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. Courses are taught by inter-professional faculty with expertise in public policy, health economics, law, management, disparities research, global information systems and public health informatics.

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

The degree has two pathways:  comprehensive and professional enhancement.

  • Comprehensive

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

  • Professional Enhancement

    For students with a minimum of three years of professional work experience.  Students can choose from fully on-campus, fully online or a hybrid on-campus/online degree.  Course offerings may be only online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The University Scholars program at UIC honors faculty members for superior research and teaching, along with great promise for future achievements.  Chriqui’s research focuses on informing policymakers on public policies related to obesity, nutrition and physical activity and related chronic disease issues, with a heavy emphasis on school health and wellness issues.

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Global Health Opportunities

The School of Public Health’s Global Health concentration prepares MPH students to confront and successfully address emerging global health problems.  Students in the concentration complete their applied practice experience examining global health challenges and solutions in nations around the world.

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