MPH Division Requirements

Divisions may impose course requirements in addition to the previously outlined school-wide requirements.

Community Health Sciences

Students are admitted to either the Comprehensive Program or the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP). The number of credits required for graduation is determined at admission. Programs of study are developed by the student and his/her faculty advisor based on conditions set at admission and the requirements of the MPH curriculum including elective courses which are selected to enhance the studentís background and professional goals. CHS students in the MPH program may select one of the following three tracks:

Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion

Gerontology

Maternal and Child Health (including MCH Epidemiology)

Students not wanting to focus their studies in any of these tracks may select a general course of study. Additional course work is available in the areas of developmental disabilities, international health, public health nutrition, public health practice, and womenís health. The curriculum below represents the minimum requirements for a comprehensive program in CHS. Advisors often recommend additional courses for students. Students should refer to the CHS Student Handbook for a complete description of the MPH degree requirements and competencies.

SPH core requirements (18 semester hours)

EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)

CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)

EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)

HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

CHS Core Requirements (15 semester hours)

CHSC 433 Public Health Planning and Evaluation (3 sh)

CHSC 446 Research Methods in Community Health (3 sh)

CHSC 480 Health Education and Health Promotion (3 sh)

CHSC 494: Community Assessment in Public Health (3 sh) (will be CHSC 431 in Spring 2003)

Students must select one of the following policy/advocacy courses: CHSC 527, CHSC 543 or HPA 430 (3 sh)

CHS track requirements (see appropriate section of this Handbook) (5-8 semester hours)

Elective requirements (see below) (5 semester hours)

Field Experience (a CHS capstone experience) (3 or 5 semester hours)

IPHS 650: Field Experience in Public Health

Minimum credits required for the comprehensive MPH program: 46-51 semester hours

 

CHS Track RequirementsĖEach track has two to four content courses as follows:

Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion (select 6 credits from the following)

CHSC 485: Communications, Mass Media and Public Health (3 sh)

CHSC 586: Health Behavior Interventions (3 sh)

CHSC 594: Community Organizing for Health (3 sh)

Gerontology

CHSC 425: Public Health and Aging (3 sh)

Select one of the following:

CHSC 528: Societal Analysis of Aging, Health and Health Care (3 sh)

CHSC 529: Gerontological Health/Illness Behavior (2 sh)

Gerontology students must take CHSC 527 as their policy/advocacy course within the CHS core.

Maternal and Child Health

CHSC 441: Introduction to Maternal and Child Health (3 sh)

CHSC 542: Advanced Maternal and Child Health Applied Programs (3 sh)

CHSC 595: MCH Seminar (students are required to complete two semesters of this 1 credit course

MCH students must select at least one additional MCH course as an elective. CHSC 543 is required as the policy/advocacy course within the CHS core. There are additional requirements for the MPH in MCH Epidemiology including a field placement in a state or local health agency.

CHS Elective RequirementsĖStudents must take a minimum of 5 credits of electives. One of the following methods or 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 447 (Survey Research Methods), 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), IPHS 440 (Public Health Practices)

Professional Enhancement Program MPH Curriculum (33-38 minimum semester hours)

The MPH Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) is a 33 semester hour program for medical, nursing and public health professionals working in public health organizations or in community settings. The admission criteria require the applicant to have a Bachelor's or advanced degree in a health or related profession plus 3 years of paid public health or community health experience. Physicians in training, including medical students and physicians in residency training programs, must also complete a field experience (5 semester hours) in addition to the 33 semester hours.

SPH core requirements (18 semester hours)

EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)

CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)

EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)

HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

CHS Core Requirements (15 semester hours)

CHSC 433 Public Health Planning and Evaluation (3 sh)

CHSC 446 Research Methods in Community Health (3 sh)

CHSC 480 Health Education and Health Promotion (3 sh)

CHSC 494: Community Assessment in Public Health (3 sh) (will be CHSC 431 in Spring 2003)

Students must select one of the following policy/advocacy courses: CHSC 527, CHSC 543 or HPA 430 (3 sh)

Field Experience (5 semester hours for physicians in training)

IPHS 650: Field Experience in Public Health

CHS Capstone Requirements:
The basis for the CHS capstone is both a field experience/practicum (IPHS 650) and a Masterís Paper (IPHS 698). The capstone products are completion of the practicum and the paper. For some students the essay will be directly related to the practicum. Students must show how the field experience/practicum and the Masterís Paper together meet the three objectives of the UIC SPH capstone experience that were listed earlier in this handbook.

