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Master of Public Health

Course Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program at Illinois is a 48 credit program that provides education and training in the five core areas of public health: Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, and Health Behavior and Promotion. A "Concentration" is offered in Health Behavior and Promotion. In addition to Core and Concentration courses, students take electives, complete an off-site Practicum and do a final "capstone" project that integrates knowledge and skills acquired as an MPH student.

Five reasons why being part of the MPH Program at Illinois is a great idea:

-As an MPH student at Illinois, you'll work closely with first-rate faculty who are experts on top public health issues of today.

-You will learn how to enable others to improve their health through our Health Behavior and Promotion concentration.

-You will explore the interdisciplinary nature of public health through our numerous cross-departmental collaborations. Students interested in health management have the opportunity to complement their MPH by pursuing an additional certificate in Business Administration.

-You will acquire real-world skills critical to job success –from program evaluation and policy analysis, to designing health promotion programs.

-As an MPH student, you'll interact with students and faculty who share a commitment to improving the health of our communities and reducing health disparities. At the end of the program, you’ll be prepared to make a difference.

Program Format:
Two-year MPH: The traditional MPH Program at Illinois begins in the fall semester and is typically completed in-residence over a two-year period.

Curriculum Overview:
The MPH Program is a 48 credit program that provides education and training in the six core areas of public health: Public Health Practice - Health Policy and Management - Epidemiology - Biostatistics - Environmental Health - Health Behavior and Promotion.

All students also take 15- 16 credit hours in the Health Behavior and Promotion concentration.

In addition to Core and Concentration courses, students take 3-4 hours of electives, complete an off-site Practicum and construct a final Capstone project that integrates knowledge and skills acquired as an MPH student.

MPH students participate in the Practicum experience after completion of the six core courses. The Practicum involves at least 200 hours of working in a public health setting and offers intensive “on the job” experience. Students gain important job skills and learn more about career options in public health.

Two-year MPH students usually complete the Practicum during the summer between the first and second years of coursework, or in the Fall of their second year. Five-year BS-MPH students will complete the Practicum during the summer after their fifth year. Our MPH program helps students match their academic and career interests with the right practicum experience.

In the final semester of MPH training, students complete the Capstone: a culminating project conducted under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor. The purpose of the Capstone is to help each student integrate information and skills gained in coursework and the Practicum to address a public health issue or problem. A wide variety of projects may be appropriate, including projects related to research, program evaluation, training a public health workforce, and community interventions to improve health.

Examples of recent MPH Capstone projects include:
-Develop educational materials for public health practitioners
-Create and deliver a training session for case managers who work with clients living with HIV/AIDS
-Perform an analysis of how a local health department can identify and meet local health needs
-Co-author and present a scholarly article regarding drug prevention programs’ impact on the health and access to health care in lower-income communities of color

The MPH program has a competency-based curriculum. That is, the MPH curriculum emphasizes certain outcomes and abilities based upon the needs of the public health workforce. Competencies are divided into those mainly addressed by core courses, and those mainly addressed by concentration courses. Both core and concentration competencies are addressed by the MPH Practicum course and the MPH Capstone course.

The University of Illinois MPH Program became fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as of June 2013. A re-accreditation process will be completed in five years, and then every seven years thereafter.

As part of the accreditation process, University of Illinois MPH must assess how well it meets the criteria established by CEPH in the form of a self-study report.

Applications to the traditional two-year MPH are accepted on a rolling basis. UIUC's MPH program only accepts applications for each Fall; we do not have Spring or Summer term start dates.

Financial Aid
Like many professional degree programs, the MPH does not offer tuition waivers. However, our program offers opportunities for financial assistance. Students may apply to be teaching assistants for undergraduate courses, hourly research assistants on a wide range of faculty projects, and to be paid interns as they fulfill their practicum requirements.

General information on assistantships and employment opportunities can be found at:

Students may also explore financial aid through The Office of Student Financial Aid:

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0 GPA) to apply to the MPH. GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours (approximately two years) of undergraduate coursework. If you are from a non-English speaking country, you are required to show English Proficiency as measured by the TOEFL or IEFLTS exams.

Course Fees

Please visit http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/tuition-fees for more details.

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