Why The MPH-EH @ UIS

The nationally accredited and ranked (#10) STEM degree prepares you to advance your career and professional development in public health. Our MPH - Environmental Health (MPH-EH) program within which a student may emphasize preparation in risk assessment, emergency preparedness, or environmental health policy. You can earn your degree in as few as 24 months!

90% of on-campus MPH students have been selected as GPSI interns with a maximum of 40 credit hours tuition waiver & monthly stipend.



Admissions Requirements

Submit an online application with an essay addressing the areas outlined in the application form, official transcripts (min. of 30 semester hours in the natural sciences), and 3 letters of recommendation.


You’ll take 8 core courses including Applied Learning Experience (MPH 581: Internship), 3 major-specific courses, 1 elective, and pass MPH Comprehensive Exam as the Integrative Learning Experience.


All students are trained in 12 CEPH Foundational Public Health Knowledge, 22 CEPH Foundational Competencies, and additional 5 Concentration Competencies in the MPH-EH curriculum.
Dr. Junu Shrestha

Integration of Teaching, Research, and Service

Dr. Junu Shrestha collaborated with Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) to work on community health projects on Hepatitis B and Breast Cancer among the African population in Central Illinois. She shared her experiences in her courses as illustrations of applied public health practice and community service. Her students learned first-hand public health actions about this innovative way to address health inequalities from a unique inter-sector collaboration. Dr. Shrestha is also an expert in geographic information systems (GIS) and she held GIS workshops for students and people in our community. In MPH 521 (Introduction to Environmental Health), she showed students how to use ArcGIS to analyze public health data and fostered students’ learning motivation to enhance their spatial analysis skills for environmental health problems using ArcGIS.

National Accreditation

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Our MPH-Environmental Health program has been accredited by the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) since 2006. It is also a Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Programs. EHAC-accredited degrees are deemed the industry standard by environmental health leaders who strive for the rigor, quality, and value of the professionalism of environmental health.

Tuition & Aid

A Master of Public Health degree is a brilliant investment in your future to make a positive impact on people’s health and lives in a variety of ways. We offer many resources that can help you make an informed decision about financing your degree.

Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI)

The Office of Graduate Intern Programs located within Center for State Policy and Leadership, manages the GPSI Program for graduate students at UIS. If you need additional information, the GPSI Program Director or staff welcome you to talk with them. GPSI holds numerous rounds of hiring throughout the year. Please check the Interview Logistics page for the latest round of hiring information. These options are for on-campus students, only. Online students, who will live within a commutable distance to Central Illinois and the Greater Chicago area, are welcome to apply for the GPSI “Scholarship/Internship” Program. Contact GPSI office ASAP to explore this World-Renowned graduate study funding program.

Graduate Assistantships

UIS Graduate Assistantships may be offered within graduate degree programs as well as within other units of the university. Graduate Assistantships are a great way for Master’s degree-seeking students to earn a monthly Stipend, and Tuition Waiver, as well as gain real-world experiences in all aspects. UIS awards approximately 60 assistantships to qualified students each year. With a limited number of positions, the program can be highly competitive. The annual deadline to apply is March 15 of each year. For all inquiries, please contact Graduate Assistantship Program at GAprog@uis.edu for further information.


Hundreds of scholarships are available each year through UIS Institutional Scholarship Database. For example, UIS “Evelyn N. Zimmerman Endowment Fund” provides support for scholarships, fellowships, and various funding opportunities, specifically for UIS MPH students.

Financial Assistance

If you are a domestic student, the UIS 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 FINaid@uis.edu for more information.

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 FIRST near the top. 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 $21,344 (without counting the cost of textbooks and other miscellaneous items). The tuition fee for non-resident on-campus MPH students is around $43,076 (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.

Please note that the information provided is current as of July 2022 and is subject to change.

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