Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Program in Public Health

FAQ's

What degree programs does the Northwestern Program in Public Health offer?

Northwestern Program in Public Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics.  The Program also offers a MD/MPH program for medical students concurrently enrolled in the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Which degree is right for me?

Our MPH is generally practice oriented and is considered a professional degree program. The MS in Biostatistics is research oriented and requires a thesis or comprehensive exam.

Please take a look at our degree-specific pages (MPH and MS) for more information, or send us your questions here and we will work with you to figure out which program best suits your career goals and interests.

Does Northwestern offer concentrations?

Students in the MPH program may choose a concentration in Community Health Research, Epidemiology, or Global Health. A generalist option is also available. The Epidemiology concentration requires full-time enrollment; students in other concentrations and in the generalist track may choose full-time or part-time enrollment and may begin in summer or fall.

Students in the MS program may choose a concentration in Population Health Analytics, Statistical Bioinformatics, or Statistical Methods and Practice.  In some cases, students may change concentrations or not make a choice of concentration until after Summer Quarter.

Does Northwestern offer any combined degree programs?

We offer a combined MD/MPH degree program. The MD/MPH program is for medical students concurrently enrolled in the Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM). Applicants apply prior to matriculating at FSM for the 4 year combined degree or in the winter of their third year of medical school for the 5 year program.

Does Northwestern offer any distance or online degree programs?

No, Northwestern Program in Public Health does not offer an online or executive model degree program.

Can I take courses at other Northwestern schools?

Yes, students may enroll in courses offered by one of the other Northwestern schools. Obtaining credit for cross-registered courses is possible if a similar course is not available in the Program in Public Health and it requires the permission of the Program’s curriculum committee

I only have an undergraduate degree. Am I eligible for admission to the MPH program?

Yes, applicants with a prior undergraduate degree and two years of professional work experience may apply to our MPH program.  Applicants without work experience must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher to qualify for admission to the MPH program. Please see our degree programs page for details.

Can I take a course without enrolling in a degree program?

You may take one or more courses without enrolling in a degree program by applying for admission as a nondegree special student. Applicants apply through SOPHAS Express and may apply to begin in any quarter of the year (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).  The admission requirements are the same for nondegree special students as for degree candidates. 

Are you located on Northwestern University's Evanston campus?

No, we are located on Northwestern's Chicago campus. We are conveniently situated near Michigan Avenue in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, in close proximity to Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, as well as myriad community partners and local resources.