MPH | Public Health and Recreation Professions | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

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

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.