Field Experience/Practicum (IPHS 650):
Most students are required to complete a field experience of 5 credits (320 hours). A few students may qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits (192 contact hours) or a full waiver depending on their prior public health experience and career goals. The practicum provides the student with a practical experience in a public health setting requiring the student to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge learned during their graduate study. A reflective journal helps the student to synthesize the experience and is used by the faculty advisor to evaluate student performance.

All students should undergo Institutional Review Board (IRB) training prior to beginning their field experience (IPHS 650) and/or their proposed Capstone project (IPHS 698) if human subject data or analysis is used. Students must submit for IRB review as early as possible, to allow sufficient time for the lengthy review process. Students should consult the SPH Student Reference Guide and their academic advisors to determine the proper IRB procedure to follow. Please note: The field experience and capstone cannot be undertaken without IRB review or exemption.

Masterís Paper (IPHS 698):
Each student is required to complete a Masterís Paper and make an oral presentation of his/her work. In addition to the required IPHS 698, students may take up to two hours of Independent Study credit toward their Masterís Paper. The purpose of the Masterís Paper is for the CHS student to be able to integrate health principles and knowledge of some aspect of the public health field at the end of the studentís study period. The paper may be drawn from previous course work and may incorporate results of a community survey, an analysis of secondary data, a literature review, an environmental impact statement, a grant proposal, a position paper, a program evaluation, etc.

The CHS capstone will be evaluated in four ways:

  1. Evaluation of the field experience/practicum by both the student, studentís practicum preceptor, and faculty advisor; and
  2. Evaluation of the Masterís Paper by the advisor and second faculty member; and
  3. Evaluation of the oral presentation by the faculty and students in attendance; and
  4. Review by the advisor and a second faculty member to assure that the practicum and Masterís Paper together meet the capstone goals as established.
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Additional MPH learning objectives for CHS students are the following. Students should refer to the CHS Student Handbook for MPH competencies.

  1. Design and develop approaches to public health problems, taking into account community and cultural health definitions, culturally-based health behaviors, and cultural communication styles in planning and implementing effective programs and evaluations. These approaches also involve the community in assessing health needs, selecting a program approach, and planning, implementing and evaluating health programs.
  2. Work effectively in cross-cultural settings and with culturally diverse communities, promote cultural competence within an organization, and compare culturally appropriate public health interventions cross-culturally within the U.S. and internationally.
  3. Access and use national/state/local data sets for data management, determining statistical significance of data; analyze primary and secondary data; monitor data gathering; and review data analysis. Use data and community assessment information to develop solutions to complex public health problems and demonstrate creative problem solving.
  4. Design a health education program for a specific audience, including selecting an appropriate intervention strategy, program objectives and evaluation, and include a rationale for all decisions. They also will know when and how to use principles of mass media communication in selecting/designing a health education intervention.
  5. Analyze public health policy, regulation and/or legislation; design a policy position; write a policy statement; design and implement an advocacy plan promoting the policy; and defend a policy position in a controversial area.
  6. Identify components of a good research design; create a simple quantitative and qualitative research study; select the quantitative, qualitative or combination of analytical methods research process appropriate for a particular public health research problem; select/monitor appropriate research tools; select the qualitative research method appropriate for a public health research problem; and explain how qualitative research will "interact" with public health data sets and other quantitative information.

 

    Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

    Students with appropriate academic backgrounds and at least 3 years of relevant professional experience may be eligible for the Professional Enhancement Program. The comprehensive program requires 40-56 sh, with the minimum required length of program decided by the admissions committee at the time of admission.

