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The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) division offers a wide range of professional and academic programs and degrees designed to provide students with a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary foundation in the core public health areas and in public health policy. 

For information on how obtaining one of these degrees offered by HPA fits with the recent survey results of what the Blue Ribbon Public Health Employers' Advisory Board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) say are the Public Health Trends and Redesigned Education, click here.

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MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (MPH)

There is a growing need for public health practitioners who can improve population health using an increasingly complex regulatory and policy environment. Public health practitioners must be capable of understanding and interpreting policies and initiatives stemming from a variety of sources. Participants in the UIC Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration programs will obtain a broad understanding of all levels of public policy, effective approaches to organizational management, and the ability to apply ethical standards to everyday situations to succeed in this dynamic and challenging environment.

Students have the opportunity to earn the MPH in Health Policy and Administration in multiple formats.

ONSITE PROGRAMS:

COMPREHENSIVE MPH IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

The comprehensive onsite MPH in Health Policy and Administration is the basic professional degree offered by the School of Public Health and is specifically designed for students who are new to public health.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school or; a master's or doctoral degree in an area relevant to public health is preferred and are usually established health professionals or recent graduates with majors in appropriate biological, physical, or social sciences.

CONTENT: Students will pursue coursework in public policy development and public health management while learning the basic principles of public health. The 50 semester hour curriculum is intended to prepare students to address complex public health issues in policy centered institutions including government and non-government agencies.  Through our Partnering Program students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a public health setting and to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge learned during their graduate study in a real-world application. This culminating Field Experience is required of all MPH students. The Field Experience may be taken in a single semester or over several semesters for a total of 3-5 SH.

Outline of MPH Curriculums (to see the full student handbook, MPH Student Handbook 2017-2018)


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PROFESSIONAL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (PEP) MPH IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

The flexible MPH in Health Policy and Administration Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) requires a minimum of 42 semester hours (SH).

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility for this program includes students with pre-matriculation professional education (at a master’s, or doctoral level, as appropriate to the professional field) or equivalent professional experience of at least three years duration who intend to pursue a public health career in the same professional area. Examples of degrees which may be acceptable are the following: DDS, DO, DVM, JD, MD, PhD (e.g., microbiology, psychology, sociology), DEng, MBA, MSW, MS (e.g., entomology, nutrition, physical therapy). Others may be accepted as individually justified.

CONTENT: Because the backgrounds of PEP students vary so widely, each PEP student will work with his or her advisor to develop an individualized curriculum. However, all PEP MPH students in HPA will, at the end of their studies, be able to: demonstrate an understanding of selected problems in public health administration/policy, apply selected tools to the solution of those problems, communicate these abilities in writing and orally, along with demonstrating an understanding of the basic principles, practices and theories of public health. 

Outline of MPH Curriculums (to see the full student handbook, MPH Student Handbook 2017-2018)


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For information on online degree programs please visit here.

 

Joint Degrees

Our joint degree program allows students to approach public health from various interdisciplinary perspectives. Thanks to long-standing partnerships both inside and outside of UIC, students can pursue a wide range of degrees in tandem with their Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS). Joint offerings in Business, Medicine, and Law give students the specialized preparation and experience for unique professional opportunities. Below you will find summaries of our more popular programs. For more details on program requirements and objectives, please consult the School of Public Health's joint degree program page.

 

MBA/MPH

The UIC College of Business Administration and the School of Public Health award a joint degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Public Health. The MBA/MPH program is designed for baccalaureate-prepared students seeking health and business training for executive positions in not for profit organizations, public health agencies,  and, governmental  bodies. Full-time students generally take two and a half years to complete 74 required semester hours of course work; part-time students take three and a half years to complete their degree.

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JD/MPH

The UIC School of Public Health and the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology jointly offer a Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Health degree (JD/MPH).  These schools coordinate their curricula to highlight the ways in which law and public health work  with each other.  Students will learn how the American legal and health care systems operate, and will be prepared to address difficult issues at the intersection of medicine, law, and public health.  Full-time students generally take three and a half years to finish the required 42 semester hours of course work; part-time students take four and a half years to complete their degree.

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MD/MPH

The UIC College of Medicine and the UIC School of Public Health jointly award a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health degree (MD/MPH). Students in this coordinated program receive training for the practice and management of medicine.  Admissions are simultaneous, and students may begin their public health course work the summer before their M1 year.  Public Health course work during years M1-M3 is discouraged.  Full-time students generally complete their degree in five years.

