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					University of Illinois at Chicago
    School of Public Health



      Student Handbook
          2010-2011

            Revised December 2010
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
2010-2011 UIC SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH - STUDENT HANDBOOK
INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................................... 9

   MISSION STATEMENT .......................................................................................................................... 9

   STATEMENT OF VALUES ....................................................................................................................... 9

   MUTUAL TOLERANCE AND RESPECT STATEMENT ................................................................................. 9

   NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY ............................................................................................................ 10

ACADEMIC POLICIES AND STANDARDs................................................................................................... 11

   HUMAN RESEARCH SUBJECTS TRAINING .................................................................................... 11

   STUDENT HONOR CODE ................................................................................................................ 11

   ACADEMIC DISHONESTY DISCIPLINARY PROCESS ..................................................................... 12

   STUDENT ACADEMIC GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES ....................................................................... 13

   ADVISEMENT ..................................................................................................................................... 14

   RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS.......................................................................................... 15

   DISABILITIES REQUIRING ACCOMODATION ........................................................................................ 16

ACADEMIC PROCEDURES ....................................................................................................................... 17

   REGISTRATION ................................................................................................................................ 17

      Deadlines ....................................................................................................................................... 17

      Dropping Courses ........................................................................................................................... 17

      Auditing Courses............................................................................................................................. 17

      Other Types of Registration ............................................................................................................ 18

   COURSE DESCRIPTIONS ................................................................................................................. 18

   PROGRAM PROPOSALS ...................................................................................................................... 18

   LEAVE OF ABSENCE ............................................................................................................................ 19

   WITHDRAWAL.................................................................................................................................... 19


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  TRANSFER OF CREDIT ......................................................................................................................... 20

  WAIVERS .......................................................................................................................................... 23

     Waiver of Courses........................................................................................................................... 23

  INDEPENDENT STUDY ........................................................................................................................ 24

  ACADEMIC PROGRESS ................................................................................................................... 24

  STANDARDS OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE FOR GRADUATE COLLEGE STUDENTS ................ 25

     Repeating Courses .......................................................................................................................... 26

  ACADEMIC DISMISSAL PROCESS FOR GRADUATE COLLEGE STUDENTS ................................. 26

  STANDARDS OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE FOR SPH STUDENTS ............................................. 26

     Repeating Courses .......................................................................................................................... 27

  ACADEMIC DISMISSAL PROCESS FOR SPH STUDENTS .............................................................. 27

  GRADING PROCEDURES ................................................................................................................. 29

  GRADUATION PROCEDURES ......................................................................................................... 30

MPH DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION ............................................................................................... 32

  ACADEMIC CALENDAR ....................................................................................................................... 32

  PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS................................................................................................................ 32

  ADMISSIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 32

  FIELD EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (IPHS 650) ............................................................................... 33

  FIELD EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (IPHS 650) - GUIDELINES .......................................................... 35

  MPH CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (IPHS 698) ............................................................................................ 36

  MPH DEGREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES ................................................................................................. 37

  BIOSTATISTICS: MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES ...................................................................................... 39

  COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES: MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES ........................................................... 39

  ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES: MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES .................. 40

  EPIDEMIOLOGY: MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES .................................................................................... 40

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   MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY: MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES .......................................... 41

   HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION: MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES................................................ 44

   PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS: MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES ............................................................. 45

BIOSTATISTICS - MPH ............................................................................................................................ 46

COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – MPH ................................................................................................. 48

COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – ONLINE MPH .................................................................................... 52

ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES - MPH ......................................................... 54

EPIDEMIOLOGY – MPH .......................................................................................................................... 59

HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION – MPH ..................................................................................... 62

HEALTH POLICY ADMINISTRATION – ONLINE MPH IN POLICY AND MANAGEMENT (PEP ONLY).............. 65

HEALTH POLICY ADMINISTRATION - ONLINE MPH IN PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS ............................. 67

MS DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION .................................................................................................. 71

   ACADEMIC CALENDAR ....................................................................................................................... 71

   PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS................................................................................................................ 71

   ADMISSIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 71

   MS THESIS RESEARCH (IPHS 598)........................................................................................................ 72

   MS BYPASS PROCEDURE TO PHD ........................................................................................................ 74

MS DEGREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES ....................................................................................................... 75

   BIOSTATISTICS: MS LEARNING OBJECTIVES ........................................................................................ 75

   COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES: MS LEARNING OBJECTIVES.............................................................. 75

   ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES: MS LEARNING OBJECTIVES ..................... 76

   EPIDEMIOLOGY: MS LEARNING OBJECTIVES ....................................................................................... 77

   HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION: MS LEARNING OBJECTIVES .................................................. 77

BIOSTATISTICS – MS .............................................................................................................................. 78

COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – MS ................................................................................................... 79

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES - MS ........................................................... 80

EPIDEMIOLOGY – MS ............................................................................................................................. 85

HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION - MS CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE (MS CTS) ........... 88

MHA DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION ............................................................................................... 89

   ACADEMIC CALENDAR ....................................................................................................................... 89

   PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS................................................................................................................ 89

   ADMISSIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 89

   CULMINATING EXPERIENCE................................................................................................................ 89

   MHA PRECEPTORSHIP (HPA 495)........................................................................................................ 89

   MHA CAPSTONE (HPA 496) ................................................................................................................ 90

   MHA DEGREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES ................................................................................................. 91

MHA...................................................................................................................................................... 94

The DRPH PROGRAM ............................................................................................................................. 95

   PROGRAM OVERVIEW........................................................................................................................ 95

   COMPETENCIES FOR THE DRPH DEGREE ............................................................................................ 96

   PROGRAM OF STUDY ......................................................................................................................... 98

      ENROLLING IN IPHS 699 .................................................................................................................. 99

      FIELD PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE (IPHS 661)...................................................................................... 99

   PROGRAM MILESTONES AND DEADLINES......................................................................................... 100

   PORTFOLIO ...................................................................................................................................... 101

      GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING THE PORTFOLIO ........................................................................... 102

      PORTFOLIO REVIEW PROCESS ....................................................................................................... 106

      Portfolio Review Criteria............................................................................................................... 107

   ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT ............................................................................................................ 107

   THESIS ............................................................................................................................................. 108

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      THESIS COMMITTEE ...................................................................................................................... 109

      THESIS PROPOSAL......................................................................................................................... 110

      THESIS DEFENSE ........................................................................................................................... 112

      THE THESIS PRODUCT ................................................................................................................... 113

PHD DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION .............................................................................................. 115

   ACADEMIC CALENDAR ..................................................................................................................... 115

   PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.............................................................................................................. 115

   ADMISSIONS .................................................................................................................................... 116

   PROGRAM OF STUDY ....................................................................................................................... 116

   INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE ........................................................................................................... 117

   PRELIMINARY EXPERIENCE ............................................................................................................... 117

   DISSERTATION COMMITTEE ............................................................................................................. 118

   DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE ................................................................................................. 119

   RESEARCH and DISSERTATION.......................................................................................................... 119

   DISSERTATION DEFENSE ................................................................................................................... 119

PHD DEGREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES ................................................................................................... 120

   LEARNING OBJECTIVES ..................................................................................................................... 120

   BIOSTATISTICS: PHD LEARNING OBJECTIVES ..................................................................................... 120

   COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES: PHD LEARNING OBJECTIVES .......................................................... 120

   ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES: PHD LEARNING OBJECTIVES ................. 121

   EPIDEMIOLOGY: PHD LEARNING OBJECTIVES ................................................................................... 121

   MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH EPIDEMIOLOGY: PHD LEARNING OBJECTIVES ......................................... 121

   HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION: PHD LEARNING OBJECTIVES............................................... 124

BIOSTATISTICS - PHD ........................................................................................................................... 126

COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – PHD ................................................................................................ 128

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES - PHD ........................................................ 131

EPIDEMIOLOGY – PHD ......................................................................................................................... 134

HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION – PHD .................................................................................... 138

JOINT DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION ............................................................................................ 139

   MBA/MPH ....................................................................................................................................... 140

   MS NURSING/MPH .......................................................................................................................... 143

   MA ANTHROPOLOGY/MPH .............................................................................................................. 146

   JD/MPH COORDINATED PROGRAM .................................................................................................. 150

   DVM/MPH ....................................................................................................................................... 153

   MD/MPH ......................................................................................................................................... 156

RESIDENCY IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE ................................................................................................. 159

RESIDENCY IN OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE............................................................................................ 159

academic certificate programs............................................................................................................. 160

PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS............................................................................................................. 160

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH INFORMATICS ............................................................................................ 162

BASIC COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE .................................................................................... 164

ADVANCED COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE ........................................................................... 166

CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS ............................................................................................................ 168

PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE AT ROCKFORD ............................................................................................ 169

PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT........................................................................................................... 170

PUBLIC HEALTH GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS ....................................................................... 171

INTERDEPARTMENTAL CONCENTRATIONS........................................................................................... 172

   WOMEN’S HEALTH CONCENTRATION .............................................................................................. 173

   WOMEN’S STUDIES CONCENTRATION .............................................................................................. 174

   SURVEY RESEARCH METHODOLOGY CONCENTRATION .................................................................... 175

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  GLOBAL HEALTH CONCENTRATION .................................................................................................. 177

PEACE CORPS MASTERS INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................ 181

  CIC TRAVELING SCHOLAR PROGRAM................................................................................................ 182




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                                             INTRODUCTION

This Student Handbook contains information                  KNOWLEDGE the pursuit, development and
that is useful to all students in the School of             dissemination of which will improve the health
Public Health throughout their program of                   of the public.
study. Students should refer to this handbook
first whenever they have a question about their             PROFESSIONALISM acting with integrity and
program’s requirements, SPH policies,                       collegiality in learning, teaching, research and
educational and research opportunities, or SPH              public service.
resources, among a variety of other things.
                                                            STEWARDSHIP of natural, human and financial
The Student Handbook is all-encompassing, and               resources.
each student will be held responsible for its
content and the policies and regulations that               IDEALISM whether secularly or spiritually
apply, regardless of whether the student is                 motivated.
informed of these points through other means.
                                                            CARING promoting compassion for and action
           MISSION STATEMENT                                on behalf of others.

                                                            JUSTICE whereby everyone is given access to
The UIC School of Public Health is dedicated to             the resources necessary to live a humane life
excellence in protecting and improving the                  and necessary to fulfill his or her full potential.
health and well-being of the people of the
metropolitan Chicago area, the State of Illinois,           DIVERSITY celebrating unique contributions to
and the nation, and of others throughout the                the fabric of our community.
world. The School achieves this mission by:
educating scientists, professionals and the                 RESPECT for the members of this community
public; conducting research to develop                      and for those whom our efforts are intended to
solutions to public health problems; providing              serve.
public health service; and formulating public
health policy.                                              HUMILITY as we set our goals, as we work
                                                            together to achieve them, and as we address
         STATEMENT OF VALUES                                the inevitable conflicts produced by those joint
                                                            efforts.
We are a community of scholars, students and
staff dedicated to creating                                   MUTUAL TOLERANCE AND RESPECT
a healthy society. In achieving this goal, we are                      STATEMENT
committed to:

COMMUNITY the basic unit of analysis for                    Public health deals with controversial issues
public health, enabling communities                         from multiple perspectives and consideration of
to address their own problems, sharing skills,              these issues may cause disagreements among
lowering barriers to action, and acting as a                us or may evoke strong personal feelings,
catalyst for progress.                                      depending on our individual experience,
                                                            histories, identities and worldviews. Therefore,
                                                            in all of our interactions and communications, it

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is important that we strive to have mutual                  Office for Access and Equity (M/C 602)
respect and tolerance for one another and for               717 Marshfield Avenue Building
any course guests and members of the                        809 South Marshfield Avenue
community with whom we come into contact. If                Chicago, IL 60612-7207
you feel you have been offended by any                      (312) 996-8670
content or interactions, you are encouraged to
discuss this with the instructor or another
faculty member.

     NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

The commitment of the University of Illinois to
the most fundamental principles of academic
freedom, equality of opportunity, and human
dignity requires that decisions involving
students and employees be based on individual
merit and be free from invidious discrimination
in all its forms.

The University of Illinois will not engage in
discrimination or harassment against any
person because of race, color, religion, national
origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability,
sexual orientation including gender identity,
unfavorable discharge from the military or
status as a protected veteran and will comply
with all federal and state nondiscrimination,
equal opportunity and affirmative action laws,
orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination
policy applies to admissions, employment,
access to and treatment in the University
programs and activities.

University complaint and grievance procedures
provide employees and students with the
means for the resolution of complaints that
allege a violation of this Statement. Members of
the public should direct their inquiries or
complaints to the appropriate equal
opportunity office.

For additional information or assistance with
the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and
harassment policies and procedures of the
University of Illinois at Chicago, please contact:




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                             ACADEMIC POLICIES AND STANDARDS
                                                            information privacy training must contact OPRS
     HUMAN RESEARCH SUBJECTS                                to have their prior training evaluated on a case-
            TRAINING                                        by-case basis before they are considered
                                                            exempt from the University's offerings and have
                                                            met the College's requirement.
All incoming SPH matriculated students are
required to receive training in initial human                         STUDENT HONOR CODE
research subjects protection and the
protection of health information. Training must
be completed within the student's first two                 PREAMBLE
academic semesters of entering the School of
Public Health.                                              The UIC School of Public Health is dedicated to
                                                            excellence in protecting and improving the
The two mandatory sessions are:                             health and well-being of the people of the
                                                            metropolitan Chicago area, the State of Illinois,
Investigator Training 101 or CITI “Core” Course             the nation, and others throughout the world.
Online- This training session on human subjects             We achieve this mission through education,
protection introduces the participant to a                  research and public health service. Truth and
historical perspective, ethical principles and              accuracy are essential to achieving our goals.
regulatory requirements, applicable Illinois                Integrity and intellectual honesty in scholarship,
State Laws, UIC institutional policies and                  scientific investigation and service are,
procedures, investigator's responsibility when              therefore, of paramount importance. A breach
conducting research with human subjects, IRB's              committed by an individual member of our
role and responsibility and the institution's               community, is a violation committed against the
responsibility, among other topics.                         whole and undermines our mission.

HIPAA Research 101- This training session                   PLEDGE
focuses on the policies and procedures with
respect to protected health information as                  We, students of the University of Illinois at
necessary and appropriate for the members of                Chicago School of Public Health are committed
the workforce to carry out their function within            to promoting the ideals of the public health
the covered entity.                                         profession, and to the values embodied in our
                                                            School's Statement of Values relating to
Both training sessions are offered by the Office            Community, Knowledge, Professionalism,
of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office for             Stewardship, Idealism, Caring, Justice, Diversity,
the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS).                 Respect and Humility.
Training dates for both sessions are listed on
the OPRS website. In addition, both sessions are            As an integral part of this commitment we
offered online as an alternative to attending a             pledge to act with truth and integrity in our
classroom session. Upon completion, students                academic work; recognizing that cheating,
receive a certificate of completion.                        plagiarism and other forms of unethical
                                                            conduct, represent an assault on our
Students who have received prior human                      community and society.
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We further pledge not to be party to any                           intentionally false accusations against
misconduct, and agree to report any acts of                        another under the Honor Code.
unethical behavior of which we have knowledge                 •    Bribes, favors, threats - (1) Threatening,
to an advisor, course faculty, or Office of the                    bribing, or attempting to bribe any person
Dean representative.                                               with the intention of affecting an
                                                                   evaluation of academic performance; (2)
         ACADEMIC DISHONESTY                                       conspiring to bribe or threaten a person
         DISCIPLINARY PROCESS                                      with the intention of affecting an
                                                                   evaluation of academic performance.
                                                              •    Examination by proxy - Impersonating
All faculty, students, staff, administrators, field                another student during an exam, or
site preceptors and others who are involved with                   intentionally allowing such an
academic training of our students, have an                         impersonation.
obligation to report witnessed violations of the
                                                              •    False authorship - claiming papers and
Honor Code.
                                                                   other academic products authored by
                                                                   others to be one’s own (for example,
The UIC School of Public Health firmly believes
                                                                   claiming work downloaded from a
that all members of the academic community
                                                                   website as one’s own; and/or presenting
are responsible for the academic integrity of
                                                                   the downloaded material without proper
our programs. Faculty and students have a joint
                                                                   citation.)
responsibility to maintain the high standards of
honor and values of this institution by reporting
                                                            Campus guidelines regarding academic integrity
any instances of academic dishonesty to the
                                                            can be found at the UIC Office of the Vice
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Babette
                                                            Chancellor for Student Affairs website.
Neuberger.
                                                            Penalties for Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty falls within the following
categories:
                                                             If the panel is persuaded by clear and
  • Plagiarism - using another's work without
                                                            convincing evidence that the accused party has
      giving credit. The words of others must be
                                                            engaged in wrongdoing the panel shall have the
      put in quotation marks and cited as one’s
                                                            discretion to recommend the full range of
      source(s). One must also give citations
                                                            sanctions as described in the UIC Student
      when using others' ideas, even if those
                                                            Disciplinary Proceedings as modified by the
      ideas are paraphrased in one’s own
                                                            School of Public Health.
      words.
  • Cheating - giving and/or receiving
                                                            Students may be subject to one or more of the
     unauthorized assistance in the
                                                            following penalties:
     completion of one’s academic work.
                                                                 • Expulsion
  • Fabrication - intentional and unauthorized
                                                                 • Dismissal
     falsification or invention of any
     information or citation in an academic                      • Suspension
     exercise.                                                   • Probation
  • Dishonesty - making false or fraudulent                      • Failure or Grade Modification
     statements (verbal or written) with the                     • Loss of Financial Support
     intent to deceive; acting with intent to do                 • Recommended Counseling
     the same. Dishonesty includes making                        • Developmental Sanction
                                                                 • Reprimand

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    • Warning                                               • Section VI contains information that is
                                                              essential to the proper interpretation and
                                                              use of these Procedures and should be read
   STUDENT ACADEMIC GRIEVANCE                                 carefully by any person involved in the
           PROCEDURES                                         handling of a Grievance.

                                                            These Procedures may only be used by
These procedures describe the process through               Students:
which students may seek resolution of
complaints or grievances arising from a decision            1. With a Complaint or Grievance regarding
made about them by an agent of the University                  academic standing during their enrollment
of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).                                  at UIC.
                                                            2. About an academic decision made about
The School of Public Health Student Academic                   them by an agent (e.g., faculty or staff
Grievance Procedures may be found in their                     member, administrator, committee) of the
entirety here.                                                 University of Illinois-Chicago that directly
                                                               and adversely affects the Student. Absent
Non-Academic Grievances                                        compelling evidence of arbitrary and
                                                               capricious behavior or discriminatory
For non-academic grievance resolution,                         intent, the Grievance Officer will not
students may contact Dr. Ronald Hershow,                       substitute its judgment for that of an
Ombudsperson for SPH, here. The                                instructor.
Ombudsperson advises students regarding
procedures and methods available to resolve                 These Procedures may not be used:
problems, provide dispute resolution services to
resolve conflicts, and directs students to                  1. In deciding or appealing issues relating to
available resources.                                           student discipline under the purview of the
                                                               Senate Student Judiciary Committee;
Academic Determinations                                     2. In resolving any complaint, request, or
                                                               question involving student records subject
The Student Academic Grievance Procedures                      to campus procedures established under
define an administrative process through which                 the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
students may seek resolution of complaints or                  Act (FERPA) and contained in the Guidelines
Grievances regarding academic standing during                  and Procedures Governing Student Records
their enrollment at UIC. The SPH procedures                    (http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/campus_po
implement the Student Academic Grievance                       licies/records_policy.html);
Procedures adopted by the University of Illinois            3. By applicants for admission;
at Chicago eff. March 1, 2007.                              4. In review of any decision by any university
                                                               administrator or properly constituted board
• Section I defines eligibility to use these                   or committee relating to allocation of
  Procedures.                                                  resources to support any unit’s projects or
• Section II describes informal processes which                programs.
  must be pursued before initiating a formal
  Grievance.
• Sections III through V outline the formal
  Grievance procedure itself.


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                ADVISEMENT                                  •   Refer advisees, as indicated and
                                                                appropriate, to other faculty, to the Office
                                                                of the Dean or to other points of assistance
Advisor Assignments for Degree Students                         for student needs.

Upon admission, each degree student is                      Advisors for Credit Non-Degree Students
assigned an individual faculty advisor, based on
his/her educational background, experience,                 General SPH Credit Non-Degree:
and career goals as indicated in the application
for admission.                                              Students participating in SPH courses through
                                                            Credit Non-Degree status are advised by Ann
Role of the Advisor – All Students                          Shorrock, Director of Student Affairs, (312) 355-
                                                            4272 or alshorro@uic.edu.
A continuing relationship between the student
and faculty advisor is considered to be an                  Division Specific Credit Non-Degree programs:
integral part of the educational experience of
the School of Public Health. In most effective              Students interested in Biostatistics or
relationships between student and advisor, the              Epidemiology are advised by Liliana Aceves,
latter is a general counselor. As a person with             Academic Coordinator, (312) 996-4795
experience and with broad knowledge of the                  or laceves@uic.edu.
School and the University, the advisor has
specific responsibility to:
                                                            Students interested in Community Health
                                                            Sciences are advised by David Brand, Academic
• Participate in the orientation program for                Coordinator, (312) 996-8940
  the entering class in the Fall Semester.                  or dbrand@uic.edu.
• Provide information and guidance to
  advisees on a continuing basis.                           Students interested in Environmental and
• Assist advisees in understanding the                      Occupational Health Sciences are advised by
  curriculum and in developing an appropriate               Iraida Rios, Academic Coordinator, (312) 996-
  program of study.                                         8856 or irios@uic.edu.
• Ensure that advisees are acquainted with
   and correctly follow academic policies and               Students interested in Health Policy and
   procedures, with particular reference to                 Administration are advised by Aimee Wiebel,
   grading practices, standards of                          Academic Coordinator, (312) 996-7816
   performance, graduation requirements,                    or aimee@uic.edu.
   registration and change in registration,
   prerequisites, waivers, transfers of credit,             Change of Advisor
   and timely submission of the program
   proposal.                                                A request for change of advisor should be
• Provide continued surveillance of the                     submitted to the Academic Coordinator of the
   academic progress of advisees and counsel                division to which the student has been
   those experiencing academic problems.                    assigned.
• Be actively involved in the selection and
   carrying out of independent studies,
   independent research, the field practicum,
   or internship, as appropriate.


