A Welcome to Prospective Students

Dear Prospective Student,

Thanks for your interest in the University of Illinois Springfield Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health. Our department offers both on-campus and online MPH degree programs. Moreover, there are 2 options for the MPH program:

  1. MPH General: An MPH - General (MPH) program with a strong interdisciplinary foundation for practice in public health.

  2. MPH Environmental Health: An MPH - Environmental Health (MPH-EH) program within which a student may choose to emphasize preparation in risk assessment, emergency preparedness, or environmental health policy. Our MPH-Environmental Health program (offered online and on-campus) is a STEM designated degree.

To see the full MPH curriculum, click here.

Requirements for the MPH Environmental Health Degree include:

  • GRE Score Report - Some well-qualified applicants may be accepted on the condition of providing the report at a later date.

  • GPA - The ideal score will be greater than 3.0. Some exceptional students may be accepted with a lower GPA, however, specific conditions will be applied.

  • Three letters of Reference, to be supplied directly from the person who has agreed to provide a reference for you.

  • The 3-question MPH Academic Essay, two or more paragraphs per question are preferred.

  • Students are required to have 30 natural science credit hours (e.g., biochemistry, biology, math, calculus, physics, chemistry, etc.).

Requirements for the MPH General Degree include:

  • GRE Score Report

  • GPA - the ideal score will be greater than 3.0. Some well-qualified applicants may be accepted with a lower GPA, however, specific conditions will be applied.

  • Three letters of Reference, to be supplied directly from the person who has agreed to provide a reference for you.

  • A 3-question MPH Academic Essay, two or more paragraphs per question are preferred

MPH Program Application:

Applications are accepted online through https://apply.uis.edu/apply/ and require graduate student application form and fee, college/university transcripts, graduate record exam (GRE) scores, MPH academic essay, and letters of recommendation. Applications from foreign students require a demonstration of a high level of competence in English. MPH accepts applications at any time. The information about the application process can be accessed via Graduate Education Website.

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) : The Office of Graduate Intern Programs, located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, manages the GPSI Program for graduate students at UIS. If you need additional information, the director and staff welcome you to talk with them.​ The deadlines for Graduate Assistant and Graduate Public Service Program Internships are March 15 for the summer and fall semester admissions and the preceding October 15 for spring semester admissions. These options are for on-campus students, only. Online students, who will live within a commutable distance to Springfield for the duration of the internship, are welcome to apply for the GPSI program.

  • Graduate Assistantships: UIS Graduate Assistantships may be offered within graduate degree programs as well as within other units of the university. For all inquiries, please contact Graduate Assistantship Program at gaprog@uis.edu

  • Financial Aid: If you are a domestic student, the Office of Financial Assistance aspires to ensure access to and affordability of a UIS education. For assistance with financial aid questions, contact the Office of Financial Assistance at finaid@uis.edu

Alexandra Scherba - GPSI, MPA, and MPH Alum

University of Illinois Springfield: Christopher Vemagiri Marbaniang

Leadership lived: Geetu Sharma - GPSI and MPH Alum

Tuition Fee and Cost of Study:

For tuition fees, please refer to the UIS Tuition Calculation webpage, and make sure that you select the Graduate tab near the top (only 3 drop-down boxes). For example, based on the current tuition rate per hour on the UIS Tuition Calculator webpage, the tuition fee for the Online MPH Program (100% Online Courses) is around $20,957.20 (without counting the cost of textbooks and other miscellaneous items). The tuition fee for non-resident on-campus MPH students is around $39,997.20 (without the estimate of the cost of textbooks, housing, transportation, and other miscellaneous items).

This calculator provides an ESTIMATE of your total tuition, fees, and assessments. All amounts are SUBJECT TO CHANGE without advance notice. For official information, please visit the Tuition website and contact the Office of Records and Registration. You may also wish to review housing information and costs. Estimated total cost of attendance are located on the Financial Assistance website.

Length of the MPH Programs:

Our MPH programs (48 credit hours) can be completed in as few as 24 months on a full-time basis. Part-time students may take up to four to five years to finish their degrees. UIS Academic Calendars display the semester academic calendars.


On admission, each student is assigned an advisor to assist with academic planning. Students must prepare an educational plan before registering for courses in order to map out progress through the degree consistent with career and personal goals.

Course Transfer (MPH Program Only):

UIS may accept up to 12 semester hours of eligible graduate-level work completed at another accredited institution. However, only hours earned with a grade of B or better and accepted by your UIS academic program will be accepted. All transfer credit must be earned within 5 years of the first graduate course taken at UIS in pursuit of the degree/certificate. You may not have used the course for any other degree/certificate you hold. The faculty member who teaches the course will check the syllabus to assure the appropriateness of the transfer. There is no guarantee that any of your courses will transfer until the UIS Office of Registrar has approved. Syllabus and an official transcript will be required.

Course Waiver (MPH Program Only):

When you want to waive a course because you have already taken a similar course at the graduate level, and it is wrapped up in the completion of another degree, the course may be waived ONLY if you satisfy the instructor of record that you are competent in that area. Remember that a waiver does not award credit for the course(s); it only removes the affected courses from those that you need to complete. Students requesting consideration for a waiver of a required MPH course must submit a Student Petition Form, course syllabi, transcripts, or other documentation. Please note that there is no guarantee that any of your requests will be approved. The decision to grant a waiver is at the discretion of the department representative.

Graduate Certificates:

Our department offers five graduate certificates for specialized studies in public health. For more information and policy, please visit the Department of Public Health Certificates website. To apply for a graduate certificate, please download or fill out a university application found at Apply Now! and enter the requested information. Follow the instructions to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. Please note that some certificates are not eligible for financial assistance. Please call the Office of Financial Assistance at (217) 206-6724 if you have questions.

For students who pursue a graduate certificate only, no transfer credits can be accepted toward the graduate certificates at UIS. All hours to be counted toward certificates must be completed at UIS.

The Office of Graduation Education at UIS also provides the FAQ webpage for prospective students. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to email me at Brian.Chen@uis.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Brian Chen