Dual Degree Programs

Medicine/Public Health Dual-Degree Program

The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a joint Medical Degree and Masters of Public Health Degree Program sponsored by the UIC College of Medicine (COM) and the UIC School of Public Health (SPH).

Graduates of the joint MD/MPH program are well-poised to keep pace with the increasingly complex and inter-related fields of medicine and public health. Medical students in the combined degree acquire rudimentary epidemiologic and statistical concepts enabling them to understand population-based health phenomena, skills to successfully manage limited health resources, and principles of community and environmental health which bear on the health of the population. More advanced public health courses enable the student to augment his or her medical training with a deeper understanding in one of the following disciplines: epidemiology, health policy and administration, community health sciences or environmental and occupational health sciences.

Admission to the Program

Incoming students must be accepted to both the College of Medicine and to the School of Public Health. Some students may wait to apply to the School of Public Health until during their M1 year.

Students who choose the dual-degree program should have higher-level academic talent to accomplish the goals of the combined program.

Students applying to the program must apply separately to both COM and SPH. Students will undergo an interview with representatives from both the School of Public Health and the College of Medicine to confirm their interest and academic qualifications.

The Program of Study

The joint MD/MPH degree program is a five year program of study. Students in the program must satisfy requirements of the Masters of Public Health Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), a 35 to 38 semester hour program, and satisfy four years of the required Medical Degree program of study.

Progression Through the Program

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the summers before and after the College of Medicine M1 year to complete some core requirements towards the public health degree. Any overlap or concurrence of course work during the M1 through M3 years is discouraged. However, SPH night or computer courses might be allowed at the discretion of the advisors (subject to approval of the COM program governing body or Senior Associate Dean and the SPH Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) for select students who have established excellent academic standing in both the College of Medicine and School of Public Health.

The 4th year of the 5-year program will be dedicated to completing the core requirements and much of the elective course load of the Masterís Degree in Public Health.

In the 5th year students must complete all M4 requirements including the medicine sub-internship and the core subspecialty rotations, the SPH "capstone experience" and Medical School clinical electives which may be satisfied by approved course work in SPH.

Contact Information

For further information about the School of Public Health contact Babette J. Neuberger, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at 312/996-5381. For further information about the College of Medicine call 312/996-5635 or e-mail medadmit@uic.edu.

Business Administration/Public Health Dual-Degree Program

The College of Business Administration and the School of Public Health offer a program of study leading to the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Public Health. The joint MBA/MPH program is designed for baccalaureate-prepared students who are seeking health care and business preparation for health care executive positions in government, hospital systems, long-term care, health maintenance organizations, planning/regulatory bodies, and consulting. To enter the program, a person must make separate applications and be admitted to both the Master of Business Administration program and Master of Public Health program. The policies of each program with respect to admission requirements, degree requirements, and other academic requirements are applicable.

Students must complete a minimum of 70 semester hours of appropriate graduate work through a combination of core and elective courses to satisfy the joint degree requirements. Most students will complete the joint degree in two and one-half years on a full-time basis or in three and one-half years on a part-time basis.

MBA Core Requirements (24 sh)

ACTG 500 Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting (4 sh)

ECON 520 Microeconomics for Business Decisions (4 sh)

FIN 500 Introduction to Corporate Finance (4 sh)

IDS 532 Decision Models & Information Systems II (4 sh)

MGMT 541 Organizational Behavior (4 sh)

MKTG 500 Introduction to Marketing (4 sh)

MPH Core Requirements (15 sh)

BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practices (3 sh)

EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (3 sh)

HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

IPHS 698 Capstone Experience (1 sh)

Elective hours must raise the total hours for the joint degree to at least 70:

MBA Electives (12 sh)

Students must take at least three elective courses (twelve semester hours) from courses offered within at least two departments in the College of Business Administration.

MPH Electives (18-23 sh)

Students must satisfy requirements of one of the public health disciplines offered by the School of Public Health.

For further information, contact Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at 312/996-5381; or David Brand, College of Business Administration, at 312/996-2614.

