MPH FAQs

 

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What is the advantage of an MPH degree over other master’s degrees in health?

The MPH degree is the master’s 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 PhD programs.

 

What are the job prospects after graduating with an MPH degree at Illinois?

98% of our MPH graduates are employed or continuing education within 1 year of graduation.

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).

 

What are the available concentrations within the MPH Program at Illinois?

We offer one 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 has been accredited since June 2013. Prospective students can read more about the benefits of CEPH-accredited MPH programs on the CEPH website.

 

Can I start the MPH program in the Spring or Summer semester?

No. All students begin the MPH program in the Fall semester.

 

Does the MPH program offer an online degree option?

No. The MPH program at Illinois is a completely campus-based program.

 

Can I pursue the MPH program as a part-time student?

No. We only offer a full-time program beginning in the Fall semester.

 

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

Credits used as part of another degree cannot be transferred to the MPH program. Students cannot request to transfer courses from another degree that has already been awarded into the MPH degree.

If the credits requested to be transferred are not part of another degree, MPH students must meet with the MPH Program Coordinator to see if the desired credits will apply toward the MPH. However, please note that all MPH students must obtain at least 36 credit hours directly through the MPH curriculum and must be enrolled in the program for at least three semesters to meet MPH graduation requirements.

 

What are the minimum GRE score and GPA requirements?

We do not have minimum GRE score for admissions. Admitted students have a range of scores. We look at each candidate's application and qualifications as a whole. Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) calculated from the last 60 hours (approximately two years) of undergraduate coursework.

 

Is there a supplemental application for the MPH program at Illinois?

No. There is no supplemental or secondary application. Upon being offered admission, international students are required to complete additional forms related to visa requirements