Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, BS and Public Health, MPH

for the degrees of Bachelor of Science Major in Interdisciplinary Health Science and Master of Public Health in Public Health


department website: http://ihealth.illinois.edu/

department faculty: I-Health Faculty and Staff


college catalog page: Applied Health Sciences Catalog

college website: http://www.ahs.illinois.edu/


The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, BS degree program includes a set of three concentrations, of which a student must complete at least one:

Health & Aging Concentration

Health Behavior Change Concentration

Health Diversity Concentration


A 5 year BS MPH joint degree program is available for students majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology. Students apply for the program in the latter part of their third year (junior year) of study. Students accepted into the BS MPH joint degree program take 12 credit hours of coursework in their senior year that apply to both BS and MPH degrees. In the 5th year of study, students complete the remaining requirements for the MPH degree, and graduate simultaneously with both BS and MPH degrees. The requirements are explained in more detail on the MPH program website: http://www.mph.illinois.edu/Program/.

for the degrees of Bachelor of Science Major in Interdisciplinary Health Science and Master of Public Health in Public Health


Only students who have completed their junior year but have not yet completed their senior year are eligible to apply. The curriculum, degree requirements, and faculty for the 5-year BS-MPH program (MPH portion) are the same as the regular MPH program.

The BS-MPH program is accelerated. Students take a heavier course load during the fifth year, called the MPH year. The MPH year consists of one Fall semester, one Spring semester, and one Summer semester.  For students in the Epidemiology concentration, the MPH portion of the degree consists of one Fall semester, one Spring semester, one Summer semester, and a second Fall semester, with students graduating in December.