 – Evidence-based Research and Evaluation in Public Health 
  • PH 532-3 – Public Health Administration: Principles and Practices
  • PH 583-3 – U.S. Health Systems: Organization, Delivery, and Policy
  • PH 593-3 – Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health 
  • PH 598-3 – Grant Writing in Public Health 
  • PH 599A-1 – MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE) Seminar
  • PH 599B-2 – MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE)
  • PH599C-3 – MPH Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

Concurrent Degree Requirement:

For the medical degree, all students must complete all requirements outlined by the School of Medicine.

For the MPH degree, a student must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours with the following core courses (31 hours) being required during the first year:

  • PH 505-3  Foundations of Public Health Knowledge
  • PH 506-3  Communicating Public Health 
  • PH 507-1  MPH Experiential Learning Seminar
  • PH 512-3  Public Health Program Planning
  • PH 514-3 – Public Health Analytics II
  • PH 525-3 – Applied Theoretical Foundations of Public Health
  • PH 526-3 – Evidence-based Research and Evaluation in Public Health 
  • PH 532-3 – Public Health Administration: Principles and Practices
  • PH 583-3 – U.S. Health Systems: Organization, Delivery, and Policy
  • PH 598-3 – Grant Writing in Public Health

In addition, the student must complete the following: 

  • PH 599A - 1 – MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE) Seminar
  • PH 599B - 2 – MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE)
  • PH 599C - 3  MPH Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)
  • Public Health Leadership elective, 3 weeks/hours, SIU-SOM
  • Clinical Epidemiology elective, 3 weeks/hours, SIU-SOM
  • Advanced Biostatistics, 2 weeks/hours, SIU-SOM

NOTE: Timing is at the discretion of the MPH advisor.

The student must also complete 1 hour of elective from the following: 

  • Health Policy and Law elective, 3 weeks/hours, SIU-COM
  • State Agency Management and Engagement, 1 week/hour, SIU-SOM
  • Emerging Trends in Public Health, 2 weeks/hours, SIUCOM
  • Ethical Issues in Public Health Practice and Research, 1 week/hour, SIU-SOM
  • Crisis and Disaster Response and Management, 1 week/hour, SIU-SOM
  • Roles and Integration of National, State and Local Health Agencies, 1 week/hour