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     RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN                               approval by the Institutional Review Board
                                                            (IRB).
              SUBJECTS
                                                            The review process begins with submission of a
Review of research protocol involving human                 protocol with the appropriate IRB forms.
subjects is a federally mandated, legal                     Review of human subject research protocol is
responsibility of the University of Illinois at             done according to the type of protocol
Chicago. It is undertaken to ensure that the                submission. If the research protocol is exempt
rights and welfare of human subjects involved               or expedited, the protocol is reviewed at OPRS
in research are protected. Research protocols               by a few members of IRB Board.
involving human subjects must be reviewed and
approved before human subjects can                          If the protocol is a full review, the protocol is (1)
participate in the research. Anyone conducting              submitted at the school level with review by the
research that involves human subjects must                  Departmental Review Committee (DRC) and (2)
comply with these rules.                                    then submitted at the campus level for review
                                                            by the IRB.
Generally, projects that may require
Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval                   The functions of the School of Public Health’s
include doctoral dissertations, master's theses,            DRC are:
and field research. Field research that is                  1. To consider the protocol's scientific merit
conducted to satisfy the MPH field practicum                    and the qualifications of the researcher(s)
requirement may be considered "human                            and methodology; and
subjects research" UNLESS:                                  2. To thoroughly review the project to
1. the student is carrying out the activities as                ascertain that it a) does not generate
     an employee or intern of the preceptor site                unwarranted risks, b) may provide
     AND                                                        beneficial and useful information, and c)
2. the student does not intend to use the                       provides satisfactory safeguards for the
     results for publication or a presentation at a             rights of the subjects.
     meeting open to the public.
                                                            How to Obtain IRB Forms
If the MPH student capstone involves a UIC
faculty project, IRB procedures must be                     You can obtain forms
followed by the faculty member as appropriate               from http://www.research.uic.edu/protocolrevi
to the scope of the student’s involvement. MPH              ew/. For additional questions about the
students who are planning to submit their                   process, contact Julie C. Kong, Associate
capstone paper for publication or for                       Director of Research Services at jckong@uic.edu
presentation at meetings open to the public (for            or (312) 413-8508. For questions related to
example, a regional conference) must seek the               policies in conducting human subjects research,
appropriate level of review through the Office              contact Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Faith
for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS)              G. Davis at fayed@uic.edu or (312) 996-5019.
and the IRB as they may be conducting "human
subjects research." The practicum experience                Please see the following pages for more
may not be carried out until review or                      information on the IRB submission process:
exemption is received. Your advisor will help
you determine if your project will require                      •    IRB Submission Flowchart
                                                                •    Student Reference Guide

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        DISABILITIES REQUIRING
           ACCOMODATION

Students with disabilities requiring
accommodation are responsible for obtaining
timely documentation of their disability and
their accommodation needs from the UIC
Disability Resource Center. The student must
provide notice of special needs to their
instructors before the semester begins or at the
beginning of each term. Services, access, and
reasonable accommodations can be arranged
for students with various types of documented
disabilities. The campus Disability Resource
Center, (312) 413-2183
(Voice/TT), drc@uic.edu,is available to assist
students with obtaining documentation and
accommodation. Additional questions may be
directed to the SPH Associate Dean of Academic
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                                       ACADEMIC PROCEDURES

               REGISTRATION
                                                              How to Register for Classes:

Deadlines                                                     1. To see what SPH courses are being
                                                                 offered, go to the SPH Course Schedules
The registration period for all students, degree                 page, and click on the SPH course
and non-degree, generally begins in the 12th
                                                                 schedule for the appropriate semester.
week of the preceding academic semester.
Students will receive an email providing a time               2. Register for Classes via Student Self-
ticket window for them to complete
                                                                 Service. For detailed information on
registration. The registration of continuing
students who have encumbrances from the                          registration, visit:
preceding term will be prohibited until their                    http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/registrati
debt to the university has been satisfied.                       on/registration_instructions.html

Students should consult with their advisors                   3. If you need help registering, call the
before registering for classes. Certain courses,                 Registration Help Line at (312) 996-8600
for example, Independent Study (IPHS 596),
require consent of the instructor and on-                   Modular Courses - Registration and Dropping
campus registration through the SPH Office of
the Registrar.                                              Modular courses are full-length courses that are
                                                            offered within a compressed 8 week period
Late Registration                                           during a semester. In the UIC Timetable,
                                                            modular courses are indicated by the start and
All students unable to enroll during advance                end dates, if available before print deadline.
registration must register during the Late                  Regardless of what half of the semester the
Registration and Drop/Add period which                      modular course is offered, a student must
extends until the second Friday of fall, spring or          register for all modular courses during the
summer full term; the first Wednesday of                    regular registration period. The same Late
Summer Session 1; the first Friday of Summer                Registration and Add/Drop policies also apply
Session 2, and the first Friday of Parts-of-Term            to all modular courses.
A and B. NOTE: Students may not add EPID 400,
EPID 403 or BSTT 400 after the end of the first             Auditing Courses
week of a semester.
                                                            Undergraduate and graduate students as well
Dropping Courses                                            as persons not registered at the University of
                                                            Illinois at Chicago are permitted to attend on-
Students will use the Student Self-Service                  site courses other than laboratory, military, or
system to drop courses. Complete instructions               physical education classes as auditors. To do so
can be found at the UIC Admissions and                      a Visitor's Permit bearing the approval of the
Records website under Dropping Courses.                     class instructor and the Dean of the college
                                                            concerned must be placed on file at the UIC
                                                            Office of Admissions and Records. Forms are
                                                            available from the UIC Office of Admissions and

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Records (Student Services Building, 1200 W.                 Other Types of Registration
Harrison Street) and can be processed from the
2nd day to the 10th day of the semester.                    Registration for Courses in Other Colleges and
Auditors need not apply for admission to the                Departments within the University System:
University. No credit is awarded for audited                SPH students may concurrently take courses at
courses.                                                    SPH and at other colleges or departments at
                                                            UIC. Students may also register for courses at
An auditor is a listener in the class, not a                the Urbana or Springfield Campuses. The
participant. A person attending class as an                 following should be noted:
auditor is not allowed to take an examination
(including a proficiency exam) for credit, nor are          Students who wish to take non-SPH courses
computer facilities available. The names of                 must have the approval of their faculty advisors,
auditors do not appear on class rosters. No                 and all students must have included such
instructor should admit auditors to any class               courses in their Program Proposals (or amend
unless the approved form is presented showing               the proposal accordingly).
compliance with the conditions stated above.
An auditor must pay the Course Auditors Fee if              Registration for non-SPH courses should be
not registered as a full-time student. The fee is           made at the time of registration for SPH classes.
refunded if the person withdraws during the                 The adding and dropping of courses may be
first 10 days of class. No refund is given for a            made simultaneously. Please check with the
later withdrawal. A student registered on a full-           Office of Student Affairs regarding complete
fee (Range I) schedule does not pay an auditor              withdrawals.
fee. University employees may audit courses
without paying the fees if the following                              COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
conditions are met: 1. recommendation by the
head of the employing unit; 2. consent of the
instructor; 3. approval of the Dean of the                  For a comprehensive list of course descriptions,
appropriate college; 4. approval of the                     please visit: http://www.uic.edu/ucat/courses/
Personnel Service Office.

A $15 fee is charged for the privilege of                              PROGRAM PROPOSALS
visiting/auditing a class. A full-time registered
student or a person who is a permanent                      Students in all public health degree programs are
support staff employee of the University does               required to submit a program proposal early in
not pay the visitor fee.                                    the development of their individual programs of
                                                            study. Program proposal forms may be located
NOTE: Students, even currently registered SPH               here: http://www.uic.edu/sph/students/student
students, may not “just sit-in” on a course. UIC            s_forms.htm.
policy requires all students attending a course
to have some official status as a registered                CHS students are required to complete different
                                                            program proposals, available here. The form
student or as an auditor. Faculty are instructed
                                                            must be signed by the student, his or her
to ask persons who cannot prove that they hold
                                                            advisor, the Division Director, and the division's
an approved student or auditor status (for that             Academic Coordinator.
specific term) to leave their classroom.



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Deadlines for First Submission of the Program               proposal must be submitted to the division’s
Proposal                                                    Academic Coordinator.

MPH and DrPH Students: End of the first                     It is strongly recommended (and may be
semester of study (some divisions may require               required in some divisions) that students submit
an earlier submission).                                     a revised program proposal form to the
                                                            academic advisor and Division Director for
MS, MHA, and PhD Students: End of the 2nd                   minor changes in the program of study. These
semester of study.                                          forms are identical to the original program
                                                            proposals, but must be marked as “revised”.
Petitions to transfer credit and petitions for
waiver of core and required courses must be                              LEAVE OF ABSENCE
submitted with the initial submission of the
program proposal. The program proposal, and
any requests for waiver or transfer of courses,             A Leave of Absence may be granted when a
must first be approved at the division level; and           student wants to withdraw temporarily from
then both the program proposal and any                      the School because of illness or special
requests to transfer courses or to waive SPH                circumstances which the student is unable to
core courses must be simultaneously submitted               control. A request for Leave of Absence must be
through the division's academic coordinator to              received prior to the beginning of the semester
CAP for approval. [Note requests to waive                   for which the leave is desired. It must be
divisional course requirements need not be                  submitted by the student in writing, and must
approved by CAP.]                                           carry the signature of the faculty advisor and
                                                            Division Director. MS, MHA, and PhD degree
If the first submission deadline is not met, a              candidates must complete forms from the
hold will be placed on the student's registration           Graduate College, located here. Forms for MPH
by the Office of Student Affairs. A memo will be            and DrPH degree candidates are located here.
sent to the student and copied to the advisor
and Division Director indicating the hold has               If an extension of the Leave of Absence is
been placed on the student's registration. The              needed, the extension must also be requested
hold will be removed when the advisor contacts              in writing. A request for Leave of Absence must
their division’s Academic Coordinator to                    be filed whenever the student plans to not
request that the hold be lifted and an approved             register for more than one semester (Fall or
program proposal has been received by the                   Spring) plus the Summer term. Time spent on a
Office of Student Affairs.                                  Leave of Absence approved by the program and
                                                            the Graduate College is not counted toward the
Deadlines for Submission of Revised Program                 degree time limit. Doctoral candidates will
Proposal                                                    generally not be granted leaves of absence after
                                                            passing the preliminary examination.
A final program proposal must be submitted to
the division’s Academic Coordinator, no later                               WITHDRAWAL
than the end of the semester prior to the
expected semester of graduation. Whenever
                                                            Students who wish to discontinue studies
major changes in the program of study are
                                                            without prejudice and in good standing,
made (for example, a change in specialization,
                                                            permanently or for some indefinite period of
concentration, or division), a revised program
                                                            time, should address a letter to that effect to

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the Dean. (For temporary withdrawal, follow                 the regional accreditation associations or those
procedures for Leave of Absence as discussed in             approved by the agencies recognized by the
the previous section.) If a student withdraws               Council on Post-Secondary Education. The
within ten (10) days after the beginning of                 credit hours that may be transferred are
instruction, all fees except a non-refundable               determined on an individual basis. Only
portion are refunded. A student who has                     graduate work that meets the quality and
withdrawn from the School of Public Health                  content of courses offered at the University of
(and the Graduate College) in good standing,                Illinois is eligible for transfer. Consideration is
and who subsequently wishes to resume                       given to the transfer of credit in three
studies, must reapply to the program.                       categories:
Readmission is not guaranteed.
                                                            1. Graduate work for which a degree was
If a student is readmitted after withdrawing                   NOT awarded.
from the School of Public Health, the curriculum            2. Graduate work completed elsewhere after
and course requirements that are in effect at                  admission to the School and for which a
the time of his/her readmission must be                        degree was not awarded. Such courses
adhered to and will remain in effect until the                 should be an integral part of the student's
student graduates.                                             degree curriculum, taken on the advice of
                                                               the student's faculty advisor and with the
          TRANSFER OF CREDIT                                   concurrence of the Dean.
                                                            3. Graduate work completed in the senior
                                                               year at UIC that was not applied to the
The prime consideration for transfer of credit is              baccalaureate. In the case of competency-
whether the previous course work meaningfully                  based or pass-fail systems, the student
contributes to a cohesive, goal-oriented,                      must submit a letter from the instructor of
graduate program of study. Request for transfer                record assigning a letter grade for the
of credit must be submitted with the initial                   course to be transferred.
submission of the program proposal. Deadline
for submission of transfer requests is the same             When there is partial overlap between a course
as the deadline for initial submission of program           proposed for transfer and a course to be taken
proposals. The request for transfer of courses,             at SPH, credit hours transferred may be reduced
and the program proposal, must first be                     or disallowed.
approved at the division level; and then both
the program proposal and request for transfer               Limitations on the transfer of credit:
of credits must be simultaneously submitted
through the division's academic coordinator to              • Except for credit non-degree courses for
CAP for approval.                                             MPH, MHA, and DrPH students, only credits
                                                              in which the student earned a grade of "A"
All degree programs of the School of Public                   or "B" may be transferred.
Health permit transfer of credit for courses                • Students may transfer a maximum of twelve
taken before and during enrollment in the                     semester hours of credit earned as a non-
School, subject to the following criteria,                    degree student to the degree program
limitations and procedures.                                   (MPH, MS, MHA, DrPH, or PhD).
                                                            • For master's programs of 47 or fewer
Consideration is given to the transfer of                     semester hours, no more than 25% of the
graduate work completed in accredited                         hours required for the degree may be
institutions, either those approved by one of

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  transferred. Credit hours earned as a credit              A maximum of 25% of PhD credit hours of
  non-degree student at UIC do not count                    course-work taken while a masters student, but
  toward this limit for MPH students.                       not taken in fulfillment of the masters degree
• For master's programs of 48 or more                       requirements (as determined by the masters
  semester hours, no more than 50% of the                   program), may be transferred. Example: a
  hours required for the degree may be                      student is given 32 semester hours of credit
  transferred. Credit hours earned as a credit              toward the PhD. The student is allowed to
  non-degree student at UIC do not count                    transfer an additional 16 semester hours of
  toward this limit for MPH students.                       credit toward the PhD (96-32 = 64) (25% of
• Graduate work completed at UIC SPH in                     64=16).
  Credit Non-Degree (CND) status: Up to 12
  semester hours of credit may be transferred               Transfer of credit does not imply waiver of
  upon a CND student's matriculation into an                courses required for the degree program. The
  MPH degree program. This credit hour                      division may require that specific courses be
  limitation does not apply to students who                 taken which could increase the credit hours
  are officially admitted into a credit-bearing             required for completion of the program beyond
  Academic Certificate Program. In the latter               the minimum hours.
  situation students should consult their
  divisional Academic Coordinator to                        Other transfer rules for DrPH and PhD program
  complete/submit a transfer of credit form                 students are as follows:
  for all CND coursework.
                                                            For PhD students with a prior master's degree, a
Transfer of Credit at the PhD/DrPH Level: A                 total of 16 SH of additional course work from
doctoral student who has received a relevant                other universities or other programs at UIC can
master’s degree may receive 32 hours of credit              also be transferred if the courses were not
toward the minimum 96 semester requirement                  used for degree credit. Grades of A and B are
for the doctoral degree. In unusual                         required for these courses.
circumstances, the student may petition for
transfer of additional credit hours beyond these            For example, a PhD student who has taken
32 hours.                                                   eight semester hours of credit non-degree
                                                            course work at SPH and sixteen semester hours
Students seeking to transfer more than 32                   at another university may transfer all eight
semester hours of credit toward the PhD degree              hours of CND work and only eight hours of the
will be required to demonstrate that the                    course work taken at the other university.
additional hours were not taken in fulfillment of
their masters requirements. For UIC students                Credit earned by PhD students through the CIC
such documentation would include a letter                   Traveling Scholar Program is considered as
from the student’s advisor and the Division                 resident credit and not transfer credit under
Director and the student’s program proposal for             these regulations.
the masters degree. Where the relevant course
work was completed at another institution, the              DrPH students with a master’s degree can
Graduate College requires certification from the            transfer 12 SH of SPH credit non-degree course
registrar or college dean of the applicable                 work. Such students may transfer an additional
institution stating that the courses are graduate           16 SH of course work taken elsewhere - as long
level and were not used toward fulfillment of               as such credits were not obtained as part of
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another program of study for which a degree                 petitions for transfer of credit will be accepted
was granted.                                                after a student’s first year in a SPH degree
                                                            program. The student is responsible for
Doctoral students without a prior master's                  assembling all documentation and submitting it
degree can transfer 24 SH of course work not                to the advisor and Division Director.
previously used for any degree (25% of total 96
SH required for the doctoral degree). For PhD               Transfer of Credit from the MPH program to
students, CND credit is included in the 24 SH;              the MS program: Students who choose to
for DrPH students, CND credit is in addition to             transfer from the MPH degree program to the
the 24 SH.                                                  MS degree program may transfer no more than
                                                            25% of the credits required for the MS degree
Time Limitations for Transfer Credit: Ordinarily,           for a master’s program of 47 or fewer semester
credit earned more than six calendar years                  hours; and no more than 50% of the credits
before admission to the School of Public Health             required for the MS program of 48 or more
is not transferred (except in the case of doctoral          semester hours. This is UIC Graduate College
students where credit hours are awarded for a               policy. Students who choose to transfer from
completed master's degree).                                 the MS program to the MPH program can
                                                            transfer all hours except research hours.
Procedures for Transfer of Credit: Two forms
are used: the SPH Petition for MPH and DrPH                 Transfer of Credit from the MPH program to
students; and the Graduate College Petition for             the MHA program: Students who choose to
Transfer of Credit for MS, MHA, and PhD                     transfer from the MPH degree program to the
students, which is available through your                   MHA degree program may transfer no more
academic coordinator. The following                         than 25% of the credits required for the MHA
documentation must accompany each petition:                 degree for a master’s program of 47 or fewer
                                                            semester hours; and no more than 50% of the
1) An official transcript showing the grade                 credits required for the MHA program of 48 or
earned, if such a transcript was not submitted              more semester hours. This is UIC Graduate
as part of the admission application.                       College policy. Students who choose to transfer
                                                            from the MPH program to the MHA program
2) Documentation that the course was a                      can transfer all hours except research hours.
graduate level course: i.e., a copy of the
relevant parts of the course catalog. If such               Transfer to MPH Degree: If an MS or MHA
documentation is unavailable or unclear, the                student wishes to transfer to the MPH degree, a
student may submit a letter to the Division                 Change of Graduate Program Form must be
Director from the registrar of the university               completed. The appropriate Division admissions
where the course was taken certifying that the              committee will review the application and
course was at the graduate level and taken for              forward its recommendation to the Dean for
graduate credit. Additional documentation may               final review and approval.
include course outlines, projects and reports.
                                                            Transfer of Credit from the DrPH Program to
Deadline for submission of Petition for                     the PhD Program: Students who choose to
Transfer of Credit: Petitions for the transfer of           transfer from the DrPH degree program to the
credit for course work taken prior to                       PhD program may transfer no more than 25% of
matriculation must be submitted with the first              96 semester hours required for graduation.
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Example: The maximum number of hours that a                                     WAIVERS
DrPH student with a relevant master’s degree,
12 semester hours of CND credit and 30
                                                            Waiver of Courses
semester hours of credit earned while in the
DrPH program may transfer is: 32 semester
hours of credit for the Master’s degree and a               A student may petition for waiver of one or more
combined total of 16 additional credit hours                required courses in any of the degree programs
earned while a CND and DrPH student.                        if justified on the basis of the student's having
                                                            taken prior course work of equivalent level and
                                                            course content. In exceptional circumstances,
Students wishing to transfer from the DrPH to
the PhD degree program are therefore                        experience may substitute for formal course
encouraged to apply for transfer early in their             work. Judgment on equivalency of either course
academic program. This is UIC Graduate College              work or relevancy of experience will be made by
                                                            the course instructor and the Division Director of
policy.
                                                            the division offering the course, who will base a
                                                            decision either on evidence of equivalency
Transfer of Credit from the PhD program to the
                                                            supplied by the student or on a test--written or
DrPH program: Students who choose to
                                                            oral, or both.
transfer from the PhD program to the DrPH
program may transfer all hours.
                                                            Approval of a course waiver does not reduce
                                                            the total number of credit hours required to
Transfer of Credit for courses taken after
                                                            earn the degree; rather, the student will have to
matriculation at SPH: Procedures and
                                                            take an equivalent number of credit hours,
regulations concerning transfer of credit for
                                                            normally in the same division for which course
courses taken at other institutions as part of the
                                                            waiver has been granted.
student's program of study are the same as for
courses taken before matriculation, and are
                                                            Procedure to Waive Courses: The petition for
detailed above.
                                                            waiver form may be obtained from the
                                                            division's Academic Coordinator, or online here.
Transfer of Credit for courses taken within the
                                                            Request for waiver of a School-wide core course
University of Illinois: Courses taken within
                                                            or divisional requirement must be submitted
other schools or colleges of The University of
                                                            with the initial submission of the program
Illinois prior to matriculation may also be used
                                                            proposal. The request for waiver of any school-
to satisfy requirements for the degree program,
                                                            wide core course or a divisional requirement,
subject to the same credit hour limitations
                                                            and the program proposal, must be approved at
detailed above for transfer of credit from other
                                                            the division level. For waiver of School-wide
institutions. The primary criterion for transfer of
                                                            core courses, the waiver request must be
credit is relevance of course work to the
                                                            submitted through the division's Academic
academic program in SPH. There are no limits
                                                            Coordinator to the CAP Chair for approval.
for course work taken in other schools or
                                                            Where the petition for waiver is based on a
colleges within The University of Illinois while
                                                            prior equivalent course, the student must
the student is enrolled in an SPH degree
                                                            attach to the waiver petition a transcript
program. The defining criteria are relevance to
                                                            showing evidence of having completed the prior
the student's academic program, and that it be
                                                            course with a grade of A or B and a description
a graduate level course. Approval is required
                                                            of the course. A course description may include
only of the student's major advisor and Division
                                                            a copy of the course syllabus and/or a
Director as indicated on the program proposal.
                                                            description from the college catalogue.

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Waiver of Field Practicum Experience                                   ACADEMIC PROGRESS
The field experience may only be waived upon a
student’s demonstration of a Bachelor’s or                  Student Status
advanced degree in a health or health related
profession plus three years of paid public health           Degree Students: Degree candidates are
experience. A prior professional degree without             students accepted under prevailing standards of
public health experience, or prior work                     admission and registered in one of the following
experience that is not closely related to the               programs: Master of Public Health degree,
academic objectives of the student’s degree                 Master of Science degree, Master of Science in
program, are not sufficient reason for waiving              Clinical and Translational Science degree,
the practice requirement.                                   Master of Healthcare Administration degree,
                                                            Doctor of Philosophy degree, or the Doctor of
Procedure to Waive Field Practicum: The                     Public Health degree.
petition for waiver form may be obtained from
the division's Academic Coordinator, or                     Students with an assistantship must register for
online here. Students must provide a written                a minimum of eight semester hours in the Fall
statement addressing each of the individual                 and Spring semesters. International students on
Learning Objectives for the Field Experience and            a visa must be registered for twelve semester
how their previous experiences fulfill the                  hours if assistantship is 25 percent time. To
objectives. In addition, they must attach a                 receive a summer tuition waiver based on an
resume outlining their three years of public                assistantship, students must register for a
health experience.                                          minimum of three semester hours. For some
                                                            fellowships, Summer registration for a
Students may appeal the denial of a waiver to               minimum of six (6) semester hours may be
the Division Director of the division offering the          required. Failure to register for the minimum
course. In the case of the field practicum, the             number of semester hours will result in the
appeal of a waiver decision would be made to                assessment of full tuition by the University.
Senior Associate Dean, Sylvia E.
Furner, sefurner@uic.edu.                                   For more information on registration policies,
                                                            visit the UIC Graduate College.
No petitions for waivers will be accepted
beyond a student’s first year in a SPH degree               Credit Non-Degree (CND) Students: Credit Non-
program.                                                    Degree students may take courses at the School
                                                            of Public Health for academic credit. Evidence of
                                                            a bachelor’s degree is required for CND
           INDEPENDENT STUDY                                enrollment. Up to 12 semester hours may be
                                                            transferred into a degree program from the
Students may use Independent Study (IPHS 596)               Credit Non-Degree program. [Students who are
to satisfy elective hours. Up to 5 sh of                    admitted into a credit-bearing Academic
independent study may be credited for                       Certificate Program are not bound by the 12
graduation for programs of study requiring 42               credit hour rule.] Students who expect to enroll
sh. For degree programs requiring greater than              as degree students at some time in the future
42 sh, 1 sh of independent study may be                     generally register for one or more of the
credited toward graduation for each additional              required core courses. Students without a
5 sh of formal course work taken, to a                      previous master’s level degree are not allowed
maximum of 9 sh.                                            to enroll in courses beyond the 400 level. CND

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students must also fulfill all prerequisites for            computed in the cumulative grade point
courses. For more information on the CND                    average. Grades earned as a Credit Non-Degree
program, contact Ann Shorrock, Director, Office             student are only included in the GPA if the
of Student Affairs at (312)355-4272                         courses are applied to the degree through an
or alshorro@uic.edu.                                        approved Graduate Petition for Transfer Credit
                                                            Toward an Advanced Degree. For more
Academic Certificate Students: Students who                 information on GPA calculation policies, visit
are formally admitted into one of the School’s              the UIC Graduate College.
academic certificate programs may transfer the
full amount of credit hours earned in the                   Graduation: In order to graduate, the student
program into a School of Public Health degree               must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
program. Successful completion of a certificate             (on a 4.0 scale).
program does not guarantee admission into a
degree program. For more information on any of              Academic Probation
the academic certificates offered, please contact
the Academic Coordinators below:                            If the cumulative degree GPA is below 3.0 (on a
                                                            4.0 scale), the student is placed on probationary
Advanced Community Public Health Practice;                  status. Students on probation then have two
Basic Community Public Health Practice; Public              terms (including summer term, if registered) to
Health Certificate at Rockford: Contact David               raise their cumulative degree GPA to at least a
Brand, Academic Coordinator for Community                   3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The Graduate College sends
Health Sciences – dbrand@uic.edu.                           warning letters to students on probationary
                                                            status explaining that the student must raise his
Clinical Research Methods; Public Health                    or her cumulative GPA to at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0
Informatics; Public Health Management; Public               scale) within the two term deadline (copies of
Health Geographic Information Systems (Spring               the letter are sent to the student’s program as
2010 admission): Contact Aimee Wiebel,                      well).
Academic Coordinator for Health Policy
Administration – aimee@uic.edu.                             If a student on probation registers for only non-
                                                            letter graded courses (i.e., courses graded S/U)
Environmental Health Informatics; Emergency                 during a term, the term still counts toward the
Management and Continuity Planning: Contact                 two term limit for raising the cumulative GPA to
Iraida Rios, Academic Coordinator for                       at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
– irios@uic.edu.                                            Disqualification from further study: The
                                                            Graduate College reviews students on
                                                            probation status each term. Students who do
      STANDARDS OF STUDENT
                                                            not raise their cumulative GPA to at least 3.0
    PERFORMANCE FOR GRADUATE                                (on a 4.0 scale) after two terms on probation
         COLLEGE DEGREES                                    will be dismissed from the University. A student
                                                            can petition for a one semester extension of
Grade Point Average (GPA): As a minimum                     probation through the Graduate College. For
academic criterion, a student must maintain a               additional information on Graduate College
cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in          probation and dismissal policies, visit the UIC
all UIC 400- and 500-level courses. General                 Graduate College.
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A division may establish a higher standard of               advisor and Director of Graduate Studies. The
performance for courses in the major discipline.            Director of Graduate Studies must explain why
Division standards are published in the SPH                 an extension of probation is warranted and also
Handbook and elsewhere as appropriate.
                                                            list any conditions that would be required of the
                                                            student if the extension is granted. The petition
Repeating Courses
                                                            must be submitted to the Graduate College by
If a student must repeat a required course, the             the first day of the next term, including summer
course must be taken in the next semester it is             (even if the student does not intend to enroll in
offered.                                                    summer classes). If the probation extension is
                                                            granted, the student must register for enough
In calculating a Grade Point Average, all grades
                                                            400- or 500-level classes to enable him or her to
obtained that have been repeated are included
in the average and appear on the student's                  raise their cumulative GPA to at least a 3.0 (on a
transcript, although the credit hours of a                  4.0 scale) by the end of the extension term
repeated course are counted only once in                    (unless otherwise permitted by the Graduate
satisfying graduation requirements.                         College). Extensions of probation are only
                                                            granted for one term. Granting of further
No course may be repeated more than one                     extensions is not guaranteed and will only be
time, with the exception of courses described in
                                                            considered for special circumstances with
the SPH Handbook or catalog as repeatable or
continuing activities. Courses taken at other               approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
campuses which duplicate completed SPH                      For more information, visit the UIC Graduate
course work cannot be counted toward                        College.
graduation requirements.
                                                                   STANDARDS OF STUDENT
 ACADEMIC DISMISSAL PROCESS FOR                                PERFORMANCE FOR SPH DEGREES
   GRADUATE COLLEGE DEGREES
                                                            Grade Point Average (GPA): As a minimum
Students who fail to raise their cumulative                 academic criterion, a student must maintain a
degree GPA to a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) within the             cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in
two term deadline are dismissed from the                    all UIC 400- and 500-level courses. General
University. The Graduate College notifies                   transfer credit taken at other institutions is not
                                                            computed in the cumulative grade point
students and their respective programs of the
                                                            average. Grades earned at SPH as a Credit Non-
dismissal status via letter. However, even if               Degree student are included in the GPA.
notification is not received by the student, the
dismissal still stands as students are expected to          Graduation: In order to graduate, the student
be aware of their own academic status.                      must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better
                                                            (on a 4.0 scale).
 If a student who is dismissed feels he or she
has extenuating circumstances which might                   Academic Probation
warrant an extension of probationary status,
the student must complete a Graduate Student                If the cumulative GPA is below 3.0 (on a 4.0
                                                            scale) after completion of 12 semester hours of
Petition and obtain the signatures of both their
                                                            credit, the student is placed on probationary

