Epidemiology, MPH

for the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology


Department Head: Kim Graber

Director of Graduate Studies: John Kosciulek

Director of Program: Justine Kaplan


MPH Admissions Questions: mph-admissions@ahs.illinois.edu

Graduate Office: Julie Jenkins

Graduate Office Address: 906 South Goodwin Ave, 112 Freer Hall MC-052, Urbana, IL 61801

Graduate Phone: (217) 333-1083

Graduate Email: jjenkns@illinois.edu


Program Website: https://ahs.illinois.edu/mph-home


Joint Programs:

Public Health, MPH & Community Health, PhD

Public Health, MPH & Food Science & Human Nutrition, PhD

Public Health, MPH & Human Development & Family Studies, PhD

Public Health, MPH & Kinesiology, PhD

Public Health, MPH & Nutritional Science, PhD

Public Health, MPH & Social Work, PhD

Public Health, MPH & Urban Planning, MUP


Admissions:   https://ahs.illinois.edu/application-requirements

How to Apply for MPH:   https://ahs.illinois.edu/how-to-apply

How to Apply for BS-MPH:   https://ahs.illinois.edu/how-to-apply-bs-mph

for the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology


The MPH in Epidemiology degree program requires a minimum of 48 hours. The program includes:
1. Five required core courses in basic content areas of public health
2. Four required courses in the Epidemiology focus area
3. An Applied Practice Experience (practicum)
4. An Integrative Learning Experience (capstone)
5. Seminars and electives
MPH students must complete all core coursework before enrolling in the MPH Applied Practice Experience. It is highly preferable for the applied practice experience to occur during summer term. The Integrative Learning Experience must be completed in the last term of study. There is no thesis requirement. Applicants to the epidemiology program should demonstrate strong quantitative skills. Applications for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology are only accepted for Fall admission. The program generally takes 1.5 to 2 years to complete. University of Illinois undergraduate students who major in Kinesiology, Community Health, or Interdisciplinary Health Sciences are eligible to apply for a 5.5 year joint BS-MPH degree program after their 3rd (junior) year of undergraduate study. Students in the BS-MPH program begin some MPH coursework in their 4th (senior) year of undergraduate study, and begin graduate status in the MPH coursework in their 5th year of study.

Degree Requirements

CHLH 410Public Health Practice4
CHLH 469Environmental Health3 or 4
CHLH 550Health Policy: United States4
CHLH 568Computer Packages in Health Research2
CHLH 572Principles of Epidemiology4
CHLH 573Biostatistics in Public Health4
CHLH 576Analytical Epidemiology4
CHLH 578Applied Epidemiology4
CHLH 581Professionalism in Public Health (2 semesters)2
CHLH 582Advanced Biostatistics4
CHLH 587MPH Applied Practice Experience4
CHLH 589MPH Integrative Learning Experience2
Electives 2 courses, 3-4 hours each8
Total Hours(minimum required)48

Other Requirements

Required Courses: Required Hours
Minimum 500-level hours Required Overall: 12 (8 within the unit)
Minimum GPA 3.0