Public Health, MPH & Kinesiology, PhD

for the degrees of Master of Public Health in Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology


Department Head: Kim Graber

Director of Graduate Studies: John Kosciulek & Steven Petruzzello

Director of Program: Justine Kaplan


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


Department Website: https://ahs.illinois.edu/community-health
MPH Website: https://ahs.illinois.edu/mph-phd 


The Master of Public Health degree can be earned jointly with the PhD degree in:

  • Community Health
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutritional Science
  • Social Work


In the joint program, up to 12 hours of coursework may be applied to both degrees, and the degrees are conferred simultaneously at the completion of the program.

Electives from PhD departmental list may be met by MPH core courses. Additionally, the fourth MPH concentration course and elective course may be met by PhD core courses.

Students enrolled in the joint degree program must meet with academic advisors from both the programs to determine the exact plan of study throughout the joint degree program.


for the degrees of Master of Public Health in Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology


The M.P.H. can be earned jointly with the Kinesiology, Ph.D. In the joint program up to 12 hours of coursework may be applied to both degrees, and the degrees are conferred simultaneously at the completion of the program.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate programs and the Graduate College Handbook 

CHLH 410Public Health Practice4
CHLH/ENVS 469Environmental Health4
CHLH/KIN 540Health Behavior: Theory4
CHLH 550Health Policy: United States4
CHLH 572Principles of Epidemiology4
CHLH 573Biostatistics in Public Health4
CHLH 575Chronic Disease Prevention4
CHLH 577Health Program Evaluation4
CHLH 587MPH Applied Practice Experience4
CHLH 589MPH Integrative Learning Experience2
Area of concentration coursework from approved list, min 3 (may be met by Ph.D. core courses)
Electives and seminars, min 3 (may be met by Ph.D. core courses)
CHLH 594Special Topics4
KIN 591Seminar8
KIN 565Teaching in the Professoriate4
Competency in Ph.D. research methods12
Kinesiology Research/Project Hours (8 max applied toward degree) 0-8
KIN 599Thesis Research32
Total Hours100

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Number of 500-level Hours Required Overall in Program: 12 (8 within M.P.H.)
Minimum Hours Required Within Kinesiology (not including 599) 24
Approved Masters Degree Required for Admission? No
Qualifying Exam Required: No
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final/Exam Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0