The School offers four interdepartmental concentrations, providing MPH and MS students with the opportunity to enrich their education through additional study in a cross-cutting area of specialization. The following concentrations may be pursued by an MPH or MS student in any one of the School’s four divisions.
Violence Studies Concentration
The School of Public Health is a participating department in the graduate concentration in Violence Studies offered in collaboration with the Departments of Criminology, Law, and Justice, Psychology, and Political Science as well as the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Jane Addams College of Social Work. The concentration is administered jointly through the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice and the College of Social Work.
Gender and Women's Studies Concentration
The School of Public Health is a participating department in the graduate concentration in Gender and Women's Studies, which is offered by the Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) program. This concentration prepares students to critically examine issues of women and gender, as well as their complex intersections with race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity, providing a rich, interdisciplinary focus.
Global Health Concentration
The Global Health Concentration (GHC), an interdepartmental concentration within the School of Public Health, will provide MPH and MS students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to confront and successfully address emerging global health problems. The concentration is designed for masters’ level students interested in preparing for international careers in government, international NGOs and health care agencies, industry, or academic institutions. Foreign students who undertake the concentration will be prepared to return to their home countries to work in the country’s ministry of health, or with international governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.
Survey Research Methodology Concentration
Students who complete the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology will be prepared to apply a variety of survey research methodologies to problems in basic and applied research. This concentration was established through the sponsorship of the following UIC academic units:
- Community Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health
- Political Science Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Public Administration Department, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
- Sociology Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Women's Health Concentration
The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women's Health is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in women’s health administration, research, health care, teaching, or program and policy development. This concentration provides graduate students with scientifically grounded, state of the art knowledge and skills in the multidisciplinary field of women’s health. The concentration is co-sponsored by the UIC College of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Gender and Women's Studies program and is housed within the College of Nursing.