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status. Students who are in academic trouble                repeated course are counted only once in
must consult with their academic advisor. A                 satisfying graduation requirements.
student with less than 12 semester hours of
credit and a cumulative GPA below 3.0 (on a 4.0             No course may be repeated more than one
scale) will be sent a warning letter.                       time, with the exception of courses described in
                                                            the SPH Handbook or catalog as repeatable or
A hold will be placed on the student's                      continuing activities. Courses taken at other
registration by the Office of Student Affairs if            campuses which duplicate completed SPH
the student is placed on the probation list or              course work cannot be counted toward
probation warning list. A memo will be sent to              graduation requirements.
the student and copied to the advisor and
Division Director indicating the hold has been               ACADEMIC DISMISSAL PROCESS FOR
placed on the student's registration. The hold
will be removed after the student meets with                          SPH DEGREES
his/her advisor and the advisor contacts Renita
Moore-Shannon, SPH Registrar, with instruction              The following process applies once it is
to remove the hold.                                         determined by the Office of Student Affairs that
                                                            a student has failed to satisfy probation
Students on probation will not be permitted to              requirements:
register for any course that is graded on an S/U
basis.                                                    1. The Director of Student Affairs notifies the
                                                             student of his/her status and that his/her
Disqualification from further study: Students                dismissal will be considered at an upcoming
have two semesters of enrollment (including                  CAP meeting. Notice is by a) phone and b)
Summer, if registered), after the term on which              email. The director also notifies the student’s
they are placed on probation, to remove                      advisor by a) phone and b) email.
themselves from probation. If a 3.0 (on a 4.0             2. The student has two options: a) accepting the
scale) cumulative GPA is not attained, the                   dismissal or b) petitioning for extension of the
student will be dismissed from the University. A             probation period. The student needs to inform
student can petition for an additional semester.             CAP in writing of his/her decision within five
                                                             working days of receiving notification. This
A division may establish a higher standard of                correspondence should be addressed to CAP
performance for courses in the major discipline.             and delivered to the Director of Student
Division standards are published in the SPH                  Affairs. It is strongly recommended that the
Handbook and elsewhere as appropriate.                       petition to extend probation be accompanied
                                                             by a letter from the student's advisor
Repeating Courses                                            indicating the advisor's support of the
                                                             student's petition (if in fact the advisor is
If a student must repeat a required course, the              supportive); and a letter from the student
course must be taken in the next semester it is              describing how he/she plans to resolve his/her
offered.                                                     academic difficulties if given the opportunity.
                                                          3. If the student accepts the dismissal, the
In calculating a Grade Point Average, all grades             Associate Dean for Academic Affairs sends an
obtained that have been repeated are included                email notification and overnight letter on
in the average and appear on the student's                   behalf of CAP notifying the student of the
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   academic dismissal. Dismissal results in
   cancellation of any current registration.
4. If the student elects to petition for extension
   of probation, the petition will be considered at
   the next CAP meeting, which will occur before
   the end of the late registration period for the
   following semester. The student has until five
   working days prior to the meeting to submit
   supporting documentation. The student may
   submit a written request to attend the
   meeting and may bring a representative of
   his/her choice. If the selected representative is
   legal counsel, CAP requires notification five
   working days prior to the meeting. All written
   correspondence and documentation should be
   delivered to the Director of Student Affairs.
   CAP may seek information from the student’s
   advisor, Division Director or other school
   faculty or staff.
5. At the meeting, CAP decides whether to a)
   accept the petition to extend probation, or b)
   dismiss the student. If CAP extends probation,
   the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs sends
   the student an overnight letter on behalf of
   CAP stating the conditions of the extension. If
   CAP decides to dismiss, the Associate Dean for
   Academic Affairs sends the student an
   overnight letter on behalf of CAP stating the
   decision and the reasons for it. A written
   appeal of any decision by CAP may be made to
   the Dean within 30 days and must include a
   statement of the basis for the appeal and the
   remedy sought.
6. A written appeal of any decision by CAP may
   be made to the Senior Associate Dean within
   30 days and must include a statement of the
   basis for the appeal and the remedy
   sought. The Senior Associate Dean has fifteen
   days within which to reach a decision on
   appeal. The decision may be finally appealed
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                                       GRADING PROCEDURES

Grade Points Interpretation - UIC uses a 4.0 (A) grading scale.

A          4.0   Excellent; outstanding performance.
B          3.0   Good; completely satisfactory performance.
C          2.0   Fair; some problem with course material, but satisfactory performance.
D          1.0   Poor; unsatisfactory performance; cannot be used toward graduation, but is
                 calculated in the GPA.
F          0.0   Failure; unacceptable performance; cannot be used toward graduation, but is
                 calculated in the GPA.
DFR        0.0   Deferred; may be used for thesis courses, continuing seminar and sequential courses.
                 At the end of the continuing course sequence, the deferred grade for all terms must
                 be converted either to a specific letter grade (A-F), to an Incomplete (IN), or to a
                 Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) in thesis research courses or specifically
                 approved courses. When a student terminates a project in Independent Study,
                 Internship, or Research (e.g., by change of topic or advisor), outstanding DFR grades
                 must be converted immediately, even if registration in IPHS 596, IPHS 661, IPHS 598,
                 IPHS 599, or IPHS 699 is continued.
S          0.0   Satisfactory; to be used as grade in thesis research courses, in zero-credit courses, and
                 in specifically approved courses. No grade points are earned and the grade is not
                 computed in the cumulative GPA. The S or U grades are used for IPHS 598, IPHS 599,
                 IPHS 650, IPHS 661, IPHS 698, IPHS 699, and most seminar courses.
I          0.0   Incomplete; may be given only if, for reasons beyond the students’ control, required
                 work has not been completed by the end of the term. An IN must be converted to a
                 letter grade (A-F) by the end of the students’ first term in residence subsequent to
                 that in which it was received or, if the student is not in residence, by the end of the
                 twelve consecutive months subsequent to that in which the IN was received. An IN
                 that is not removed by the deadline will remain on the records as an IN. NO
                 EXTENSION BEYOND THE DEADLINE WILL BE PERMITTED. A course in which an IN was
                 received and not removed by the deadline may be repeated for credit only once.
U          0.0   Unsatisfactory.

Changing Grades after Official Notification
Unless dictated by the terms of a formal grievance decision, no grade except I or DFR may be changed
on the basis of additional or replacement work completed after the end of the semester, or by a change
in the standards for grading. Any request for a grade change, other than to replace an I or DFR must be
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                                    GRADUATION PROCEDURES

Graduating students must comply with the following:

1. Intent to Graduate: The Intent to Graduate must be submitted for the term you intend to
graduate. The on-line form is available from the time when registration for that term begins through
the Friday of the third week of fall and spring semesters, or through the second week of the summer
semester. If you complete an Intent to Graduate for one term and do not graduate that term, you must
complete another Intent to Graduate for the new term in which you are attempting to graduate. Please
visit this website for information on how to declare your intent to
graduate: http://grad.uic.edu/cms/?pid=1000030

2. Program Proposal: A revised program proposal, reflecting the completed program of study, and
signed by the student, advisor, and Division Director must be submitted to the division’s Academic
Coordinator.

3. Exit and Advisor Evaluation Surveys: Exit surveys and academic and research advisor evaluation
surveys are completed online near the end of your graduating semester. The academic and research
advisor evaluations surveys are reviewed by the Senior Associate Dean. Once the semester is over (and
the student has graduated) survey feedback is given to the Division Director and then to the faculty
member.

4. Exit Interview: Some divisions may require their graduating students to complete an exit interview.
The interview should occur at the end of the last semester of enrollment before graduation. Results of
the interview will be transcribed and submitted to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Commencement

The Commencement Ceremony at the University occurs only once a year. The School of Public Health
holds its annual Commencement ceremony each year in May. Commencement is the occasion for the
recognition of graduates by the School and conferring of the degree.

Dates of Graduation

Since SPH students may complete all requirements for their degrees in any of the semesters of the year,
those who finish their work in Summer or Fall semester cannot participate in Commencement until the
following May. However, the Executive Committee of SPH (for MPH students) will meet after the end of
each semester to recommend such students for graduation. The degree earned is posted to the
transcript approximately 2-4 weeks after the end of the term and diplomas are sent to graduates 8-10
weeks following the date of graduation. Note, students expecting to finish in Summer may petition the
School to participate in Commencement exercises in the Spring prior to their graduation, although their
names will not appear in the list of graduates until the Spring Commencement Ceremony following their
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Requirements for Spring Graduation

 For students who expect to complete all work in Spring Semester, instructors are authorized to provide
special examinations, make early review of written reports, or take other action necessary in order to
provide course grades prior to Commencement. After these grades are provided to the SPH Office of
Student Academic Services (MPH students) qualified students may participate in Commencement.

Availability of Diplomas

For all semesters except Spring, diplomas are available for distribution 8 to 10 weeks following the date
of graduation. Spring graduates may pick up their diplomas in the University’s Office of Admissions and
Records the week following Commencement.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts for all degree programs are only available from the University's Office of Admissions
and Records (M/C 018), Box 5220, Chicago, Illinois 60680. There is a charge for a transcript. Transcripts
requests may be submitted in writing, in person or online through UIC Web for Student. For more
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                            MPH DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION

          ACADEMIC CALENDAR
                                                            4. Required Non-Credit Training
                                                                o HIPAA Research 101
For the current academic calendar, please visit
                                                                o Investigator Training 101
the UIC School of Public Health
website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/osa_dates.ht
m.                                                                           ADMISSIONS

       PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                 Please see the Admissions section of the SPH
                                                            website for information.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the basic
professional degree offered by the School of                Conditional Admission Policy Statement
Public Health (SPH). It is designed to ensure that
upon graduation the student has a general                   Under special circumstances, an applicant may
understanding of the broad field of public                  be recommended by a Division for admission on
health and a specific competence in a particular            a conditional basis (e.g., completion of
public health area. It is intended to prepare               preparatory course work). The conditions under
students for public health practice or to                   which a student is admitted to the School are to
continue specialized education through                      be stipulated in writing by the director of the
matriculation for a doctoral degree.                        Division recommending admission of the
                                                            student. Conditionally admitted students must
Programs of study leading to the MPH degree                 satisfy the conditions prior to graduation (or
are offered by each of the following four SPH               earlier if so specified by the Division).
Divisions:
                                                            Deadline for Completing Degree Requirements
1. Community Health Sciences
2. Environmental and Occupational Health                    MPH students must complete all degree
   Sciences                                                 requirements within five calendar years after
3. Epidemiology and Biostatistics                           their initial registration as a degree student
4. Health Policy and Administration                         within the SPH. In extraordinary circumstances
                                                            an extension of time may be granted if the
Both the PEP and Comprehensive MPH                          petition for an extension is filed before meeting
programs consist of four components:                        the 5-year deadline. Time spent on an approved
                                                            Leave of Absence is not counted toward the
1. SPH School-wide Core Requirements –                      degree time limit (see Leave of Absence).
   (20 SH)
2. Divisional Core Requirements and Electives –             Change in Division
   (variable based on chosen Division)
3. Culminating Experience–                                  If a student's interests change after admission
    o IPHS 650 Field Experience in Public                   or the student determines that professional
         Health (3-5 SH)                                    goals would be better achieved in a division
    o IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience                      different from the one originally assigned
         (1 SH)                                             please contact the Academic Coordinator in


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your division to initiate the process to Request            6. Demonstrate leadership, teamwork,
for Change of Degree.                                          communication skills and creativity in the
                                                               development of a public health practice
Students requesting a division change must                     activity.
meet the requirements of the division they wish
to enter. The new division reserves the right to            Credit Hours
deny entry to a student seeking the division
change.                                                     The Field Experience may be taken in a single
                                                            semester or over several semesters for a total
FIELD EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH                           of 3-5 sh. The number of hours is decided in
                                                            consultation with your faculty advisor. One
            (IPHS 650)                                      semester hour of credit is awarded for every 64
                                                            contact hours. Five semester hours of credit
A field experience/practicum (IPHS 650) is                  would require a total of 320 hours in the field.
required of all MPH students in the School of               You may register for three to five semester
Public Health.                                              hours of credit.

Overall Objective: Students will acquire                    Waiver
experience and develop skills in the application
of basic public health concepts and of specialty            For information on waiving the field practicum,
knowledge to the solution of public health                  visit the Waivers section of the Student
problems.                                                   Handbook.

Field Experience Learning Objectives                        Guidelines for the Field Experience (MPH
                                                            Practicum) Process
Through the Field Experience, MPH students
will be able to:                                            NOTE: International Students must receive
1. Apply public health theory, knowledge and                authorization from the Office of International
   skills in a practice setting.                            Services to begin their practicum. Visit the OIS
2. Complete a defined project(s) in an area of              webpage at www.ois.uic.edu to receive
   public health practice including core public             information on eligibility factors, application
   health functions such as needs assessment,               procedures and to receive the appropriate
   program planning, program evaluation,                    application materials.
   policy development, educational campaign
   or applied research.                                     Roles and Responsibilities of Academic Advisor
3. Relate the "realities" of public health
   practice - organizational structure, local and           1. Assist student in clarifying educational goals
   organizational politics, program                            for the Field Experience.
   administration, community relationships,                 2. Interpret the purpose and requirements of
   program coordination - to their defined                     field practicum; approve requests for its
   project(s).                                                 registration or waiver.
4. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in an area              3. Assist student in selecting potential field
   of interest not covered in depth elsewhere in               practicum sites.
   their educational plan.                                  4. Approve Field Practicum Learning
5. Demonstrate competence in a public health                   Agreement form, which describes the
   practice area(s).

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      mutual expectations of the student and
      preceptor.
5.    Ensure two original Agreements for Student
      Placement in a Practice Setting Forms are
      completed, if needed.
6.    Assist student with IRB forms, where
      required.
7.    Respond to student’s needs during
      practicum; provide consultation
      periodically, and assure overall quality of
      the student’s experience.
8.   Review student’s Summary Report.
9.   Assess student’s performance with input
     from the preceptor, and determine the final
     grade (Pass/Fail).

Roles and Responsibilities of Practicum Site
Preceptor

1. Assist student in completing the Field
   Practicum Learning Agreement.
2. Provide student with general guidance and
   training during the Field Experience as
   identified in the agreement.
3. Evaluate student’s performance by
   completing the Preceptor’s Evaluation of
   Student Performance and returning it to the
   student’s Academic Coordinator.




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              FIELD EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (IPHS 650) - GUIDELINES

Field Practicum Forms Checklist

The following forms must be used when registering and completing your practicum:

1.   International Students Only: Request for Departmental Approval form (obtain from OIS)
2.   Field Practicum Learning Agreement
3.   Agreement for Student Placement in a Practice Setting
4.   Preceptor’s Resume
5.   IPHS 650 Registration Form
6.   IRB Approval, if necessary (www.uic.edu/sph/research_guides.htm)
7.   Preceptor’s Evaluation Form
8.   Student Evaluation of Field Practicum

In the semester BEFORE beginning a Field Experience, the student must accomplish the following:

 Contact and visit potential sites/agencies; make final choice with assistance from academic
  advisor.

 Confirm Field Practicum site is “Active” by checking list on SPH website, Practicum Sites with
  Existing UIC Agreements. If site is not on the list, you must contact Adela Peña at 312-996-3447
  immediately for assistance with obtaining the Agreement for a Student Placement. (Important: It
  can take up to 120 days to process the Agreement.)

 NOTE: If you are engaged in a paid practicum OR you are completing the practicum at your place
  of employment, you DO NOT need to complete the Agreement for Student Placement in a
  Practice Setting Form.

 Meet with preceptor and academic advisor to determine appropriate practicum learning
  objectives.

 Complete Field Practicum Learning Agreement form with assistance and input from your site
  preceptor and academic advisor.

 Submit a copy of the completed Field Practicum Learning Agreement form, IPHS 650 Registration
  Form and Preceptor Resume to your Academic Coordinator.
  * Important: You may not register for IPHS 650 unless all required forms have been filled out
  completely and submitted with approval of the preceptor and academic advisor.

 File for IRB review of human subjects research if required.




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 DURING Field Experience:

  Perform assignments and activities identified in the Learning Agreement, seeking assistance from
   your preceptor and academic advisor when needed.

 Two weeks BEFORE the end of the Semester and completion of Field Experience, the student must
 accomplish the following:

  Complete the Student Evaluation of Field Practicum form

  Prepare your Summary Report. The Summary Report must cover the following items:

     o   Description of activities performed during placement, noting any deviations from the Field
         Practicum Learning Agreement.
     o   How well the field practicum integrated what you learned in your formal MPH course work.
     o   What you gained from the experience, identifying problems if they occurred.
     o   A discussion of the extent to which your educational objectives identified in the Field
         Learning Agreement were achieved.

  Download Preceptor Evaluation form and request that your preceptor complete the form. You
   may elect to email the preceptor the Evaluation form with instructions to email a completed
   evaluation form to your Academic Coordinator.

  Return all of the completed documents in hard copy or by email to your Academic Coordinator.


                            MPH CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (IPHS 698)

Every student must register for IPHS 698; it is recommended they do so in his/her last semester. The
capstone can be based on a variety of activities (e.g. field practicum, independent study, research
project) that culminate into a public health experience. Each division may differ in their capstone
requirements. For capstone experience and capstone product requirements by division, please refer to
specific division sections in this handbook.

The culminating capstone experience enables MPH students to achieve the following learning
objectives:
1. Apply key public health concepts (e.g., prevention, risk assessment) to a specific public health area
   (e.g., gerontology, infectious disease epidemiology).
2. Apply knowledge of the core areas of public health to a specific health problem.
3. Integrate skills and knowledge gained through core and division-required courses toward resolving a
   public health problem either through practice in a public health setting or through investigation and
   analysis.




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                                MPH DEGREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The MPH program is designed so that an MPH                   • Describe the role of molecular determinants
student will achieve the 47 learning objectives                in health and illness within an ecological
listed below by the time he/she graduates.                     model of public health.
These objectives cover ten different domains:
basic health science skills, analytic skills, cultural       Analytic Skills
skills, information and technology,
communication skills, policy development,                    Graduates should be able to:
leadership and systems thinking, financial                   • Define a problem in public health.
planning and management, community                           • Use appropriate data and statistical methods
dimensions of practice, and ethics. These                       for problem identification and resolutions
objectives are limited in their focus to learning               and for program planning, implementation
that is expected to occur as a result of                        and evaluation.
completing core courses, field and capstone                  • Select and define variables relevant to
experiences, and other activities that are                      defined public health problems.
required of all MPH students. Learning                       • Use data to illuminate ethical, political,
objectives for the MPH degree within each                       scientific, economic and overall public health
academic division provide further objectives                    issues.
appropriate to students in each division.                    • Synthesize core public health knowledge
                                                                using analytic tools.
Basic Health Science Skills                                  • Integrate theory into public health practice.
                                                             • Apply empirical knowledge to public health
Graduates should be able to:                                    practice.
• Define, assess and understand the health                   • Apply rigorous critical thinking to the
   status of populations, determinants of health                analysis of public health problems.
   and illness, factors contributing to health
   promotion and disease prevention, and                     Cultural Skills
   factors influencing the use of health services.
• Identify the research methods used in all                  Graduates should be able to:
   basic public health sciences.                             • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of
• Apply the basic public health sciences,                       the dynamic forces of cultural diversity and
   including epidemiology, health and policy                    their implications for public health both
   administration, behavioral and social                        within the United States and internationally.
   sciences, biostatistics, and environmental                • Interact sensitively, effectively and
   and occupational public health, to the                       professionally with people from diverse
   prevention of illness and injury.                            ethnic, socioeconomic, educational and
• Describe the potential linkages and                           professional backgrounds, and with persons
   interactions among multiple determinants of                  of all ages and lifestyle preferences.
   health at intrapersonal, interpersonal,                   • Identify the role of cultural factors in
   organizational, community, and societal                      determining disease, disease prevention,
   levels (i.e., ecological model).                             health promoting behavior, and health care
• Communicate an understanding of                               services organization and delivery.
   theoretical explanations of racial and ethnic
   disparities in forces influencing health.

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• Develop and adapt approaches to public                    • Describe the U.S. institutions and processes
  health that take into account cultural                      of policy-making in public health and
  differences.                                                recognize that these differ in different
                                                              societies.
Information and Technology                                  • Communicate an understanding of the
                                                              impact of public policies and policy-making
Graduates should be able to:                                  on one's work in public health.
• Define a public health problem for purposes               • Recognize relevant theories of social policy
   of literature research process.                            and how they explain policy-making in public
• Demonstrate library skills, including the                   health.
   ability to conduct computerized literature               • Describe the use of evidence-based decision-
   searches, for researching problems in public               making in policy-making in public health.
   health.                                                  • Describe processes and strategies used to
• Use one of several statistical packages (e.g.,              inform and influence policy makers as they
   EPI Info, SAS) to analyze data to address                  develop policies, laws, and regulations that
   public health problems.                                    impact on the public's health.
• Use basic data management software in
   public health.                                           Leadership and Systems Thinking
• Use one of several graphics software
   packages (e.g., POWERPOINT) to develop                   Graduates should be able to:
   presentations for public health problems.                • Know what is required to assess a public
• Describe the role of information systems in                  health organization's structure and
   improving the effectiveness of public health                performance.
   activities.                                              • Participate in and contribute to strategic
                                                               planning in public health.
Communication Skills                                        • Describe public health and health care
                                                               delivery systems.
Graduates should be able to:                                • Describe the elements of organizational
• Communicate effectively both in writing and                  leadership including strategies for knowing
   orally to diverse professional and lay                      how to coordinating teams, managing
   audiences regarding public health issues.                   conflicts, motivating staff and continuous
• Present accurately and effectively                           quality improvement.
   demographic, statistical, programmatic and
   scientific public health information for                 Financial Planning and Management
   professionals and lay audiences.
• Lead and participate in groups to address                 Graduates should be able to:
   specific public health issues.                           • Develop and justify a budget.
• Use the media to communicate important                    • Manage public health programs within
   public health information.                                  budget constraints.
                                                            • Monitor performance of public health
Policy Development                                             programs.
                                                            • Understand the role of cost-effectiveness,
Graduates should be able to:                                   cost-benefit, and cost utility analyses in the
• Understand the historical development and                    management of public health resources.
   structure of state, local and federal public
   health-related agencies.

