Choosing the Right Degree
UIC School of Public Health offers applicants a choice of degrees to pursue. Click on the title of each degree to learn the various program options offered.
- Bachelor of Arts
- Master of Science
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Healthcare Administration
- Doctor of Public Health
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Global Health Program
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Students interested in pursuing the BA in Public Health must first complete 60 hours of prerequisite general education course work at UIC or another college or university including three prerequisite courses in public health—PUBH 100: Health and the Public, PUBH 110: Public Health and Global Societies, and PUBH 120: Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics. Please note that while successful applicants to the program typically have a GPA of at least a 2.75/4.00, there are four courses which must be completed with B grades or higher (PUBH 100, PUBH 110, PUBH 120, and the Quantitative Reasoning requirement). If admitted to the program, students will then complete an additional 60 hours of major course work. Admission to the program is selective and completion of the prerequisite course work does not guarantee admission.
Master of Science Degree Overview
The MS in public health, often a precursor to the Ph.D., prepares students for research positions in local, state, or federal agencies, in private or public health organizations, or in health research programs. The MS ensures graduates have a general understanding of public health as well as specialized research expertise. MS students matriculate into one of the four divisions within the School of Public Health: Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, or Health Policy and Administration. Through the division of Health Policy and Administration the School also offers a degree in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS).
The Master of Science (MS) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science a research degree that prepares students for research and program management in companies, laboratories, and policy-making organizations. It also prepares students for PhD-level epidemiologic research and study.
The MS degree in epidemiology educates students in the application of epidemiologic research methods in preparation for research careers. This program introduces the student to fundamental techniques of data analysis built upon a solid methodologic base. An MS graduate may participate as a collaborator in epidemiologic research studies.
The MS degree educates students in the application of biostatistical research methods in preparation for research careers. This degree program introduces the student to fundamental techniques of data analysis built upon a solid methodologic base. An MS graduate may participate as a collaborator in epidemiologic research studies.
The MS program in Health Policy and Administration is designed to prepare new researchers to concentrate on the development of testable research questions and the practice of sound research methods. After completion of this program, students may petition to bypass the MS thesis, and with departmental permission, may enter the PhD program. Applicants can choose from a concentration in Health Services Research and Public Health Informatics; and a degree program in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS).
Master of Public Health Degree Overview
Master's of Public Health students matriculate into one of the four divisions within the School of Public Health: Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, or Health Policy and Administration. In addition to these areas of specialization, MPH students can focus their studies through one of our interdepartmental concentrations, or tailor their educational experience through one of our joint or online degree programs. A student with public health experience may matriculate into the abbreviated Professional Enhancement Program (PEP). A student with limited or no background experience in public health will complete the Comprehensive Program.
The MPH in CHS provides students with a scientific knowledge base, practical public health experience, and scientific research and writing experience. The MPH is directed toward students interested in public health practice and administrative positions. Enrollment can be on a full- or part-time basis. MPH students are admitted to the Comprehensive Program or to the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) for experienced professionals with at least three years of paid public health or community health experience. This program can be completed entirely through face-to-face or online courses (see below) or a combination of these formats.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences trains students in the areas of exposure and risk assessment, environmental and occupational toxicity and injury, risk management and evaluation, and policy. MPH students are admitted to the Comprehensive Program or to the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) for experienced professionals with at least three years of paid public health or community health experience. Students will select a concentration or they will meet the requirements through careful course selection with their academic advisors.
The MPH degree in epidemiology provides students with a broad base of public health knowledge concentrating on epidemiology. The MPH degree prepares the graduate to provide epidemiology services within multidisciplinary public health environments. For those with previous clinical experience, this degree is often a route to higher administrative positions within public health and health care settings. In addition to the general MPH, students may focus in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. Enrollment can be on a full- or part-time basis. MPH students are admitted to the Comprehensive Curriculum or to the Professional Enhancement Program for experienced professionals with at least three years of paid public health or community health experience.
