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MPH in Environmental Health Approved by IBHE

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved the establishment of the Masters of Public Health in Environmental Health in the College of Public Affairs and Administration effective 2/27/2019.  The new MPH Environmental Health Curriculum will be available this Fall 2019.

Posted 3/4/2019

Bredina Coale, a GPSI intern with the Illinois Department of

Public Health, was honored as the recipient of the 2018 Brian T. Milbrandt Memorial Intern Award for Excellence. The award was presented at the GPSI annual recognition breakfast held on April 11, 2018. Bredina is shown on the right with Paula Jimenez, her internship supervisor. Bredina will hold a dual Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Health.

https://www.uis.edu/publichealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/62/2017/04/IMG_6477.jpg    Marleigh Voightmann is the 2017 Milbrandt Award Winner!

She is the recipient of this year’s Brian Milbrandt Intern Award for her internship with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Marleigh is a student in the Master of Public Health program and was one of eight students nominated.  Marleigh is shown with Master of Public Health Department Chair, Dr. Josiah Alamu.
The award was presented at the GPSI annual recognition breakfast held on April 13, 2017.

GPSI Group2 Graduate Public Service Intern Recognition
A total of eighteen MPH students received a paid stipend and reduced tuition and fees while serving as Graduate Public Service Interns during the 2015-16 academic year.

Dr. Josiah Alamu studies Gambia water quality

University of Illinois Springfield MPH Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Josiah Alamu travels each summer to study water quality and disease in The Gambia.

Would you like to Study Abroad to The Gambia? In cooperation with the University of The Gambia you can *Visit and work in local health clinics * Teach in local classrooms. and participate in public health projects!  Call UIS International Programs 217-206-6679 for details.

The first week of March is the annual campus safety observance, and UIS Public Health Students were involved. Topical information was presented including Fire extinguisher training, Health Services, Disability Services, Campus Police, Disaster Preparedness, Active Shooter Training, Sign up for text alerts, Bus Safety, Bike Safety, Social media safety and awareness, information, Food Safety, Insurance, Bystander Intervention, Counseling Center, Work place safety and various other community vendors.

 UIS MPH Ranks # 6 in Top 50 Best MPH Degrees Online 2018

An online master of public health can help the individual with the appropriate background and experience forge a new path in their career. Most programs are looking for established healthcare professionals with 2-3 years experience, but some are open to people with social work or other backgrounds. There are many areas of focus among these programs, such as biostatistics, epidemiology and even veterinary public health, so you can find the program that best suits your particular interest. This list of the top 50 best MPH degrees online can help you find the program that fits your professional interest and bottom line.

Be aware that online study requires a different set of skills than traditional schooling. Strong internal motivation and ability to ration time are key. Most school websites offer a quick online assessment to see how you stack up in this area. There is also a technical component required (obviously) in digital education. You need regular and reliable access to a relatively recent laptop and internet capable of streaming video. There is probably also some specialized software required. Most university bookstores can help with discounts in at least one of these areas.

We compiled this list of the top 50 best MPH degrees online by using the methods broken down below. We looked at tuition value, the emphasis put by a program on individual attention (evidenced by the student to faculty ratio), and national recognition of a program. Bonus points were awarded for discounted tuition for online students. Enrollment and student to faculty ratio numbers came from the National Center for Education Statistics, a service of the US government. Tuition figures quoted in the bullet point above the school review also came from this website. The figure quoted is the out of state graduate tuition that the school reported to the government. Any tuition figure reported in the school review itself is courtesy of that school’s website and may disagree with the above figure due to discounts or fees. In most cases, fees are not included in the hourly tuition rate reported in the review. In case of a tie in points, schools were ranked in order of decreasing tuition.

Ranking Methodology

Tuition Points

  1. Under $30,000—1 point
  2. Under $27,000—2 points
  3. Under $24,000—3 points
  4. Under $21,000—4 points
  5. Under $18,000—5 points
  6. Under $15,000—6 points
  7. Under $12,000—7 points
  8. Under $9,000—8 points

Student to Faculty Ratio Points

  1. Above 35-1 point
  2. Above 30-2 point
  3. Above 25-3 points
  4. Above 20-4 points
  5. Above 15-5 points
  6. Above 10-6 points

National Recognition

  1. Top 40-1 point
  2. Top 30-2 points
  3. Top 20-3 points
  4. Top 10-4 points
  5. Top 5-5 points

Bonus for special tuition discount for online students

  1. Has special online discount for tuition-3 points
  2. Online students charged standard tuition-0 points

n February 2016, The University of Illinois Springfield and three partners were honored with the Innovative Initiative Award from the Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE). UIS partnered with the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council (IHHC), the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “One Patient, One Team: Palliative Care Approaches Across the Continuum”.

The UIS Online Master of Public Health Program is among the most affordable in the nation!

According to the author, Iris Stone, “Online MPH programs can be particularly advantageous for busy adults. Whether you’re a health practitioner or completely new to healthcare, many schools will welcome you into their MPH degrees online without requiring any campus visits or face-to-face sessions. This particular study focuses on the most affordable online MPH programs available in 2015.”

The online MPH Program at the University of Illinois Springfield MPH entered the top twenty, ranking 19th.  According to Mr. Stone, “Both the Generalist and Environmental Health MPH options at the University of Illinois at Springfield are available entirely online. The online courses are heavily integrated with the on-campus classes, ensuring that distance education students receive the same caliber education as their local counterparts.
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Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award

Five major awards are presented to faculty each year to honor their excellence and commitment as teacher-scholars. Dr. Brian Cheng of the MPH Department was the 2017 recipients of the Burks Oakley Distinguished Online Teaching Award.

UIS Public Health Professor Sharron LaFollette appointed to CDC Board

Dr. Sharron LaFollette, professor emeritus of Public Health at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been appointed to a 3-year term on a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) board tasked with protecting America’s health.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors and appreciate the confidence placed in me to provide unbiased review of scientific information and public policy important to protecting public and environmental health.”

Dr. LaFollette was director of the Environmental Health Program at Illinois State University for eight years before coming to UIS.  She is currently the Graduate Chair of the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council where she also served for a six years as General Chair, past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and Director -at -Large of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.

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