Coordinated Program Overview

The UIC School of Public Health (SPH) and the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) offer a coordinated program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and the Master of Science in Clinical Translational Sciences.

Length of Program

Full time students may complete the programs in four and one-half years including twelve trimesters of required DC course work, concurrent UIC SPH courses and one full time semester at UIC.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply to and be admitted separately to both the School of Public Health and the National University of Health Sciences Doctor of Chiropractic degree program. The policies of each program with respect to admission requirements, degree requirements, and other academic requirements are applicable.

To be considered for admission students must take the GRE, have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and satisfy other application requirements for each institution.

Applicants must be accepted into both schools and complete the DC/MS-CTS application available from the NUHS Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Program Manager (Barbara M. Sullivan, PhD; 630-889-6819; bsullivan@nuhs.edu).

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 48 semester hours of course work at SPH to satisfy the requirements of the MS CTS degree in addition to all of the requirements of the NUHS DC degree. Students' work at UIC may qualify for up to twelve hours of elective credit at the National University of Health Sciences, depending on the specific courses chosen and applicability to the elective credit required for the NUHS DC program. Students will be required to meet all other curricular requirements of both NUHS and the UIC SPH division. Students are strongly encouraged to begin studies at both schools in the Fall term. Students receiving financial assistance or R25 tuition support will be designated as students with NUHS as the “home” school and UIC as the “host school” through an NUHS – UIC consortium agreement.

Program Goals

The program is designed to prepare doctoral students of chiropractic with the skills required to combine clinical knowledge with the knowledge and skills needed for careers as researchers in the clinical and translational sciences. Graduates will be eligible for further training in specialty programs and will be able to advance successfully to tenure-track positions in complementary and alternative medical institutions that encourage CAM research to propel and support the CAM health care professions and require research for promotion.

Contact Information

For further information about this joint degree program, please contact the following individuals:

School of Public Health

Sylvia Furner, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor Emerita of Epidemiology

(312) 996-5013


Jack Zwanziger, PhD

Director and Professor of Health Policy and Administration

(312) 996-1062


National University of Health Sciences

Barbara M. Sullivan, PhD

Program Manager, Evidence Based Practice

(630) 889-6819


How to Apply