Graduate Degree Programs
Graduate Degree Programs
Four Master's Degree Options
UIC SPH offers four master’s degrees, most of which can be specialized through divisional concentrations or joint degrees. This page provides a brief overview of each degree. For extensive details including program objectives and requirements please click on the degree that interests you in the chart below.
Master of Public Health
MPH 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.
Master of Science
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.
Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science
The MS in Clinical and Translational Science, housed within the Health Policy and Administration division, is designed for applicants with previous clinical training, or those in concurrent clinical degree programs. These include fellowship programs, postdoctoral training positions, or junior faculty appointments with clinical responsibilities. The MS CTS hones leadership skills while exposing clinicians to the latest research, methods, and theories in a self-styled program of study. Each student will work closely with his/her advisor and the program director, tailoring their coursework to individual interests and future goals. Students in a clinical degree program may explore their joint degree options here.
Master of Healthcare Administration
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.
Executive Master of Healthcare Administration
The Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) is a 48 credit hour degree program in which students who are either experienced clinicians or mid to senior level healthcare executives desire to gain a thorough understanding of the complex factors affecting the delivery and sustainability of health services organizations. The program emphasizes the development of healthcare leaders who will assume significant roles in charting the future direction of a healthcare system. Utilizing a collaborative approach to learning the program focuses on the mastery of traditional management disciplines including financial management, organizational leadership, health policy, strategy, marketing and quantitative analysis.
The program utilizes a cohort approach that allows the student to progress through the curriculum with a single group of colleagues. The intent is to have students learn not only from their faculty instructors but from their fellow students as well. This allows the cohort to benefit from one another’s prior experience both during the program and in their respective careers following graduation. Students working in interdisciplinary teams address healthcare issues analyzing their cause, developing solutions and implementing interventions that will improve clinical and managerial outcomes or processes.
The EMHA program is delivered through a hybrid teaching approach with four on-site weekend sessions per semester and synchronous online session one per week. A key part of the curriculum is the development of a Special Project, generally within the student’s organization, where they work under the direction of executive mentors to address a significant organizational challenge or new programmatic initiative. The program is dually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Two Options for Doctoral Study
The UIC School of Public Health offers two doctoral degrees: the DrPH and the PhD. The first caters to public health practitioners, while the second is designed for aspiring researchers. This page provides a brief overview of each degree. For more details including program requirements and objectives click on the title of the degree that interests you in the chart below.
Doctor of Public Health in Leadership
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
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.