    Comprehensive Program

    SPH core requirements (18 semester hours)

    EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

    BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

    HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)

    CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)

    EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)

    HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

    IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

    Division Core

    All students are required to take at least 4 sh in each of the following three areas:

    Exposure Assessment and Measurement

    EOHS 405 Environmental Calculations (1 sh)

    EOHS 440 Chemistry for Environmental Professionals (3 sh)

    EOHS 421 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (2 sh)

    EOHS 418 Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality (2 sh)

    EOHS 428 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I (2 sh)

    EOHS 438 Air Quality Laboratory (2 sh)

    Health Assessment

    EOHS 450 Principles of Occupational/Environmental Medicine (2 sh)

    EOHS 455 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (3 sh)

    EOHS 551 Occupational Diseases (4 sh)

    EOHS 558 Industrial Toxicology (2 sh)

    IPHS 554 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (2 sh)

    Intervention Strategies

    EOHS 411 Water Quality Management I (3 sh)

    EOHS 431 Air Quality Management I (3 sh)

    EOHS 461 Community Health and Consumer Protection (2 sh)

    EOHS 482 Occupational Safety Science (2 sh)

    EOHS 556 Risk Assessment in Environmental and

    Occupational Health (2 sh)

    Sub-total 12 sh

    Electives

    Students should select courses with their advisor in a discipline of interest.

    Subtotal 8-24 sh

    Capstone Requirement

    For students in the comprehensive program, the required capstone experience is the field practicum (IPHS 650). Students are required to complete the practicum after completion of all, or nearly all, of their coursework. Students may register for IPHS 650 for 3-5 sh with 1 sh credit awarded for each 64 hr of contact time. MPH students must summarize their experience in a poster presentation.

    All students should undergo Institutional Review Board (IRB) training prior to beginning their field experience (IPHS 650) and/or their proposed Capstone project (IPHS 698) if human subject data or analysis is used. Students must submit for IRB review as early as possible, to allow sufficient time for the lengthy review process. Students should consult the SPH Student Reference Guide and their academic advisors to determine the proper IRB procedure to follow. Please note: The field experience and capstone cannot be undertaken without IRB review or exemption.

    Subtotal 3- 5 sh

    Program Total: 40-56 sh


    Professional Enhancement Program

    SPH core requirements (18 semester hours)

    EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

    BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

    HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)

    CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)

    EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)

    HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

    IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

    Division Core

    All students are required to take at least 4 sh in each of the following three areas:

    Exposure Assessment and Measurement

    EOHS 405 Environmental Calculations (1 sh)

    EOHS 440 Chemistry for Environmental Professionals (3 sh)

    EOHS 421 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (2 sh)

    EOHS 418 Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality (2 sh)

    EOHS 428 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I (2 sh)

    EOHS 438 Air Quality Laboratory (2 sh)

    Health Assessment

    EOHS 450 Principles of Occupational/Environmental Medicine (2 sh)

    EOHS 455 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (3 sh)

    EOHS 551 Occupational Diseases (4 sh)

    EOHS 558 Industrial Toxicology (2 sh)

    IPHS 554 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (2 sh)

    Intervention Strategies

    EOHS 411 Water Quality Management I (3 sh)

    EOHS 431 Air Quality Management I (3 sh)

    EOHS 461 Community Health and Consumer Protection (2 sh)

    EOHS 482 Occupational Safety Science (2 sh)

    EOHS 556 Risk Assessment in Environmental and

    Occupational Health (2 sh)

    Subtotal 12 sh

    Electives

    Students should select courses with their advisor in a discipline of interest.

    Subtotal 1-3 sh

    Capstone Requirement

    Students in the PEP are required to complete a capstone experience with 3-5 sh credit. Students may use IPHS 650 Field Practicum as their capstone experience or PEP students may choose to complete a project selected with the studentís advisor. Students must summarize their experience in a poster presentation.

    Subtotal 3-5 sh

    Program Total: 35 sh

    Additional Requirements for Students Enrolled in the Occupational Medicine Residency Program, ABET-Accredited Industrial Hygiene Program, or Hazardous Waste/Industrial Hygiene Program

    Occupational Medicine Residency Program

    Additional Requirements (if not selected to meet divisional core requirements).

    EOHS 421 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (2 sh)

    EOHS 551 Occupational Diseases (4 sh)

    EOHS 558 Industrial Toxicology (2 sh)

    IPHS 554 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (2 sh)

    EOHS 482 Occupational Safety Science (2 sh)

    Subtotal (divisional core and residency requirements) (12 + 4 sh= 16 sh)

    Capstone Requirement

    For occupational medicine residents, the required capstone experience is the field practicum (IPHS 650). Students are required to complete the practicum after completion of all, or nearly all, of their coursework. Students may register for IPHS 650 for 3-5 sh with 1 sh credit awarded for each 64 hr of contact time. Students must summarize their experience in a poster presentation.

