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FAQs

GENERAL

How is your online MPH program structured?

The Online MPH in HPA is a 42 credit hour program. Students begin by completing nineteen credit hours of core courses. The remainder of the program consists of nineteen credit hours of additional coursework, half of which must be taken in the Division of Health Policy and Administration. Finally, students are required to complete a Practicum for three credit hours and a Capstone project for one credit hour. All students are required to complete a concentration and maintain a GPA of 3.0/4.0 throughout their program.

What are your core courses?

The core courses are designed to provide students with a basic public health foundation. Descriptions of the core courses can be found on the Course page of our Web site.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The UIC Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Given that many of our students are employed full time, we recommend a part-time schedule of two courses in fall, two courses in spring and one course in summer. With this schedule, MPH HPA students may graduate in as few as three years. Students who want to graduate earlier usually take courses on a full-time basis with three courses in fall, three courses in spring and one course in summer. Because all courses are not offered each semester, students are allotted five years to complete the degree program.

When are your courses offered?

The online MPH in HPA course schedule follows the Academic Calendar set forth by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Courses are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Is your program accredited?

In compliance with the highest academic standards, the UIC School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

ONLINE LEARNING

Where can I learn more about online courses?

Our courses rely on asynchronous sessions, discussion and collaboration as the principal learning strategies. Via a Web-based system (Blackboard), students interact extensively with one another and the instructor. You may participate anytime day or night, when your personal and professional schedules allow. To learn more about online learning at UIC visit the Student Resources page of the UIC online Web site or see an overview of Blackboard.

Are there any required campus visits?

No, all coursework is delivered entirely online. You will not need to travel or interrupt your work schedule for on-campus sessions.

When should I log in to the courses?

There are no specific times or days of the week required for log in (as long as assignments are completed by the due dates specified in the course syllabus). We recommend logging in at least four times per week to stay on track.

How much time should I expect to spend each week on my courses?

You should expect to spend between 8-10 hours per week on course related activities. Many readings can be downloaded and/or printed, so actual online time may be much less.

See how online learning works by clicking here.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS

What are the admission requirements?

See the Admissions page of our Web site for admission requirements.

When are the online MPH application deadlines?

See the Admissions page of our Web site for application deadlines.

GRE AND TOEFL

Is the GRE required? Are there any exceptions?

Yes, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for all Master of Public Health applicants, EXCEPT: 

* Applicants with a graduate or professional degree at the doctoral level, (e.g., PhD, ScD, MD, DDS, DO, DVM, PharmD or JD) from an accredited U.S. or Canadian school;

* Applicants with the above-stated degrees from foreign schools whose applications are sponsored by an accepted referral service, such as AFGRAD or AMIDEAST;

* Physicians who are licensed to practice in the United States.

NOTE: Other standardized graduate exams may often be used in lieu of the GRE (e.g., GMAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT and LSAT).

NOTE: The USMLE and ECFMG will NOT be considered in lieu of the GRE.

In exceptional cases, the division director may waive the GRE requirement. If you would like to petition to waive the GRE, please submit your resume and waiver justification (an explanation as to why the GRE should be waived) to the division director. You should plan to submit your cover letter and application in sufficient time to take the GRE and have the scores sent to the school by the application deadline, in the event that your request is denied.

What are the minimum GRE requirements for applying to the MPH degree program?

The MPH admissions process is highly competitive. Admitted students typically have a combined Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 1000 (verbal plus quantitative).* However, every applicant is given a holistic evaluation of his/her application. No one application criterion will determine an applicant’s admission or denial. Admissions committees review an applicant’s competitiveness in a number of areas. As such, applicants with a combined GRE score of less than 1000 are encouraged to apply. In addition, each division has specific requirements regarding prerequisite training, experience and grade point average (GPA). Please see divisional Web sites for these specific admission requirements.

*Please note that the GRE score listed above applies to exams taken prior to August 1, 2011. On tests taken after August 1, 2011, the 1000 score is roughly equivalent to 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections.

Is the TOEFL required? Can the requirement be waived?

International applicants must present evidence of English competency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of application. 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.

In exceptional cases, the division director may waive the TOEFL requirement. If you would like to petition to waive the TOEFL, please submit your resume and waiver justification (an explanation as to why the TOEFL should be waived) to the division director. You should plan to submit your cover letter and application in sufficient time to take the TOEFL and have the scores sent to the school by the application deadline, in the event that your request is denied.

COSTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

What are the program costs?

Online programs are assessed UIC's e-Tuition, which is a single-rate, per credit hour tuition. See the Tuition and Fees page of our Web site for current tuition information.

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

Are scholarships or grants available?

As a UIC student, you are eligible for all scholarships and grants available to traditional campus-based students. Please contact the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid at (312) 996-3126 for further information.

Where can I find information on financial assistance?

1. The UIC Office of Financial Aid is the best resource for such information: money@uic.edu. 

2. FastWEB is a fast, free way to find scholarships: www.fastweb.com 

3. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for loans if they meet the federal criteria. To be considered for federal financial aid, applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( www.fafsa.ed.gov). Priority filing date for the fall term is March 1. Part-time students enrolled for at least six credit hours in a semester are also eligible for federal student loans. 

4. Veterans who are eligible for education and training benefits while attending the university, or who require information concerning veterans benefits for education, should call the UIC Veteran's Information Office at (312) 996-1408.

INDIVIDUAL COURSES AND CREDITS

Can I take a single class to see if I like the program? How do I take just one class?

Yes, you may take a single class in this program by taking courses as a non-degree seeking student. See the Credit Non-Degree page of our Web site for additional information.

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