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It does.
- William James


What is the advantage of an MPH degree over other masters degrees in health?

The MPH degree is the masters degree that best prepares students for a career in Public Health. This professional degree emphasizes public health practice. For example, an MPH degree requires a practicum that provides experience working in a public health setting. Master of Science degrees typically emphasize research and focus on a single discipline. However, should an MPH graduate decide to pursue research training, MPH graduates are competitive applicants for Ph.D. programs.

How difficult is it to find a job after graduating with an MPH degree?

Historically, there are many job opportunities for well-trained MPH students. The Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) expects that at least 80% of MPH graduates from accredited programs will obtain a job in a health-related field within a year of graduation (or go on to further educational training such as a Sc.D. or Ph.D. degree program).

Why has the MPH Program chosen to offer a concentration in health behavior and promotion?

Because of the success of Public Health in controlling infectious diseases, there has been an epidemiologic transition. Currently, chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity) are the primary causes of morbidity and premature mortality. The MPH Program focuses on health behavior because the epidemic of chronic disease is primarily driven by health behaviors, particularly tobacco use, lack of regular physical activity, and an unhealthy diet.

Is the MPH Program accredited?

Yes. The Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accredits MPH programs. Our program received accreditation status in June 2013. Prospective students can read more about the benefits of CEPH-accredited MPH programs on the CEPH website.

How do the tuition and fees of the MPH Program compare to other programs in the United States?

In-state resident graduate tuition and fees at public universities vary from state to state. The Illinois resident graduate student tuition and fees which apply to the MPH Program are in the middle of the range. The resident graduate tuition and fees are much less than tuition and fees at most private universities. Non-resident tuition and fees are comparable to non-resident tuition in other states.

What is the difference in the 5 year BS-MPH and the 2 year MPH program?

The curriculum and the requirements for the MPH degree are the same for the 5 year BS-MPH and the 2 year MPH program. However, only University of Illinois undergraduate students in Kinesiology, Community Health, and I-Health are eligible to apply for the 5 year BS-MPH. These applicants do not need to take the GRE.

The only difference in the two degree tracks is when courses are taken. Students admitted to the BS-MPH program take up to 12 credits of MPH coursework during their senior year. This means that students interested in the BS-MPH must apply to the MPH prior to their final year of undergraduate study, usually during the summer before their Senior year. These students will need to collaborate with their undergraduate advisors to ensure they can take MPH courses and still finish their BS on time. More information in the "How to Apply" page.

Additionally, BS-MPH students will take more courses per semester to be able to complete their MPH at the end of the summer after their 5th year. Students who are admitted to the BS-MPH must be prepared to take on a higher graduate work load than the average graduate student.

Students applying to the 2-year program must take the GREs and will complete all MPH coursework as graduate students.

How do I apply?

To apply to the MPH program, read about our application requirements before you begin your application process.

International applicants should read about additional requirements for international students.