Our Students


UIS is a university that attracts students who want to earn a degree in a supportive environment where classes are small and faculty members truly know their students, serving as advisors, mentors and friends as well as teachers. The UIS curriculum cuts across disciplines and emphasizes civic engagement. As a result, course work in every major is relevant to today’s world. Our students learn new skills and develop an understanding of their responsibility to lead and improve their communities. They test these new abilities in the real world, through a myriad of hands-on internships, fellowships and research opportunities.

Our students come from very diverse backgrounds and have varying interests! We have online, on campus and international students representing most of the United States and other countries worldwide.

You can find admission forms to the left as well as a description of competencies, education plans and internship guidelines. There is also a description of some of our successful Alumni and a page describing our student association. We have a very active and engaged student population and welcome you to become a part of our program.

Chidinma Umesegha, MPH/MPA Graduate Student


The MidAmerica Healthcare Executives Forum is  recognizing Chidinma Umesegha, a joint MPH/MPA Joint Degree, for 2015 with a certificate and a check for $100. Chidinma Umesegha is from Chicago, IL but was born in Nigeria. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Illinois State University in 2012. She is currently in her second year of the joint Master’s degree in Public Health and Public Administration (MPH/MPA) and is also a Graduate Public Service Intern at Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Healthcare Regulation. Her professional career plan is to become a Public Health Administrator with an opportunity to develop, evaluate, and implement public health policies needed to generate awareness and empower people concerning important health issues.

MPH-EH Graduate Student, Shay Drummond

Shay Drummond is a graduate student in the MPH program with a concentration in Environmental Health.  She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Epidemiology.  Currently, Shay serves as the Director of Clinical and Environmental Services at Adams County Shay DrummondHealth Department in Quincy, Illinois.

Her primary responsibilities include: Coordination of the Community Dental Clinic, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness, as well as Immunizations and Communicable Disease/STD programming.  She also manages 25 employees and participates in local, state and national public health initiatives.

MPH Graduate Student, Jami Vigil

Jami Vigil is a graduate student in the MPH program, with an emphasis on epidemiology.  She hopes to use her UIS education to create, implement and evaluate public health programs focusing on child abuse and neglect, prevention and treatment in general, and on chemical/substance dependency in particular.                Jami Vigil

Currently, Jami works as a full-time judicial officer for the State of Colorado, Fourth Judicial District.  In her role as a Magistrate Judge, she handles a full dependency and neglect docket, as well as presiding over Family Treatment Drug Court.  Additionally, Jami regularly contributes her time as a Judge with Colorado Springs Teen Court, a restorative justice project.  She is also the proud parent of 5 children as well as a licensed foster parent.

MPH/MPA Graduate Student, Erin Fitzpatrick

Erin Fitzpatrick is a second year graduate student in the MPH/MPA program. In addition, she  is also pursuing Graduate Certificates in Community Health Education and Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security.  Having obtained her bachelor’s degree in

Erin Fitzpatrick

Erin Fitzpatrick

Elementary Education with a concentration in general science, she has learned that helping others and giving back to the community is her passion.  She is hoping to utilize both the MPH and MPA in the future by working as a health care administrator with a non-profit organization.


 Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars Chooses UIS Student

Emmanuel Olatunji

Emmanuel Olatunji

Emmanuel Ayobami Olatunji, graduate student in the MPH program,  was chosen to receive a $7,000 scholarship to attend the 2014 summer experience in Washington, DC.   The program consists of three parts: an internship; a leadership forum and an academic class.  Congratulations, Emmanuel!




2015 Zimmerman Scholarship Winners

Our Zimmerman Scholarship Winners for Academic Year 2015 are: Ifihan Olaoye,  Trent Brass,  Nitika Sharma, Jenna Young, Jami Vigil and Arleen Gurfield.  Congratulations!

Ifihan OlaoyeTrent BrassNitika Sharma

Jenna Young Jami Vigil