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DC/MS IN CTS

The UIC School of Public Health and National University of Health Sciences offer a coordinated program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) degrees.

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DMD/MS IN CTS

The UIC College of Dentistry and UIC School of Public Health's Health and Policy Administration Division offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) degrees.

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PHARMD/MS IN CTS

The UIC College of Pharmacy and UIC School of Public Health's Health and Policy Administration Division offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) degrees.

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MASTER OF HEALTHCARE IN ADMINISTRATION (MHA)

The School of Public Health (SPH) offers a full-time and part-time track leading to the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). The Master of Healthcare Administration is a rigorous 60 credit degree program designed for students who have chosen a management career in health services organizations such as hospitals, community-based ambulatory care centers, managed-care plans, the health supply chain, and long-term care providers. To further support our students working full-time many MHA courses are offered in the evening and on-line courses.

Students will receive an educational program that combines competency in management with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector and of the management issues it faces. Required core courses emphasize population health, health of communities, accounting, economics, finance, human resources, informatics, marketing, and management and are taught by faculty who currently work in the field. The program coordinates practical experience through the MHA Preceptorship with medical centers, hospitals, long-term care organizations, and ambulatory care centers.

Outline of Curriculum (to see the full student handbook, MHA Student Handbook 2017-2018)

 

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EXECUTIVE MASTER OF HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION (EMHA)

The Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (EMHA) program curriculum aims to develop “clinician-executives” who can integrate their extensive clinical experience (minimum; of 5 years post-residency/fellowship) with a thorough understanding of the complex factors affecting the delivery and sustainability of health services organizations. This program is designed for individuals who already have extensive experience as practicing clinicians and some leadership experience.

The EMHA student takes classes examining important aspects of healthcare management (e.g., Strategic Management; Financial Management; Organizational Leadership; Health Policy; and Quantitative Analysis in Healthcare).

  • *Coursework will focus on traditional management concepts, with specific applications in the healthcare industry, and an emphasis on the challenges faced in healthcare delivery at the interface of clinicians and administrators.

  • *A cohort approach will allow students to progress through their coursework with a single group of colleagues. This allows them to take full advantage of the prior experience of their peers and increases the value of interaction, both during the program and in career paths following graduation.

  • *The Special Project will allow students to gain practical experience as they develop solutions for complex problems facing the healthcare organizations in which they currently work, under the guidance of executive mentors, including faculty and also, when possible, an administrator from their healthcare organization. Students will also work in teams to address issues that exists in the healthcare system. They will systematically analyze the issue, develop solutions, and implement a plan to improve system outcomes or processes.

 

Graduates of the program will have received the necessary training for them to become strategic executives who will affect the future direction of their organizations.

Hear from our program director, Jay Noren, MD MPH, regarding the unique opportunities that the EMHA offers students of the program:

Please contact us for more information at: mha@uic.edu

 

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (MS)

The MS program in HPA is designed to prepare new researchers to concentrate on the development of testable research questions and the practice of sound research methods. After completion of this program, students may petition to bypass the MS thesis, and with departmental permission, may enter the PhD program.

Outline of Curriculum (to see the full student handbook, MS Student Handbook 2017-2018)

 

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CLINICAL TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE (MS CTS)

The MS CTS program in HPA is specifically designed to train clinicians to become leaders in clinical and translational research. Students, primarily post-doctoral or post-residency fellows and junior faculty, will learn the basic skills used by clinical researchers, supplemented by a broad array of relevant electives that will provide basic concepts and theories consistent with each student's goals and objectives.

Outline of Curriculum (to see the full student handbook, MS Student Handbook 2017-2018)

 

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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (PhD)

The primary objective of the PhD program in Health Policy and Administration is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical skills needed to pursue research careers in academia, research institutes, and consulting firms, and to be legislative and regulatory staff at government or industry research programs. This degree offers two optional tracks: a) health services/outcomes concentration- designed to provide the research skills necessary to study the organization, access, financing and delivery of health services, and (b.) health economics concentration- which provides the research skills necessary to evaluate the policies that influence population health and the political environment.

Outline of Curriculum (to see the full student handbook, PhD Student Handbook 2017-2018)

 

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