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Community Dimensions of Practice                            degree in Community Health Science, the
                                                            following objectives apply:
Graduates should be able to:
• Establish and maintain linkages with key                  • Design and develop approaches to public
   stakeholders in community-based initiatives                health problems, taking into account
   to address public health issues.                           community and cultural health definitions,
• Describe the process for developing,                        culturally-based health behaviors, and
   implementing, and evaluating a community                   cultural communication styles in planning and
   public health assessment.                                  implementing effective programs and
• Describe the scientific, ethical, and practice              evaluations. These approaches also involve
   dimensions of community-based                              the community in assessing health needs,
   participatory research.                                    selecting a program approach, and planning,
                                                              implementing and evaluating health
Ethics                                                        programs.
                                                            • Work effectively in cross-cultural settings and
Graduates should be able to:                                  with culturally diverse communities, promote
• Use and apply ethical analysis to inform                    cultural competence within an organization,
   decision-making in public health.                          and compare culturally appropriate public
• Apply ethical principles to the collection,                 health interventions cross-culturally within
   maintenance, use, and dissemination of data                the U.S. and internationally.
   and information.                                         • Access and use national/state/local data sets
                                                              for data management, determining statistical
    BIOSTATISTICS: MPH LEARNING                               significance of data; analyze primary and
             OBJECTIVES                                       secondary data; monitor data gathering; and
                                                              review data analysis. Use data and
                                                              community assessment information to
In addition to the school-wide learning                       develop solutions to complex public health
objectives, for students pursuing the MPH                     problems and demonstrate creative problem
degree in Quantitative Methods, the following                 solving.
objectives apply:                                           • Design a health education program for a
                                                              specific audience, including selecting an
• Be able to work with data files and statistical             appropriate intervention strategy, program
  packages.                                                   objectives and evaluation, and include a
• Apply standard biostatistics methods to                     rationale for all decisions. They also will know
  public health problems.                                     when and how to use principles of mass
• Demonstrate the ability to recognize the                    media communication in selecting/designing
  appropriate research design for an analysis                 a health education intervention.
  problem                                                   • Analyze public health policy, regulation
                                                              and/or legislation; design a policy position;
COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES: MPH                                write a policy statement; design and
    LEARNING OBJECTIVES                                       implement an advocacy plan promoting the
                                                              policy; and defend a policy position in a
                                                              controversial area.
In addition to the school-wide learning
                                                            • Identify components of a good research
objectives, for students pursuing the MPH
                                                              design; create a simple quantitative and
                                                              qualitative research study; select the

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  quantitative, qualitative or combination of               ABET-Accredited Industrial Hygiene: MPH
  analytical methods research process                       Learning Objectives
  appropriate for a particular public health
  research problem; select/monitor appropriate              In addition to the EOHS MPH learning
  research tools; select the qualitative research           objectives, students in the ABET-Accredited
  method appropriate for a public health                    Industrial Hygiene track will be able to:
  research problem; and explain how
  qualitative research will "interact" with public          • Identify agents, factors, and stressors
  health data sets and other quantitative                     generated by and/or associated with defined
  information.                                                sources, unit operations, and/or processes;
                                                            • Describe qualitative and quantitative aspects
                                                              of generation of agents, factors, and
       ENVIRONMENTAL AND                                      stressors;
  OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES:                             • Understand physiological and/or toxicological
                                                              interactions of physical, chemical, biological,
     MPH LEARNING OBJECTIVES
                                                              and ergonomic agents, factors, and/or
                                                              stressors with the human body;
In addition to the school-wide learning                     • Assess qualitative and quantitative aspects of
objectives, for students pursuing the MPH                     exposure assessment, dose-response, and risk
degree in Environmental and Occupational                      characterization based on applicable
Health Sciences, the following objectives apply:              pathways and modes of entry;
                                                            • Calculate, interpret, and apply statistical and
• Demonstrate an understanding of the basic                   epidemiological data to occupational health
  mechanisms by which environmental and                       problems;
  occupational pollutants impact health (i.e.,              • Recommend and evaluate engineering,
  the linkage of pollutants’ source, media,                   administrative, and personal protective
  receptor and health effects) and the means to               equipment controls and/or other
  develop controls or interventions to protect                interventions to reduce or eliminate hazards;
  humans and ecological systems.                            • Demonstrate an understanding of applicable
• Express a working knowledge of the basic                    business and managerial practices;
  sciences deemed most relevant for the study               • Interpret and apply applicable occupational
  of environmental and occupational health –                  and environmental regulations; and
  toxicology, epidemiology and environmental                • Understand fundamental aspects of safety
  chemistry.                                                  and environmental health.
• Be able to collect, analyze and interpret
  environmental and occupational data.
• Describe the structure of regulations and                     EPIDEMIOLOGY: MPH LEARNING
  policies that govern the efforts to protect
  workplace and environmental health.                                   OBJECTIVES
• Exhibit the ability to implement an
  occupational or environmental health                      In addition to the school-wide learning
  investigation or project and clearly report the           objectives, for students pursuing the MPH
  results.                                                  degree in Epidemiology, the following
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1. Appreciate the history and philosophy of                    economic disparity, as well as protective
   epidemiology as a public health science.                    factors.
2. Understand the implications of epidemiology             •   Apply understanding of human and
   for other health specialists.                               environmental biology and behavioral
3. Understand the fundamental measures and                     sciences principles to determine potential
   study designs used in epidemiology.                         biological mechanisms underlying maternal
   Understand and be able to apply statistical                 and child health status outcomes.
   methods commonly used in epidemiology                   •   Describe MCH problems in terms of time,
4. Have substantive knowledge of                               magnitude/severity, scope,
   epidemiology.                                               dispersion/location, and co-occurrence/co-
5. Have knowledge of protocol development,                     morbidity.
   subject recruitment, data collection, quality           •   Describe populations by age, race/ethnicity,
   control, reporting and presentation of                      culture, and other societal factors of
   findings.                                                   relevance to the MCH population.
6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct data                 •   Identify environmental, social, and cultural
   analyses and interpret results.                             factors that affect the health of women,
7. Demonstrate the ability to manage and                       children, and families in the community.
   analyze data using statistical and                      •   Identify key sources of population data
   epidemiological software packages.                          needed to answer questions of interest in
                                                               maternal and child health.
                                                           •   Synthesize key findings from primary and
      MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH                                    secondary data to determine whether and the
   EPIDEMIOLOGY: MPH LEARNING                                  extent to which an MCH public health
           OBJECTIVES                                          problem exists.
                                                           •   Identify different types of surveillance
                                                               methods for specific MCH public health
The following learning objectives apply for                    problems.
students electing the Maternal Child Health                •   Evaluate sources, quality, and limitations of
Epidemiology program:                                          surveillance data for MCH health problems.
                                                           •   Document the community health care
Surveillance and Assessment
                                                               delivery system in relation to the health
                                                               needs of the MCH population.
Students will be able to:
                                                           •   Identify specific populations within a
• Identify the major domestic and international
                                                               geographical entity that each MCH public
  causes of mortality and morbidity within MCH
                                                               health program seeks to reach.
  populations, including differences between
                                                           •   Use principles and key features of community
  the U.S. and other developed and less
                                                               assessment, program planning and design,
  developed countries.
                                                               implementation, and evaluation.
• Describe the normal patterns of individual
                                                           •   Develop mechanisms to monitor and evaluate
  and family growth and development from an
                                                               programs and service networks for their
  intergenerational and lifespan perspective.
                                                               effectiveness and quality, including the use of
• Understand the determinants of health and
                                                               performance measures.
  illness, and concomitant theories including
                                                           •   Identify the scientific underpinnings and
  biological, behavioral and socio-cultural
                                                               determine the validity of evidence for
  influences such as racism, sexism, and
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Study Design and Implementation of Studies                   Data Analysis and Interpretation

Students will be able to:                                    Students will be able to:
• Understand principles of research design,                  • Prepare and interpret data from vital
  sampling, basic descriptive and inferential                  statistics, censuses, surveys, service
  statistics, validity and reliability assessment of           utilization, and other relevant reports on the
  measures.                                                    health of MCH populations, and have the
• Identify the strengths and limitations of                    ability to detect meaningful influences from
  qualitative and quantitative methods.                        data and the translation of data into
• Describe data collection strategies and their                information.
  strengths and limitations, including surveys,              • Extract data from primary and secondary
  focus groups, and record-based information.                  sources; use basic statistical and graphics
• Formulate hypotheses or research questions,                  software, including programs such as EPID-
  develop and implement an analytic strategy.                  info, SPSS, and SAS for data management,
• Identify key variables including environmental               analysis, and linkage of data sets.
  and biological factors that are routinely                  • Describe analysis issues and limitations of key
  considered in reproductive, perinatal and                    MCH datasets.
  pediatric epidemiology analyses.                           • Understand reasons to link data and
• Describe the key theories underpinning                       challenges in linking data.
  studies of reproductive, perinatal and                     • Develop a conceptual and statistical analysis
  pediatric health outcomes (e.g., weathering                  plan appropriate to answer questions under
  hypothesis, life-course approach).                           investigation.
• Describe the major epidemiologic study                     • Use a variety of statistical methods
  designs to be used to investigate maternal                   appropriate to answer the questions under
  and child health problems, including the                     investigation.
  strengths, weaknesses and best uses of each.               • Utilize data analysis strategies in a variety of
• Describe the relationship between                            applied situations: summarizing data
  epidemiologic study designs and other study                  including ranking, trend analysis, resource
  design types (e.g., experimental and quasi-                  allocation, development and monitoring of
  experimental designs) and know when                          performance measures.
  various design types are appropriate for                   • Understand the difference between statistical
  various types of investigations (e.g.,                       and practical significance when describing
  evaluations, etiologic studies).                             and reporting on an MCH health problem.
• Outline key methodological issues in the                   • Understand the use of stratified regression
  studies of reproductive, perinatal and                       modeling as an alternative way to handle
  pediatric outcomes and approaches to                         effect modification (interaction).
  successfully address these issues.                         • Perform basic multivariable analyses as
• Identify knowledge gaps in reproductive,                     needed and appropriately handle potential
  perinatal and pediatric epidemiology,                        confounders and effect modifiers.
  synthesize relevant information, formulate                 • Interpret the relevance of analytic findings for
  focused research questions, and conduct                      the design, implementation and/or
  analysis to address these gaps.                              enhancement of MCH public health programs.
                                                             • Use the appropriate cultural/social/political
                                                               framework to develop recommendations for
                                                               the design, implementation and/or
                                                               enhancement of MCH public health programs.

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Data Reporting, Translation and Dissemination               • Share thoughts, ideas, and feelings about
                                                              MCH/Public health issues effectively in
Students will be able to:                                     discussions, meetings, and presentations with
• Use appropriate networking, team building,                  diverse individuals and groups.
  small group processes, advocacy negotiation,              • Develop and maintain positive relationships
  and conflict resolution skills, and the                     with community and agency partners,
  knowledge of community organization and                     colleagues, administrative staff, and key
  coalition-building techniques to address                    stakeholders.
  maternal and child health issues and
  problems.                                                 Policy and Advocacy
• Describe the pros and cons of different data
  reporting techniques.                                     Students will be able to:
• Know when it is necessary or beneficial to                • Describe the historical development and
  report stratum-specific data.                               scientific basis of MCH public policies and
• Report study findings in relationship to                    practices in the United States for federal,
  existing MCH policies, regulations, and laws as             state, and local agencies and programs
  well as the social, economic, political, and                serving maternal and child health
  environmental context.                                      populations.
• Report study findings using the appropriate               • Identify significant past and current national
  cultural/social/political framework to develop              legislative mandates relevant to the
  recommendations or interventions.                           development and delivery of MCH services.
• Use the appropriate reporting techniques                  • Describe the structure and roles of legislative,
  (e.g. correct graphs, pie charts, etc.) to                  judicial and administrative bodies at the
  communicate key MCH health status and                       national, state and local levels.
  health service issues to multiple stakeholders            • Identify the theories and mechanisms of MCH
  (e.g., general public, news media, policy-                  policy development and implementation
  makers).                                                    within the scope of health and other public
• Use effective written and oral communication                policy programs in the United States.
  skills, including accurate and effective                  • Collect and summarize data relevant to a
  preparation and presentation of findings to a               particular policy/problem and articulate the
  variety of MCH stakeholders (e.g., general                  health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and
  public, news media, policy-makers).                         political implications of each policy option.
                                                            • Write a clear and concise policy statement,
MCH Leadership                                                position paper, and/or testimony appropriate
                                                              for a specific audience.
Students will be able to:                                   • Develop a plan to implement a policy,
• Articulate their personal values and beliefs                including goals, outcome and process
  and how they align with public health values.               objectives, implementation steps and
• Identify how their personal attitudes, beliefs,             evaluation plan.
  and experiences (successes and failures)
  influence my leadership style.                            Values/Ethics
• Discuss principles and issues involved in the
  ethical and sensitive conduct of MCH practice             Students will be able to:
  and research, including the ethical and                   • Describe the philosophy, values, and social
  confidential collection of data and its                     justice concepts associated with public health
  management, analysis, and dissemination.                    practice in MCH, and articulate that concepts

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  and theories apply to all MCH populations,                    understanding of the forces that have shaped
  irrespective of socioeconomic or Title V                      and that continue to shape those processes.
  eligibility status.                                       •   Describe basic principles of economics and
• Discuss principles and issues involved in the                 demonstrate an ability to interpret studies (as
  ethical and sensitive conduct of practice and                 opposed to being able to produce such
  research within MCH populations, and in the                   studies), knowing the lexicon of the
  organization and delivery of public health                    technologies of economic analysis, and their
  services within communities and                               strengths and weaknesses.
  governmental agencies; including the ethical              •   Illustrate different policy analytic and
  and confidential collection of data and its                   program evaluation techniques, again with an
  management, analysis, and dissemination.                      emphasis on interpretation, not production.
• Identify ethical conduct in public health                 •   Demonstrate an understanding of the
  research and practice.                                        institutions of public health and of the health
• Build partnerships within MCH communities                     services system in the United States.
  and constituencies to foster community                    •   Display strong written and oral
  empowerment, reciprocal learning and                          communication skills, as well as skills in
  involvement in design, implementation, and                    negotiating and in advocacy, an
  research aspects of MCH programs and                          understanding of the importance of
  systems.                                                      community support for public health
                                                                programs, an ability to communicate
       HEALTH POLICY AND                                        effectively with the community, an
  ADMINISTRATION: MPH LEARNING                                  understanding of the role of the media in
                                                                public health policy-making, and an ability to
           OBJECTIVES
                                                                communicate effectively with the media.
                                                            •   Identify ethical principles that are involved in
In addition to the school-wide learning                         public health policy-making and
objectives, for students pursuing the MPH                       programming.
degree in Health Policy and Administration, the             •   Identify the skills necessary to administer
following objectives apply:                                     public health programs, such as community
                                                                assessment, strategic management,
The curriculum addresses competencies in (1)                    budgeting and organizational control, and
public health law and policy, (2) public health                 leadership.
administration, (3) communications, and (4)                 •   Demonstrate the ability to evaluate a public
public health ethics. At the end of the PHPM                    policy problem, and to communicate the
Comprehensive Curriculum, graduates will be                     results effectively in writing and orally.
able to:                                                    •   Put into practice the skills learned in previous
                                                                course work by engaging in a field experience.
• Communicate a basic understanding of
  American jurisprudence and its application to             Learning Objectives for HPA Professional
  public health policies and programs.                      Enhancement Program (PEP) Students
• Describe the processes by which laws and
  regulations are made and the factors that                 Because the backgrounds of PEP students vary
  influence those decisions, (b) analyze a                  so widely, the faculty has decided that it would
  particular state or federal policy making                 be unwise to specify an inflexible curriculum
  process to identify the determinants of its               that all such students should take. Instead, each
  outcome and (c) demonstrate a theoretical                 PEP student will work with his or her advisor to

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develop an individualized curriculum. However,             • Describe the existence, structure and uses of
all PEP MPH students in HPA will, at the end of              public health and health care databases and
their studies, be able to:                                   networks.
                                                           • Evaluate the basic functions and operations
• Demonstrate an understanding of the basic                  of information technologies that have
  principles, practices and theories of public               significant application in public health
  health.                                                    practice such as geographic information
• Demonstrate an understanding of selected                   systems, web-based information
  problems in public health administration and               dissemination and data mining.
  public health policy.
• Apply selected tools to the solution of those
  problems.
• Communicate these abilities in writing and
  orally.

 PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS: MPH
       LEARNING OBJECTIVES

In addition to the school-wide learning
objectives, for students pursuing the MPH
degree in Health Policy and Administration in
the Online Public Health Informatics Program,
the following objectives apply:

• Employ the basic principles of public health
  sciences in public health practice.
• Analyze the role of public health information
  systems and informatics in public health
  decision-making.
• Specify the requirements for the
  development or adaptation of public health-
  related information systems.
• Plan, specify and manage the
  implementation of public health information
  systems projects.
• Discuss the security, privacy and
  confidentiality issues involved in utilizing
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                                          BIOSTATISTICS - MPH

The MPH in Quantitative Methods program requires a minimum of 49 semester hours (SH) and is
designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time. This program includes the following course
requirements:

I.     School-Wide Core Requirements (23-25 SH)

   Course                                            Title                                          Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                                   4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                               3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                              3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                                       3 SH
EPID 403       Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                              3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                                         3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                                3-5 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                                         1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II.    Divisional Core Requirements (19 SH)

  Course                                             Title                                          Credits
BSTT 401        Biostatistics II                                                                 4 SH
BSTT 505        Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis                                        2 SH
BSTT 506        Design of Clinical Trials                                                        3 SH
BSTT 507        Sampling and Estimation Methods Applied to Public Health                         3 SH
EPID 404        Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                               4 SH
CHSC 447        Survey Planning and Design                                                       3 SH

III.   Enrichment Areas (7-10 SH)

All MPH students must choose one Enrichment Area and complete 7-10 semester credit hours in their
chosen area.

                 Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (7-10 SH)
  Course                                    Title                                                      Credits
Recommended Course Options 1:
EOHS 405   Environmental Calculations                                                            2 SH
EOHS 411   Water Quality Management                                                              4 SH
EOHS 418   Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality                                              2 SH
EOHS 421   Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                                    2 SH
Recommended Course Options 2:

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EOHS 431       Air Quality Management I                                                         3 SH
EOHS 438       Air Quality Laboratory                                                           2 SH
EOHS 532       Air Quality Management II                                                        2 SH

                                    Community Health Sciences (9 SH)
  Course                                        Title                                                 Credits
Recommended Course Options:
CHSC 431   Community Assessment in Public Health                                                3 SH
CHSC 433   Public Health Planning and Evaluation                                                3 SH
CHSC 434   Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health                                 3 SH

                           Health Policy and Administration (10 SH)
   Course                                    Title                                                     Credits
Recommended Course Options:
HPA 465     Health Information and Decision Support Systems                                      4 SH
HPA522      Public Health Research Design and Methods                                            3 SH
HPA 557     Measurement in Health Services Research                                              3 SH

* Field Experience Requirements
The Field Experience is required of all MPH students, with the majority being required to complete a 5
credit (320 contact hours) assignment. Some students may qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits
(192 contact hours) depending on their prior public health experience and career goals, and would need
to discuss this possibility within their chosen division. For more detailed information, please see Field
Experience in Public Health (IPHS 650).

**Capstone Requirements
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 two faculty member in
Biostatistics. The student will work with these three 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 data set may arise from the student's
field practicum experience.

NOTE: Students who are doing research involving human subjects will need to undergo training and
have their protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Capstone Evaluation/Grading Procedures:
The capstone project will consist of obtaining a data set, stating a research question, performing an
appropriate analysis of the data to address that research question, and preparing a written report. The
written report will typically include the following sections: 1) Abstract summary; 2) Introduction
describing the research question; 3) Methods section describing how the data was collected and the
statistical methods to be used; 4) Results section summarizing analysis results; and 5) Conclusion
section. The results of the analysis should include some descriptive information, as well as directly
addressing the original research question. The report will be evaluated by three faculty members.


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                              COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – MPH

The MPH in Community Health Sciences Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) requires a minimum
of 42 semester hours (SH). The MPH in Community Health Sciences Comprehensive program requires a
minimum of 49 semester hours (SH). Both programs are designed for completion in 2 years when
enrolled full-time. Both of these programs include the following course requirements:

I.     School-Wide Core Requirements (23-25 SH)

   Course                                            Title                                          Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                                   4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                               3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                              3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                                       3 SH
EPID 403       Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                              3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                                         3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                                3-5 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                                         1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II.    Divisional Core Requirements (15 SH)

   Course                                         Title                                             Credits
CHSC 431       Community Assessment in Public Health                                             3 SH
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
Select one of the following policy/advocacy courses:
CHSC 430       Public Health Policy and Advocacy                                                 3 SH
CHSC 527       Critical Issues in Long-Term Care Policy                                          3 SH
CHSC 543       MCH Policy and Advocacy                                                           3 SH
HPA 430        Introduction to Public Health Policy Analysis                                     3 SH

III.   Electives (up to 11 SH)

PEP Program: Students must complete the number of electives necessary to bring total program hours
to a minimum of 42 semester credit hours.

Comprehensive Program: Students may use their electives to pursue a course of study in one of the
following optional tracks, or divisional or inter-disciplinary concentrations; or may customize their
program of study by selecting from a broad range of course work to meet their career goals and


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interests. All students must complete a minimum of 11 semester hours of electives, at least 6 of which
must be CHSC courses.

IV.   Optional Tracks (up to 6 SH)

1.   Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion
   Course                                      Title                                                  Credits
Select two of the following courses:
CHSC 485       Communications, Mass Media and Public Health                                     3 SH
CHSC 584       Community Organizing for Health                                                  3 SH
CHSC 586       Health Behavior Interventions                                                    3 SH

2.   Gerontology*
   Course                                         Title                                   Credits
CHSC 425       Public Health and Aging                                                 3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC 528       Societal Analysis of Aging, Health and Health Care                      3 SH
CHSC 529       Gerontological Health/ Illness Behavior                                 3 SH
* Gerontology students must take CHSC 527 as their policy/advocacy course within the CHS Core.

3.   Community-Based Research Methods
   Course                                       Title                                                 Credits
Select two of the following courses:
CHSC 434       Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health                             3 SH
CHSC 446       Research Methods in Community Health                                             3 SH
CHSC 447       Survey Planning and Design                                                       3 SH
CHSC 534       Management and Analysis of Qualitative Data                                      3 SH
CHSC 577       Survey Questionnaire Design                                                      3 SH

V.    Optional Concentrations - Maternal and Child Health* (minimum additional 15-16 SH)

   Course                                      Title                                      Credits
CHSC 510      Maternal and Child Health Outcomes and Measurement                       3 SH
CHSC 511      Maternal and Child Health Delivery Systems                               3 SH
CHSC 512      Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health Programs                     3 SH
EPID 406      Epidemiological Computing                                                3 SH
CHSC 595      MCH Seminar                                                              1 SH
*MCH students must take CHSC 543 as their policy/advocacy course within the divisional core
requirements (see above).

MCH Electives (2-3 SH) - Students may select elective courses in conjunction with their advisor as
necessary to reach the minimum of 54 total program hours.

For more information about the Maternal and Child Health Program please visit the program’s website
at: http://www.uic.edu/sph/mch/

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VI.   Optional Programs - Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (minimum additional 33 SH)

   Course                                       Title                                              Credits
BSTT 401       Biostatistics II                                                                 4 SH
EPID 404       Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                               4 SH
EPID 406       Epidemiologic Computing                                                          3 SH
CHSC 431       Community Assessment in Public Health                                            3 SH
CHSC 433       Public Health Planning and Evaluation                                            3 SH
CHSC 548       Readings in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology                              2 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID 410       Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                              2 SH
EPID 411       Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                                 3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC 434       Qualitative Methods                                                              3 SH
CHSC 446       Research Methods in Community Health                                             3 SH
PA 540         Research Methods in Public Administration                                        4 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC/EPID      Reproductive and Perinatal Health                                                3 SH
545
EPID 518       Epidemiology of Pediatric Diseases                                               3 SH
Select two of the following courses:
CHSC 510       MCH Outcomes and Measurements                                                    3 SH
CHSC 511       MCH Delivery Systems                                                             3 SH
CHSC 512       Best Practices is MCH Programs                                                   3 SH
CHSC 543       MCH Policy and Advocacy                                                          3 SH

Electives MCH Epi - Students may select elective courses in conjunction with their advisor as necessary
to reach the minimum of 56 total program hours.

For more information about the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program please visit the
program’s website at: http://www.uic.edu/sph/mch/

* Field Experience Requirements
IPHS 650 Field Experience in Public Health -The Field Experience is required of all MPH students, with the
majority being required to complete a 5 credit (320 contact hours) assignment. Some students may
qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits (192 contact hours) depending on their prior public health
experience and career goals, and would need to discuss this possibility within their chosen division. For
more detailed information, please see Field Experience in Public Health (IPHS 650). NOTE: MPH
students in the MCH Epidemiology program are required to conduct their practica at a state or local
public health agency.

All students are required to submit reflective journal entries to their faculty advisor to evaluate student
performance. The reflective journal helps the student to synthesize the experience and to assess how
the skills and knowledge gained during graduate study can be applied and integrated in a public health
setting.

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For more information on the CHS Field Experience Requirements visit the CHS MPH
website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/chs_students.htm#mphstudents

**Capstone Requirements
Master’s Paper and Oral Presentation- Each student is required to complete a Master’s 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 (IPHS 596) credit toward their Master’s Paper.

The purpose of the Master’s 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 student’s 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.
NOTE: Students who are doing research involving human subjects will need to undergo training and
have their protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Capstone Evaluation/Grading Procedures:
The CHS capstone experience will be evaluated in four ways:
    1. Evaluation of the field experience/practicum by the student, student’s practicum preceptor, and
       faculty advisor
    2. Evaluation of the Master’s Paper by the student’s advisor and a second faculty member
    3. Evaluation of the oral presentation by the faculty in attendance
    4. Review by the advisor and a second faculty member to assure the practicum and Master’s Paper
       together meet the capstone goals as established

For more information on the CHS Capstone Requirements please visit the CHS
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                        COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – ONLINE MPH

Community Health Sciences offers both Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) and Comprehensive
program students the opportunity to earn their MPH through online coursework. Similar to the MPH
offered on campus, the online MPH in Community Health Sciences Professional Enhancement Program
(PEP) requires a minimum of 42 semester hours (SH) and the MPH in Community Health Sciences
Comprehensive program requires a minimum of 49 semester hours (SH). Both programs are designed
for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time. Both of these programs include the following course
requirements:

I.     School-Wide Core Requirements (23-25 SH)

   Course                                         Title                                     Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                     3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                    3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                             3 SH
EPID 403       Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                               3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                      3-5 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                               1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II.    Divisional Core Requirements (15 SH)

   Course                                         Title                                             Credits
CHSC 431       Community Assessment in Public Health                                             3 SH
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
Select one of the following policy/advocacy courses:
CHSC 430       Public Health Policy and Advocacy                                                 3 SH
CHSC 527       Critical Issues in Long-Term Care Policy                                          3 SH
CHSC 543       MCH Policy and Advocacy                                                           3 SH
HPA 430        Introduction to Public Health Policy Analysis                                     3 SH

III.   Electives (up to 11 SH)

PEP Program: Students must complete the number of electives necessary to bring total program hours
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Comprehensive Program: Students may use their electives to pursue a course of study in one of the
following optional tracks, or divisional or inter-disciplinary concentrations; or may customize their
program of study by selecting from a broad range of course work to meet their career goals and
interests. All students must complete a minimum of 11 semester hours of electives.

