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Frequently Asked Questions

When are HDR online courses offered?

The HDR 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.

How do the HDR online courses work?

All HDR certificate courses are delivered entirely online and rely on asynchronous discussion and collaboration as the principle form of communication. Via a Web-based 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. There are no required campus visits.

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 HDR 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.

How long does it take to complete the HDR certificate program?

The certificate may be earned in approximately three semesters (three courses fall and spring semester and one during the summer semester) or four semesters.

When do I need to apply to the certificate program?

Application deadlines are as follows:  for the Fall enrollment, July 15; for Spring enrollment; November 15; for Summer enrollment; April 15.

What is the tuition for the HDR certificate program?


The UIC Registrar's website lists current tuition fees for online graduate coursework by term of enrollment.

Online programs are assessed the UIC 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.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Matriculation into the HDR certificate program does not require a GRE score from potential students.

When will I earn my certificate?

Certificate students must complete the four certificate courses and achieve a grade B or better in each of the four courses to earn the Campus Certificate in Health Disparities Research.