Public health is an essential function of modern society. It 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.”

Public health professionals must deal with myriad issues

  • Prevention and control of disease.
  • Access to quality healthcare.
  • Environmental protection.
  • The health needs of special populations.
  • Data analysis and evaluation.
  • Policy planning and administration.
  • Environmental justice.
  • Health promotion.

While some positions require specialist training, most demand a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice.

Points of Pride

UIS Students and Faculty Returns  From Study Abroad in Ghana, West Africa

Dr. Alamu and MPH Students

  • Bredina Coale, a recent MPH graduate student was part of the seven (7) member team that traveled to Ghana, West Africa with six other UIS students and three (3) members of the UIS Faculty. The team left the U. S. on June 4, 2018 and arrived in Ghana on June 5, 2018.
  • During their seven week journey, they partnered with students and faculty from the the University of Health and Allied Sciences, School of Public Health in Hohoe, Ghana, West Africa, to investigate the prevalence and risk factors for diabetes, hypertension and hepatitis C/HIV in seven (7) communities.
  • Coale and the others conducted a water quality assessment by collecting and analyzing samples from local water sources and household water storage containers, investigated the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension and screened pregnant women for Hepatitis C at the Hohoe Municipal Hospital.
  • The faculty and students enjoyed exploring Hohoe during the weekends when they took a break from research activities and they became “regulars” at a few local establishments in the village. They participated in others fun activities such as visits to the Independence Arch and Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial Park, in Accra, the Wli Waterfalls, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, and a visit to six ancestral caves in Lipke Todome, were among the various activities.

“When I think about Ghana, the first thing that comes to mind is how wonderful the people are. Everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile and “you are welcome.” Not a day goes by that I don’t think about and reflect on the life changing experiences and relationships that were built during the trip. Ghana will always have a place in my heart!” says Bredina Coale.


Our Vision and Mission


The Vision of the UIS MPH program is to help create and promote safe, healthy, and productive local and global communities by educating public health professionals capable of transforming the health of their communities and environments.


Our Mission is to produce 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.

Goals: The program’s goals that describe strategies to accomplish the defined mission are as follows:

  • Promote student success through a high quality and exceptional pedagogical public health curriculum to produce public health professionals who can think critically, communicate clearly and excel professionally.
  • Promote, conduct, and disseminate innovative research that advances public health knowledge to improve health, prevent disease and reduce health disparities.
  • Participate in community engagement within Illinois and beyond through service, outreach, and dependable partnerships to enhance quality of life through public health community education, scholarship, and service.

Our Values mirror the UIS system and guide our mission:

  1. Student-focused Teaching and Learning: We place student development – fostered through meaningful interactions among students, faculty, staff and the community – at the core of all University activities. We also honor innovative teaching and evidence-based scholarship that promote academic excellence and knowledge discovery.
  2. Civic Engagement: We build meaningful relationship that enable us to both learn from and contribute to our local and global communities. We promote collaboration within the campus and
  3. Strategic Thinking: We are a proactive learning organization committed to continuous improvement, evidence-based decision-making and innovation.
  4. Inquiry: We seek to understand the world around us through the mastery of core skills of excellence in evaluation, analysis and expression; through the acquisition of knowledge; and through the pursuit of scholarship that is challenging and significant. We recognize sound public health science. We share and provide access to knowledge and skills.
  5. Diversity: Hold diversity in high esteem and embrace diversity in ideas, disciplines and people. The Department fosters diversity.
  6. Integrity: Maintain integrity and exceptional ethical behaviors
  7. Accountability: We translate intentions into actions via shared governance and fiscal stewardship, holding decision-makers responsible to our students, colleagues and other stakeholders.