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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.



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 2015-2016)


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 2015-2016)


Each program is offered primarily in an asynchronous format, which allows students to learn anytime, anywhere. Students are expected to keep pace with assignments, discussion, and exams as posted in the online course syllabus. Through web-based discussion on Blackboard and UIC’s online course management system, students should plan to log into the class at least four times per week. On average online students should expect to spend between eight and ten hours per week per course on course-related activities. The distance-based master's programs are all delivered entirely online. Campus visits are not required.


The MPH in Public Health Informatics Program is for students interested in developing expertise in the systematic application of information technology to public health practice, research and learning.

ELIGIBILITY: This program is ideal for state and local public health agency personnel, staff of managed care organizations, international health agency personnel, federal health officers, physicians and other healthcare providers; MPH in PHI students range from those seeking enhancement and advancement in their current careers to individuals who are transitioning to new and challenging opportunities in the healthcare information field.

CONTENT: This program requires a minimum of 44 semester hours (SH) and is designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time or 3 years when enrolled part-time.


Health Policy and Administration offers Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) students the opportunity to earn their MPH through online coursework.

ELIGIBILITY: This online program was developed with the diversity of interests among public health professionals in mind, and makes it ideal for any public health administrator, manager or mid-career professional.

CONTENT: The program consists of six core courses, as well as supporting coursework, a capstone and a practicum.  The 42 semester hour curriculum is designed to provide participants with the managerial skills needed in the public health sector and to enhance their skills in communication, strategy development, ethics and values, political comprehension and advocacy. The program mirrors the onsite program in all ways, except in location, which is entirely online. MPH PEP students work directly with an adviser to select courses that further diversify their skill set and promote career development. This customization allows students with a wide range of backgrounds to learn more about policy and management from a public health perspective.

Outline of MPH Curriculums (to see the full student handbook, MPH Student Handbook 2015-2016)

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