1. Establish your NetID and password
- You will receive two notification emails from the Office of Admissions - one email with your University Identification Number (UIN) and another email with your activation token. Your UIN will be emailed on your Notice of Acceptance (and included in your admission packet). The activation token is usually sent to you several days after you have completed the Intent to Enroll Form. If you have not received your UIN and activation token, contact Admissions Office at (217) 206‐4847 or (firstname.lastname@example.org). You need your UIN and activation token to create your ID that will grant you access to UIS systems (email, Canvas, registration, etc.).
- Log into your UIS email account. For more information regarding the UIS email system, please visit UIS ITS website - Email. It is important to establish your UIS email account as soon as possible, as it is the primary mode of communication for both the University and the Department of Public Health. If you have tech questions, contact the UIS Technology center by calling (217) 206-6000 or emailing email@example.com.
2. Review curriculum requirements in the UIS Catalog and then contact your faculty advisor for course recommendations
- When initially contacting your faculty advisor, please include your UIN and your admissions letter from the Office of Admissions. When considering your education plan, follow the course rotation schedule and program requirements. Upcoming courses can be viewed in the UIS Dynamic Course Schedule.
- Please remember to consult your faculty advisor prior to registering each semester. Based on the departmental policy, students are not allowed to register until educational plan is approved.
- If you are an international student and have questions about visa and I-20, please contact the Office of International Student Services.
3. Enroll in courses after you have established your NetID/password and get approval from your faculty advisor when your education plan is reviewed
- Check the UIS Records and Registration website for registration information. (Registration for the summer and fall semesters generally begins in April, and registration for the spring semester generally begins in November.) The date and time you are eligible to register are contained in your time ticket. You must have your UIS NetID prior to registering for courses. Please remember that 100% online students should only register for 100% online courses. (Online courses/sections are noted as “Online” in the “Schedule Type” in the course schedule.)
- Questions regarding student records and registration should be directed to the UIS Office of Records and Registration. You can reach the office by phone at (217)206-6174.
- Please view the UIS academic calendar for important semester start and end dates. Textbook information is released when the course schedule is published. Textbooks may be purchased at the UIS Bookstore.
- You can view your student account information on the University Bursar website.
- UIS uses Canvas to host our courses. A recording of an ITS student Canvas training is available for you to learn how to navigate Canvas, and submit assignments. You will not have access to your course sites until the first day of class. If your instructor opens the course earlier, you will receive a notification through your UIS email. You will need to log in, familiarize yourself with your Canvas course sites, and make sure you are able to access all of your course materials. Your username and password for Canvas are your UIS NetID and password. If you need assistance with your NetID or Password, please contact UIS Tech Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 847-0443. If you are unfamiliar with online learning, please take time to review our tips for success in online learning. You may find general computer recommendations for graduate-level courses.
- The Learning Hub has online/face-to-face tutoring and handouts for writing, reading, study, and math skills.
- The Brookens Library has excellent electronic databases and loan resources available to all MPH students. In addition, the top 5 useful tutorials of library resources include (1) Books and Films, (2) Interlibrary Loan, (3) Articles and Databases, (4) Google Scholar, and (5) Research Strategies. Stephen McMinn is the librarian for the Department of Public Health. He may be reached by phone at (217) 206-8452.
- The UIS Career Development Center helps students turn their strengths and abilities into success by providing resources, collaborating with partners, and building counseling and advising relationships. The purpose of the CDC is to prepare you for life after college, whether it's an internship, graduate school, or landing a career. For more detailed information on CDC services, please contact them.
- The Information Technology Services (ITS) has extensive tutorials on many commonly used software packages. Please contact the UIS ITS for problems with webmail, Canvas, tech issues, and wireless access: email@example.com or toll-free at (877) 847-0443.
- Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to the UIS Office of Financial Assistance. You can reach the office by phone at (217) 206-6724.
- Student ID information can be found at I‐Card services.
5. Stay Connected
- In order to maintain good communication with the Department of Public Health, check your UIS email daily. Please email me from your UIS email account when you have established your UIS NetID.
- You may also want to “like” us on Facebook, to keep up-to-date on happenings at UIS and in the Department of Public Health. Our Facebook page name is “Masters of Public Health (MPH) at UIS.”