LISLE, Ill., Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- References to public health often surface when diseases and other critical health issues are mentioned in the media. Lately, the most recent announcements that strike fear into the populous are reports about the Zika virus, which has resulted in deaths. Spread by a mosquito, public health officials from the Centers for Disease Control are working to spread knowledge of risk and provide education. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161123/442605LOGO However, what if the public health issue is one of societal concerns, like the results for a child's life of a parental loss through death or family separation? There is no inoculation or magic cure that can counteract that devastating childhood loss. A recent study showed that losing a parent increased incidences of childhood drinking and smoking tobacco. The repercussions for these children create a lifelong pattern that often prevents the child from being the most productive adult their abilities would allow. Training in the field of Public Health is increasingly important as the population grows through longer life expectancy and sophisticated concerns emerge which were not in the public awareness. Benedictine University offers a 58-credit online master's in public health program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). "In our complex society, it is the public health professional who makes a difference in perceptions and actual results in health situations. Our online Master in Public Health program at Benedictine University successfully prepares a graduate to play an important role in public health issues like access to health programs, education, and dealing with infectious diseases," said Dr. Susan Cheng, department chair of Public Health at Benedictine. Benedictine University Master in Public Health Program faculty are dedicated and experienced teachers with expertise to share such as their work in corporate wellness programs, AIDS nonprofits, and obesity research initiatives. Within the Master of Public Health program, courses focus on aspects such as environmental and biological health, health program management, ethics and political issues, research and other topics that offer an optional certificate in health management and policy, emergency preparedness, health education and promotion, or epidemiology. An internship to apply coursework to real-world programs is required.