Dear Prospective Student,

Thanks for your interest in the University of Illinois Springfield Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health. Our department offers both on-campus and online MPH degree programs. Moreover, there are 2 options for the MPH program: The full MPH curriculum is available on the UIS Catalog.

  1. MPH General: An MPH - General (MPH) program with a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice in public health.
  2. MPH Environmental Health: An MPH - Environmental Health (MPH-EH) program within which a student may choose to emphasize preparation in risk assessment, emergency preparedness, or environmental health policy. Our MPH-Environmental Health program (offered online and on-campus) is a STEM designated degree.

Prerequisites for Full Admission

Requirements for the MPH Environmental Health Program include:

  • GPA - The ideal score will be greater than 3.0. Some exceptional students may be accepted with a lower GPA, however, specific conditions will be applied.
  • Three letters of recommendation on letterhead from employers, professional peers, or educators.
  • The 3-question MPH Academic Essay, two or more paragraphs per question are preferred.
  • Students are required to have 30 natural science credit hours (e.g., biochemistry, biology, math, calculus, physics, chemistry, etc.).

Requirements for the MPH General Program include:

  • GPA - the ideal score will be greater than 3.0. Some well-qualified applicants may be accepted with a lower GPA, however, specific conditions will be applied.
  • Three letters of recommendation on letterhead from employers, professional peers, or educators
  • A 3-question MPH Academic Essay, two or more paragraphs per question are preferred

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) : The Office of Graduate Intern Programs, located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, manages the GPSI Program for graduate students at UIS. If you need additional information, the director and staff welcome you to talk with them.​ The deadlines for Graduate Assistant and Graduate Public Service Program Internships are March 15 for the summer and fall semester admissions and the preceding October 15 for spring semester admissions. These options are for on-campus students, only. Online students, who will live within a commutable distance to Springfield for the duration of the internship, are welcome to apply for the GPSI program.
  • Graduate Assistantships: UIS Graduate Assistantships may be offered within graduate degree programs as well as within other units of the university. For all inquiries, please contact Graduate Assistantship Program at
  • Financial Aid: If you are a domestic student, the Office of Financial Assistance aspires to ensure access to and affordability of a UIS education. For assistance with financial aid questions, contact the Office of Financial Assistance at

Tuition Fee and Cost of Study

For tuition fees, please refer to the UIS Tuition Calculation webpage, and make sure that you select the Graduate tab near the top (only 3 drop-down boxes). For example, based on the current tuition rate per hour on the UIS Tuition Calculator webpage, the tuition fee for the Online MPH Program (100% Online Courses) is around $20,957.20 (without counting the cost of textbooks and other miscellaneous items). The tuition fee for non-resident on-campus MPH students is around $39,997.20 (without the estimate of the cost of textbooks, housing, transportation, and other miscellaneous items).

This calculator provides an ESTIMATE of your total tuition, fees, and assessments. All amounts are SUBJECT TO CHANGE without advance notice. For official information, please visit the Tuition website and contact the Office of Records and Registration. You may also wish to review housing information and costs. The estimated total cost of attendance is located on the Financial Assistance website.

Length of the MPH Programs

Our MPH programs (48 credit hours) can be completed in as few as 24 months on a full-time basis. Part-time students may take up to four to five years to finish their degrees. UIS Academic Calendars display the semester academic calendars.

Course Transfer

Course Transfer (MPH Program Only):

UIS may accept up to 12 semester hours of eligible graduate-level work completed at another accredited institution. However, only hours earned with a grade of B or better and accepted by your UIS academic program will be accepted. All transfer credit must be earned within 5 years of the first graduate course taken at UIS in pursuit of the degree/certificate. You may not have used the course for any other degree/certificate you hold. The faculty member who teaches the course will check the syllabus to assure the appropriateness of the transfer. There is no guarantee that any of your courses will transfer until the UIS Office of Registrar has approved. Syllabus and an official transcript will be required.

Course Waiver

When you want to waive a course because you have already taken a similar course at the graduate level, and it is wrapped up in the completion of another degree, the course may be waived ONLY if you satisfy the instructor of record that you are competent in that area. Remember that a waiver does not award credit for the course(s); it only removes the affected courses from those that you need to complete. Students requesting consideration for a waiver of a required MPH course must submit a Student Petition Form, course syllabi, transcripts, or other documentation. Please note that there is no guarantee that any of your requests will be approved. The decision to grant a waiver is at the discretion of the department representative.