Nursing/Public Health Dual-Degree Program

The UIC College of Nursing and School of Public Health offer a program leading to two degrees: the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing with specialization in public health nursing and the Master of Public Health (MPH) with specialization in community health.

The joint-degree program is designed for registered nurses seeking an advanced nursing degree and public health experience to prepare them for high-level administrative, consulting, and leadership positions in the public health field. Nurses who complete the joint-degree program will be well prepared to take leadership positions in a variety of settings and programs that are community-based or population-focused. The joint-degree program helps nurses to integrate clinical knowledge and administrative expertise with public health practice to improve the delivery of health services in a variety of settings.

Admission to the Program

Nurses interested in this program must be admitted separately to both the School of Public Health (SPH) through the Community Health Sciences Division (CHS) and the College of Nursing (CON) through the Department of Public Health, Mental Health and Administration (PMA).

Program of Study

Nurses take both CON and SPH courses to satisfy the degree requirements of the joint program. A faculty advisor is assigned from each academic department to assist the student. Within CHS, students focus on assessing public health needs and developing community-based programs and interventions. They can further specialize in the following tracks--behavioral sciences and health promotion, maternal and child health, or gerontology. Students not wanting to focus their studies in any of these tracks may select a general course of study.

The following 57-64 credit program is tailored to accommodate full-time students working to complete both degrees in two academic years. The required coursework also can be completed on a part-time basis up to four years. Courses designated with an asterisk (*) meet both CON and SPH/CHS degree requirements.

CON Core Courses (23-25 semester hours)

*NUPH 515: Advanced Nursing Management in Community-focused Health Services (3)

*NUPH 516: Evaluation of Health Service Outcomes for Nursing (3)

NUPH 517: Budget and Finance of Health and Nursing Services (3)

NUPH 518: Field Study in Health and Nursing Management (3)

*NUSC 526: Nursing Inquiry I (2)

*NUSC 527: Nursing Inquiry II (2)

NUSC 528: Health Environment and Systems (2)

NUSC 529: Issues of Advanced Practice in Nursing (2)

NUSC xxx: Choose one of the following NUSC 597 or NUSC 598 (3-5 credits)

SPH Core Courses (15 semester hours)

*BSTT 400: Biostatistics I (3)

CHSC 400: Public Health Concepts and Practices (3)

EOHS 400: Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3)

EPID 400: Principles of Epidemiology (3)

HPA 401: Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2)

IPHS 698: Capstone Experience (Masterís Paper) (1)

CHS Core Requirements (6 semester hours)

CHSC 480: Health Education and Health Promotion (3)

XXXX xxx: Choose one of the following CHSC 527, CHSC 543 or HPA 430 (3)

CHS Track Requirements (5-8 semester hours)

(see appropriate section of the CHS Student Handbook)

CHS Elective Requirements (5 semester hours)

(see below)

CHS Field Experience (3 or 5 semester hours)

IPHS 650: Field Experience in Public Health (a CHS capstone experience)

Minimum credits required for the MS/MPH joint degree program: 57-64 semester hours

CHS Track Requirements: Each track has two to four content course requirements to be taken in addition to the CON, SPH and CHS core requirements. CHS track requirements are described fully in the CHS Student Handbook.

CHS Elective Requirements: Students must take a minimum of 5 credits of electives. One of the following methods of public health practice courses is strongly encouraged to meet this requirement. Students may take additional electives to enrich their program.

Methods courses

CHSC 432 (Analytic Methods in Public Health), CHSC 434 (Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health), CHSC 446 (Research Methods in Community Health), CHSC 447 (Survey Planning and Design), CHSC 594 (Management and Analysis of Qualitative Data Analysis)

Public Health Practice courses

CHSC 403 (The Future of Public Health), CHSC 405 (Leadership in Public Health), CHSC 584 (Community Organizing for Health), IPHS 440 (Public Health Practices)

CHS Field Experience: The curricula for both the MS in Nursing and the MPH include an extensive community-based practicum that each student selects. The practicum and the Masterís Paper represent the capstone/culminating community-based practice. The practicum provides an opportunity for nurses to move from acute care to community-based practice. Since a student chooses a practicum site based on his or her interest, the practicum serves as a stepping-stone for moving into the community setting and into leadership roles that involve program development and administration. While maintaining a focus on research, the MS in Nursing program prepares nurses for advanced practice roles with emphasis on nursing sciences; knowledge of health systems and environment; and an understanding of professional issues of advanced practice roles. The CHS practicum requirements are described elsewhere in the CHS Student Handbook.