* Field Experience Requirements
IPHS 650 Field Experience in Public Health -The Field Experience is required of all MPH students, with the
majority being required to complete a 5 credit (320 contact hours) assignment. Some students may
qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits (192 contact hours) depending on their prior public health
experience and career goals, and would need to discuss this possibility within their chosen division. For
more detailed information, please see Field Experience in Public Health (IPHS 650). NOTE: MPH
students in the MCH Epidemiology program are required to conduct their practica at a state or local
public health agency.

All students are required to submit reflective journal entries to their faculty advisor to evaluate student
performance. The reflective journal helps the student to synthesize the experience and to assess how
the skills and knowledge gained during graduate study can be applied and integrated in a public health
setting.

For more information on the CHS Field Experience Requirements visit the CHS MPH
website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/chs_students.htm#mphstudents

**Capstone Requirements
Master’s Paper and Oral Presentation- Each student is required to complete a Master’s 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 (IPHS 596) credit toward their Master’s Paper.

The purpose of the Master’s 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 student’s 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.
NOTE: Students who are doing research involving human subjects will need to undergo training and
have their protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Capstone Evaluation/Grading Procedures:
The CHS capstone experience will be evaluated in four ways:
    1. Evaluation of the field experience/practicum by the student, student’s practicum preceptor, and
       faculty advisor
    2. Evaluation of the Master’s Paper by the student’s advisor and a second faculty member
    3. Evaluation of the oral presentation by the faculty in attendance
    4. Review by the advisor and a second faculty member to assure the practicum and Master’s Paper
       together meet the capstone goals as established

For more information on the CHS Capstone Requirements please visit the CHS
Website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/chs_students.htm#mphstudents

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            ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES - MPH

The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Professional Enhancement Program (PEP)
requires a minimum of 42 semester hours (SH). The MPH Environmental and Occupational Health
Sciences Comprehensive program requires a minimum of 43 semester hours (SH). Both programs are
designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time. Both of these programs include the
following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (23-25 SH)

   Course                                         Title                                     Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                     3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                    3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                             3 SH
EPID 403       Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                               3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                      3-5 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                               1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II.   Divisional Core Requirements (12 SH)

All students are required to take a minimum of 12 semester hours in EOHS courses; choosing at least
one course from each of the following three areas:

                                1. Exposure Assessment and Measurement
   Course                                         Title                                              Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 405        Environmental Calculations                                                     2 SH
EOHS 418        Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality                                       2 SH
EOHS 421        Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                             2 SH
EOHS 428        Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I                                                2 SH
EOHS 440        Chemistry for Environmental Professionals                                      3 SH
EOHS 438        Air Quality Laboratory                                                         2 SH
EOHS 542        Water Chemistry                                                                4 SH
EOHS 543        Environmental Organic Chemistry                                                4 SH
EOHS 557        Design and Analysis of Experiments                                             4 SH
EOHS 564        Geographic Information System Applications in Public Health                    3 SH
EOHS 565        Datamining Applications in Public Health                                       3 SH



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                                          2. Health Assessment
   Course                                         Title                                               Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 450        Principles of Occupational and Environmental Medicine                           2 SH
EOHS 455        Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                       3 SH
EOHS 495        Environmental/Occupational Health Seminar                                       1 SH
EOHS 551        Occupational Diseases                                                           4 SH
EOHS 554        Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                     3 SH
EOHS 555        Advanced Toxicology                                                             3 SH
EOHS 571        Injury Epidemiology                                                             3 SH

                                        3. Intervention Strategies
   Course                                          Title                                              Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 408        Biological, Chemical, Explosives, and Nuclear Weapons as Public Health          3 SH
                Threats
EOHS 411        Water Quality Management                                                        4 SH
EOHS 431        Air Quality Management I                                                        3 SH
EOHS 461        Community Health and Consumer Protection                                        2 SH
EOHS 463        Safety Management Systems                                                       2 SH
EOHS 482        Occupational Safety Science                                                     2 SH
EOHS 556        Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                        3 SH
EOHS 572        Environmental Risk Assessment and Management                                    4 SH

III.   Electives (minimum of 5 SH)

PEP Program: Students must complete the number of electives necessary to bring total program hours
to a minimum of 42 semester credit hours.

Comprehensive Program: Students may use their electives to pursue a course of study in one of the
following optional tracks, or divisional or inter-disciplinary concentrations; or may customize their
program of study by selecting from a broad range of course work to meet their career goals and
interests.

IV.    Optional Tracks (8-19 SH)

With the approval of the faculty advisor, MPH students choose from among a series of grouped
quantitative courses to acquire skills that can be applied to occupational and environmental content.
These include three courses, one of which should be at the 500 level. Following are a few samples of
three-course quantitative tracks, but other series may be developed with the advisor's approval.

1.  EOHS Epidemiology/Biostatistics
  Course                                      Title                                                Credits
EPID 403     Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                               3 SH
BSTT 401     Biostatistics II                                                                   4 SH
EOHS 554     Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                        2 SH

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2.  Environmental Health Data Management and Analysis
  Course                                     Title                                                 Credits
BSTT 401    Biostatistics II                                                                    4 SH
HPA 465     Health Information and Decision Support Systems                                     4 SH
EOHS 564    Geographic Information System Application in Public Health                          3 SH

3.  Environmental Chemistry
  Course                                    Title                                                  Credits
EOHS 418    Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality                                            2 SH
EOHS 440    Chemistry for Environmental Professionals                                           3 SH
EOHS 542    Water Chemistry                                                                     3 SH

4.  Human Health Risk Assessment
  Course                                   Title                                                   Credits
BSTT 401   Biostatistics II                                                                     4 SH
EOHS 455   Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                            3 SH
EOHS 556   Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                             3 SH


VII.   Optional Concentrations

A.     ASAC ABET-Accredited Program in Industrial Hygiene (53-58 SH)

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 29-31 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. In addition, students must
adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.
                                          Industrial Hygiene Core
  Course                                            Title                                           Credits
EOHS 405        Environmental Calculations                                                       2 SH
EOHS 424        Environmental Acoustics                                                          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 523        Engineering Controls/Industrial Ventilation                                      4 SH
EOHS 529        Industrial Hygiene Lab II                                                        2 SH
EOHS 570        Hazardous Materials Management                                                   3 SH
EOHS 584        Radiation Protection                                                             3 SH


                                           NIOSH ERC Core
  Course                                         Title                                              Credits
EOHS 421        Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                               2 SH
EOHS 482        Occupational Safety Science                                                      2 SH




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                                             SELECTIVE
   Course                                       Title                                                 Credits
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 455         Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                       3 SH
EOHS 551         Occupational and Environmental Diseases                                         4 SH
EOHS 554         Occupational Environmental Epidemiology                                         2 SH

Additional Requirements for Students Enrolled in (ASAC-ABET) - Accredited Industrial Hygiene
Program
Trainees are also expected to:
    1. Attend interdisciplinary seminar
    2. Attend Occupational Medicine Clinic (on a rotating basis this usually works out to once/3 weeks)
    3. Take the 40-hour hazardous waste worker training course during the 2 years in the program
    4. Participate in at least one extended field test

B.    Occupational Medicine Residency Program (for Occupational Medicine Residents)

Students must complete the School-Wide Course Requirements and all of the following courses in lieu of
the Divisional Core Requirements:

Course         Title                                                                            Credits
EOHS 421       Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                               2 SH
EOHS 455       Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                        3 SH
EOHS 482       Occupational Safety Science                                                      2 SH
EOHS 551       Occupational Diseases                                                            4 SH
EOHS 554       Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                      2 SH

Occupational Medicine Electives – Students must complete the number of electives necessary to bring
total program hours to a minimum of 42 semester credit hours.

* Field Experience Requirements
The Field Experience is required of all MPH students, with the majority being required to complete a 5
credit (320 contact hours) assignment. Some students may qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits
(192 contact hours) depending on their prior public health experience and career goals, and would need
to discuss this possibility within their chosen division. For more detailed information, please see Field
Experience in Public Health (IPHS 650).

** Capstone Requirements
Poster Presentation - A Capstone is a research-quality poster presentation of the students’ own work
that demonstrates the ability to identify a public health problem concerning exposure assessment,
outcomes measurement or intervention development. The Capstone will address some aspect of
occupational and environmental health through the collection and/or systematic evaluation of data and
synthesis of the results in standard scientific format. Students in the comprehensive MPH track may
choose to report on their fieldwork experience, if appropriate, or on another experience, such as a
research assistantship, volunteer activity, or public-health related employment. Students in the PEP

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track may choose to report a research project or may evaluate some aspect of public health related
work. The capstone project must be summarized in a poster presentation.

The capstone project should consist of the following:
    1. a specific question or hypothesis
    2. problem and hypothesis statement based on background reading and research
    3. some form of data collection, management, and presentation

Quantitative projects should include descriptive statistics and some basic analytic statistics, whenever
possible. Qualitative projects are only appropriate if the student has completed at least one qualitative
research methods course.

Poster Presentation Format - Standard research poster presentation format is available in the office of
the Academic Coordinator, and includes instruction on poster size, layout, font size. Poster
presentations should include title, author(s), background, problem statement/hypothesis, methods,
results, discussion and conclusion sections, acknowledgements, including others engaged in the project
who were not already listed as co-authors, the organization at which the project took place, and all
sources of funding.

NOTE: Students who are doing research involving human subjects will need to undergo training and
have their protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
For further information regarding specific EOHS capstone protocol and timelines, please see the EOHS
Forms and Resources website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/eohs/resources-and-forms

Capstone Evaluation / Grading Procedures
Students will present the posters at the EOHS Capstone date for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.
Students unable to participate in a given semester should plan on presenting at the subsequent
semester. Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory based on agreement of faculty advisor and faculty
reader, but no grades will be assigned in the absence of formal poster presentation.




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                                         EPIDEMIOLOGY – MPH

The MPH in Epidemiology Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) requires a minimum of 42 semester
hours (SH). The MPH in Epidemiology Comprehensive program requires a minimum of 53 semester
hours (SH). Both programs are designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time. Both of these
programs include the following course requirements:

I.     School-Wide Core Requirements (23-25 SH)

   Course                                            Title                                          Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                                   4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                               3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                              3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                                       3 SH
EPID 403       Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                              3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                                         3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                                3-5 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                                         1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II.    Divisional Core Requirements (18 SH)

  Course                                         Title                                              Credits
EPID 404        Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                               4 SH
EPID 406        Epidemiologic Computing                                                          3 SH
EPID 410        Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                              2 SH
EPID 411        Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                                 3 SH
EPID 591        Current Epidemiologic Literature                                                 2 SH
BSTT 401        Biostatistics II                                                                 4 SH

III.   Electives (up to 12 SH)

PEP Program: Students must complete the number of electives necessary to bring total program hours
to a minimum of 42 semester credit hours.

Comprehensive Program: Students may use their electives to pursue a course of study in the following
divisional concentration; or may customize their program of study by selecting from a broad range of
course work to meet their career goals and interests. All students must complete a minimum of 12
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IV.   Optional Programs - Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (minimum additional 33 SH)

   Course                                       Title                                              Credits
BSTT 401       Biostatistics II                                                                 4 SH
EPID 404       Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                               4 SH
EPID 406       Epidemiologic Computing                                                          3 SH
CHSC 431       Community Assessment in Public Health                                            3 SH
CHSC 433       Public Health Planning and Evaluation                                            3 SH
CHSC 548       Readings in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology                              2 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID 410       Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                              2 SH
EPID 411       Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                                 3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC 434       Qualitative Methods                                                              3 SH
CHSC 446       Research Methods in Community Health                                             3 SH
PA 540         Research Methods in Public Administration                                        4 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC/EPID      Reproductive and Perinatal Health                                                3 SH
545
EPID 518       Epidemiology of Pediatric Diseases                                               3 SH
Select two of the following courses:
CHSC 510       MCH Outcomes and Measurements                                                    3 SH
CHSC 511       MCH Delivery Systems                                                             3 SH
CHSC 512       Best Practices is MCH Programs                                                   3 SH
CHSC 543       MCH Policy and Advocacy                                                          3 SH

Electives MCH Epi - Students may select elective courses in conjunction with their advisor as necessary
to reach the minimum of 56 total program hours.

For more information about the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program please visit the
program’s website at: http://www.uic.edu/sph/mch/

* Field Experience Requirements
The Field Experience is required of all MPH students, with the majority being required to complete a 5
credit (320 contact hours) assignment. Some students may qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits
(192 contact hours) depending on their prior public health experience and career goals, and would need
to discuss this possibility within their chosen division. For more detailed information, please see Field
Experience in Public Health (IPHS 650). NOTE: MPH students in the MCH Epidemiology program are
required to conduct their practica at a state or local public health agency.

**Capstone Requirements
Oral Presentation - 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), approximately 12-
15 minutes.

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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. 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. The topic should not be the same as one already addressed
in a paper submitted for a previous course.

The presentation should consist of the following:
    1. Introduction to the problem or issue
    2. Explanation of the methods used to research the topic
    3. Summary of the results or findings
    4. Conclusions as to the public health implications of the results
    5. Recommendations for practical applications or further research

NOTE: Students who are doing research involving human subjects will need to undergo training and
have their protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Capstone Evaluation/Grading Procedures:
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%). 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
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                        HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION – MPH

The MPH in Health Policy and Administration Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) requires a
minimum of 42 semester hours (SH). The MPH Health Policy and Administration Comprehensive
program requires a minimum of 50 semester hours (SH). Both programs are designed for completion in
2 years when enrolled full-time. Both of these programs include the following course requirements:

I.   School-Wide Core Requirements (23-25 SH)

   Course                                           Title                                          Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                                  4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                              3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                             3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                                      3 SH
EPID 400       Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                             3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                                        3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                               3-5 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                                        1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II. Divisional Core Requirements (None-27 SH)

PEP Program: NONE

Comprehensive Program: Students in the Comprehensive Program are required to take 15 SH of
Divisional Core requirements and 12 SH of additional HPA courses.

Divisional Core (15 SH):

  Course                                          Title                                            Credits
HPA 402        Social Ethics and Public Health                                                  3 SH
HPA 403        U.S. Health Care System                                                          3 SH
HPA 430        Introduction to Public Health Policy Analysis                                    3 SH
HPA 431        Law and Public Health                                                            3 SH
HPA 432        Public Health Advocacy                                                           3 SH

  Course                                        Title                                              Credits
HPA 444       Healthcare Budgeting and Strategic Planning***                                    3 SH
HPA 445       Organizational Leadership in Public Health***                                     3 SH
HPA 460       Introduction to the Economics of Health and Healthcare***                         3 SH
HPA 494       Special Topics: Economics, Policy Analysis, and Program Evaluation***             3 SH
***Other courses may be approved in consultation with your advisor.

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III. Electives (19 SH)

PEP Program: All students must complete a minimum of 19 semester hours of electives, at least half of
which must be HPA courses.

Comprehensive Program: Students are not required to take electives to graduate from the
Comprehensive Program. However, it is assumed that the large majority of students will, in conjunction
with their advisor, choose 2 to 4 electives from other courses within the School, based upon (a) their
career interests and (b) their academic and professional preparation at the time of matriculation.

* Field Experience Requirements
The Field Experience provides the student with practical experience in a public health setting. The
overall learning objective of the Field Experience is for the student to apply and integrate the skills and
knowledge learned during their graduate study in a real-world application. The Field Experience is
required of all MPH students, with the majority being required to complete a 5 credit (320 contact
hours) assignment. Some students may qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits (192 contact hours)
depending on their prior public health experience and career goals, and would need to discuss this
possibility within their chosen division.

The field experience may be waived on an individual basis based upon a student’s demonstration of a
Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a health or related profession plus 3 years of paid public health
experience. A prior professional degree without public health experience; or prior work experience that
is not closely related to the academic objectives of the student’s degree program; are not sufficient
reason for waiving the practice requirement. If petitioning to waive the field practicum, please attach
supporting documentation including a resume and letter explaining relevant public health experiences
and how these experiences relate to the field practicum learning objectives found in the SPH student
handbook.

** Capstone Requirements
Oral Presentation - - Each student will make a public presentation, approximately 15 minutes in length,
that reports on the Capstone project and demonstrates effective achievement of learning objectives,
notably the integration of public health concepts beyond those related to HPA content.
The student, in consultation with her/his advisor, will propose (and when required), implement a
Capstone project that addresses a public health issue. Strategies for completing the Capstone
requirement might involve a field practicum, self-study, research project or other experience. The
Capstone project must lend itself to demonstrating the integration of HPA core areas with at least one
other core area of public health.

The completed Capstone product will include the following elements:
    1. statement of the issue
    2. review of the relevant literature
    3. description of the methods needed or actually used to address the issue
    4. description of the anticipated or actual results
    5. summary of the lessons to be learned or actually learned




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Evaluation / Grading Procedures:
By the end of the semester prior to the semester of graduation, the student will present a Capstone
project proposal, with specific learning objectives, to the advisor (or capstone "mentor," if this is a
faculty member other than the advisor) for approval. At least six weeks prior to the public presentation
of the Capstone project, the student will present a draft of the presentation to the advisor or mentor
and one other faculty member for comment and feedback.

The Capstone project presentation will be reviewed, evaluated and graded by a faculty member chosen
by the student as a capstone evaluator and by one other faculty member chosen by the department.
The two faculty reviewers must reach consensus on a "pass" or "fail" grade for the Capstone project
presentation.




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     HEALTH POLICY ADMINISTRATION – ONLINE MPH IN POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
                                  (PEP ONLY)

Health Policy and Administration offers Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) students the
opportunity to earn their MPH through online coursework. Similar to the MPH offered on campus, the
online MPH in Health Policy and Administration PEP program requires a minimum of 42 semester hours
(SH). This program is designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time. This program includes
the following course requirements:

I.     School-Wide Core Requirements (23-25 SH)

   Course                                         Title                                     Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                     3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                    3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                             3 SH
EPID 400       Principles of Epidemiology                                              3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                               3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                      3-5 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                               1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II.    Electives (minimum 19 SH)

All students must complete a minimum of 19 semester hours of electives, at least half of which must be
HPA courses.

* Field Experience Requirements
The Field Experience provides the student with practical experience in a public health setting. The
overall learning objective of the Field Experience is for the student to apply and integrate the skills and
knowledge learned during their graduate study in a real-world application. The Field Experience is
required of all MPH students, with the majority being required to complete a 5 credit (320 contact
hours) assignment. Some students may qualify for a reduced practicum of 3 credits (192 contact hours)
depending on their prior public health experience and career goals, and would need to discuss this
possibility within their chosen division.

The field experience may be waived on an individual basis based upon a student’s demonstration of a
Bachelor’s or advanced degree in a health or related profession plus 3 years of paid public health
experience. A prior professional degree without public health experience; or prior work experience that
is not closely related to the academic objectives of the student’s degree program; are not sufficient
reason for waiving the practice requirement. If petitioning to waive the field practicum, please attach
supporting documentation including a resume and letter explaining relevant public health experiences

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and how these experiences relate to the field practicum learning objectives found in the SPH student
handbook.

** Capstone Requirements
Oral Presentation - - Each student will make a public presentation, approximately 15 minutes in length,
that reports on the Capstone project and demonstrates effective achievement of learning objectives,
notably the integration of public health concepts beyond those related to HPA content.
The student, in consultation with her/his advisor, will propose (and when required), implement a
Capstone project that addresses a public health issue. Strategies for completing the Capstone
requirement might involve a field practicum, self-study, research project or other experience. The
Capstone project must lend itself to demonstrating the integration of HPA core areas with at least one
other core area of public health.

The completed Capstone product will include the following elements:
    1. statement of the issue
    2. review of the relevant literature
    3. description of the methods needed or actually used to address the issue
    4. description of the anticipated or actual results
    5. summary of the lessons to be learned or actually learned

Evaluation / Grading Procedures:
By the end of the semester prior to the semester of graduation, the student will present a Capstone
project proposal, with specific learning objectives, to the advisor (or capstone "mentor," if this is a
faculty member other than the advisor) for approval. At least six weeks prior to the public presentation
of the Capstone project, the student will present a draft of the presentation to the advisor or mentor
and one other faculty member for comment and feedback.

The Capstone project presentation will be reviewed, evaluated and graded by a faculty member chosen
by the student as a capstone evaluator and by one other faculty member chosen by the department.
The two faculty reviewers must reach consensus on a "pass" or "fail" grade for the Capstone project
presentation.




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HEALTH POLICY ADMINISTRATION - ONLINE MPH IN PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS

The MPH in Public Health Informatics Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) requires a minimum of
44 semester hours (SH). The MPH in Public Health Informatics Comprehensive program requires a
minimum of 51 semester hours (SH). Both programs are designed for completion in 2 years when
enrolled full-time. They include the following course requirements:

I.     School-Wide Core Requirements (23 SH)

   Course                                           Title                                          Credits
BSTT 400       Biostatistics I                                                                  4 SH
CHSC 400       Public Health Concepts and Practice                                              3 SH
CHSC 401       Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                             3 SH
EOHS 400       Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                                      3 SH
EPID 400       Principles of Epidemiology                                                       3 SH
HPA 400        Principles of Management in Public Health                                        3 SH
IPHS 650       Field Experience in Public Health*                                               3 SH
IPHS 698       MPH Capstone Experience**                                                        1 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
    Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                     Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                              Non-credit

II.  Program Core Requirements - Comprehensive Program (28 SH)
  Course                                         Title                                             Credits
HPA 465      Health Informatics and Decision Support Systems                                    4 SH
HPA 481      Development of Public Health Surveillance Information Systems                      3 SH
HPA 485      Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health Informatics                              3 SH
HPA 486      Survey of Public Health Information Systems                                        4 SH
HPA 483      Management Communication Systems for Public Health Informatics                     4 SH
             Applications
HPA 563      Web-Based Public Health Information Systems                                        4 SH
HPA 564      Geographic Information Systems Applications in Public Health                       3 SH
HPA 565      Datamining Applications in Public Health                                           3 SH

III.   Program Core Requirements – Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) Optional Tracks (21 SH)

Students may choose one of two tracks, Management or Technical, to focus their studies. Please refer to
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a. PEP Management Track (21 SH)
Students in the PHI Management Track will be required to take the following informatics core courses
and at least one elective course.

   Course                                         Title                                            Credits
HPA 465        Health Informatics and Decision Support Systems                                  4 SH
HPA 486        Survey of Public Health Information Systems                                      4 SH
HPA 483        Management Communication Systems for PHI Applications                            4 SH
HPA 487        Overview of Public Health Informatics Methods                                    3 SH
HPA 488        Public Health Information Systems Evaluation and Project Management              3 SH
Select one elective from the following courses:
BHIS 517       Health Care Information Security                                                 3 SH
HPA 481        Development of Public Health Information Surveillance Systems                    3 SH
HPA 485        Legal and Ethical Issues in PH Informatics                                       3 SH

b.   PEP Technical Track (21 SH)

Students in the PHI Technical Track will be required to take the following informatics core courses:

  Course                                         Title                                             Credits
HPA 465        Health Informatics and Decision Support Systems                                  4 SH
HPA 481        Development of PH Surveillance Information Systems                               3 SH
HPA 486        Survey of Public Health Information Systems                                      4 SH
HPA 563        Web-Based Public Health Information Systems                                      4 SH
HPA 564        Geographic Information Systems Applications in Public Health                     3 SH
HPA 565        Datamining Applications in Public Health                                         3 SH

Field Practicum & MPH Capstone Experience
Below are the requirements for beginning the IPHS 650 – Field Practicum (3 sh) & the IPHS 698 – MPH
Capstone Experience (1 sh).

After completing all the core public health and most of the informatics courses students will acquire the
public health informatics program competencies. The main purpose of the field practicum is to give
students an opportunity to study a real-world application of information technologies or information
systems in a public health or healthcare setting. Since public health informatics is a relatively new
discipline we do not waive the field practicum requirement. The content of the field practicum can vary
greatly from one student to the next. Each student works with his/her advisor to design & customize the
practicum to that student's individual experience, background, & interests.

Overall Objective of Field Practicum

Students will acquire experience and develop skills in the application of basic public health informatics
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Field Practicum Learning Objectives:
Through the field practicum experience, MPH students will be able to:
1. Apply public health informatics concepts and knowledge in a practice setting.
2. Complete a defined project and demonstrate public health informatics competence in an area of
      public health practice or healthcare setting.
3. Demonstrate public health informatics skills and knowledge in an area of interest not covered in
      depth elsewhere in their educational plan.
It is expected that students will spend 64 hours in the field for every semester hour in the practicum.
Students are encouraged to choose a topic and a preceptor from a healthcare setting close to their
residencies or workplaces.

