The MPH in Community Health Sciences provides students with a scientific knowledge base, practical public health experience, and scientific research and writing experience. The MPH is directed toward students interested in public health practice and administrative positions. Enrollment can be on a full- or part-time basis. MPH students are admitted to the Comprehensive Program or to the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) for experienced professionals with at least three years of paid public health or community health experience. This program can be completed, face-to-face, online, or in a combination of these formats.

Students in the program complete a primary concentration in community health practice and methods.  Other primary concentrations require a separate application, including global health, maternal and child health, and maternal and child health epidemiology.  Optional secondary concentrations include a range of interdepartmental concentrations from across UIC colleges.

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Alumnus named chief engagement officer for NIH research program

Karriem Watson, DHSc, MPH in Community Health Sciences ’10, was named the new chief engagement officer for the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health.  The program is is an ambitious effort to gather health data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research that may improve health.

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Our faculty in action

Interpersonal violence in Kenya

Alisa Velonis photo.

Among adolescent girls 15-19 years of age in Kenya, 35 percent report having experienced physical or sexual violence. Physical and sexual violence that occurs in during youth is associated with a wide variety of adverse outcomes, including increased HIV/AIDS risks, physical harm, and decreased psychosocial wellbeing and educational attainment. CHS professor Alisa Velonis is leading a global health study examining how violence and forced sex is associated with educational or mental health outcomes, in particular school absence and quality of life.

Chronic stress and race in cognitive decline

Uchechi Mitchell photo.

Racial and ethnic minorities carry a greater dementia burden than white people with a prevalence and incidence rate approximately two to three times higher among Black people than white people.  Professor Uchechi Mitchell is leading a National Institutes of Health grant to study how elevated exposure to mid-life acute and chronic stressors experienced by ethnic and racial minorities impacts cognitive decline.  The project aims to determine how mid-life availability of social resources influences the relationship between stress and cognitive decline.

Our community impact

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Collaboratory for Health Justice
Led by CHS faculty and students, the Collaboratory enhances reciprocal engagement between the community and UIC faculty, students, and staff to advance health justice—that all people would have the power and resources to have agency over their health, which requires addressing systems of oppression such as classism, racism, sexism and xenophobia.
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Community Outreach Intervention Projects
CHS faculty Basmattee Boodram and Mary Ellen Mackesy-Amiti are investigators with COIP's research, street outreach, counseling and testing to people with infectious diseases and people who use drugs.
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Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health
One of only 13 federally-funded centers nationwide, the Center leads academic programs and community partnerships to address the complex factors that affect the health and well-being of women, children and families.
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UI Cancer Center
Meet the CHS faculty engaged in research and community outreach with the UI Cancer Center, which serves diverse patients and works to improve scientific understanding of how biology and societal factors contribute to an unequal cancer burden.