For further information, contact: At the School of Public Health contact Rebecca Fields, MPH, CHS Academic Coordinator, 312/996-8940 or Rfields@uic.edu. At the College of Nursing contact Marie Talashek, EdD, RNC, Associate Professor, 312/996-7986 or talashek@uic.edu.

Law/Public Health Dual-Degree Program

The UIC School of Public Health (SPH) and the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology offer a coordinated program leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Masters in Public Health (MPH).

The goals of this Coordinated Program include (1) providing students with a core understanding of the ways in which law and public health work together, (2) enhancing the educational value of each degree by coordinating respective curricula, and (3) helping develop a well-trained group of professionals capable of addressing issues at the intersection of public health, medicine, and law.

Admission to the Program

To be considered for admission students must take the LSAT, have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and satisfy other application requirements for each institution. Applicants who are accepted into both schools will be considered enrolled in the Coordinated Program. Applicants who are accepted into one school, but not the other, will be given the option of accepting matriculation to that school. Students in the Coordinated Program will have the option of starting at either institution, and will have to comply with that institutionís rules for enrollment.

Program of Study

Both programs may be completed in 3 Ĺ years for full-time law students and 4 Ĺ years for part-time law students. Students in the program will be assigned faculty advisors chosen from among the attorneys on the faculty of the School of Public Health and from the faculty members engaged in health-related issues at Chicago-Kent. Each student will be assigned one advisor from each school.

Students must complete one year of course work (or the equivalent) at SPH through the Health Policy and Administration Division (HPA) of the School. The studentís work at UIC would qualify for twelve hours of elective credit at Chicago-Kent (approximately one semesterís work). During the remaining semesters at Chicago-Kent, the students would be required to meet all other curricular requirements of the law school. Students could begin their study by attending either school first, but could not take courses at both schools during the same semester without special approval by both schools.

Masters of Public Health Coursework

The MPH component will consist of at least 36 to 38 semester hours of course work. This includes the Core Required Courses (18 semester hours) and at least 15 semester hours of electives decided upon in collaboration with the studentís faculty advisor.

Students must also complete the Schoolís field practicum experience (at least 300 hours of professional work in the studentís field of study) (3-5 semester hours) and satisfy the Schoolís capstone requirement. To satisfy the capstone requirement, students must demonstrate, in writing, their ability to integrate concepts, theories and skills from the core public health disciplines into analysis of a public health issue, program or policy. This requirement will likely be achieved through participation in a Chicago-Kent health-related seminar, although students may use their practicum experience as the basis of compliance with this requirement.

Law School Coursework

Students must meet all of the law school academic requirements for graduation. In the first year of study, students will take all required courses, including Torts, Contracts, Real Property, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Justice and the Law, Legal Research and Legal Writing - in the same sequence as other law students, as well as non-health-related electives. To meet graduation requirements, students must complete a total of 75 credit hours in addition to the 12 credits they receive for the SPH course work upon successful completion of the MPH requirements.

While the student is at one school, he or she will be considered on official leave of absence at the other school. Students will pay the tuition and fees of the school at which they are taking classes. Upon completion of both programs, the student will be awarded both degrees.


The IIT Kent College of Law is located in a new state-of-the-art building on the west end of Chicagoís downtown loop. Metropolitan Chicago is the home of seven medical schools; major health organizations ( e.g., American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations); the American Bar Association and large health care companies such as Baxter and Abbott Laboratories. These resources provide a rich environment for study and field placement experiences for students pursuing the coordinated degree.


For additional information about the MPH please contact:

Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
UIC School of Public Health
1603 West Taylor Street (MC 923)
Chicago, IL 60612-4394
(312) 996-5381

For additional information about the JD please contact:

Harold J. Krent, JD
Interim Dean
Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT

565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 906-5397