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Engage Locally & Globally

Engage Locally & Globally


From communities just outside our doors to those in Sub-Saharan Africa, UIC SPH faculty, staff, students, and alumni are developing collaborative solutions to the public health challenges facing our world. We are committed to forging partnerships locally, nationally, and globally, providing our students with opportunities to apply their skills in real world settings and to become public health leaders.


At UIC School of Public Health, we have a long history of working in partnership with community and governmental organizations to improve the health of the public and provide rich learning experiences for our students. The Office of Community and Public Health Practice helps to support SPH faculty, staff, students, and alumni in these community engagement activities. We currently have faculty, staff, and students working in numerous community-based projects around such areas as violence prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, maternal and child health, water quality, health disparities, asthma education and intervention, and many others. Using an action-learning model, our students are able to learn through hands-on experience with these real world public health challenges.


The Global Health Program represents UIC School of Public Health’s commitment to improving the health of populations around the world. Our faculty members are involved in projects that include HIV/AIDS prevention, access to safe drinking water, emergency preparedness and disaster management, the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, and the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. The Global Health Initiative supports our students in their dedication to global public health issues. Through a field work component, students have an opportunity to collaborate with faculty on their research projects or to work with other institutions or organizations. Most recently, our students have completed field work in Haiti, Rwanda, India, Ghana, Israel, Russian, Guatemala and Chile. The Global Health Initiative continues to grow, reflecting current trends of globalization and the ongoing commitment of our faculty and students in the areas of teaching, research and service. 

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