UIC Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) programs partner with students to develop and advance their careers in public health through coursework in health policy development and management while learning the basic principles of public health. Inter-professional faculty with expertise in public policy, health economics, law, management, disparities research, global information systems, and public health informatics teach our courses.

Through our integrative learning experience, students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a public health setting and apply and integrate the skills and knowledge learned during their graduate study in a real-world application.

  • 3 Delivery Formats

  • 4 Certificates to complement your Degree

  • 5 Interdepartmental Concentrations

  • Comprehensive Program (COMP) 49 SH

    For recent undergraduates or students new to public health. This is usually a fully on-campus program, although courses may be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Comprehensive Program (49 SH)

  • Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) 43 SH

    For students with a minimum of three years of professional work experience. Students attend classes in a hybrid format which consists of on-campus/online offerings.

    Professional Enhancement Program (43 SH)

  • PEP Program completely online 43 SH

    For students with a minimum of three years of professional work experience. Students attend classes exclusively in an online format.

    Professional Enhancement Program (43 SH) completely online


  • Joint Degrees

    With a focus on how management skills can be applied in public health and healthcare organizations.

    Preparing medical students with skills in public health practice and research.

    Master of Social Work/MPH
    Emphasizes prevention, not just intervention after problems have developed, drawing on multiple systems of change.

    Preparing urban planning and policy experts with public health practitioner skills.

    Bringing the study of law to public health practice and research.


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MPH Faculty Spotlight

Professor Sage Kim

Professor Sage Kim, PhD, focuses on the effects of concentrated poverty and neighborhood effects on racial/ethnic cancer health disparities. Using various methods such as spatial analysis and multilevel models, she explores spatial patterns of arrest/incarceration, healthcare transition from corrections to the community, and neighborhood factors that influence cancer screening and stage of diagnosis. Her research includes the effects of hyper-arrest on neighborhood economic outcomes, racialized surveillance and the use of police gang databases, treatment adherence among former inmates with HIV infection, and the uneven distribution of safety net programs.

MPH Aluma Highlight

Shambreia McBreyer

Alumna Shambreia McBreyer received her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) with a Global Health Concentration in 2015. She currently holds the title of Division Manager with the American LungAssociation in Greater Chicago, where she manages the administrative needs of four national smoke-free housing initiatives that assist with transitioning multi-unit buildings from smoking to smoke-free. Shambreia has over five years of experience providing direct rehabilitative care to individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Research centers our faculty collaborate with:

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The Institute for Health Research and Policy (IHRP) catalyzes innovative research by providing the services and infrastructure needed to develop research ideas, form collaborations and successful teams, and manage grants from proposal to closeout.

P3RC researchers and staff

At the Policy, Practice and Prevention Research Center (P3RC), we are building and translating evidence and strengthening leadership capacity to advance policies and practices that improve population health and equity.

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The Population Health Analytics, Metric and Evaluation (PHAME) Center integrates novel technology with academic expertise to provide community-level data analysis, evaluation, and visualization for community members, policymakers, researchers, and students in the city of Chicago and beyond.