MCPHP Overview

The MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice (MCPHP) collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to improve population health through public health workforce development.  Located at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, MCPHP offers a continuum of consulting services and technical assistance for practice organizations. By linking workforce development initiatives to the strategic needs of partner organizations, MCPHP provides customized solutions to address the current challenges of public health practice.


MCPHP’s mission is to build individual and organizational capacity to improve health by:

  • Working with partners to creatively address public health practice issues;
  • Translating public health research into practical resources; and
  • Providing professional development, planning, and evaluation services.


MCPHP believes:

  • Connecting and empowering people expands opportunity;
  • Growth and learning drive progress;
  • Health equity is a building block of a just society; and
  • Ethical public health practice both draws from and contributes to the evidence base.

MCPHP currently offers a variety of training and development services, particularly in the areas of preparedness, management, and leadership.  The services are tailored to meet the needs of both rural and urban areas in the Midwest.  Training activities include face-to-face, online, and blended learning options to address workforce development needs.  MCPHP has experience in applying technology to develop distance and blended learning solutions and has delivered an extensive portfolio of online trainings in a variety of formats.  In addition, MCPHP has the experience and tools needed to plan and execute meetings and conferences for the public health workforce around a multitude of topics.

MCPHP also promotes academic-practice partnerships for the purpose of improving the performance of the public health system.  By linking research to practice, our goal is to improve the quality of education for Masters and Doctoral students, and to explore and identify best practices for public health organizations.

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