Graduate Overview

Undergraduate Minor

Master of Public Health
MPH with Environmental Health Concentration
MPH Professional Option

Joint Graduate Degrees – MPH/MPA and MPH/HMS
Graduate Certificates
Office Phone: (217) 206-6720
Office Location: PAC 309

Departmental Vision and Mission

Vision: The UIS MPH program is committed to a vision of Healthy Communities where each generation experiences a greater quality of life throughout the life-span.

Mission: The MPH program strives to provide world class public health education in the United States and globally, preparing competent public health professionals, to improve health, prevent disease, reduce health disparities, and enhance quality of life through education, scholarship, and service.

To accomplish this mission the department has the following four goals:

Goal 1: The MPH program provides educational experiences that meet the needs of the public health profession by preparing students for successful careers.  

Goal 2: The department attracts and retains a competent and effective cadre of faculty.

Goal 3: The department promotes, conducts, and disseminates scholarly research locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Goal 4: The department promotes and participates in community engagement and public health practice.

The department offers two options for graduate-level study in public health: a generalist MPH degree (MPH) with a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice in public health, and an MPH with a concentration in Environmental Health (MPH – EH) within which a student may choose to emphasize preparation in risk assessment, emergency preparedness, or environmental health policy. The department also offers a professional option for physicians and others with earned doctorates and two options for joint study degrees: Master of Public Health with a Master of Public Administration (MPH/MPA) and Master of Public Health with a Master of Human Services (MPH/HMS). The curriculum is designed to provide students with the academic background necessary to meet core competencies in environmental and public health as published on the Public Health Department website ( The MPH with a concentration in Environmental Health is an accredited curriculum through the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). All degrees offered by the department may be completed on campus or may be taken entirely online.