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CEPH Accredited Online Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree

Benedictine's online Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree program provides you with the essential skills to lead organizations that focus on improving access to health care and controlling infectious disease. 

The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). It “assures quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners.”

GRE Waiver Available to Students Who Qualify

Applicants to the online MPH program can request a graduate entrance exam waiver under the following conditions:

  • Applicants who already possess a master's, PhD, or other advanced degree are eligible to request a graduate entrance exam waiver.
  • Applicants may be eligible to waiver the graduate exam requirement based on their undergraduate cumulative GPA.
Get a Closer Look at Benedictine

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88%
of alumni feel the online MPH program at Benedictine prepared them for their current career.
38%
of MPH alum received additional compensation due to their degree.

Enriched Curriculum with Experiential Learning Opportunities

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Coursework in the CEPH accredited online MPH program is built to align with the core competencies for public health professionals developed by the Public Health Foundation (PHF).

The curriculum provides a scientific and practical base for public health practice. Core public health topics include:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics in public health
  • Health services management
  • Health policy
  • Environmental health
  • Behavioral and social aspects of public health
  • Biological aspects of public health

In addition to these core subjects, coursework may also intersect with fields such as urban planning, government policy, advocacy, community organizing, social work, and social sustainability.

Courses in the program focus on the ability to apply learnings and also include opportunities for self-reflection. Each course in the Certificate program includes a mini capstone experience that allows you to apply your learnings to real-world public health scenarios in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of your instructor. Experiences may include: a community risk reduction project, the development of a policy proposal, the completion of a strategic blueprint, the creation of a journal article and more.

The Public Health Internship Experience

Through the MPH internship experience you are able to practice your learning hands-on under the direct supervision of faculty. Whether you are looking to advance your current career or position yourself for a new career, the internship experience provides you with 240-hours of field experience that can help strengthen your resume.

Earn Your MPH Degree With or Without a Certificate—or Just Earn a Certificate

You have the opportunity to add to your expertise with a graduate certificate. Obtaining a graduate certificate will provide you with valuable knowledge and training in a specific area of focus. If you choose not to pursue a certificate in conjunction with your master's degree you can opt to take 12 credit hours of electives instead. Graduate certificate options include:

Certificate Skills & Knowledge
Health Management and Policy Health care delivery systems
Public health policies
Developing policies and procedures
Health care budgeting
Strategic planning
Health care marketing
Emergency Preparedness Risk management
Crisis and disaster management
Risk assessment
Emergency communications
Decision making
Disaster recovery process
Strategic planning
Health Education and Promotion Health education methods
Certified Health Educator Specialist exam prep
Grant writing for public health programs
Behavioral, social and cultural aspects of health
Epidemiology Statistical analysis
Research principles and methods
Collecting and analyzing data
Communicating research findings
Disease pattern analysis
Preventive health and medicine

Intern with Your Current Organization

We understand that returning to school, managing a full-time career and an internship can be a heavy workload. If you are already working in your desired field, however, you can complete your internship with your current employer as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • You’ll be engaged in activities that are not a part of your regular job.
  • Your employer will guarantee that the required clock hours for the internship don’t overlap with those you’re already compensated for under your current employment contract.
  • There will be a qualified preceptor (master’s degree trained personnel in a public health related field) within the place of employment who can oversee the internship experience.

Why Choose Benedictine's Master of Public Health Online?

  • The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, which is the only independent agency which accredits graduate public health schools and programs.  CEPH accreditation indicates to future students that they are choosing a public health program that is endorsed by industry experts and professionals.
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  • By earning your Master of Public Health online at Benedictine, you will receive benefits including around-the-clock help desk access, an academic advisor, financial aid advisors, and virtual career services. You can even chat with an on-campus librarian to help you conduct research.
  • You will become part of Benedictine’s rich history, which spans more than 127 years of academic excellence.
  • You will join an established and respected public health graduate program that is the second largest of its kind in Illinois.
  • As an online student, you may complete your coursework according to your own schedule with our fully online, interactive class format.
  • Online students earn the same respected degree as students in the traditional, on-campus MPH program.
  • You will always be able to get help from a full-time advisor when you need it.

Doing the online MPH program gave me multitasking skills and the ability to keep working full time while taking classes…. I was put in charge of our health practices at my current job at a residential treatment facility. This program has served me well to keep pushing toward the future. I was able to implement a wellness program at the facility I work at for both staff and residents and have become the go-to person for health- and wellness-related questions.

Laura Kornegay, Online MPH Student

Find out more about how Benedictine's online MPH degree program can prepare you for a fulfilling career in public health. Call (866) 295-3104 today to speak to an Admissions Advisor, or request more information.