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Master of
Public Health


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The generalist M.P.H. degree prepares students to be public health practitioners who draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines.

The foundation (core) coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, management, policy, biological, behavioral and social aspects of public health, environmental health, provides a scientific and practical base for public health practice. Elective courses may be taken in a variety of areas such as health education, healthcare marketing, advanced biostatistics, emergency management, applied epidemiology, and health equity or in other relevant programs such as Psychology, Healthcare Administration, Management, and Global Health.

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Students in the Master of Public Health program have the opportunities to:

Identify the impact of the social determinants of health on public health topics and outcomes.
Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Public Health Alumni

The M.P.H. degree may open the door to advancement opportunities and empowers you to make changes on a greater scale. Popular public health fields in which to apply your degree are: Health Administration, Community Health Sciences, Health Education, Health Policy, and Environmental Health.

What Sets Us Apart?

What makes the program so special is the connection between the millennia-old Benedictine Hallmark of Community (our call to serve the common good) and the inherent nature of public health to improve the quality of life across the globe. Our teachers are practitioners, instructing the next generation of public health professionals with expertise and compassion. The M.P.H. program prepares students to practice real world — real-time public health within a global context. Students learn to apply public health skills in locations all over the world from Chicago to Bangladesh.

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Available Certificates

  • Data Analytics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Education & Promotion
  • Health Management & Policy

LEARN MORE about our Certificate Programs

Dual Degrees Available

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)/Management and Organizational Behavior (M.S.)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)/Master of Business Administration (MBA)
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The M.P.H. Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH accreditation is nationally recognized as the quality standard of education and training in public health, awarded only to programs that meet lengthy, rigorous criteria.

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The opportunity to take advanced courses in my field of interest, epidemiology, is what led to my internship and successful employment with the health department as an epidemiologist. In my role, I work closely with viral hepatitis patients to help track the source of their illness and provide educational health resources. Benedictine was helpful in encouraging me to pursue a doctorate in research epidemiology through the M.P.H. program, and I felt very supported in that endeavor.

Jacquelyne Brauneis, MPH

MPH ’21
Brazoria County Health Department

Master of Public Health Faculty

Georgeen Polyak, MPH

Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D.
Program Director, Associate Professor

Krishna Bhagat, MPH

Krishna Bhagat, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Chris Duffrin, MPH

Christopher Duffrin, Ph.D.

Markisha Woodson, MPH

Markisha Woodson, Ph.D., MSPH, MBA, MCHES
Assistant Professor

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