Types of Degrees
CHS offers three types of degree—the MPH, the MS, and the PhD. We also partner with Law, Nursing, Business, Social Work and Medicine programs at UIC to provide unique joint degrees. All of the programs listed below can be completed through face-to-face coursework, online courses, or a combination of these formats. Enrollment can be on a full or part-time basis. Click on the title of each degree to see specific requirements.
The MPH in CHS provides students with a scientific knowledge base, practical public health experience, and scientific research and writing experience. The MPH attracts students interested in public health practice and administrative positions. MPH students are admitted to one of two programs—the Comprehensive Program, or the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP). The PEP is designed for professionals with at least three years of paid public health or community health experience.
The Master of Science (MS) degree in Community Health Sciences exposes students to a substantive area of public health, while equipping them with the advanced quantitative skills needed for community health contexts. The MS program is directed at students interested in academic or research careers. Degree candidates generally choose to concentrate their coursework in relation to a selected research project.
As with the MS, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Community Health Sciences gives students valuable quantitative skills, along with a comprehensive foundation in an area of public health. Yet the PhD also asks students to conduct meaningful research, which should lead to a dissertation of publishable caliber. The PhD program is directed at students interested in upper level roles in academic or research careers.
Community Health Sciences offers the following joint degree programs:
- MS Nursing/MPH
- MA Anthropology/MPH