ODI Summer Pre-Matriculation Program (PMP)

Summer 2021 Pre-Matriculation Program

Synchronous Online PMP Dates: July 12 – August 6, 2021
Asynchronous Online PMP Dates: July 5 – August 13, 2021

Every summer, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) hosts an intensive four week face-to-face Pre-Matriculation Program (PMP) to help admitted students prepare for the academic challenges of our graduate Master degree programs. In addition, we began providing an online PMP summer program for admitted students who due to other time commitments are not able to participate in the onsite program. Due to COVID-19, both programs will continue to be hosted online. Students have the option of doing either a synchronous or asynchronous version of PMP. Enrollment is prioritized for African American, Latinx and Native American students, as well as others with a strong commitment to social justice and the health and wellbeing of historically marginalized populations.

The goal of PMP is to strengthen the academic, professional and social skills of incoming admitted students as they enter graduate school. PMP curricula and competencies will be delivered in modules, which include key public health concepts, academic writing, professional/leadership development and quantitative methods. The program also helps familiarize students with campus resources, and provides an excellent opportunity to get acclimated and form relationships with your future classmates.

Synchronous PMP:

Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 10:30AM & 11:00AM – 1:00PM CDT

Students who apply for this version of PMP will be required to engage with faculty, staff and fellow students on weekdays between the hours of 9:00AM and 1PM from July 12 – August 6, 2021. This will include instruction time, individual and group work, and structured breaks. Please note that additional work outside of this timeframe is expected. Eligible participants will receive a small stipend upon successful completion of the program. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide stipends to international students, but they are more than welcome and encouraged to apply to the program.

Asynchronous PMP: 

This version of PMP will allow students to complete course modules at their own pace and will take place July 5 – August 13, 2021. They will still have opportunities to connect with faculty, staff and other students, and will have access to peer support (tutoring). As with the synchronous program, students will strengthen their knowledge of public health concepts, quantitative methods, academic writing, and leadership development. Participants in this program will be required to complete a final presentation, which can be the product of individual work or a group project.

Program Contact

Program Modules

Application Process

Student applications will be reviewed and recommended by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff for enrollment in the program. All recommendations are made in the best interests of the students, with the intention to provide a rich and rewarding stepping-stone into their public health academic program. Selected students will be notified by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

YOU CAN APPLY FOR PMP BY CLICKING HERE. The deadline to apply is June 6, 2021 at 11:59PM CDT but we will begin reviewing applications the week of May 31st. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program or have any questions, please contact Cecilia Macias at cmacias2@uic.edu.

PMP is a great way to connect with other students, faculty, and external professionals to build up your professional network! You are able to learn helpful skills to get ahead of the semester, like SAS, and other quant methods to build your confidence before the semester begins. Take advantage of this opportunity if you can!

2019 PMP Participant

Do it! PMP helped me get acclimated to Chicago, and encouraged me to connect with people who come from various backgrounds but share the same passion for public health that I do. It introduces you to the field and connects you with individuals that will provide a great support system and network during your time here. It was absolutely amazing!

2019 PMP Participant

PMP is not just a program, it’s an experience that will help launch you into graduate school. It is an experience where you can learn and grow and develop as an individual, as a student, as a professional. It is an experience where you will be humbled and challenged, and most importantly grow from. It will open your eyes to see what graduate school will be like, and gives you peace about the new adventure ahead.

2019 PMP Participant

PMP is a great program because you become familiar with the campus, make new friends and meet staff and faculty. It opens up a lot of doors and makes you aware of all the resources available to you at SPH and in the community. The instructors are also very helpful and you cover topics in the classroom which prepare you for the fall semester.

2018 PMP Participant

PMP is an opportunity you need to take advantage of! I only feel more prepared and confident to start classes in August because of my time in PMP. Not only did I review valuable skills I will need in my courses, but I have also made friends I can depend upon throughout the remainder of my time at SPH.

2018 PMP Participant

PMP will assist you in integrating to graduate coursework and help you build a community of students who are like-minded. PMP will introduce you to staff who advocate for the success of its students and introduce you early on to the services UIC provides to its students. It is a program I would strongly recommend to incoming UIC SPH students.

2018 PMP Participant