Sample Practicum Projects:
A sample of past field practicum projects is presented below:
    • Evaluation of The Cook County Department of Public Health Patient Encounter Information
       System
    • The Migration of Paper-based health information into a Digital Format at the Elkhart County
       Health Department’s Health Education Division
    • Application of Data Mining technology to the Analysis of Child Safety Data
    • Survey of Application of Electronic Medical Records in a Local Chiropractic Practice.
    • Evaluation of Online Clinical Decision Support Systems at the University of California-San
       Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Evaluation of a Web-based Data Entry and Retrieval System for a Laboratory Proficiency Testing
       Program
    • The Application of Standardized Clinical Terminologies in Public Health Reporting
    • The Development and Implementation of Picture Archiving Communication System at British
       Columbia Children’s Hospital
    • Development and Implementation of a Web-based Exercise Promotion Information System
    • Implementation of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) at the Illinois
       Department of Public Health
    • Review of LaPorte County Child Immunization Information System
    • Review of the Duke University Hospital Cancer Patient Support Information System
    • Implementation of a Computerized Order Entry System at St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields,
       Illinois

The required forms for the Field Practicum are:

1. IPHS Registration Form
2. Field Practicum Learning Agreement
The above forms must be completed prior to the start of the practicum.

At the completion of the Field Practicum, two additional forms must be filled out. They are:
3. Student’s Evaluation of Field Experience
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Capstone Experience

The capstone portion of the MPH program in public health informatics is designed to demonstrate that
students are able to integrate the theories, concepts and competencies that they have acquired in
addressing a public health or healthcare problem.

Capstone Learning Objectives:
The student will produce a report (of 10-15 pages, double spaced) that demonstrates their ability to:
1. Identify a significant public health or healthcare issue.
2. Identify the relevant knowledge and competencies from across the public health informatics
     program needed to analyze the problem selected.
3. Demonstrate their ability to integrate PHI concepts, knowledge and competencies in conducting
     their analysis of the problem selected.
4. Produce a coherent and convincing report addressing the problem selected.
The report must consist of the following sections: Title; Purpose and Objectives; Literature Review;
Methods and Analysis; Results and Discussions; Public Health Significance of the Project; Limitations.
Some of the top reports will be considered for publication in the Online Journal of Public Health
Informatics (http://ojphi.org )

The required form for MPH Capstone Experience is:

1. IPHS Registration Form
Please note that this form is separate from the form necessary for the practicum. This form must be
submitted during the registration period for the semester the capstone is being completed (i.e., before
the capstone is started).

Evaluation / Grading Procedures
By the end of the semester prior to the semester of graduation, the student will present a Capstone
project proposal, with specific learning objectives, to the advisor for approval. At least six weeks prior to
the completion of the Capstone project, the student will present a draft of the paper to the advisor for
comment and feedback. The Capstone paper will be reviewed, evaluated and graded by a Program
Director/ Advisor.

Graduation
Students wishing to graduate at the end of a particular semester must also complete the following
before the end of the 2nd week of that semester:
1. MPH Program Proposal
2. Pending Degree List Process/Intent to Graduate (MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH)
3. Proof of research training requirements

Please contact Kshitij Naval (knaval2@uic.edu), Online Education Program Coordinator, for more
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                              MS DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION

          ACADEMIC CALENDAR                                        computer-based investigation. Research
                                                                   is undertaken with the assistance and
For the current academic calendar, please visit                    approval of the student's academic
the UIC School of Public Health                                    advisor and Thesis Examining
website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/osa_dates.ht                       Committee.
m.                                                               Final Oral Examination - The final oral
                                                                   examination consists of a presentation
       PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                                        of the student's research findings at an
                                                                   open meeting of students and faculty
                                                                   and a separate oral examination in the
The Master of Science (MS) degree in Public                        academic division by the student's
Health Sciences is an academic degree awarded                      Thesis Examining Committee.
by the Graduate College of The University of                     Biostatistics Students only: MS
Illinois and is subject to the requirements                        Comprehensive Examination; All MS
described in the UIC Graduate Catalog. (For this                   students in biostatistics take a
degree program, the School of Public Health                        comprehensive exam at the end of their
acts as the Department of Public Health                            second program year. This exam
Sciences (DPHS) of the Graduate College.) MS                       consists of two parts. The first part, a
degree students also are prepared for                              three-hour written exam, will cover
continuing studies through the PhD program.                        basic methodological material from the
                                                                   required biostatistics and mathematics
Programs of study leading to the MS degree are                     courses. The second part will be a seven
offered by each of the following four SPH                          day take-home exam in which the
Divisions:                                                         student is tested on the ability to
                                                                   perform data analysis and to describe
1. Community Health Sciences                                       and discuss the results.
2. Environmental and Occupational Health                    4. Required Non-Credit Training
   Sciences                                                      o HIPAA Research 101
3. Epidemiology and Biostatistics                                o Investigator Training 101
4. Health Policy and Administration

The MS program consists of four components
                                                                             ADMISSIONS
(Minimum of 48 SH):
                                                            Please see the Admissions section of the SPH
1. SPH School-wide Core Requirements – (7 SH)               website for information.
2. Divisional Core Requirements and Electives –
   (variable based on chosen Division)                      Conditional Admission Policy Statement
3. Culminating Experience –
o IPHS 598 Research in Public Health – MS (16               Under special circumstances, an applicant may
   SH)                                                      be recommended by a Division for admission on
      Research must be completed in three to               a conditional basis (e.g., completion of
         four semesters of full-time work leading           preparatory course work). The conditions under
         to a required thesis. The research may             which a student is admitted to the School are to
         include theoretical, laboratory, field, or         be stipulated in writing by the director of the

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Division recommending admission of the                           MS THESIS RESEARCH (IPHS 598)
student. Conditionally admitted students must
satisfy the conditions prior to graduation (or
earlier if so specified by the Division).                    MPH students must complete the following
                                                             culminating experiences to comply with degree
Deadline for Completing Degree Requirements                  requirements:

In graduate programs requiring 32 to 40                      MS students in Community Health Sciences,
semester hours of graduate work, candidates                  Environmental and Occupational Health
must complete all of the requirements within                 Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and
five calendar years after their initial registration         Administration must complete the following
in the Graduate College. In programs requiring               culminating experience to comply with degree
41 to 64 semester hours of graduate work,                    requirements:
candidates must complete all of the
requirements within six calendar years.                      • IPHS 598 - Research in Public Health Sciences
Students pursuing more than one degree at the
same time will be allowed an additional two                  Epidemiology students are required to
years. Time spent on a leave of absence                      complete 8 SH of IPHS 598, with the remaining
approved by the School and the Graduate                      three divisions requiring 16 SH of IPHS 598.
College is not counted toward the degree time
limit (see Leave of Absence).                                NOTE: MS Biostatistics students substitute a
                                                             comprehensive examination for the thesis.
Change in Division                                           Please see Biostatistics MS Degree Program for
                                                             more information.
If a student's interests change after admission
or the student determines that professional                  For the MS program of study only two courses
goals would be better achieved in a division                 are stipulated as school-wide requirements, and
different from the one originally assigned, the              students are encouraged to select courses from
student should submit a Request for Change of                more than one division (Most divisions have
Degree form with consenting signatures of the                additional requirements for their MS students).
current and the proposed Division Directors to               Programs might consist, for example, of a blend
the Office of Student Affairs.                               of environmental and occupational health
                                                             sciences with epidemiology and biostatistics.
Independent Study Hours (IPHS 596)                           The School of Public Health courses might also
                                                             be combined with studies outside the School. It
Students may use Independent Study (IPHS 596)                is recommended that all students take BSTT
to satisfy elective hours. Up to 5 semester                  401, Biostatistics II, as part of their program of
credit hours (SH) of independent study may be                study in preparation for thesis research. A
credited for graduation for programs of study                major requirement is that the program of study
requiring 48 SH. For degree programs requiring               be designed and the entire 48 semester hours,
greater than 48 SH, 1 SH of independent study                including the electives, be directed toward a
may be credited toward graduation for each                   meaningful health-related goal. For full-time
additional 5 SH of formal course work taken, to              students, it is anticipated that at least four
a maximum of 9 SH.                                           semesters, usually more depending upon the
                                                             thesis topic, will be needed to complete the
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thesis format must adhere to the Graduate                   beginning work on their thesis see the SPH
College requirements.                                       Office of Student Affairs, or the Graduate
                                                            College on the 6th floor of University Hall, to
Selection of Thesis Advisor and Thesis                      obtain a copy of the Graduate College brochure,
Examining Committee                                         "Instructions for Completing Graduate College
                                                            Degree Requirements and Preparation of
Before undertaking research leading to the                  Theses." This handbook is also available online.
required thesis, the student, with the assistance           The handbook provides instruction for final
and approval of his/her major advisor, must                 thesis preparation and format approval. The
select a Thesis Advisor, who must be a member               advisor and SPH are responsible for the
of the Graduate College Faculty. In conjunction             approval of the thesis content and style.
with the Thesis Advisor, the student selects the
Thesis Examining Committee, subject to the                  Final Oral Examination
final approval of the major advisor, Division
Director, Dean of the School of Public Health,              When a student has completed the thesis
and the Graduate College. This committee                    research work and a final draft of the thesis,
consists of at least three members, one of                  s/he should request the advisor to convene the
whom must be a tenured full member of the                   Thesis Examining Committee to conduct the
Graduate College faculty. One committee                     final exam and for review and approval of the
member may be selected from outside the                     thesis for content. When the student and major
School of Public Health.                                    advisor agree that the student is prepared, the
                                                            advisor assembles the Thesis Examining
Thesis Proposal                                             Committee to conduct a final oral examination.
                                                            The Thesis Examining Committee examines the
The members of the Thesis Examining                         student in a private session, indicating to the
Committee will meet with the student to                     student whether any further work or revision of
approve the thesis proposal, and to determine               the thesis is required. The examination is then
that the student is adequately prepared to                  open to faculty and students for an oral
undertake it. The thesis research may                       presentation of the student’s research. Finally,
emphasize theoretical, laboratory, field, or                the Thesis Examining Committee reports to the
computer-based investigations, but it should be             Graduate College that the student has or has
feasible to complete in two to three semesters              not passed his/her examination and thus has or
of full-time work. The members of the                       has not satisfied all requirements for the MS
committee then provide guidance and                         degree. A candidate cannot be passed if more
assistance throughout the research experience               than one vote of "fail" is reported. The report to
of the student.                                             the Graduate College is made by the members
                                                            of the Thesis Examining Committee and the
It is strongly advised that no more than one                advisor who sign and date the "Certificate of
semester elapse following completion of course              Approval" form (sent to the Thesis Examining
work before approval of the thesis proposal.                Committee Chair by the Graduate College).
                                                            When all Graduate College forms have been
Preparation for Thesis Approval                             signed and dated by the Thesis Examining
                                                            Committee and major advisor, they should be
Students should seek the guidance of their                  brought to the SPH Dean’s Office for
advisors and the Graduate College at an early               "departmental" signature, and then forwarded
stage of thesis preparation. It is highly                   to the Graduate College to conclude the
recommended that MS students at the point of                process. Upon approval of Dr. Faith Davis, the

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Director of Graduate Studies for the
Department of Public Health Sciences, the
student is recommended to the Graduate
College for award of the degree.

Note: SPH requires that one copy of the thesis
be deposited with the SPH Office of the Dean to
be placed in a repository in the student’s
Division.

    MS BYPASS PROCEDURE TO PHD

With the approval of the student's advisor and
Division Director, a student may choose to
enter the PhD program and not undertake the
MS thesis. A written letter of application must
be made to justify this transfer. The Division
admissions committee will review the
justification letter and an accompanying
transcript. Recommendations for approving the
bypass will be made to the SPH Director of
Graduate Studies (Senior Associate Dean) for
approval and transmission to the Graduate
College for final approval. A list of courses to be
transferred to the PhD program must
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                                MS DEGREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Public                 • Exhibit the ability to disseminate research
Health Sciences prepares individuals to enter                  findings to the scientific community and the
academic, research, or professional careers                    general public.
pertaining to broad areas of public health
concern. It is the appropriate route for                          BIOSTATISTICS: MS LEARNING
continuing studies leading to the PhD degree.
Academic preparation is offered through a broad                           OBJECTIVES
spectrum of public health courses and related
research from which students can fashion                    In addition to the school-wide learning
individualized curricula to meet highly                     objectives, for students pursuing the MS degree
specialized objectives. Integrated with the                 in Biostatistics, the following objectives apply:
course work (in all areas but biostatistics) is a
research project, the findings of which must be             • Apply methods and gain knowledge of the
described in a research thesis. Interdisciplinary             theoretical basis for these methods,
studies that combine two or more of the                       including their underlying assumptions.
School’s program areas are encouraged.                      • Know how to work with data files and
                                                              statistical packages.
The MS degree is awarded under the University               • Understand standard diagnostic tools for
of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College. For the              statistical analysis.
purposes of this degree program, the School of
Public Health acts as the Department of Public                COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES: MS
Health Sciences (DPHS) of the Graduate College.
                                                                  LEARNING OBJECTIVES
All requirements related to the degree, as
described in the UIC Graduate Study Catalog,
must be met.                                                In addition to the school-wide learning
MS students will achieve the following learning             objectives, for students pursuing the MS degree
objectives during completion of the MS                      in Community Health Sciences, the following
program in public health:                                   objectives apply:

• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding                   1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding
  of a well-defined public health discipline and               of a well-defined public health discipline and
  its connection to, and impact on, public                     its connection to, and impact on, public
  health.                                                      health.
• Express understanding of discipline-specific              2. Demonstrate understanding of discipline-
  theoretical constructs, research design,                     specific theoretical constructs, research
  research methodology and analytical                          design, research methodology and analytical
  strategies.                                                  strategies.
• Illustrate the ability to evaluate and interpret          3. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and
  scientific literature.                                       interpret scientific literature.
• Participate in an original research project               4. Participate in an original research project
  that makes a contribution to the body of                     that makes a contribution to the body of
  knowledge of their discipline.                               knowledge of their discipline.




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5. Demonstrate the ability to disseminate                   • Illustrate effective communication through
   research findings to the scientific                        scientific writing and oral presentations to
   community.                                                 peers, scientific organizations and
                                                              communities.
      ENVIRONMENTAL AND                                     • Demonstrate an understanding of the
  OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES:                               benefits of multidisciplinary approaches to
                                                              environmental and occupational health
     MS LEARNING OBJECTIVES
                                                              problems; describe how environmental
                                                              health and safety fits into organizational
In addition to school-wide learning objectives,               structures; demonstrate effective teamwork;
for students pursuing the MS degree in                        and exhibit integrity, courage and willingness
Environmental and Occupational Health                         to create change.
Sciences, the following objectives apply:
                                                            In addition to the EOHS MS learning objectives,
• Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental                      students in the ABET-Accredited Industrial
  principles of calculus, chemistry, physiology,            Hygiene track will be able to:
  toxicology, environmental chemistry,
  epidemiology, biostatistics, and                          • Identify agents, factors, and stressors
  environmental and occupational policies and                 generated by and/or associated with defined
  regulations, and exhibit in-depth knowledge                 sources, unit operations, and/or processes;
  in at least one area of environmental and                 • Describe qualitative and quantitative aspects
  occupational health sciences.                               of generation of agents, factors, and
• Frame and conduct a workplace, community                    stressors;
  or environmental assessment; recognize,                   • Understand physiological and/or
  identify and assess exposures to                            toxicological interactions of physical,
  environmental stressors, including proper                   chemical, biological, and ergonomic agents,
  operation of environmental instrumentation,                 factors, and/or stressors with the human
  when necessary; apply quantitative modeling                 body;
  techniques where appropriate; develop                     • Assess qualitative and quantitative aspects
  control strategies; and develop and evaluate                of exposure assessment, dose-response, and
  training programs.                                          risk characterization based on applicable
• Synthesize bodies of information; critically                pathways and modes of entry;
  read and evaluate scientific papers; collect,             • Calculate, interpret, and apply statistical and
  analyze and report environmental and/or                     epidemiological data to occupational health
  occupational health data; define, analyze                   problems;
  and recommend interventions for                           • Recommend and evaluate engineering,
  environmental and occupational health                       administrative, and personal protective
  problems based on sound technical and                       equipment controls and/or other
  ethical considerations; and prioritize issues               interventions to reduce or eliminate hazards;
  and interventions even with incomplete                    • Demonstrate an understanding of applicable
  information.                                                business and managerial practices;
• Apply the scientific method to a research                 • Interpret and apply applicable occupational
  project and demonstrate research skills and                 and environmental regulations; and
  methods, including ethical conduct of                     • Understand fundamental aspects of safety
  research and policies and procedures related                and environmental health.
  to human subject research.


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     EPIDEMIOLOGY: MS LEARNING                              2. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic
                                                               concepts and theories of social and
             OBJECTIVES                                        behavioral sciences relevant to clinical
                                                               research.
In addition to the school-wide learning                     3. Communicate their insights effectively.
objectives, for students pursuing the MS degree             4. Write well-conceived and persuasive grant
in Epidemiology, the following objectives apply:               applications.
                                                            5. Ensure the ethical treatment of their
1. Exhibit the ability for problem                             subjects.
   conceptualization and study design                       6. Participate in a broader multidisciplinary
2. Demonstrate critical reading skills and the                 research community that includes basic and
   ability to synthesize epidemiological and                   social scientists, as well as clinicians from
   related biological information.                             other areas of clinical practice.
3. Illustrate the ability to write reports from
   studies that are suitable for publication in
   scientific journals.
4. Additionally, the Cancer Epidemiology
   concentration is intended to provide
   specialized training to enable MS students:
5. To describe and characterize the major
   known determinants of cancer;
6. To describe, locate, analyze and interpret
   existing data relevant to cancer;
7. To understand the strengths and weaknesses
   of alternative epidemiologic study designs in
   the context of cancer research; and
8. To work within a multidisciplinary team to
   study behavioral, environmental, infectious,
   nutritional and/or genetic factors involved in
   cancer etiology.

        HEALTH POLICY AND
   ADMINISTRATION: MS LEARNING
           OBJECTIVES

In addition to the school-wide learning
objectives, for students pursuing the MS in
Clinical and Translational Science, the following
objectives apply:

1. Implement the basic analytical tools used by
   biostatisticians and epidemiologists.




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                                          BIOSTATISTICS – MS

The MS in Biostatistics program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours (SH) and is designed for
completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time. This program includes the following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (3 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                       Credits
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
                 MS Comprehensive Examination*
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.   Divisional Core Requirements (37 SH)
   Course                                            Title                                          Credits
BSTT 506        Clinical Trials                                                                  3 SH
OR
BSTT 507        Applied Sampling                                                                 3 SH
BSTT 523        Applied Biostatistics I                                                          4 SH
BSTT 524        Biostatistics Tools                                                              2 SH
BSTT 525        Applied Biostatistics II                                                         4 SH
BSTT 535        Categorical Data Analysis                                                        3 SH
BSTT 536        Survival Analysis                                                                3 SH
BSTT 537        Longitudinal Data Analysis                                                       4 SH
BSTT 538        Biostatistical Consulting                                                        2 SH
BSTT 550        Biostatistical Investigations                                                    4 SH
STAT 401         Introduction to Probability                                                     4 SH
STAT 411         Statistical Theory                                                              4 SH

III.   Electives (minimum 8 SH)

All students must complete a minimum of 8 semester hours of electives. At least 3 semester hours
should be one of the following:
     • EOHS 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 SH)
     • CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 SH)
     • CHSC 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 SH)
     • HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 SH)

*MS Comprehensive Examination – All Biostatistics Students
All MS students in biostatistics take a comprehensive exam at the end of their second program year. This
exam consists of two parts. The first part, a three-hour written exam, will cover basic methodological
material from the required biostatistics and mathematics courses. The second part will be a seven day
take-home exam in which the student is tested on the ability to perform data analysis and to describe
and discuss the results.

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                             COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – MS

The MS in Community Health Sciences program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours (SH). This
program is designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time and includes the following course
requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (23 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                      Credits
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 598         Research in the Public Health Sciences – MS*                            16 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.   Divisional Core Requirements (16 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                            Credits
BSTT 401        Biostatistics II                                                                4 SH
CHSC 400        Public Health Concepts and Practice                                             3 SH
CHSC 401        Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                            3 SH
CHSC 446        Research Methods in Public Health                                               3 SH
CHSC 480         Health Education and Health Promotion                                          3 SH

III. Electives (minimum of 9 SH)
Students may use their advanced electives to pursue a course of study in one of the following inter-
disciplinary concentrations; or may customize their program of study by selecting from a broad range of
course work to meet their career goals and interests.

All students must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours of electives in 500-level courses in the
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            ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES - MS

The MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program requires a minimum of 48
semester hours (SH). This program is designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time and
includes the following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (27 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                      Credits
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
BSTT 401         Biostatistics II                                                        4 SH
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 598         Research in the Public Health Sciences – MS*                            16 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.    Divisional Core Requirements (14 SH)
All students are required to take a minimum of 14 semester hours in EOHS courses. Students must take
EOHS 405 Environmental Calculations (2 SH) and choose at least one course from each of the following
three areas:

                                1. Exposure Assessment and Measurement
   Course                                          Title                                             Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 418         Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality                                       2 SH
EOHS 421         Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                             2 SH
EOHS 428         Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I                                                2 SH
EOHS 438         Air Quality Laboratory                                                         2 SH
EOHS 440         Chemistry for Environmental Professionals                                      3 SH
EOHS 542         Water Chemistry                                                                4 SH
EOHS 543         Environmental Organic Chemistry                                                4 SH
EOHS 557         Design and Analysis of Experiments                                             4 SH
EOHS 564         Geographic Information System Applications in Public Health                    3 SH
EOHS 565         Datamining Applications in Public Health                                       3 SH

                                          2. Health Assessment
   Course                                          Title                                             Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 450         Principles of Occupational and Environmental Medicine                          2 SH
EOHS 455         Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                      3 SH
EOHS 495         Environmental/Occupational Health Seminar                                      1 SH
EOHS 551         Occupational Diseases                                                          4 SH
EOHS 554         Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                    3 SH

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EOHS 555        Advanced Toxicology                                                              3 SH
EOHS 571        Injury Epidemiology                                                              3 SH

                                         3. Intervention Strategies
   Course                                           Title                                             Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 408         Biological, Chemical, Explosives, and Nuclear Weapons as Public Health          3 SH
                 Threats
EOHS 411         Water Quality Management                                                        4 SH
EOHS 431         Air Quality Management I                                                        3 SH
EOHS 461         Community Health and Consumer Protection                                        2 SH
EOHS 463         Safety Management Systems                                                       2 SH
EOHS 482         Occupational Safety Science                                                     2 SH
EOHS 556         Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                        3 SH
EOHS 572         Environmental Risk Assessment and Management                                    4 SH

III.   Electives (minimum of 9 SH)

IV.    All students must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours of electives at the 500-level. Optional
       Concentrations

A.     Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Concentration in EOHS (34-37 SH)

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 34-37 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. In addition, students must
adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.
Course               Title                                                                       Credits
EPID 404             Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                          4 SH
EOHS 405             Environmental Calculations                                                  2 SH
EPID 406             Epidemiologic Computing                                                     3 SH
EPID 591             Current Epidemiologic Literature                                            2 SH
EOHS 556             Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                    3 SH
EPID/EOHS 554        Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                 2 SH
EPID/EOHS 530        Current Topics in Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology                 2 SH
EPID/EOHS 535        Applied Methods in Occupational Epidemiology                                3 SH
EPID/EOHS 571        Injury Epidemiology and Prevention                                          3 SH
EOHS 421             Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                          2 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 411             Water Quality Management                                                    4 SH
EOHS 431             Air Quality Management I                                                    3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID 410             Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                         2 SH
EPID 411             Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                            3 SH
Select one of the following courses:


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EOHS 455            Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                   3 SH
EOHS 551            Occupational Diseases                                                       4 SH

B.    ASAC ABET-Accredited Program in Industrial Hygiene (29-31 SH)

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 29-31 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. In addition, students must
adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.
                                          Industrial Hygiene Core
  Course                                            Title                                          Credits
EOHS 405        Environmental Calculations                                                      2 SH
EOHS 424        Environmental Acoustics                                                         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 523        Engineering Controls/Industrial Ventilation                                     4 SH
EOHS 529        Industrial Hygiene Lab II                                                       2 SH
EOHS 570        Hazardous Materials Management                                                  3 SH
EOHS 584        Radiation Protection                                                            3 SH


                                           NIOSH ERC Core
  Course                                         Title                                             Credits
EOHS 421        Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                              2 SH
EOHS 482        Occupational Safety Science                                                     2 SH


                                             SELECTIVE
   Course                                       Title                                                Credits
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 455         Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                      3 SH
EOHS 551         Occupational and Environmental Diseases                                        4 SH
EOHS 554         Occupational Environmental Epidemiology                                        2 SH

Additional Requirements for Students Enrolled in (ASAC-ABET) - Accredited Industrial Hygiene
Program
Trainees are also expected to:
    5. Attend interdisciplinary seminar
    6. Attend Occupational Medicine Clinic (on a rotating basis this usually works out to once/3 weeks)
    7. Take the 40-hour hazardous waste worker training course during the 2 years in the program
    8. Participate in at least one extended field test

C.    ABET – Accredited Hazardous Substances Academic Training Program (HSAT) (36 SH)

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 36 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. To meet HSAT requirements

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students must complete the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. In addition,
students must adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.
                                      Hazardous Substances Core
  Course                                         Title                                              Credits
EOHS 405        Environmental Calculations                                                       2 SH
EOHS 424        Environmental Acoustics                                                          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 440        Chemistry for Environmental Professionals                                        3 SH
EOHS 455        Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                        3 SH
EOHS 523        Engineering Controls/Industrial Ventilation                                      4 SH
EOHS 529        Industrial Hygiene Lab II                                                        2 SH
EOHS 570        Hazardous Materials Management                                                   3 SH
EOHS 584        Radiation Protection                                                             3 SH


                                           NIOSH ERC Core
  Course                                         Title                                              Credits
EOHS 421        Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                               2 SH
EOHS 482        Occupational Safety Science                                                      2 SH


                                                  SELECTIVE
   Course                                            Title                                            Credits
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 408         Biological, Chemical, Explosives, and Nuclear Weapons as Public Health          3 SH
                 Threats
EOHS 556         Risk Assessment in Environmental Health                                         3 SH

Additional Requirements for Students Enrolled in (ABET) - Hazardous Substances Academic Training
Program (HSAT)

Prerequisites for entering the Hazardous Substances Academic Training Program (HSAT) program:
    1. two semesters of general chemistry
    2. at least one semester of organic chemistry
    3. two semesters of mathematics through differential and integral calculus
    4. one course in human physiology

Trainees are also expected to:
    1. Attend a weekly interdisciplinary seminar
    2. Attend Occupational Medicine Clinic (on a rotating basis this usually works out to once/3 weeks)
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D.    Occupational Safety (36 SH)

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 36 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices.
                                       Occupational Safety Core
     Course                                       Title                                             Credits
IE/EOHS 441        Ergonomics and Human Factors                                                  4 SH
IE 446             Quality Control & Reliability                                                 4 SH
IE 461/EOHS 460    Safety Engineering                                                            4 SH
EOHS 463           Safety Management Systems                                                     2 SH
EOHS/EPID 571      Injury Epidemiology & Prevention                                              3 SH


                                           NIOSH ERC Core
  Course                                         Title                                              Credits
EOHS 421        Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                               2 SH
EOHS 482        Occupational Safety Science                                                      2 SH
EOHS 551        Occupational Diseases                                                            4 SH


                                                EOHS Track
   Course                                           Title                                           Credits
EOHS 405         Environmental Calculations                                                      2 SH
EOHS 424         Environmental Acoustics                                                         2 SH
EOHS 428         Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I                                                 2 SH
EOHS 529         Industrial Hygiene Laboratory II (Field)                                        2 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID/EOHS        Biological, Chemical, Explosives, and Nuclear                                   3 SH
408              Weapons as Public Health Threats
EOHS 570         Hazardous Materials Management                                                  3 SH
EOHS 584         Radiation Protection                                                            3 SH
TSM 421          Agricultural Safety & Injury Prevention                                         3 SH

*Capstone Requirements
A capstone experience is required of all students in EOHS. For students in the MS program, the capstone
experience is the MS research (IPHS 598) and written thesis.




