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

Our department offers both on-campus and online MPH degree programs.The Department of Public Health offers the following degrees

To learn more about the Public Health Programs, please join us for our upcoming webcasts:


What’s New

Dr. Egbe Egiebor receive grant to study the use of pesticides in urban and agricultural communities.

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 Sangamon County 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.

What You Can Do With This Degree

 Individuals with a degree in Public Health are professionals who provide vital services to their community in a variety of ways. Those who gain from the skills offered by public health professionals include include:
  • Public health agencies in federal, state, county, tribal and local governments.
  • Health care providers.
  • Community response planners.
  • Law enforcement administrators.
  • Fire departments.
  • And people in private industry.
  • Careers in Public Health (pdf)