MPH News

2017 Commencement

2017 Prepared remarks by Honorary Degree Recipient – Edgar J. Curtis
President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Health Systems.

Curtis was nominated by the UIS Department of Allied Health for his outstanding and innovative leadership in health care administration

“Mr. Curtis’ strategic direction has made the Memorial Health System of central Illinois a premium healthcare destination,” the award states. “Mr. Curtis’ outstanding and innovative leadership at both MHS and in the civic arena has raised the quality of life for the Springfield area and surrounding regions.”

Curtis serves on numerous healthcare boards and is currently chair of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board. He has served Springfield in leadership roles with several community organizations, including the Springfield Urban League, United Way of Central Illinois and Central Illinois Foodbank.  Curtis received his masters of business administration degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelors of science degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He began his career as a registered nurse.
2017 Commencement–Online Degree Graduation Brunch

Online graduates and their families attended the University of Illinois Springfield’s 2015 Online Degree Graduation Brunch.  For many, this was their first visit to the campus!

2017 International Graduate Ceremony
The International Student Association and other international student organizations hosted a special ceremony.


Fredrick L. Echols, MD, Chief, Communicable Diseases, Illinois Department of Public Health
“UIS has provided the Communicable Disease Control Section with very talented students over the past few years. We are sincerely grateful to have the opportunity to give students sound public health experiences and fundamental tools needed to become conscientious public health professionals.”

Cassie Ayres, IL Department of Healthcare & Family Services
“My internship was more than I could ever have imagined. My experience enabled me to grow academically and professionally…I was an integral part of the team. Not only did I feel my internship was rewarding, but I was also able to develop new skills to help launch my professional career.”


Sollenberger Headshot

The featured speaker at the 2016 commencement is UIS alumna and Springfield native Donna Sollenberger. Since 2009, Sollenberger has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System, where she oversees all clinical strategy and operations of a system that includes five hospitals and 90 clinics, plus a healthcare system that serves the health care needs of two-thirds of Texas’ prison system.  In 2005, Sollenberger was honored with the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award and named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.

MPH Student Association End of Term Party
The MPH Student Association bid goodbye to 2015 with an amazing party! Public Health Student Association returned to the new semester with renewed energy and enthusiasm, and participated in the first campus event of the year, the Spring Involvement Expo, on 20th of January.

Josiah presents   Osiecki presents
Dr. Josiah Alamu and Dr. Kristin Osiecki were among five MPH faculty members presented abstracts of their projects at the American Public Health Association Conference in Chicago in November, 2015.

2015 IEHA Annual Educational Conference at Hilton, East Peoria
2015 IEHA Annual Educational Conference at Hilton, East Peoria

HIV-STD conference at Hilton Springfield-1
2015 HIV – AIDS Conference at Springfield Hilton

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