Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2004 - 2005
Master of Public Health
Faculty Kathy DeBarr, Shahram Heshmat, Remi Imeokparia, James
Emeritus Faculty Michael Quam
Adjunct Faculty Phillip Davis, Beth Dawson, Nancy Parsons, Gary
Robinson, Ken Runkel, Ross Silverman
Contact: (217) 206-6301
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.uis.edu/publichealth/
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 primary objective of the department is to graduate public
health generalists with a strong interdisciplinary foundation for
The curriculum enables students to understand 1) the various
factors that affect the health of a community; 2) the methods to
and measure community health; and 3) the components that comprise
public health services delivery systems (cost, planning, and
administration). While the department's required courses provide
background needed by all students, the elective courses allow
students to concentrate on a particular aspect of public health.
Joint Degree Offering
UIS' departments of public health and public administration have
an articulation agreement that allows interested students to
obtain a master's degree with a double major (MPA/MPH), public
and public administration. Contact either department for details.
The Master's Degree
Applicants must submit an admission application and transcripts
from previous college-level academic work to the UIS Office
of Admissions and Records. As a second part of the admissions
applicants must 1)complete a department application specifying
professional goals and identifying past academic work and/or
employment related to these goals; 2) submit three completed
forms from employers, professional peers, or educators; and
3) submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in the general
Other aptitude tests -- Medical College Admission Test (MCAT),
Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT),
or the Graduate
Management Admission Test (GMAT) -- can be submitted. Applicants
with postbaccalaureate degrees are exempted from submitting
Applicants must have earned an overall GPA of 3.00 (4.00
point scale) for previous academic work. Conditional admission
possible for those with extensive public health experience
GPA is between 2.50 and 3.00. To be fully admitted, applicants
must have a 3.00 GPA at the end of their first 12 semester
hours of study. Students who take TOEFL exams must score
580 or better.
Undergraduate work should include at least three semester
hours of biology. Courses in physiology, chemistry, and
statistics are desirable but not required.
Advising in the public health department provides an
individual approach to the academic and professional
each student. On admission, each student is assigned
a temporary adviser to assist
with academic planning. Thereafter, students may choose
an adviser from department or associated faculty.
Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all courses
counting toward the M.P.H. degree. Courses taken
on a credit/no credit
basis will not count toward the degree. Students
must maintain a B average
to remain in good standing in the program.
The master of public health degree requires that
students complete 48 semester hours of course work,
of which are required
core courses, including a four-hour internship.
The 12 hours of electives must be in a specific area
outside the department.
Required Core Courses
MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional
MPH 506 Community Health Research 4 Hrs.
MPH 511 Foundations of Epidemiology 4 Hrs.
MPH 521 Environmental and Occupational Health
MPH 531 Public Health Policy 4 Hrs.
MPH 545 Sociocultural Aspects of Health 4 Hrs.
MPH 551 Public Health Administration 4 Hrs.
MPH 561 Community Health Education 4 Hrs.
MPH 581 Internship 4 Hrs.
Approved Electives 12 Hrs.
Total 48 Hrs.
The closure experience is a comprehensive written
examination with questions designed to test
students' ability to
integrate the knowledge
that they have gained from the core curriculum.
A student must successfully complete the exam
within one year
course work for the degree. Students who do
the examination during their final semester
of study must enroll
in MPH 583 for
one hour of audit credit each semester until
they pass the exam. Details about the procedure
provided in the MPH
The MPH professional option provides an opportunity
for physicians and others with earned doctorates
and at least
one year of
health-related experience to earn a master
of public health degree at UIS. The
option requires completion of the 36 hours
of core courses including the internship.
may be eligible
to this option and will be considered by
the admissions committee on a case-by-case
1) those currently
enrolled in a physician residency-training
2) those who are
in the process of completing a doctoral-level
and who have at least one year of health-related
experience, and 3) those who have an earned
master's degree in
a health field and
who have at least three years of health-related
experience. Interested applicants should
contact the UIS public
health department for
information about the application process.