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Degree Requirements

MPH Student Handbook

School-Wide Core Requirements (18-20 semester hours) Heading link

  • IPHS 401 – Determinants of Population Health (4 semester hours)
  • IPHS 403 – Public Health Systems and Management (4 semester hours)
  • IPHS 420 – Interprofessional Education (0 semester hours)
  • IPHS 650 – Applied Practice Experience in Public Health (3 to 5 semester hours)
  • IPHS 698 – Integrative Learning Experience (1 semester hour)

A total of six semester hours must be completed from the following courses:

  • IPHS 402 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health (onsite)  (6 semester hours)


  • IPHS 404 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health Part 1 (online)  (3 semester hours)
  • IPHS 405 – Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health Part 2 (online)  (3 semester hours)

Divisional Core Requirements (12 semester hours) Heading link

  • CSHC 421 – Community Health 1: Assessing, Promoting and Improving Community Health (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 422 – Community Health 2: Evidence-Informed Community Health Interventions (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 423 – Community Health 3: Professional Development in Public Health Practice (4 semester hours)

Maternal and Child Health Concentration Requirements (19 to 22 semester hours) Heading link

  • CHSC 594 – MCH Inequities and Responses I (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 594 – MCH Inequities and Responses II (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 543 – Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 512 – Translating Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Practice (3 semester hours)

Select one of the following courses:

  • CHSC 434 – Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 446 – Research Methods in Community Health (3 semester hours)
  • EPID 404 – Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods (4 semester hours)

Select one pre-approved data analytic methods course (2 to 4 semester hours)

Electives Heading link

Students must also complete the number of MCH electives necessary to earn a minimum of 49 semester hours. A list of suggested electives is available at the MCH program website. For more information about the Maternal and Child Health Program please visit the program’s website.

Professional Development Requirements Heading link

SPH Career and Professional Development Workshops: Each year the UIC School of Public Health Student Affairs Office hosts career and professional development workshops and events. Maternal and Child Health students will be required to attend 3-4 workshops/events that are sponsored by career services during their academic careers.

SPH Career Services: Once a year, each Maternal and Child Health student is required to meet individually with a staff member from the SPH career services office to discuss career goals.