The Loyola online MPH Program currently offers two concentrations: Health Policy and Law and Epidemiology. The MPH degree is a 44 credit program which provides students with the theoretical, methodological, and practical experience relevant to address public health issues with regards to research and policy with emphasis on racial and economic health disparities and bioethics. The curriculum consists of 7-8 core courses, a practicum training experience and a capstone project. The practicum provides the student with practical experience in a public health setting requiring the student to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge learned during their graduate study. Field experience/practicum will be supervised by full-time faculty. Partial or complete waiver may be given for prior public health experience. A Certificate in Public Health (C.P.H.) is also available.
The Clinical Research Methods program was developed to improve the support of clinical investigators who are committed to improving medical care. The M.S. in Clinical Research Methods can be regarded as a “value-added” degree for individuals already holding a health care professional degree: the program provides the skills needed to obtain independent funding, initiate and complete research projects and to expand the range of activities a health care professional can contribute to advance clinical medicine. In addition, the clinical researcher with formal training may act as a mentor for other health care workers who are interested in clinical research. The majority of courses are offered as 10-week evening courses, and students are required to complete a total of 24 credit hours in addition to a research project. Students typically finish the program in 2-3 years.
The development of this program has been guided by the Council on Education in Public Health and the Association of Schools of Public Health Core Competency Development Project.