Community Health Sciences Concentrations

Students in the Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences program are required to complete a concentration of 9 semester hours.  Requirements for these concentrations are listed on the Degree Requirements page.

Division-Specific Concentrations

Community-Based Research Methods

This concentration emphasizes skills to appropriately identify and apply public health research methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods) in their future public health practice and research careers.

Community Health Interventions

This concentration constitutes a rigorous, broad and evidence-informed academic program steeped in social justice, practical experience, and collaboration with communities, focused on facilitating changes to improve community health.

Population Health

This concentration is centered on critical awareness of the particulars, assets, and needs of diverse populations from a public health perspective.

General Community Health Sciences

Students who do not wish to complete one of the above concentrations can fulfill graduation requirements as a Community Health Sciences Generalist by taking any 9 semester hours of Community Health Sciences (CHSC) electives.

Maternal and Child Health

This concentration prepares public health practitioners with strong public health and leadership skills with specialized content expertise in maternal and child health, addressing health inequities among women, children and families.

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology

This concentration trains public health practitioners to carry out high-level analytic work, notably with state and local public health agencies.  Students gain background knowledge in reproductive/perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, and with the analytic and leadership skills necessary to enable them to engage in data based decision-making to promote the health of the maternal and child health population.

Global Health Concentration

The Global Health concentration also satisfies the concentration requirement for the MPH degree.  The concentration attracts students at the masters level who are interested in preparing for international careers in government, with international NGOs and health care agencies, industry, and academic institutions. Foreign students who undertake the concentration will be prepared to return to their home countries to work in the country’s ministry of health, with international governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health care organizations.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Interdepartmental concentrations include coursework from multiple schools and colleges at UIC.  These concentrations can be completed as a secondary concentration in addition to the division-specific or global health concentration.