    Subtotal 3-5 sh

    Program Total: 36 sh

    ABET-Accredited MPH Program in Industrial Hygiene

    Additional Requirements (if not selected to meet the divisional core)

    EOHS 405 Environmental Calculations (1 sh)

    EOHS 421 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (2 sh)

    EOHS 428 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I (2 sh)

    EOHS 431 Air Quality Management I (3 sh)

    EOHS 438 Air Quality Laboratory (2 sh)

    EOHS 424 Environmental Acoustics (2 sh)

    EOHS 482 Occupational Safety Science (2 sh)

    EOHS 529 Industrial Hygiene Lab II (2 sh)

    EOHS 523 Engineering Controls/Industrial Ventilation (4 sh)

    EOHS 570 Hazardous Materials Management (3 sh)

    EOHS 584 Radiation Protection (3 sh)

    either EOHS 558 Industrial Toxicology (2 sh)

    or EOHS 551 Occupational and Environmental Diseases (4 sh)

    Subtotal (divisional core and additional requirements) (12 + 19 sh = 31 sh)

    Capstone Requirement

    For students with limited practical experience, the required capstone experience is the field practicum (IPHS 650). Students are required to complete the practicum after completion of all, or nearly all, of their coursework. Students may register for IPHS 650 for 3-5 sh with 1 sh credit awarded for each 64 hr of contact time. For students with appropriate prior work experience, the culminating experience can be a project selected with the studentís advisor. Students must summarize their experience in a poster presentation.

    Subtotal 3-5 sh

    Program Total: 56 sh

    ABET-Accredited Program in Hazardous Waste/Industrial Hygiene

    Additional Requirements (if not selected to meet the divisional core)

    EOHS 405 Environmental Calculations (1 sh)

    EOHS 421 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene (2 sh)

    EOHS 428 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I (2 sh)

    EOHS 431 Air Quality Management I (3 sh)

    EOHS 438 Air Quality Laboratory (2 sh)

    EOHS 570 Hazardous Materials Management (3 sh)

    either EOHS 440 Chemistry for Environmental Professionals (3 sh)

    or EOHS 594A Groundwater Contamination (3 sh)

    EOHS 584 Radiation Protection (3 sh)

    EOHS 529 Industrial Hygiene Laboratory II (Field Studies, 2 sh)

    EOHS 523 Industrial Hygiene: Engineering Control/Ventilation (4 sh)

    EOHS 524 Environmental Acoustics (2 sh)

    EOHS 482 Occupational Safety Science (2 sh)

    either EOHS 558 Industrial Toxicology (2 sh)

    and EOHS 554 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (2 sh)

    or EOHS 551 Occupational/Environmental Diseases I (4 sh)

    Capstone Requirement

    For students with limited practical experience, the required capstone experience is the field practicum (IPHS 650). Students are required to complete the practicum after completion of all, or nearly all, of their coursework. Students may register for IPHS 650 for 3-5 sh with 1 sh credit awarded for each 64 hr of contact time. For students with appropriate prior work experience, the culminating experience can be a project selected with the studentís advisor. Students must summarize their experience in a poster presentation.

    Subtotal 3-5 sh

    Program Total: 56 sh

    Additional MPH learning objectives for EOHS students:

     

    Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    Epidemiology

    Students are admitted to either the Comprehensive Program or the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP). Admission to the PEP program is generally considered at the time of admission to the School. Current MPH students may petition for admission into the PEP by submitting to their advisor a statement detailing their eligibility based on the following conditions:

    Comprehensive Program Curriculum (minimum of 48 sh)

    SPH core requirements (18 semester hours)

    EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

    BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

    HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)

    CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)

    EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)

    HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

    IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

    Epidemiology Requirements (15 sh)

    EPID 401 Quantitative Methods - I (2 sh)
    EPID 402 Quantitative Methods - II (2 sh)
    EPID 410 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (2 sh)
    EPID 411 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3 sh)
    EPID 591 Current Epidemiologic Literature (2 sh)
    BSTT 401 Biostatistics II (4 sh

Electives

    Comprehensive program minimum requirement 12 sh

    Field Experience

    IPHS 650 Field Experience in Public Health 3-5 sh

     

    Professional Enhancement Program Curriculum (minimum of 34 sh)

    SPH core requirements (18 semester hours)

    EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

    BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

    HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)

    CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)

    EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)

    HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

    IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

    Epidemiology Requirements (15 sh)

    EPID 401 Quantitative Methods - I (2 sh)
    EPID 402 Quantitative Methods - II (2 sh)
    EPID 410 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (2 sh)
    EPID 411 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3 sh)
    EPID 591 Current Epidemiologic Literature (2 sh)
    BSTT 401 Biostatistics II (4 sh)

Electives

    PEP minimum requirement 1 sh

    Field Experience

    Not required for the PEP

    Any required course may be waived on the basis of prior education or experience. Please refer to the section on Academic Policies and Standards for course waiver rules and procedure.

    *Students must select electives in consultation with their advisor. In developing the program of study, students should consult the SPH Student Handbook and the semester course schedule which are available online at the SPH website.

    Field Experience: IPHS 650
    For students who are in the comprehensive program, the field experience may be for 3-5 semester hours, based on the field experience responsibilities. Field experience is not required for students in the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP). SPH Memorandum of Understanding and Field Learning Agreement forms must be completed prior to embarking upon the field.

    The field experience must be practical, applied and public health in orientation, and should preferably be with an organized public or private agency. Working with his/her academic advisor, and with the latter's signed approval the student must submit a detailed (but brief) field experience proposal to the field supervisor. At the completion of the field experience, the student shall write a brief report of the activity and its public health significance, no longer than 1-2 pages. The report must be given to the advisor for review and signature in order to obtain a grade for IPHS 650.

    Capstone Requirement: IPHS 698
    Students must enroll in IPHS 698 (MPH Capstone Experience), for 1 credit hour. Students must complete a formal oral presentation to Division students and faculty on a topic as described below. The presentation will conform to the format and time length of a paper delivered at the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Students are cautioned to restrict their courseload during the semester of capstone registration, as this is an involved and challenging project.

    The topic is to be approved by the student's advisor, and a final abstract of the presentation is to be submitted at least one week prior to the presentation. The topic should not be the same as one already addressed in a paper submitted for a previous course. Where appropriate, students are encouraged to present findings based on their field experience (IPHS 650). However, it may take an alternative form, such as a comprehensive review of the literature on a public health issue from an epidemiologic perspective; a report on another research project in which the student has taken part; a proposal for a study to address an important public health issue; or another format acceptable to the student and his/her academic advisor or faculty mentor. Students may consult with other faculty mentors in addition to their academic advisor for the purposes of developing their capstone presentation.

    Three faculty members will evaluate the quality of the presentation. Each faculty member will assess the experience based on three criteria: content (60%), organization (20%) and oral presentation (20%). A presentation should consist of an introduction to the problem or issue, an explanation of the methods used to research the topic, a summary of the results or findings, conclusions as to the public health implications of the results, and recommendations for practical applications or further research.

    If the presentation is evaluated as unsatisfactory by at least two of the three faculty members, the student will be required to submit a written paper, including citations, covering the same material as the oral presentation. The written paper will be evaluated by the three committee members on the content and organization of the material. In some cases, the capstone review committee may simply require written clarification or additional analyses pertinent to identified deficiencies in the oral presentation.

    Students should refer to the Program Requirements for the MPH Degree in this Handbook for more detail about the field experience and capstone.

    IRB: Institutional Review Board
    All students must undergo Institutional Review Board (IRB) training at the end of their first year of study, and are required to submit IRB review or exemption forms prior to beginning the field experience. Students should consult the SPH Student Reference Guides available in the division, and speak with their advisors. The field experience and capstone cannot be undertaken without IRB review or exemption.

    Standards of Performance for Epidemiology MPH Program
    In addition to school-wide standards, for students in Epidemiology no grade below "B" is acceptable in any epidemiology or biostatistics course. If a grade below "B" is achieved in such a course, it may be repeated once. Failure to maintain this standard will be grounds for dismissal from the epidemiology program.

    MPH in Maternal and Child Epidemiology (53-56 sh)

    In conjunction with the Community Health Sciences division, the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics allows students the opportunity to pursue an MPH in Epidemiology under the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Epidemiology track. This program offers courses in both maternal and child health and epidemiology for students wishing to focus on applied MCH epidemiology.

