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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Health Disparities Research (HDR) online certificate program. This section provides instructions to successfully complete an application for admission to our HDR program. Should you have any questions regarding eligibility, deadlines, requirements or the admissions process, we encourage you to contact us

Requirements and Application Instructions


An applicant must meet the following minimum academic requirement to be considered for admission to the Health Disparities Research online certificate program:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.

If there are any questions regarding the academic requirements, please e-mail

Application to the University of Illinois at Chicago is required for admission to the Health Disparities Research certificate. Students must apply by completing the Graduate Certificate Program online application. Besides submitting a completed application form and non-refundable UIC application fee, applicants must submit the following supplemental documents to the UIC School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Administration (address below) in order to be considered for admission to the Health Disparities Research certificate program:

  1. TRANSCRIPTS - A copy of official baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate transcript(s) with degree conferred from an accredited university or college.
  2. GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) – A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 scale.
  3. PERSONAL STATEMENT - A brief personal statement illustrating how the certificate program pertains to your career trajectory.
  4. CURRENT RESUME OR CURRICULUM VITAE - Work history, including both full-time work and any substantive internships or part-time employment.

Additional Information for International Applicants

TOEFL SCORES - International applicants must present evidence of English competency. Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540, must be sent to UIC. UIC's institution code for the TOEFL is 1851. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Minimum scores required: paper-based TOEFL = 550, computer based TOEFL = 213, IBT total score = 80. The USMLE and ECFMG will not be considered in lieu of the TOEFL or as evidence of English competency.


Health Disparities Research Certificate
Health Policy and Administration
UIC School of Public Health (MC 923) 
1603 West Taylor Street, #778A 
Chicago, Illinois 60612-4394 

Application Instructions

  1. Visit:
  2. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on "Apply Now Certificate." The admissions login screen will appear.
  3. Click on the "First time user account creation" link below the "login" button.
  4. Create a Login ID and a six-digit password for your application account and click on "login".
  5. Select the application type "Graduate Campus Certificate" and click on "continue."
  6. Select the appropriate admission term and type your first, middle and last name and click on "Fill out Application".
  7. The "Application Checklist" screen will appear with a number of sections to be completed. You will need to visit each of these sections one by one and complete all necessary fields.
  8. On the "Planned Course of Study" screen, the "Select your Program" drop down menu will appear. Choose "Health Disparities Research" (Campus Cert Non-Degree)" and click "Continue." and click the "Enter Other Majors, Minors and Concentrations" button.
  9. The “Concentration” drop down menu will appear. Choose “Health Disparities Research” and click “Continue.”
  10. Once you have filled out all the sections on the Application Checklist, click on "Application is Complete" to submit your application.
    1. If you wish to save your application and complete it at another time, click on "Finish Later" from the Application Checklist screen.
    2. To return to your saved application, follow steps 1 and 2 from above and sign in to the Admissions Login screen using the Login ID and password that you created previously.
    3. Click on the appropriate admission term for the “Graduate Campus Certificate” application under the "Applications in Progress" heading.
  11. Follow the on-screen instructions and submit your $70 non-refundable application fee.
  12. Once you have clicked on the "Application is Complete" button and your application and application fee have been submitted, please send an email to stating that your application has been submitted online.
  13. Make sure to turn in all of your supplemental documents (listed above).
    1. Transcripts and TOEFL scores should be submitted to UIC's School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Administration.
    2. Your personal statement as well as your resume/curriculum vitae may be submitted electronically by sending an e-mail to These documents may also be submitted via postal mail to UIC's School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Administration.

Admission Deadlines


Preferred Deadline*



July 1

July 15


November 1

November 15


April 1

April 15

*Please note that admission to the Health Disparities Research certificate program is highly competitive and there is limited space in each entering class. Therefore, strongest consideration is given to candidates who apply before the preferred program deadline.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Health Disparities Research certificate program are currently $793 per credit hour.

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice any time prior to the first day of instruction.



Admission as a certificate student does not guarantee admission to any of the School of Public Health degree seeking programs. Students may transfer all credits earned in the certificate program towards the fulfillment of the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Sciences or Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration degree requirements in the event they apply and are admitted to the degree program. To transfer credits, the student must earn a minimum letter grade of "B" or above in all the Health Disparities Research courses. Students must attain a 3.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 point scale) to receive the HDR certificate.


Students cannot transfer any coursework from another institution into the certificate program.

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