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FAQs

When do I need to apply to the Public Health GIS certificate program?

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

Do I need a bachelor’s degree to apply to the Public Health GIS certificate program?

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university is the minimum academic requirement in order to be considered for application to the Public Health GIS certificate program. See the Admissions page of our Web site for more information.

Do I have to take the GRE or GMAT?

GRE and/or GMAT scores are recommended but not required. View the admission requirements for the Public Health GIS certificate.

I missed the application deadline – can I still take a course in the program?

Please submit an e-mail request for more information.

How many credit hours do I have to complete to earn the Public Health GIS certificate?

The Public Health GIS certificate is a 13 credit-hour program. Students must complete three graduate-level core courses and an integrative project for a total of 13 credit hours.

How long does it take to complete the Public Health GIS certificate program?

Students can complete the program in as few as three semesters by completing one or two courses in the fall, one course in the spring and HPA 455 Geographic Information Systems Integrative Project in the summer.

What is the tuition for the Public Health GIS certificate program?

Online programs are assessed UIC's e-Tuition, which is a single-rate, per credit hour tuition (currently $793) and includes all student fees. NOTE: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice any time prior to the first day of instruction.

Are there any loans, scholarships or financial aid available to students admitted to the Public Health GIS certificate program?

As a graduate certificate program, completion of the Public Health GIS certificate does not result in a degree; therefore, financial aid is not offered for this program. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Can I take a single course to see if I like the program?

Yes, you may take a single class in this program by applying to the program as a credit non-degree student. See the Non-Degree Admissions page of our Web site for application instructions.

When are Public Health GIS courses offered?

Courses are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

How do the Public Health GIS online courses work?

All courses are delivered entirely online and rely on asynchronous discussion and collaboration as the principle form of communication. Via a Web-based learning management system (Blackboard), class members interact extensively with one another and the instructor. Students participate anytime day or night, when their schedules allow, while still meeting due dates for assignments.

When should I log in to the courses?

There are no specific times or days of the week students must log in; however, students are expected to complete assignments by the due dates specified in the course syllabus. Students are encouraged to log into Blackboard at least four times per week to stay on track.

How much time should I expect to spend on Public Health GIS courses?

Students 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 is much less.

When will I earn my certificate?

Certificate students must complete the four certificate courses and attain a minimum of a 3.00 grade point average (on a 4.00 point scale) to receive the Public Health GIS certificate.

Can I transfer credits from the certificate program to a degree program?

Completion of the Public Health GIS certificate program does not guarantee admission to a degree program. Students may petition to have credits from the certificate program transferred towards a UIC Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science in Public Health (MS).

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