    In addition to the 18 sh of core MPH course requirements, students in the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology track must take the following courses:

    Community Health Sciences Courses (6 sh)

    Choose 2 of 4:
    CHSC 432 Analytic Methods in Public Health (3 sh)
    CHSC 446 Research Methods in Community Health (3 sh)
    CHSC 433 Public Health Planning and Evaluation (3 sh)
    CHSC 494 (will be CHSC 431) Community Assessment in Public Health (3 sh)

    Biostatistics and Epidemiology Courses (17 sh)

    BSTT 401 Biostatistics II (4 sh)
    BSTT 410 Introduction to Statistical Computing (1 sh)
    EPID 401 Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology (2 sh)
    EPID 402 Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology (2 sh)
    EPID 410 Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2 sh)
    EPID 411 Introduction to Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 sh)
    CHSC/EPID 594 Advanced Applied Methods in MCH Epidemiology (3 sh)

    MCH Concentration Courses (9 to 10 sh)

    CHSC 441 Introduction to Maternal and Child Health (3 sh)
    CHSC 548 Readings in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (1 sh)

    Choose one:
    CHSC 542 Advanced Maternal and Child Health Applied Programs (2 sh) OR
    CHSC 543 MCH Policy and Advocacy (3 sh)

    Choose one:
    EPID 518 Epidemiology of Pediatric Diseases (3 sh) OR
    EPID/CHSC 545 Reproductive and Perinatal Health (3 sh)

Field Experience

IPHS 650 Field Experience in Public Health 3-5 sh

Any required course may be waived on the basis of prior education or experience. Please refer to the section on Academic Policies and Standards for course waiver rules and procedure.

Field Experience: IPHS 650:
The Field Experience or practicum for MCH Epidemiology must be undertaken in conjunction with a state or local public health agency.

Students in the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology program should adhere to all other guidelines for the Epidemiology MPH degree, in addition to the Program Requirements for the MPH Degree in this Handbook.

Additional learning objectives for students in epidemiology:

  1. Appreciate the history and philosophy of epidemiology as a public health science.
  2. Understand the implications of epidemiology for other health specialists.
  3. Understand and apply measures of disease frequency.
  4. Have substantive knowledge of chronic and infectious disease epidemiology and their related multidisciplinary fields.
  5. Have knowledge of protocol development, subject recruitment, instrumentation, data collection, quality control, multidisciplinary collaboration, reporting and presentation of findings.

 

Biostatistics

    A Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree in Quantitative Methods is offered through the School's Biostatistics program. The degree is tailored to those within the public health work-force who require competency in the management, analysis and interpretation of public health data, and knowledge of data analysis issues as applied to a particular area of public health.

    Program of Study (Minimum credit hour requirement: 49 sh)

    SPH core requirements (18 semester hours)

    EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)

    BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)

    HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)

    CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)

    EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)

    HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)

    IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

    Quantitative Methods core requirements (23 sh)

    BSTT 401 Biostatistics II (4 sh)
    BSTT 402 Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis (2 sh)
    BSTT 410 Introduction to Statistical Computing (1 sh)
    BSTT 430 Design of Clinical Trials (3 sh)
    BSTT 440 Sampling and Estimation Methods (3 sh)
    EPID 401 Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology I (2 sh)
    EPID 402 Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology II (2 sh)
    CHSC 432 Analytic Methods in Public Health (3 sh)
    CHSC 447 Survey Research Methods (3 sh)

Concentration Electives

Minimum of 5 sh; may be more depending on the concentration 5-10 sh

The following are examples of courses in each of the three areas of concentration which would satisfy requirements for the MPH in Quantitative Methods. (Courses will be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor from the student's chosen area of concentration.)

Concentration in EOHS

Option 1:
EOHS405 Environmental Calculation (1 sh)
EOHS411 Water Quality Management (3 sh)
EOHS418 Analysis of Water and Waste Water Quality (2 sh)

Option 2:
EOHS405 Environmental Calculation (1 sh)
EOHS431 Air Quality Management (3 sh)
EOHS438 Air Quality Laboratory (2 sh)

Concentration in CHS
CHSC433 Public Health Planning and Evaluation (3 sh)
CHSC434 Qualitative Methods (2 sh)
CHSC442 Introduction to Community Assessment (2 sh)

Concentration in HPA
HPA403 US Health Care System (2 sh)
HPA417 Quality management Health Services (2 sh)
HPA429 Introduction to Health Services Research (2 sh)

Field Practicum

IPHS650 Field Practicum 3-5 sh

Field Experience: IPHS 650
The field experience or practicum must be practical, applied and public health in orientation, and should preferably be with an organized public or private agency. A student works with his/her advisor to determine an appropriate practicum site. Students must complete all forms required by the School of Public Health in the semester prior to registration for the Field. (see Program Requirements for the MPH degree in this Handbook).