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                                         EPIDEMIOLOGY – MS

The MS in Epidemiology program requires a minimum of 50 semester hours (SH). This program is
designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time and includes the following course
requirements:

II.   School-Wide Core Requirements (15 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                      Credits
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 598         Research in the Public Health Sciences – MS*                            8 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

III.  Divisional Core Requirements (16-17 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                            Credits
BSTT 401         Biostatistics II                                                                4 SH
EPID 404         Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                              4 SH
EPID 406         Epidemiologic Computing                                                         3 SH
EPID 591         Current Epidemiologic Literature                                                2 SH
EPID 595         Research Seminar                                                                1 SH
Select one of the following:
BSTT 505         Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis                                       2 SH
BSTT 506         Design of Clinical Trials                                                       3 SH
BSTT 507         Sampling and Estimation Methods Applied to Public Health                        3 SH

IV.    Electives (minimum of 19 SH)

Students may use their electives to pursue a course of study in the following optional concentration; or
may customize their program of study by selecting from a broad range of course work to meet their
career goals and interests. All students must complete a minimum of 19 semester hours of electives, 7
semester hours of which must be Epidemiology courses at the 500 level.

Other Electives (7 SH) - At least 3 SH should be one of the following:
   • EOHS 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 SH)
   • CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 SH)
   • CHSC 401 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 SH)
   • HPA 400 Principles of Management in Public Health (3 SH)

V.     Optional Concentrations

A.     Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Concentration in Epidemiology (34-37 SH)

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Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 33-36 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. In addition, students must
adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.
 Course              Title                                                                      Credits
 BSTT 505            Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis                                  2 SH
 EPID 404            Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                         4 SH
 EPID 406            Epidemiologic Computing                                                    3 SH
 EPID 591            Current Epidemiologic Literature                                           2 SH
 EOHS 556            Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                   3 SH
 EPID/EOHS 554       Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                2 SH
 EPID/EOHS 530       Current Topics in Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology                2 SH
 EPID/EOHS 535       Applied Methods in Occupational Epidemiology                               3 SH
 EPID/EOHS 571       Injury Epidemiology and Prevention                                         3 SH
 EOHS 421            Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                         2 SH
 Select one of the following courses:
 EOHS 411            Water Quality Management                                                   4 SH
 EOHS 431            Air Quality Management I                                                   3 SH
 Select one of the following courses:
 EPID 410            Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                        2 SH
 EPID 411            Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                           3 SH
 Select one of the following courses:
 EOHS 455            Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                  3 SH
 EOHS 551            Occupational Diseases                                                      4 SH

B. Cancer Epidemiology (minimum additional 35 SH)

Students electing the Cancer Epidemiology concentration must complete the School-Wide Course
Requirements and the following courses in lieu of the Divisional Core Requirements:
 Course          Title                                                                Credits
 BSTT 401        Biostatistics II                                                     4 SH
 BSTT 505        Survival Analysis and Logistic Regression                            2 SH
 EPID 404        Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                   4 SH
 EPID 406        Epidemiologic Computing                                              3 SH
 EPID 515        Survey of Cancer Epidemiology                                        3 SH
 EPID 591        Current Epidemiologic Literature                                     2 SH
 EPID 595        Research Seminar                                                     1 SH
 Select two of the following courses:
 CHSC           Nutritional Epidemiology                                              3 SH
 514/HN 594
 EPID 516        Advanced Cancer Epidemiology                                         2 SH
 EPID 520        Genetics in Epidemiology                                             2 SH
 EPID 554        Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                          2 SH
 EPID 594        Advanced Special Topics in Epidemiology: Social Epidemiology         2 SH
 EPID 594        Advanced Special Topics in Epidemiology: Surveillance Epidemiology   2 SH

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Cancer Epidemiology Electives (11-12 SH)
Students must take a minimum of 11-12 SH of electives as necessary to reach minimum of 50 total
program hours.

*MS Thesis Research Requirements
The MS Thesis in Epidemiology at UIC SPH is intended to prepare the student to conduct epidemiology
studies as a part of a research team. The thesis process involves a) developing a thesis proposal in
conjunction with a thesis advisor and committee, and b) completion of the research, writing, and
defense of the dissertation. With the assistance of the advisor, the student should select appropriate
faculty for his/her thesis committee. The committee must be comprised of three members at a
minimum, with at least one member a tenured faculty. The members of the thesis committee will meet
with the student to approve the thesis proposal, and to determine that the student is adequately
prepared to undertake it.


The student may generate his or her own research hypothesis or work with a faculty member who
outlines a research hypothesis. The use of existing data to test a hypothesis using standard
epidemiological study designs and analytic techniques is recommended. However, other formats (e.g.
descriptive studies and studies with limited field work), may be acceptable. It is anticipated that the
thesis results will be suitable for publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal.




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      HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION - MS CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL
                              SCIENCE (MS CTS)

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours
(SH). This program is designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time and includes the
following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (23 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                      Credits
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 598         Research in the Public Health Sciences – MS*                            16 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.   Divisional Core Requirements (11 SH)
   Course                                            Title                                           Credits
BSTT 401        Biostatistics II                                                                  4 SH
EPID 406         Epidemiologic Computing                                                          3 SH
HPA 590          Grant Writing                                                                    1 SH
MHPE 512/       (cross-listed) Ethics in Clinical Research                                        1 SH
HPA 512
MHPE 534/        (cross-listed) Research Design and Grant Writing                                 2 SH
HPA 534

III. Electives (14 SH)

All students must complete a minimum of 14 semester hours of electives selected from across
disciplines at UIC. With input from their advisor and mentor, students will choose appropriate electives
that are tailored to their unique backgrounds, skill levels, areas of interest, research focus, and future
goals. At least nine 9 SH must be 500-level courses excluding thesis or independent study.

*MS Thesis Research Requirements
Sixteen credits of mentored research (IPHS 598-Research) must be completed in two to three semesters
of full time work leading to the completion of a publishable paper and a research proposal. The research
must be completed under the supervision of an approved clinical investigator and with the approval of a
mentorship committee designed specifically for each student.

Final Oral Examination
The final oral examination consists of a presentation of the student's research findings at an open
meeting of students and faculty and a separate oral examination in the academic division by the
student's Thesis Examining Committee. The presentation should be based on the publishable paper and
research proposal products of the student's clinical research project.

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                           MHA DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION

          ACADEMIC CALENDAR
                                                           Deadline for Completing Degree Requirements
For the current academic calendar, please visit
                                                           MHA students must complete all degree
the UIC School of Public Health
                                                           requirements within five calendar years after
website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/osa_dates.ht
                                                           their initial registration as a degree student
m.
                                                           within the SPH. In extraordinary circumstances
                                                           an extension of time may be granted if the
       PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
                                                           petition for an extension is filed before meeting
                                                           the 5-year deadline. Time spent on an approved
The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)              leave of absence is not counted toward the
degree is offered by the School of Public                  degree time limit (see Leave of Absence).
Health's Health Policy and Administration
Division and the College of Business                               CULMINATING EXPERIENCE
Administration.
                                                           All MHA students must complete the following
The MHA program consists of three
                                                           culminating experience to comply with degree
components (Minimum of 60 SH):
                                                           requirements:
1. Program Requirements (54 SH)
2. Culminating Experience
      o HPA 495 – MHA Preceptorship (5 SH)
                                                           • HPA 495 - MHA Preceptorship (5 SH)
      o HPA 496 – Capstone Project (1 SH)                  • HPA 496 – Capstone Project (1 SH)
3. Required Non-Credit Training
      o HIPAA Research 101                                     MHA PRECEPTORSHIP (HPA 495)
      o Investigator Training 101
                                                           The MHA preceptorship begins in the first
                ADMISSIONS                                 semester of study and continues throughout
                                                           every semester, including the summer. You will
Please see the Admissions section of the SPH               work with successful executives in healthcare
website for information.                                   institutions, getting firsthand exposure to
                                                           management, leadership, and
Conditional Admission Policy Statement                     governance. Preceptorships will be organized
                                                           to serve the general educational objectives of
Under special circumstances, an applicant may              the program with placements that offer
be recommended by a Division for admission on              opportunities for the student to participate in a
a conditional basis (e.g., completion of                   sector of healthcare that is related to his or her
preparatory course work). The conditions under             professional career goals.
which a student is admitted to the School are to           The student will spend at least 3–6 hours per
be stipulated in writing by the director of the            week at the preceptor’s workplace and on
Division recommending admission of the                     campus engaging in both structured learning
student. Conditionally admitted students must              experiences and completing project(s). The
satisfy the conditions prior to graduation (or             focus of the first semester will be on learning
earlier if so specified by the Division).                  the internal workings of the healthcare sector

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and the specific area in which the student has
expressed an interest.

In the first summer, the preceptorship
experience consists of at least 300 hours on-site
at the preceptor’s workplace. During that time,
learning about executive and leadership
responsibilities and roles will be pursued in
direct discussions with the preceptor and
completion of assigned experiences and projects.

In the following Fall Semester, the preceptorship
will focus on issues of leadership and culture.
Again the student will be involved for at least 3–
6 hours per week in structured learning and
project completion at the preceptor’s workplace
and on campus.

       MHA CAPSTONE (HPA 496)

The preceptorship experience culminates in a
Capstone Paper required for completion of the
degree project that will enable you to
demonstrate the ability to address an actual
strategic management issue in an actual health
service organization.




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                              MHA DEGREE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)               • Responsibilities of management and
degree provides students the opportunity to                     governing bodies, and the relationships
develop the skills and resources needed to                      between the two.
become a healthcare leader. The MHA Program                 •   Roles of executives as managers and leaders
is designed for:                                                in the complex environment of health care
• Managers, administrators and supervisors                      delivery organizations.
   already working in healthcare or related fields          •   Organization theory and its practical
   who want to advance their skills to become                   application to management and leadership
   executives and leaders;                                      challenges.
• Healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses,                •   Health care financing, cost accounting
   therapists, technicians, other caregivers and                methodologies, and reimbursement theory
   researchers) who seek advancement into                       and practice.
   organizational leadership; and new graduates             •   Financial reporting, operating budgets,
   who want to enter the healthcare field as                    capital budgets and treasury functions in
   managers.                                                    health care delivery settings.
                                                            •   Responsibilities of executives and,
MHA students will achieve the following                         specifically, of Chief Executive officers, Chief
learning objectives during completion of the                    Finance officers, Chief Medical officers, and
MHA program in public health:                                   Compliance officers to a board of directors,
                                                                and to various accreditation, regulatory,
Knowledge                                                       licensing and other government agencies.
                                                            •   The manner in which the concepts and tools
Students will be able to demonstrate a                          of statistics, epidemiology and marketing fit
professional manager's working knowledge of:                    together to provide a basis for rigorous
                                                                strategy development.
• Current health policy issues.                             •   Key roles of quality and effectiveness
• Currently applicable law to their chosen area                 evaluation.
  of health care delivery.                                  •   Human resource theory and tools, and the
• Ethical guidelines of the American College of                 importance of human resources in health
  Health Care Executives, the American                          care delivery.
  Hospital Association and the various                      •   The role and significance of information
  professional societies representing                           systems in contemporary health care
  leadership in clinical health care delivery.                  delivery.
• Structure and organization of American                    •   How to synthesize and apply academic
  health care and the formal and informal                       knowledge areas in the “real-life” setting of
  forces that influence its actions.                            their program-long preceptorship, and in the
• Functions of the component parts of the                       development, analysis, and presentation of
  American health care system and how the                       critical issues through their capstone project.
  economic and political forces at work
  between the various components affect the
  delivery of health care.




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Skills                                                           databases, as well as the Internet, to retrieve
                                                                 health information for planning purposes will
Students will be able to demonstrate their                       be specific skills that the manager will apply
ability to:                                                      in the work setting.
                                                             •   Develop and conduct employee performance
• Apply analytical skills to manage programs                     appraisals.
    and assess their effectiveness.                          •   Identify proper contract terms and negotiate
•   Recognize and develop approaches to                          agreements.
    address organizational development goals.                •   Create and lead a self evaluation of
•   Organize a planning process and develop                      management teams and the board of
    best input and optimum alignment in the                      directors.
    process of creating effective comprehensive              •   Identify core ethical precepts of their
    plans.                                                       organization and the conflicts that may arise
•   Assess community health status and address                   in the performance of their job. Create a
    program development, maintenance, and                        strategy for addressing those potential
    divestment needs in response to forecast                     conflicts in an open, constructive and honest
    demand. These will be critical competencies.                 manner.
•   Develop a marketing analysis and strategy
    that incorporates demography, health status              The MHA program has incorporated the
    and competing service provision capabilities.            following learning objectives from the MPH
•   Develop alternative strategies to effectively            program:
    respond to changing incentives in order to
    meet organizational goals.                               Basic Health Science Skills
•   Develop marketing and sales strategies to
    introduce programs.                                      • Define, assess and understand the health
•   Assess and develop statistical profiles and                status of populations, determinants of health
    complete a health program evaluation.                      and illness, factors contributing to health
•   Develop presentations, facilitate meetings                 promotion and disease prevention, and
    and create reporting mechanisms to monitor                 factors influencing the use of health services.
    adherence to established goals. The use of               • Apply the basic public health sciences,
    focus groups and development of listening                  including epidemiology, health and policy
    skills will be key areas of focus.                         administration, behavioral and social
•   Develop a program budget, forecast budget                  sciences, biostatistics, and environmental
    projections, analyze income statements for                 and occupational public health, to the
    budget variances and create strategies to                  prevention of illness and injury.
    address program deficits or surpluses.                   • Describe the potential linkages and
•   Assess financial options such as lease-buy                 interactions among multiple determinants of
    financing strategies to support capital                    health at intrapersonal, interpersonal,
    expansion and equipment needs.                             organizational, community and societal
•   Analyze specific reimbursement approaches                  levels (i.e., ecological model).
    for organizational strengths and weaknesses.
•   Determine the best strategies to optimize                Analytic Skills
    the effect of information systems (IS) on the
    operations of health care delivery                       • Use appropriate data and statistical methods
    organizations. The ability to interface with IS              for problem identification and resolutions
    managers and use available systems and

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  and for program planning, implementation                   • Describe the U.S. institutions and processes
  and evaluation.                                              of policy-making in public health and
• Use data to illuminate ethical, political,                   recognize that these differ in different
  scientific, economic and overall public health               societies.
  issues.                                                    • Recognize relevant theories of social policy
                                                               and how they explain policy-making in public
Cultural Skills                                                health.

• Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of                   Community Dimensions of Practice
  the dynamic forces of cultural diversity and
  their implications for public health both                  • Establish and maintain linkages with key
  domestically and internationally.                             stakeholders in community-based initiatives
• Interact sensitively, effectively and                         to address public health issues.
  professionally with people from diverse
  ethnic, socioeconomic, educational and                     Ethics
  professional backgrounds, and with persons
  of all ages and lifestyle preferences.                     • Apply ethical principles to the collection,
• Identify the role of cultural factors in                      maintenance, use and dissemination of data
  determining disease, disease prevention,                      and information.
  health promoting behavior, and health care
  services organization and delivery.

Information and Technology

• Define a public health problem for purposes
   of literature research process.
• Demonstrate library skills, including the
   ability to conduct computerized literature
   searches, for researching problems in public
   health.

Communication Skills

• Present accurately and effectively
  demographic, statistical, programmatic and
  scientific public health information for
  professionals and lay audiences.
• Lead and participate in groups to address
  specific public health issues.

Policy Development

• Understand the historical development and
   structure of state, local and federal public
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                                                   MHA

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours
(SH). This program is designed for completion in 2 years when enrolled full-time and includes the
following course requirements:

I.    Program Requirements (60 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                      Credits
ACTG 500         Intro to Financial and Managerial Accounting                            4 SH
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
EPID 400         Principles of Epidemiology                                              3 SH
FIN 500          Introduction to Corporate Finance                                       4 SH
MGMT 553         Human Resource Management                                               4 SH
HPA 403          U.S. Health Care System                                                 3 SH
HPA 410          Health Organizational Leadership                                        3 SH
HPA 417          Quality Management                                                      3 SH
HPA 434          Law and the Health Care System                                          3 SH
HPA 441          Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations                       4 SH
HPA 451          Health Care Finance                                                     3 SH
HPA 463          Managerial Health Economics                                             3 SH
HPA 465          Health Information & Decision Support System                            4 SH
HPA 470          Quantitative Methods for Healthcare Managers                            2 SH
HPA 490          MHA Special Topics (1 SH; take 2 semesters)                             2 SH
HPA 495          MHA Preceptorship                                                       5 SH
HPA 496          MHA Capstone                                                            1 SH
HPA 525          Population Based Healthcare Services Planning                           3 SH
HPA 551          Healthcare Marketing                                                    3 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

*For an example course sequence for full-time and part-time students, please see the MHA
website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/mha/coursesequence.shtml




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                                          THE DRPH PROGRAM



                                          PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is the advanced professional degree offered by the School of Public
Health. Matriculation into the degree program is through the School of Public Health with the
participation of the school’s four academic divisions. The School has designed a new program tailored
to meet the goals of mid-career public health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and
practice of public health and attain the leadership ability that will enable them to advance the field.

The curriculum is designed to prepare public health leaders by ensuring expertise in the conceptual
foundations of public health, applied research methods, leadership and communication skills, and a
substantive area of specialization. Students are eligible for conferral of the Doctor of Public Health
degree upon demonstrating mastery of the DrPH competencies through a combination of course-
work, independent study, prior experience, and completion of a thesis.

Critical to the program’s success is the student’s self-assessment and self-appraisal of his/her
competencies as a basis for structuring and monitoring further formal educational study. For this
process we have developed several tools which are described in this handbook. These include the
Portfolio, the Program Proposal, and the Annual Progress Report.

As a school-wide endeavor, the DrPH program is governed by an Oversight Committee, comprised of
representatives from each of the School’s four divisions, the Dean’s Office, and the DrPH Program
Director. One DrPH student selected by peers is a member of the Oversight Committee and participates
in all committee business, except issues involving the status of specific students. The student
representative serves as a liaison with the DrPH student body in communicating information and
soliciting feedback. In its oversight role, the Committee advises the Dean’s Office on all matters
regarding DrPH program curriculum, admissions, student status and progress, and policy level
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                               COMPETENCIES FOR THE DRPH DEGREE

After completing the DrPH program, the DrPH student will be able to:

Competency 1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the core areas of public health practice,
research, and theory.

    a. Analyze and critique public health as a system, including specific functions and roles of
       government and governmental public health agencies and other partners, assessing the
       system’s ability to respond to public health problems and its limitations, and identifying ways to
       improve it.
    b. Integrate and apply multidisciplinary theories and research findings to solve a public health
       problem(s).
    c. Demonstrate an understanding of the ecological model and how it guides the assessment of,
       and solutions to, public health issues.
    d. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal basis for public health.

Competency 2: Analyze issues and problems in public health using need/resource assessment, critical
evaluation, applied research methodology, and statistical methods.

    a. Obtain, synthesize and interpret appropriate quantitative, qualitative and economic measures
       and data from multiple sources to address public health problems.
    b. Demonstrate in-depth understanding through use of an applied research design and methods of
       analysis (quantitative, qualitative or economic research methods) to a public health problem or
       issue.

Competency 3: Synthesize information from a variety of sources to assess significance, identify
relationships and develop strategies for addressing public health problems/issues in an area of interest
or specialization in a manner that contributes to the evidence base of public health practice and public
health scholarship.

    a. Identify and apply foundation theories in area of specialization to explain and predict public
       health problems and solutions.
    b. Develop and apply measures of population health and illness, including risk factors, in the
       development of community health improvement initiatives, taking into account appropriate
       cultural, social, behavioral, and biological factors.
    c. Develop and apply a logic model, or other systems applications, demonstrating
       interrelationships among risk and protective factors, as well as between process and outcome
       objectives, and targets/standards for population health.
    d. Apply research, evaluation and strategic planning designs to address a public health issue in an
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Competency 4: Demonstrate leadership in designing and implementing policies, strategies and
interventions which address a significant public health problem/issue.

    a. Demonstrate an ability to strategically plan, implement and evaluate agency performance and
       organizational improvements.
    b. Demonstrate an understanding of the political, social and economic factors influencing the
       development of, and changes in, public health programs, agencies, or interventions as well as
       strategies to positively affect those factors.
    c. Apply principles and tools of financial, human resource, and information systems management
       to public health organizations and agencies.
    d. Demonstrate an ability to lead and manage individuals or teams in the design, implementation
       and evaluation of public health programs.
    e. Access and synthesize information from a variety of sources to make evidenced-based program
       decisions.
    f. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural factors and their role in the design of policies and
       programs.
    g. Demonstrate an understanding of the policy process, the use of evidence (scientific, stakeholder
       input, and public opinion) to inform policy decisions, and how negotiation, advocacy, and
       consensus building can influence the process.

Competency 5: Demonstrate the ability to assess communication strategies and use communication skills
across diverse audiences to inform and influence program and policy decisions.

    a. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical elements of effective communication.
    b. Organize and present qualitative, quantitative and economic data cogently and persuasively at
       scientific sessions and to lay audiences.
    c. Design oral and written communications for varied audiences (community and business leaders,
       the public, policy makers, public health professionals, the media, and other stakeholders).
    d. Demonstrate ability to develop a social marketing plan for a new or existing intervention.

Competency 6: Demonstrate a vision and philosophy for professional leadership in public health.

    a. Apply principles of systems thinking and effective organizational leadership to create a shared
       vision that drives change, fosters innovation and builds partnerships, which maximize
       achievement of public health goals.
    b. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of public health practice and
       leadership.
    c. Identify personal leadership style and traits, and refine professional skills to improve leadership
       capacity.
    d. Analyze a leadership situation and the performance of those in leadership positions, and provide
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                                         PROGRAM OF STUDY

A minimum of 96 semester credit hours are required to earn the DrPH degree allocated as follows:

   Required Courses (28 sh)
   BSTT 401: Biostatistics II (4 sh)
   EPID 403: Introduction to Epidemiology Principles & Methods (3 sh)
   IPHS 501: Public Health Leadership Seminar 1 (3 sh)
   IPHS 502: Public Health Leadership Seminar 2 (3 sh)
   IPHS 503: DrPH Integrative Methods Seminar I (3 sh)
   IPHS 505: Dr PH Methods Seminar II (3 sh)
   IPHS 510: Leadership in Public Health Policy Development (3 sh)
   IPHS 511: Personal Leadership Development (3 sh)
   IPHS 512: Public Health Leadership Tools (3 sh)

   Focus Area (minimum 8 sh)
   Chosen from a wide array of offerings*, the courses when taken together create a focused
   expertise that will permit a student to apply leadership in an area of emphasis. Courses selected
   with approval of advisor. (*Elective options are more limited for distance learners.)

