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Accelerated BA/BS and MPH Joint Degree Program

Earn your Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in less time and tuition! The joint degree program allows students to earn shared credit hours toward both degrees and to start pursuing masters level coursework in the final year of their undergraduate program.

Students in the joint program can prepare for public health careers that fit their interests by pursuing either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and an available concentration in the Master of Public Health Program. Graduates from the program will prepare to be a public health leader of the future, acquiring essential public health skills and practice experience through a health equity and justice lens. Students will focus on:

  • Determinants of health

    How social and environmental determinants of health contribute to acute and chronic diseases and injuries.

  • Health equity

    How health challenges impact particular populations and how to strengthen health opportunities.

  • Environmental justice

    How issues like climate change and pollution impact health and wellness in local and global communities.

  • Population Health

    How to think about population health in neighborhood contexts and from a global health view.

Application and program progression Heading link

Students should first apply to the public health undergraduate programs for the first year at UIC. Following matriculation to the university, students will be able to complete an internal application to add the MPH joint degree to their academic track.

Apply to the BA and BS in Public Health programs

Next information sessions Heading link

  • 12th National ranking of the BA program by College Choice's most recent rankings.

  • 17th National ranking of the UIC School of Public Health, by U.S. News and World Report.

  • 8th UIC's national ranking for social mobility, by Wall Street Journal/College Pulse.

  • 56% of SPH undergraduate students are under-represented racial and ethnic groups.

  • #9 Best value for undergraduate degrees, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • 84% of graduates are employed or seeking higher education within a year of graduation.