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Department of Public Health

Public health 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.''

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Public health promotes well-being, prevents disease, social circumstances or emotional events that reduce the level of healthy functioning.

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Unlike undergraduate programs, which allow students to simply apply to the university and declare a major, graduate application is two separate processes.  You must apply to the UIS Graduate School –

You must also apply to Master of Public Health program office –

MPH Program:

All our Degrees can be taken on campus and/or ONLINE! If you choose the online option, no campus visits are required!

We are proud to announce that the UIS-MPH-EH program has received full accreditation from The National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) until 2018!EHAC Logo

Associate Professor Emerita, Dr. Sharron LaFollette named to CDC Board

Sharron LaFollette, professor of public health at theUniversity of Illinois Springfield, has been appointed to a 3-year term on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) board tasked with protecting America’s health. The Board of Scientific Counselors for National Center of Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry provides advice and guidance regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies’ mission to protect and promote people’s health.

“I am honored to be appointed to the BSC and appreciate the confidence placed in me to provide unbiased review of scientific information and public policy important to protecting public and environmental health,” said LaFollette.

LaFollette earned her Ph.D. in toxicology from Oregon State University 1989 and a master’s degree in biology from Sangamon State University (now UIS) in 1980.

Prior to joining academia, she spent eight years in Illinois government conducting multi-media risk assessments and providing risk communication and educational programs for physicians, public health professionals, and the general public.

She taught and was director of the Environmental Health Program at Illinois State University for eight years before coming to UIS where she is in her fourteen year.

During her time at UIS, she has served as Chair the Department of Environmental Studies and most recently as Chair of the Public Health Department. In addition, she served for a number of years as chair of Graduate Council.

She is currently  the Graduate Chair of the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council where she also served for a six years as General Chair. LaFollette is past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and past-president of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.

Her research and consulting are in risk evaluation, risk communication, workforce development, indoor air quality impact on health, and radon levels related to building dynamics.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for 2012 ranked UIS 85th in public colleges in the nation based on cost/financial aid, student debt, competitive graduation rates and academic support.

Kiplinger’s recently listed the Master in Public Health as one of the TOP 5 ADVANCED DEGREES worth the cost!!



UIS is ranked in the top 10 BEST ONLINE MPH Programs nationally!

UIS MPH ranked #5 in Most Affordable Public Health degrees by SR Education Group!public-health-affordable-badge

Graduate Programs has ranked the UIS MPH program as one of the top 25 MPH programs in the country based on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on


Read the interview with Dorene Campbell, Ph.D. Online Coordinator for the MPH program