Capstone Requirement: IPHS 698
All MPH Quantitative Methods students are required to complete a capstone project in their area of concentration, typically a data management and analysis project for a study in that area. Each student will identify a key faculty member in his or her area of concentration as well as a faculty member in Biostatistics. The student will work with these two faculty members to design a plan for an appropriate capstone project, which should include substantive interpretation of results and discussion of consequences in addition to actually carrying out the analysis. The student will write a report which will be evaluated by the two faculty members. The data set may arise from the student's field practicum experience.

Students should refer to the Program Requirements for the MPH Degree in this Handbook for more details about the field experience and capstone.

IRB: Institutional Review Board
All students who use human subject data or analysis must undergo Institutional Review Board (IRB) training at the end of their first year of study, and are required to submit IRB review or exemption forms prior to beginning the field experience. Students should consult the SPH Student Reference Guides available in the division, and speak with their advisors. The field experience and capstone cannot be undertaken without IRB review or exemption.

Standards of Performance for Biostatistics MPH Program
Students in Biostatistics are allowed only one grade of C in required courses. A student who receives two Cs in required courses will not be allowed to graduate from the program. A student may re-take a course one time and attempt to replace the C with a higher grade.

 

    Health Policy and Administration

    Divisional Course Requirements:

    Comprehensive Program

    After admission, the comprehensive MPH student must select one of two tracks in the Division:

     

    All students should undergo Institutional Review Board (IRB) training prior to beginning their field experience (IPHS 650) and/or their proposed Capstone project (IPHS 698) if human subject data or analysis is used. Students must submit for IRB review as early as possible, to allow sufficient time for the lengthy review process. Students should consult the SPH Student Reference Guide and their academic advisors to determine the proper IRB procedure to follow. Please note: The field experience and capstone cannot be undertaken without IRB review or exemption.

    Public Health Policy and Administration (PHPA):

    The Public Health Policy and Administration Track (PHPA) is designed to prepare students in the MPH Comprehensive Program for participation in organizational and governmental decisions which promote prevention and health protection. Some of these students will be employed as public health administrators in local, state and federal health departments and agencies or in community not-for-profit settings. Others will be policy analysts and advocates within the public health arena.

    Requirements:

    SPH core courses (18 sh)

    EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)
    BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (3 sh)
    HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 sh)
    CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)
    EOHS 400 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences (3 sh)
    HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)
    IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 sh)

PHPA required courses distributed as follows (7 courses):

4 in public health administration

3 in public health policy

Selectives (2 in either administration or policy)

Electives (3 courses minimum)

Field Experience (3-5 sh)

    PHPA Curriculum

    1. Core Courses 18 sh

    2. Required policy courses 9 sh

    Introduction to Health Policy (HPA 430)
    Law and Public Health (HPA 431)
    Public Health Advocacy (HPA 432)

    3. Required administration courses 13 sh

    Budgeting/Strategic Planning (HPA 444)
    Info. Systems/Dec. Support (HPA 465)
    Personnel (HPA 516)
    Health Economics (HPA 463)

4. Advanced courses (two classes from one list) 4-6 sh

    Public Health Policy and Administration*

    Social Ethics and Public Health (HPA 402)
    The Future of P.H.(CHSC 403)
    Community Organizing for Health (CHSC 584)
    Epidemiology of Violence (EPID 428)

*NOTE: Courses offered in other UIC departments and institutions may be substituted for PHPA requirements with approval of the studentís advisor and the Division Director.

