Graduate Overview

Undergraduate Minor

Master of Public Health
MPH with Environmental Health Concentration
MPH Professional Option

Joint Graduate Degrees – MPH/MPA and MPH/HMS
Graduate Certificates
Office Phone: (217) 206-6720
Office Location: PAC 309

Departmental Goals and Objectives

Mission: The UIS Public Health Department prepares students to become productive members of the public health community to help accomplish the Healthy People vision of healthy communities at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish this mission the department has the following four goals:

  • Goal 1: Prepare students with analytical skills, cultural competence, scientific knowledge and understanding of social justice necessary for practicing the core functions of public health: assessment, policy development, and assurance.

  • Goal 2: Build public health capacity through instruction and service to the university, profession and community.

  • Goal 3: Work within the teacher-scholar model focusing on translating research into evidence-based public health practice.

  • Goal 4: Work toward social justice to improve health equity and eliminate disparities through a diverse public health workforce represented by faculty and student diversity.

The department offers two options for graduate-level study in public health: a generalist MPH degree (MPH) with a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice in public health, and an MPH with a concentration in Environmental Health (MPH – EH) within which a student may choose to emphasize preparation in risk assessment, emergency preparedness, or environmental health policy. The department also offers a professional option for physicians and others with earned doctorates and two options for joint study degrees: Master of Public Health with a Master of Public Administration (MPH/MPA) and Master of Public Health with a Master of Human Services (MPH/HMS). The curriculum is designed to provide students with the academic background necessary to meet core competencies in environmental and public health as published on the Public Health Department website ( The MPH with a concentration in Environmental Health is an accredited curriculum through the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). All degrees offered by the department may be completed on campus or may be taken entirely online.