We offer three degrees—the MPH, the MS, and the PhD—providing students with a broad base of epidemiological knowledge, applications, and research methods. Our students help establish links between smoking and lung cancer, clarify trends in local, national, and global AIDS distributions, and elucidate the natural history of cervical cancer. Depending on their program, students may choose to pursue a generalist track, or focus their scholarship through individualized or specialized studies. For more detailed requirements, click on the title of each degree in the Navigation Bar.
EPIDEMIOLOGY - MPH
The MPH degree in epidemiology provides students with a broad base of public health knowledge concentrating on epidemiology. The MPH degree prepares the graduate to provide epidemiology services within multidisciplinary public health environments. For those with previous clinical experience, this degree is often a route to higher administrative positions within public health and health care settings. In addition to the general MPH, students may focus in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology or Global Health. Areas of study students have focused on are infectious disease, chronic disease, cancer epidemiology, environmental & occupational epidemiology, nutrition, social determinants, and many more. Enrollment can be on a full- or part-time basis. MPH students are admitted to the Comprehensive Curriculum or to the Professional Enhancement Program for experienced professionals with at least three years of paid public health or community health experience.
Outline of Curriculum (to see the full student handbook, MPH Student Handbook 2018-2019)
EPIDEMIOLOGY - MS
The MS degree in epidemiology educates students in the application of epidemiologic research methods in preparation for research careers. This program introduces the student to fundamental techniques of data analysis built upon a solid methodologic base. The most competitive applicants to the MS Program have taken public health courses. A thesis is required in order to graduate.
Outline of Curriculum (to see the full student handbook, MS Student Handbook 2018-2019)
EPIDEMIOLOGY - PHD
The PhD degree in epidemiology educates students in the application of advanced epidemiologic research methods in preparation for independent research careers. This degree program prepares the student to play an important role in study design, data collection and processing, and in statistical analysis and interpretation in either the public or private sector.
Outline of Curriculum (to see the full student handbook, PhD Student Handbook 2018-2019)
Cancer epidemiologists play a critical role in the study of factors involved in the causes or development of cancers. They represent an important member of the multidisciplinary team of scientists who study behavioral, environmental, infectious, nutritional and/or genetic contributions to the disease. The concentration in Cancer Epidemiology provides curriculum guidance to those students who are interested in the field and is open to MS and PhD students only. The concentration will prepare students to identify and interpret data relevant to cancer. PhD students will be prepared to undertake research studies testing hypotheses relevant for cancer.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY
MPH and PhD programs with a concentration in maternal and child health epidemiology are also offered. For additional information about the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program, visit the Maternal and Child Health website.
OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology concentration is offered by both the Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences divisions at the UIC School of Public Health. This concentration is for MS and PhD students only, and will provide specialized training to help students identify and interpret data relevant to occupational and environmental epidemiology. This concentration has a 51-54 semester hour requirement, which includes the school and division-wide requirements of a student's degree program.
For more information, visit the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology website.
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.
For more information, visit the Global Health website.
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)/MPH
The UIC College of Business Administration and the School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Public Health (MPH). The joint MBA/MPH program is designed for baccalaureate-9prepared students who are seeking health care and business preparation for health care executive positions in government, hospital systems, long-term care, health maintenance organizations, planning/regulatory bodies, and consulting.
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (MSW)/MPH
The UIC School of Public Health(SPH) and the Jane Addams College of Social Work (CSW) offer a joint degree program leading to Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH).
DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC (DC)/MPH
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 Master of Public Health (MPH).
DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE (DVM)/MPH
The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree program (DVM/MPH) leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees through the Epidemiology Division.
Veterinarians have played a historically long and essential role in protecting the public's health as many human diseases have animal vectors and animals frequently serve as sentinels signaling environmental degradation and human disease potential. Veterinary students in the combined degree will acquire epidemiologic and statistical concepts enabling them to understand population-based health phenomena and principles of community and environmental health which bear on the health of the population. More advanced public health courses in epidemiology will strengthen the student's veterinary training.
DOCTOR OF MEDICINE (MD)/MPH
The UIC College of Medicine and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. These joint MD/MPH degree students are admitted simultaneously and may begin their public health course work during the summer before their M1 year. Concurrent public health course work during the M1 through M3 years is discouraged.
DOCTOR OF MEDICINE (MD)/PHD
The UIC School of Public Health collaborates with the UIC College of Medicine to offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees through the UIC Medical Scientist Training Program. The MD/PhD program in epidemiology and/or biostatistics provides an extended period of study in the etiologic and methodologic approaches of population-based health research in concert with a complete medical school education.