Public Health Administration

Organizational Theory (HPA 511)
Health Evaluation Methods (HPA 522)
Marketing Health Programs (HPA 551)
Leadership & P. H. Practice (HPA 405)

    5. Electives (minimum of 3 classes) 6-9 sh

    6. Practicum 3-5 sh

    Total 53-60 sh

     

    Additional learning objectives for students in the public health policy and administration track:


    Health Services Administration and Policy (HSAP):

    Requirements:

SPH core courses (18 sh)

HSAP required courses (23 sh)

    HPA 403 US Health Care System
    HPA 417 Quality Management in Health Services
    HPA 429 Introduction to Health Services Research
    HPA 444 Health Care Budgeting and Strategic Planning
    HPA 463 Health Economics
    HPA 465 Health Information and Decision Support Systems
    HPA 511 Organizational Theory Applied to Health Programs
    HPA 516 Health Personnel Management

    3 courses must be completed from among the following:

    HPA 402 Social Ethics and Public Health
    HPA 430 Introduction to Public Health Policy
    HPA 431 Law and Public Health
    HPA 432 Public Health Advocacy
    HPA 494 Introductory Special Topics in Health Policy & Administration
    HPA 510 Survey of Health Care Information Systems*
    HPA 520 Management of Health Care Communication Systems*
    HPA 522 Health Evaluation Methods
    HPA 524 Case Management and Managed Care
    HPA 531 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design*
    HPA 540 Applications in Health Information Management*
    HPA 550 Topics in Health Information Management*
    HPA 551 Marketing Health Programs
    HPA 571 Measuring Performance and Improving Quality in Public Health
    HPA 594 Advanced Special Topics in Health Policy & Administration

    Electives (in consultation with advisor)

    Field Experience/Practicum (3-5 sh)

    *HPA has cross-listed courses with the Department of Health Information Management in the College of Associated Health Professions enabling students to concentrate in HIM.

    Note: Courses offered in other UIC departments and institutions may be substituted for track requirements pending approval of the student's advisor and the Division Director.

    Professional Enhancement Program

    The Professional Enhancement Program curriculum consists of coursework related to general public health knowledge. This curriculum is oriented to students with three or more years of previous experience in a public health related field who intent to pursue a public health career in the same professional area. Full-time students whose program is limited to this curriculum may complete it during one calendar year.

    33 sh - minimum course work requirement for MPH degree and capstone requirement.
    (Field Practicum waived)

    Required Courses 18 sh:
    BSTT 400 Biostatistics (3 sh)
    CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 sh)
    HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3sh)
    EPID 400 Principles of Epidemiology (3 sh)
    EOHS 400 Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (3 sh)
    HPA 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (2 sh)
    IPHS 698 Capstone Paper (1 sh)

    Electives 15 sh Minimum:
    At least one-half of the elective credit hours must be taken in the HPA division. PEP students may choose elective courses offered by other SPH divisions in consultation with their faculty advisor and final approval from the Division Director.

    Total minimum semester hours of course work required for graduation: 33 sh

    Capstone Requirement

    All HPA students in the MPH Program must complete the following capstone requirements:

    Capstone Activities: The student, in consultation with her/his advisor, will plan and complete a field practicum, self-study, research project or other experience, designed to achieve the learning objectives established by the School. Specifically the capstone activity must lend itself to demonstrating the integration of HPA core areas with at least one other core area of public health.

    Capstone Product: Each student will write an approximately 15 page paper that reports on the capstone experience and demonstrates effective achievement of the learning objectives, notably the integration of public health concepts beyond those related to HPA content.

    The paper will be reviewed, evaluated and graded by the studentís advisor (or capstone "mentor," if this is a faculty member other than the advisor), and by one other faculty member. The two faculty readers must reach consensus on a "pass" or "fail" grade for the capstone. The paper must be submitted no later than the week prior to finals week of the semester the student expects to graduate.

    Additional learning objectives for students in the health services administration and policy track:

      1. Understand the US health care system and its contemporary policy issues.
      2. Understand the nature and scope of quality in health services.
      3. Be knowledgeable of theoretical and methodological considerations in measuring and evaluating health services.
      4. Be familiar with health services research methods and substantive findings concerning access, quality, costs and outcomes.
      5. Understand the role of health services research in the public policy process.
      6. Be knowledgeable of the concepts of cost accounting and budgeting.
      7. Understand the process and concepts of strategic planning.
      8. Be familiar with the fundamental concepts of information systems analysis.
      9. Understand the design, implementation, evaluation and management of health information systems.
      10. Understand the major variables and alternative models of organization of health programs.
      11. Be able to analyze health organizations in terms of the interaction of structure, process and behavior.
      12. Understand the principles of human resource management with particular application to the health industry and to health professionals.