Program URL: http://www.uis.edu/publichealth/
Program Type: Master's Degree
Award Conferred: Master of Public Health
Total Number of Credit Hours: 48 Sem. Hr(s).
The goal of the Public Health Department is to prepare graduates as competent public health practitioners. Public health is an essential function of modern society. It is, in the words of the Institute of Medicine, “What we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.” Assuring the public's health at the community level often means affecting policies and actions at the national, or even international, level. Public health professionals must deal with myriad issues: access to quality health care, prevention and control of disease, environmental protection, the health needs of special populations, data analysis and evaluation, policy planning and administration, and health promotion. The department offers both the MPH Generalist and the MPH Environmental Health Concentrations online. The concentration in Environmental Health student may chose to emphasize preparation in risk assessment or emergency preparedness and homeland security. The curriculum enables students to understand 1) the various factors that affect the health of a community; 2) the methods to identify and measure community health; and 3) the components that comprise public health services delivery systems (cost, planning, and administration). While the department's required core courses provide the generalist background needed by all students, the concentration core in environmental health and elective courses allow students to concentrate on a particular aspect of public health. Admission requirements include a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0, and GRE scores. Applicants with a post Bachelor's credential such as an advanced degree or public health license are exempt from the GRE requirement. Applicants must submit the UIS admission application, application fees, official transcripts and GRE scores to the Office of Admissions. The MPH program application, three recommendation forms, and a separate copy of the goals statement must be submitted directly to the program office, PAC 308. Please visit www.uis.edu/publichealth/ for a complete list of courses.