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Specialized Studies

Community Health Sciences allows students to focus their studies in any one of six Concentrations: Community-Based Research Methods (MPH), Community Health Interventions (MPH), Global Health (MPH), Maternal and Child Health (MPH), Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MPH, PhD), or Population Health (MPH).  Master's students are eligible to complete degree requirements as a Community Health Sciences Generalist if they do not wish to complete one of the aforementioned concentrations.  Additionally, students are eligible to add a second concentration to their degree via four interdepartmental concentrations: Gender and Women’s Studies (PhD), Survey Research Methodology (PhD), Violence Studies (MPH, PhD), or Women's Health (MPH, PhD).

Community Health Sciences Concentrations

COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH METHODS

This concentration emphasizes skills to appropriately identify and apply public health research methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods) in their future public health practice and research careers. For more information about this concentration, please view the MPH Student Handbook.

COMMUNITY HEALTH INTERVENTIONS

This concentration constitutes a rigorous, broad and evidence-informed academic program steeped in social justice, practical experience, and collaboration with communities, focused on facilitating changes to improve community health. For more information about this concentration, please view the MPH Student Handbook.

GLOBAL HEALTH

The Global Health concentration attracts students at the masters level who are interested in preparing for international careers in government, with international NGOs and health care agencies, industry, and 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, with international governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health care organizations. Visit the Global Health concentration website for additional information.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH (MCH)

The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CoE in MCH) at UIC is one of twelve MCH programs in the country funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Through collaborative research activities, coursework, and field-based learning, MCH students help to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families, particularly in Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Regions V and VII. Our partners include state and local health agencies, welfare and education agencies, not-for-profit advocacy organizations, and community-based health and social service organizations. Visit the MCH website for additional information.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY

The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program at UIC is a collaborative effort between the Maternal and Child Health Program/Division of Community Health Sciences and the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Students in this concentration combine the assessment, planning, and analytic methods of Community Health Sciences with epidemiology training from Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Because this program focuses on the application of epidemiologic and other analytic methods to current MCH problems, students are required to work with state or local health agencies for their field practicum (MPH) or dissertation (PhD). Visit the MCH website for additional information about this concentration.

POPULATION HEALTH

This concentration is centered on critical awareness of the particulars, assets, and needs of diverse populations from a public health perspective. For more information about this concentration, please view the MPH Student Handbook.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES

The School of Public Health partners with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at UIC to offer this concentration. GWS courses allow 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. Once admitted to SPH, students may apply to the GWS Program for admission to the concentration. Visit the Gender and Women's Studies page in the graduate catalog for additional information.

SURVEY RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

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; Political Science; Public Administration; and Sociology. Visit the Survey Research Methodology website for additional information.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

The concentration in Women's Health is co-sponsored by the UIC College of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. This concentration, housed within the College of Nursing, is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in women’s health administration, research, healthcare, teaching, and program and policy development. The program provides graduate students with scientifically grounded, state of the art knowledge and skills in the multidisciplinary field of women’s health. Visit the Women's Health page in the graduate catalog for additional information.

VIOLENCE STUDIES

The concentration in Violence Studies involves collaboration between the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice; Department of Psychology; Department of Political Science; Gender and Women’s Studies Program; Jane Addams College of Social Work; and the School of Public Health.  Students who complete the interdepartmental graduate concentration in Violence Studies will have an opportunity to better understand and address the problems that violence creates for individuals, families, and communities. Visit the Violence Studies page in the graduate catalog for additional information.

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