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Profile picture of Paul Brandt Rauf.Dear UIC SPH Community,

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH).  We are dedicated to excellence in protecting and improving the health and well-being of the people of the metropolitan Chicago area, the State of Illinois and the nation, and of others throughout the world. The School achieves this mission by: educating scientists, professionals and the public; conducting research to develop solutions to public health problems; providing public health service; and formulating public health policy.

Public health is one of the most interdisciplinary, and therefore, most challenging health professions. To practice it well requires an integrated knowledge of disciplines including: molecular biology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, administration and management, law, and ethics. In fact, even engineering, urban planning, education, architecture and social work figure into public health interventions or procedures.

In order to fully participate in our profession, one must gain an appreciation of the different ways all of this fits together.  UIC SPH prides itself on providing a quality, interdisciplinary education to students through our four divisions – Community Health Sciences, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Health Policy and Administration.

Along with academic excellence, UIC SPH fosters cutting-edge research and engaged community-based practice that focuses on eliminating health disparities and bringing public health solutions to communities in need. Our faculty and alumni continue to make solid contributions in Chicago and across the globe. Their vision, resolve and ingenuity have built the foundation for a rich UIC public health legacy. Our students learn, innovate, practice, research and challenge public health concepts in Chicago and in communities around the world.

As we continue to expand our neighborhood commitment, national scope and global reach, I invite you, as students, faculty, alumni and benefactors, to help shape the next generation of public health leaders.


Lorraine M. Conroy, ScD, CIH
Interim Dean, UIC School of Public Health



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