Department of Public Health

Public health is, in the words of the Institute of Medicine, "What we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.''

The vision of the Department of Public Health is to create a safe, healthy, and productive workforce capable of transforming the health of their local and global communities.

What we offer

The Department of Public Health offers the following degrees:

Admission Requirements and Application Information

Funding Opportunities


*Important Student Information*

The Fall 2019 Comprehensive Examination will take place between Friday, November 8, 2019, and Monday, November 18, 2019. Eligible students should contact the department to enroll in this examination no later than Monday, September 30, 2019.
To be eligible, you must have completed all core courses and fall 2019 semester must be your final semester in the program. Students can take comp exam con-currently with MPH 581 – Internship. For further information, please contact

Student Spotlight

Alexandra Scherba, a recent graduate with a double degree in Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration, was hired at the Illinois Department of Public Health. Check out her video describing her experience at UIS!

Faculty within the Department of Public Health are committed to producing world class public health professionals to work in the United States and globally to improve health, prevent disease, reduce health disparities, and enhance quality of life through education, scholarship, and service.


Dr. Josiah Alamu, Chair of the Department of Public Health, discusses water quality research in The Gambia.