Guaranteed Professional Program Admission (GPPA)

Incoming first-year UIC undergraduate students have the opportunity to obtain guaranteed admission into the School of Public Health's Master of Public Health (MPH) programs through Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA).

GPPA is a great option for undergraduates in the BA in Public Health program to pursue graduate studies and/or open pathways to specialized careers.

You can apply for GPPA as part of your undergraduate application to UIC through the Common App.

How to apply for GPPA

In order to apply to the GPPA programs, all applicants must complete the Common Application and the UIC First Year Supplement, which includes the GPPA Application, and submit two letters of recommendation.  When completing the GPPA Application, apply specifically to the GPPA Public Health program.

Apply via the Common App

MPH Degrees with GPPA Admissions

Additional information on the Maternal and Child Health concentrations

For students who seek admission to the MPH concentrations in Maternal and Child Health and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, students apply for guaranteed admission to the MPH in Community Health Sciences degree.  During their first semester, students then apply to the Maternal and Child Health and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology concentrations.

GPPA Requirements for MPH Admission

  • GPA Requirement

    Maintain a 3.25 undergraduate GPA.

  • GRE Test

    Students must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but the test is required for reporting purposes only.  Your score does not affect your guaranteed admission.

  • Participation

    GPPA students will be expected to participate in seminars and other extracurricular activities at the School of Public Health during their undergraduate studies.

Program-Specific Requirements

  • MPH in Biostatistics

    Your undergraduate major must be in mathematics or biology, or you must complete at least one year of college calculus.  The BA in Public Health program provides the flexibility to meet the calculus requirement.

  • MPH in Epidemiology

    Your undergraduate major must be in biological sciences, social sciences or mathematics.  The BA in Public Health degree satisfies this requirement.

  • MPH in Community Health Sciences

    Complete one undergraduate course in human biology.

  • MPH in Health Policy and Administration

    Your undergraduate coursework should include classes in biological, physical, or social science.  An advisor can help you plan to meet these requirements.  The BA in Public Health program provides the flexibility to meet these course requirements.

  • MPH in Public Health Informatics

    Your undergraduate coursework should include classes in biological, physical, or social science.  An advisor can help you plan to meet these requirements.  The BA in Public Health program provides the flexibility to meet these course requirements.

  • MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

    Complete undergraduate courses in differential and integral calculus, inorganic and organic chemistry, and human physiology.  The BA in Public Health program provides the flexibility to complete these requirements.

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