Interdepartmental Concentrations

Interdepartmental concentrations include coursework from multiple colleges across UIC and may be completed by a student in any Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) program.

Gender and Women's Studies

At all levels, Gender and Women’s Studies encourages students to critically examine the complex intersections of gender, sexual identity, race, class, ethnicity, and ability. Courses in the concentration will allow students to critically examine issues of women and gender, as well as their complex intersections with race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity; providing a rich, interdisciplinary focus.  Students work with faculty across a variety of disciplines including African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Criminology, Law and Justice, Disability and Human Development, English, History, Latin American and Latino Studies and Social Justice to bring a truly interdisciplinary approach to their studies.

Survey Research Methodology

Survey research is the most commonly recognized and applied social science research methodology for studying large populations. Despite the increasing demand for well-trained survey professionals, there are few training programs in the U.S. that emphasize survey research methodology. The concentration is the only program of its kind serving Chicago and the Illinois region. It is designed to enhance students’ preparation to respond to the increasing demand for scientifically grounded evidence regarding social issues and professional practice in an expanding array of disciplines.

Women's Health

This concentration encompasses the multidisciplinary of Women’s Health and provides training in the foundations of Women’s Health through its structure and content. The Core courses provide a broad overview of the field and issues within Women’s Health, and they address the need for a conceptual and applied background in Women’s Health. The elective allows a student to pursue an issue or area of professional interest in Women’s Health. The multidisciplinary requirement in this Concentration ensures that a student has significant exposure to a paradigm other than the dominant paradigms used within their own school or department.

Violence Studies

This concentration provides students with a holistic view of the problem of violence in society and deepens their knowledge and skill set to address it. This concentration aims to produce broadly trained individuals who can apply theories and methods from multidisciplinary perspectives to critically analyze and effectively respond to various types of violence in society through innovative programs of research, policy development, treatment, and prevention.