The MPH degree in quantitative methods is designed for health professionals who require competency in the management, analysis, and interpretation of public health data and knowledge of data analysis issues as applied to a particular area of public health. This degree program does not require the rigorous mathematics background that is integral to the MS degree. This degree is appropriate for persons interested in obtaining employment at an intermediate level, either in the pharmaceutical industry, in government, or in an academic setting, or for persons interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. Enrollment can be on a full- or part-time basis.
Health Policy and Administration
There is a growing need for public health practitioners who can improve population health using an increasingly complex regulatory and policy environment. Public health practitioners must be capable of understanding and interpreting policies and initiatives stemming from a variety of sources. Participants in the UIC Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration programs will obtain a broad understanding of all levels of public policy, effective approaches to organizational management, and the ability to apply ethical standards to everyday situations to succeed in this dynamic and challenging environment.
Master of Healthcare Administration Overview
The MHA program equips students with the skills and resources they need to become a healthcare leader. The MHA Program is designed for managers, administrators, and supervisors already working in healthcare or related fields who want to advance their skills to become executives and leaders; healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians, other caregivers and researchers) who seek advancement into organizational leadership; and new graduates who want to enter the healthcare field as managers. Applicants are able to choose from two distinct programs: the MHA program, which may be pursued either full-time or part-time and the Executive MHA program which is designed for individuals with advanced experience as clinicians and administrators in healthcare.
Doctor of Public Health in Leadership Degree Overview
The DrPH is designed for working public health practitioners with significant management experience and demonstrated leadership potential. This program is modeled on action learning, and emphasizes engagement with faculty, colleagues, and peers. Students will acquire new analytic skills and perspectives while learning how to effect policy and drive change in a complex public health climate. UIC SPH is one of only two fully CEPH accredited schools of public health in the nation offering the DrPH degree at a distance.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree Overview
The PhD in public health sciences prepares scholars to conduct in-depth research and provide advanced instruction in public health at the college and university level. It also prepares researchers for governmental, private, and voluntary organizations in the prevention and control of disease. Students may choose from four divisions within the School: Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Health Policy and Administration
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Community Health Sciences provides students with an understanding of a substantive area of public health and advanced quantitative skills within a public and community health context. Concentrated course work is undertaken related to a selected research project. The PhD program is directed to students interested in academic or research careers. Enrollment can be on a full- or part-time basis.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences provides students with the conceptual and analytical skills needed to pursue research careers in academia, research institutes, consulting firms, and to be legislative and regulatory staff at government or industry research programs.
The PhD degree in epidemiology educates students in the application of epidemiologic research methods in preparation for research careers. This degree program prepares the student to play an important role in study design, data collection and processing, and in statistical analysis and interpretation in either the public or private sector. The PhD graduate is prepared to develop independent epidemiologic research.
The PhD degree in biostatistics educates students in the application of biostatistical research methods in preparation for research careers. This degree program prepares the student to play an important role in study design, data collection and processing, and in statistical analysis and interpretation in either the public or private sector. The PhD graduate is prepared to develop independent epidemiologic research.
Health Policy and Administration
The primary objective of the PhD program in Health Policy and Administration is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical skills needed to pursue research careers in academia, research institutes, and consulting firms, and to be legislative and regulatory staff at government or industry research programs. This concentration includes the following tracks: (1) health services research - designed to provide the research skills necessary to study the organization, access, financing and delivery of health services, and (2) health policy research - which provides the research skills necessary to evaluate the policies that influence population health and the political environment.
Global Health Program Overview
The Global Health Program represents UIC School of Public Health’s strategic commitment to enhancing global health research, teaching and service. Given the rapidity with which people, ideas, capital and trade circumnavigate the globe, our understanding of ‘public health’ must be expanded to fully encompass ‘global health’. The dramatic advances which have taken place over the last 50 years in transportation, communication and technology create fantastic opportunities to improve the health of the world’s population. Unfortunately such advances also create unprecedented opportunity for large-scale environmental disasters, including global climate change, worldwide pandemics, widespread dissemination of tainted food-products and other unsafe commercial items, as well as opportunity for intentionally inflicted man-made disasters of major proportion.
The Global Health Program at the School of Public Health is dedicated to the training, attainment, and contribution of new knowledge to face these challenges.