   Summer Institute (3-day program)
   Attendance required annually.

   DrPH Thesis Project (minimum 28 sh)
   IPHS 699: DrPH Thesis Project
   The thesis can take a variety of forms, including:

   •   Traditional research study
   •   Extensive intervention design
   •   An evaluation of a complex program or policy
   •   Policy Analysis

   Prior masters degree (up to 32 sh)

   •   Credit for up to 32 semester hours given for previous master’s of public health (MPH) or related
       degree.
   •   IPHS 661: DrPH Field Experience (0-5 sh, required only for students without requisite experience
       upon matriculation).

   Required Non-Credit Training

   •   HIPAA Research 101
   •   Investigator Training 101



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   Total 96 sh (Includes 32 sh of masters level work)

    Students who are deficient in the minimum requirements for admission must make up the
    deficiencies. Students entering without a prior masters of public health degree must complete
    the six core MPH courses or their equivalent. Students entering without the requisite work
    experience must complete a field practicum experience of 5 semester hours. Although required
    for completion of the degree, credits earned to complete MPH course deficiencies and/ or the
    field practicum will not count toward the 96 hour minimum requirement for the DrPH degree.

ENROLLING IN IPHS 699

IPHS 699 is intended to grant credit hours for work on the DrPH thesis. So, students must have reached
that stage of the program prior to enrolling in IPHS 699, which generally means that part 3 of the
portfolio has been accepted and a thesis proposal has been drafted. With the advisor’s approval, a
student may enroll in up to eight hours of IPHS 699 to prepare the thesis proposal. An additional four
hours can be taken in a subsequent term if, in the advisor’s opinion, the additional hours will lead to the
proposal being accepted by the thesis committee by the end of that term. In total, no more than 12
hours of IPHS 699 can be taken prior to approval of a thesis proposal

Grades for IPHS 699 are either Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory and a satisfactory grade must be achieved
for at least 28 hours of IPHS 699 to meet the DrPH thesis requirement. The grades for IPHS 699 hours
can be given at the completion of the term the hours are taken, or at the discretion of the advisor, at the
completion of the thesis. Receiving a satisfactory grade for IPHS 699 hours prior to completing the thesis
does not assure acceptance of the thesis, which is reviewed and approved by the thesis committee in a
separate review process.

FIELD PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE (IPHS 661)

DrPH students with less than 3 years of full-time, paid, professional experience in public health in a
leadership position, or in mid- to senior level management positions that demonstrate progressive
responsibility and evidence of leadership potential either prior to matriculation or during their academic
career, must complete a 5 sh field practicum experience in addition to the thesis project.

The experience must be a structured, supervised activity which provides in-depth mid- to upper-level
public health experience that exposes the student to a leadership situation. The experience is
significantly more than what is expected of the “MPH field practicum," as described in the MPH
curriculum. It is a specific and higher-level undertaking such as would be assigned to an independent
practicing public health professional, designed to provide broad, practical and new experiences in an
area relevant to the student's future career as a public health leader. As a general example, the field
experience would address leadership aspects encountered in needs assessment, program planning,
policy analysis, program management, evaluation and/or surveillance activities within a public health
setting.


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The experience may or may not relate to the student's thesis. It is selected jointly by the student and his
or her academic advisor and subject to the approval of the School wide DrPH Oversight Committee. The
academic advisor plays an active role in selecting the field practicum site and program, and ensures the
quality and adequacy of both the program and its on-site supervision by local staff. A salary may be
accepted. An explicit agreement on the planned activities must be achieved and formalized in a letter of
agreement among the student, the advisor, the School wide DrPH Oversight Committee and the agency.

                              PROGRAM MILESTONES AND DEADLINES

Deadline for Completing Degree Requirements

The maximum time permitted to complete the degree is seven calendar years for those students with an
MPH degree or its equivalent, and requisite background experience. Students entering without a
relevant masters degree, or students who are required to complete a field practicum experience, will
have seven years to complete the degree. Time spent on an official leave of absence approved by the
School is not counted toward the degree time limit (Refer to Leave of Absence in SPH Student
Handbook). The maximum time may be extended in unusual circumstances, upon request in writing,
subject to approval by the Committee on Academic Progress (CAP) and the Dean of SPH. The written
request should detail the reasons for the extension and the timeline for completion of the degree. The
progress of doctoral candidates will be reviewed periodically. If it is determined that the student is not
making satisfactory progress, a recommendation may be made to the Dean for dismissal from the
program.

Progression through the Program: Important Milestones

Beyond the overall timeframe for completing degree requirements, several other milestones are used
by advisors and the Oversight Committee to track and evaluate student progress. These include:

    •   Part I of the Portfolio is due by the end of the first semester after admission.

    •   The Program Proposal is due by the beginning of the second semester after admission and must
        be updated as courses are completed and plans change.

    •   Part 2 of the portfolio, including the program proposal, is due prior to end of 2nd semester.

    •   Part 3 of the Portfolio is to be submitted in the beginning of the semester prior to the one in
        which student intends to begin his/her thesis.

    •   A part time student should be finished with didactic credit hours (36sh) by the end of year
        three. If at that time, a student has not made this progress, a comprehensive student
        progress review will be conducted.




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   •    A student is expected to complete the equivalent of what would average to two courses per
        term. During the thesis phase, students are expected to register for DrPH research hours.

   •    At the end of the first year of the thesis phase, the student must have: 1) the committee
        established, and 2) the proposal approved.

    •   A current DrPH Annual Progress Report must be filed annually, no later than the end of the
        spring term. This applies to all students regardless of program status or stage of completing
        the degree.

    •   All students must complete at least one advising session per semester regardless of program
        status or stage of completing the degree.

    Failure to meet these milestone timelines will trigger a progress review and may result in a hold
    being placed on course registration along with a further requirement to complete a learning
    contract action plan.

Program Proposal

The DrPH Program Proposal is both a “snap-shot” summary of student admission information and
current status, along with a plan of study and schedule of courses to be completed. As such, it is an
important tracking document. The Program Proposal should be started early after admission and kept
updated, especially to reflect changes in the plan of study, Portfolio completion points and other
progress milestones.

                                                PORTFOLIO


The DrPH program is designed for students to acquire and demonstrate competency in the areas of
professional leadership, management, and the application of state-of-the-art knowledge and analytic
approaches to public health problems. This learning process is documented in the DrPH Portfolio which
is developed in stages as the student progresses through the doctoral program.

The DrPH portfolio serves several important functions:

   •    It serves as the principal advising document, helping the student and academic advisor design an
        academic program tailored to meet the student’s professional aspirations and goals.
   •    It provides the framework for the ongoing review of academic progress and an organizing tool
        for the annual review of each student’s overall academic progress.
   •    It presents information and evidence needed to approve the student’s program proposal and to
        determine the student’s readiness to begin work on the DrPH thesis following completion of
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The portfolio should be considered an integrated compilation of work products which evolves as the
student progresses through the doctoral program. At the end of the student’s program, the portfolio
should present a complete picture of how the student has mastered the DrPH competences. The
portfolio is reviewed at three points as the student advances through the DrPH program and has been
correspondingly divided into three parts, each providing a snap-shot in time of the student’s
accomplishments and progress toward attaining the DrPH competencies. Part 1, completed early in the
program, introduces the student to the oversight committee and academic advisor and provides a
current curriculum vitae and statement of goals as a context for the student’s decision to pursue the
DrPH degree. Part 2, completed after an initial period of study and reflection, is a self-assessment of
strengths and weaknesses along with an action plan that outlines how proposed course work, a
practicum (if required), and the thesis will address weaknesses and further the student’s mastery of
degree competencies.

 In Part 3, the student evaluates in an integrative fashion his/her progress toward mastering the DrPH
competencies and readiness to complete a thesis. Students should begin assembling the evidence that
will demonstrate their mastery of competencies early in the program and add to the cumulative Part 3
documentation as they progress through the program. For example, strengths identified in Part 2,
should be supported by evidence that will be referenced in the Part 3 integrative evaluation. The final
integrative evaluation required of Part 3 must be completed prior to entering the thesis stage of the
program.

GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING THE PORTFOLIO

In assembling the portfolio, the following guidelines reflect the expectations of reviewers.
    • Part 1 presents “who” the student is professionally and academically and “why” s/he is in the
        program The student’s entering academic and professional standing along with leadership
        aspirations are presented in a curriculum vitae (CV) and narrative statement of his/her academic
        and professional goals. Students may use an updated personal statement from their DrPH
        application package. Note that CVs are different from resumes and should be current and
        updated when key information changes. Students should post these background materials in
        the Blackboard portfolio site prior to the first advising session.

    •   Part 2 lists “what” the student has achieved professionally and academically, and identifies gaps
        in the student’s professional experience and academic training. Part 2 consists of: (a) an
        inventory of strengths and weaknesses as related to the DrPH competencies, and (b) an action
        plan, developed in consultation with the student’s advisor, that outlines how weaknesses will be
        addressed. Strengths and weaknesses should be assessed for all competencies and sub-
        competencies. This analysis should reflect on the relevance of the sub-competencies to the
        student’s professional career goals, recognizing that not all competencies will be attained at the
        same level of mastery. This is particularly relevant for competency #3, as a higher level of
        mastery will be expected for the student’s area of emphasis. For areas of strength, students
        should list what they have done in attaining the sub-competency, and begin to accumulate the
        evidence that will provide the underlying support for their Part 3 integrative evaluation (that is,
        students should begin to build their Part 3 documentation as they work on Part 2.) For areas of

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    weakness, student and advisor propose courses that will address identified weaknesses. For a
    competency that will not be addressed through course work, alternative methods for attaining
    the competency should be described (such as thesis, research assistantship, peer-reviewed
    publications, posters, abstracts, etc.).

    The area of emphasis should be specified for competency #3, including a substantive area of
    public health practice (e.g., performance management within public health agencies) as well as
    the research frameworks and analytic methods most commonly employed by researchers or
    practitioners working in the area of specialization. The area of emphasis should be closely
    related to a potential thesis topic and ideally lead to a thesis proposal.

    The action plan should be reflected in the Program Proposal, which becomes an individually
    tailored program of study and includes a schedule of courses to be completed. The relationship
    of the student’s program of study to the DrPH competencies should be clearly reflected in the
    Part 2 analysis and encompass all aspects of the DrPH curriculum (required analytic courses,
    leadership and integrative seminars; emphasis area courses; electives; and thesis).

•   Part 3 provides DrPH students with a mechanism to make a clear and comprehensive
    presentation demonstrating their mastery of each DrPH competency. It should provide faculty
    reviewers with the information and context necessary to render an accurate evaluation of the
    student’s accomplishments and readiness to progress to the thesis stage of the program.
    However, as the thesis is likely to play a role in demonstrating attainment of the competencies,
    students should anticipate the thesis proposal in completing Part 3 (especially for competency
    #3).

    Part 3 consists of: (a) a case statement that provides an integrative narrative of how each of the
    DrPH competencies has been mastered, with appropriate reference to attached documentation,
    and (b) the attached or linked evidence supporting the integrative narrative as described below.
    The attached/linked documents should be viewed as supplementary reference materials that a
    reviewer might examine for more in-depth evidence that a competency was met. A reviewer
    should not be expected to do more than use the supplied documentation for audit and
    reference purposes as the case should be made in the integrative narrative.

    Competencies and sub-competencies are interrelated and should be addressed in an integrative
    manner to present a comprehensive picture of how competencies are met, as opposed to a
    fragmented listing of competencies and evidence. While one piece of evidence can cover
    multiple competencies, it should be made clear how each competency is met. One key
    distinction between Parts 2 and 3, is that Part 2 is more prospective and analytical, examining
    each strength and weakness in detail. Part 3 is more summative, evaluating how the
    competencies have been satisfied. In demonstrating mastery within the area of emphasis
    (competency #3), the portfolio should demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application
    of relevant concepts, frameworks and practices within the area emphasis from both a
    substantive and methodological/problem solving perspective.


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Keep in mind that too much detail can weaken a case because the strengths of the case get lost.
Be comprehensive, but be focused, providing material that clearly relates to the competencies.
Aim toward providing a compact set of materials that are highly organized and easily navigated.
Include a table of contents and consider adding a chart that maps the work products and
evidence to the competencies.

Documentation: Supporting evidence must be either attached or a web link to the evidence
provided. Courses in the DrPH curriculum need only to be listed by name without further
elaboration.

Portfolio documentation can take several forms:

    •   Course syllabi, papers, reports and presentations prepared to meet course
        requirements,
    •   Instructional materials prepared for teaching roles,
    •   Professional reports and presentations prepared as part of an internship, practicum, or
        employment duties or in a volunteer capacity,
    •   Papers given or presentations made at professional or academic conferences,
    •   Certifications or professional credentials obtained,
    •   Awards given for professional or academic accomplishments, and
    •   Papers published or manuscripts submitted for publication in professional or scholarly
        journals.

Each piece of evidence in the portfolio should include an abstract that summarizes the item’s
scope, focus, purpose, circumstances under which it was developed, role of the student in its
preparation, and relevance to the DrPH degree. Where a professional or academic experience
does not result in a written product, or a written description is not available, the abstract of the
experience should be substituted.

As part of this documentation, students should post a current copy of their academic transcript
which may be downloaded from UIC Web for Student
(https://ossswebcs.admin.uillinois.edu/webforstudent/wfs3.asp). Students must receive a
passing grade in courses they are using to fulfill a competency (an incomplete is not acceptable).

Portfolio Presentation Requirements:

All materials related to a student’s portfolio including the Program Proposal, Annual Progress
Report, waiver requests, approval forms, thesis proposal, etc must be posted in the student’s
Blackboard portfolio site. Advisors, the program academic coordinator and others who review a
student’s status will look first there.

A preferred DrPH Portfolio format for parts 2 and 3 has evolved, a sample of which is posted in
Blackboard. Students are encouraged to follow it as it assures a level of uniformity and
consistency in both presentation and review.

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Portfolios must be posted in the electronic portfolio section of
Blackboard: http://blackboard.uic.edu/. (See “My Portfolios” under “Content System”.) While
students can customize their portfolios on Blackboard, for ease of navigation by reviewers, the
site should have six main items in the left sidebar as shown in the example below:

    •   Contents should describe the organizational scheme used, so that a reviewer can easily
        find all materials
    •   Part 1 should contain part I materials, e.g. CV, narrative statement, and the academic
        transcript
    •   Part 2 should contain part 2 materials
    •   Part 3 should contain part 3 materials
    •   Work Products should contain all documentation or evidence that supports the
        portfolio
    •   Progress Reports should contain annual progress reports, the most recent first
    •   Program Proposal should contain the latest version of the program proposal

Avoid adding too many items to the sidebar or having too many layers under each item to ease
navigation. For example, all evidence might be listed in one file under “Work Products” along
with an abstract for each. More specific guidance on the format and content of the portfolio will
be added to the Blackboard template as it becomes available.

PDF files are the preferred format for attached documentation. PDF files can be easily produced
directly from within most word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word) by selecting the PDF
software as the printer, or can be produced from printed copies using an inexpensive scanner or
multi-function printer. Most SPH Divisions have copiers that can scan larger documents. It helps
to have a PDF editor like Adobe Acrobat 7.0 (or later) to clean-up your PDF files but alternatives
like PDFill PDF Editor are available for less than $20. Both a desktop multifunction printer and
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PORTFOLIO REVIEW PROCESS
Reviewing the portfolio is a shared responsibility of DrPH advisors, the DrPH Program Director and the
Oversight Committee. Advisors have primary responsibility for ensuring that the portfolio adequately
reflects a DrPH student’s strengths, areas for further development, course of study, and progress toward
the degree. Advisors focus primarily on the needs of the student. The DrPH Program Director’s focus in
reviewing the portfolio is on consistency across students and with those policies established for the
DrPH program. The Oversight Committee serves mainly as a resource and policy advisory body in
reviewing the portfolio as a form of overall endorsement and due diligence to ensure that the portfolio
is complete and the review has been adequate. Formal review and acceptance of the portfolio occurs at
two points as described below:

Part I and 2 Review Process: Advisors are to work with their students on an ongoing basis to complete
Parts I and 2 of the portfolio, which includes assisting the student in selecting the courses needed to
build his/her program of study. Once the student and the advisor agree that Parts I and 2 are complete,
the portfolio will be reviewed by the DrPH Program Director who will provide comments to the advisor.
Upon agreement of the advisor and the DrPH Program Director that the proposal is complete, the
student’s status will be reported to the Oversight Committee, whose members may review the proposal.
As all SPH divisions are represented on the Committee, the Committee may be asked to provide input
regarding course selection, which would assist a student in remedying deficiencies and to otherwise
offer comments toward improving the portfolio.

Part 3 Review Process: Completing Part 3 should not be approached as an examination, but rather as
documentation of professional development that is assembled and refined over the course of a
student’s enrollment in the DrPH program. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors
and consult with other faculty and professional contacts who might serve on the portfolio review
committee or thesis committee.

Upon agreement of the advisor that Part 3 is complete and ripe for review, students are to work with
their advisors to form a portfolio review committee. The four-member review committee will be
comprised of: the student’s advisor (committee chair), a faculty member selected by the student
representing the student’s area of emphasis, one member from the DrPH Oversight Committee selected
by the Dean's Office, and the DrPH Program Director. Once the review committee is established, the
student must identify the committee members on the Part 3 Review and Approval Form (located
at http://www.uic.edu/sph/students/students_forms.htm)

The advisor is responsible for managing the Part 3 review process, including:
          a. Establishing a time-frame for the Part 3 review (recommended time-frame is three
               weeks);
          b. Resolving any disagreement among the reviewers, and reaching consensus on the terms
               and conditions, if any, which are required of the student to successfully complete Part 3
               or otherwise prepare himself/herself to move forward to the thesis stage;
          c. Clarifying and summarizing the committee’s requirements for the portfolio revision or
               other terms set by the committee to assure a student is adequately prepared to move
               forward to the thesis stage; and
          d. Assuring that any conditions imposed by the committee have been successfully
               completed.

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            e. Final acceptance of Part 3 is signified by the review committee members who complete
               the Portfolio Part 3 Review and Approval Form (located
               at http://www.uic.edu/sph/students/students_forms.htm).
            f. During the review process, the committee may at its discretion, invite the student to
               attend a committee meeting to hear or respond to questions and concerns.

The student is responsible for updating the Program Proposal to reflect completion of Part 3 of the
Portfolio and results of the review process.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW CRITERIA

Competencies will be evaluated at three levels:

        •   Knowledge gained through graduate courses taken or other formal professional training
            completed.
        • Understanding demonstrated through a project completed such as a paper, professional
            presentation, article published, grant proposal developed, etc.
    •Application in practice attained through employment, a consulting engagement, volunteer work or
    an internship/practicum.

Evaluated together, achievement at all three levels will constitute mastery, recognizing that the role that
each level plays will vary across competencies and from student to student. Portfolio evaluations strive
to balance consistency across students while maintaining the flexibility needed to take into account an
individual student’s path in professional development. Flexible application of common standards is the
goal. The review committee will look more critically at whether the mastery of those competencies
directly related to the area of emphasis has been attained.

                                       ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT

Students and their advisors must complete the DrPH Annual Progress Report documenting the overall
progress the student has made within the past academic year. The student provides a summary of the
progress made within the year pertaining to course achievement, the program proposal, the portfolio,
and the thesis product (where applicable). Upon completion, the student forwards the document to the
advisor who adds comments and indicates approval by his/her signature. It is expected that a meeting
will take place between the student and the advisor (face to face or via telephone) to discuss the
student’s overall progress, questions, concerns, changes to the program proposal, etc in completing
the Progress Report. Completed reports should be posted in Blackboard upon completion of the Spring
term with an email notification to Alyson Lofthouse, the DrPH Academic Coordinator, upon the
completion of the Spring term. Not having a current Annual Report on file will cause a hold to be placed
on registration for subsequent terms.

The progress report is closely linked to the Program Proposal, which should be updated and submitted
annually with the progress report if significant changes have been made.


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                                                   THESIS

DrPH students must complete a thesis. The DrPH thesis is the final challenge of the DrPH Program and is
an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of the DrPH competencies. The thesis topic will be
carefully chosen by the student in conjunction with his/her advisor and the Thesis Committee based on
the student’s needs and interests. As the culmination of doctoral level study, the thesis must go beyond
the scope of efforts that normally would be expected in a professional work assignment and deal with
higher level leadership, policy, methodological and evidence based aspects of the selected topic.
Reflecting the nature of the DrPH degree, the DrPH thesis will be in most cases a work demonstrating
the application of doctoral level research skills to a problem or issue of significance to public health
leadership. Thus, an acceptable DrPH thesis will:
    • Deal with a complex public health problem of strategic importance to public health rather than a
      more routine issue of narrower programmatic concern. (e.g., a strategic plan for a large city
      health department public health nursing service that reflects the evolving role of public health
      nursing and shifting demands on the public health department to assure personal and population
      health services, rather than a program plan for delivery of home nursing services in response to a
      federal agency grant RFP);
    • Advance, contribute to, or demonstrate innovation in public health practice (e.g., application of an
      existing methodology to a new problem, a new technique in addressing an old problem, or a novel
      approach for dealing with an emerging issue);
    • Have an explicit methodology and study design that is clearly specified and specially designed to
      deal with the problem selected for investigation. Complex problems often require an integration
      of analytic methods to effectively address;
    • Draw upon and be grounded in the literature, both the theoretical literature, where relevant, and
      most importantly the practice literature in an effort to establish a solid evidence base for the
      thesis; and
    • Have clear public health leadership implications.
The DrPH thesis will most often take the form of a policy analysis, strategic plan or complex intervention
design, or an evaluation. The thesis can also take the form of a more traditional dissertation and tackle
an issue of research significance following a more conventional research approach.
The thesis must be original work conducted by the student. While it can involve others as described
more fully below, the work undertaken must be the student's. Theses often attempt to extend the work
begun by others in order to develop new insights or to reconcile conflicting results from earlier work.
Many of these are conducted using the same methodological frameworks as previous work. Others
develop from the application of new or innovative methodologies or conceptual frameworks.
Completing the thesis involves five major activities:
    1. Forming a thesis committee
    2. Completing a thesis proposal and gaining approval from the committee
    3. Conducting thesis work and drafting the thesis

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    4. Successfully defending the thesis
    5. Finalizing the thesis product based on recommendations resulting from the defense
Part 3 of the Portfolio must be successfully completed before the thesis proposal is presented for
approval and before a student may register for thesis research hours (IPHS 699). Registration for up to
twelve hours of IPHS 699 is permitted to develop the thesis proposal. A draft proposal must be
submitted at the end of this semester.
Students must complete IRB training before the thesis proposal can be approved. If the thesis work
involves human subjects, including survey data collection, the IRB form has to be submitted to and
approved by the Institutional Review Board.
After the thesis proposal is accepted and formally approved by the Thesis Committee, the student must
satisfy two registration requirements: (a) register for a minimum of 4 credit hours of IPHS 699 (DrPH
Thesis Research per semester), while the thesis work is carried out, and (b) have registered for a
minimum cumulative total of 28 hours of IPHS 699 at the time of graduation.

THESIS COMMITTEE

Responsibility for supervising and approving the thesis lies with the Thesis Committee. The Thesis
Committee will consist of at least five members. Three (3) members must be members of the UIC SPH
faculty; one of whom must agree to serve as the Committee Chair. The committee must include faculty
from at least two SPH divisions. The UIC SPH faculty need not be on the faculty of the UIC Graduate
College. Up to two (2) members may be faculty in other UIC colleges. One (1) member may be on the
faculty at another university. It is strongly encouraged that one (1) member of the committee be a
public health practitioner. The Thesis Committee may or may not include the student’s academic
advisor; however, the advisor remains an important part of the process. Students must complete and
submit the DrPH Committee Recommendation Form upon formulation of the Thesis Committee (located
at: http://www.uic.edu/sph/students_forms.htm).

Within these guidelines, students are encouraged to consider committee members who are familiar
with the students interests and abilities, knowledgeable of the thesis topic and analytic methods
employed, and who have the interest and time to serve on the committee. Students should draw upon
the relationships with faculty built in prior course work and especially from the portfolio review process.
Appointment of a Thesis Committee follows a process similar to the selection of the student's portfolio
Part III review committee. The student and advisor propose and the Dean's Office appoints. The
student, working with his/her advisor, selects a Thesis Committee chair. The advisor may be the chair
(but not necessarily) or a member of the Thesis Committee. The chair and the student select the other
members of the committee.
Regular interaction with the committee is strongly encouraged both at the research stage (especially in
modifying the original plan due to data problems, etc.), and in the writing stage (getting early reviews of
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defense. A summary of the type of review and advising arrangements decided by the committee should
be included in the proposed work plan.

THESIS PROPOSAL
A thesis proposal should contain at least:
        1. A discussion of the specific problem or issue being investigated. This should include a clear
        statement of the problem, why it is important, and to whom.
        2. Discussion of a conceptual framework and the relevant research and practice literature, and
        how that literature will be used within the conceptual framework to investigate the problem.
        Also, describe how the proposed work fits in with the existing literature. Does it fill a gap,
        resolve a discrepancy, advance prior work, or open a new line of inquiry or area of practice?
        3. Identification of the public policy/practice leadership issues associated with the subject and a
        preliminary assessment of how the work may contribute to resolving such issues.
        4. Discussion of the methodology to be used. Students proposing the application of new
        analytical frameworks or methodologies to previously defined problems should identify major
        alternative ways of approaching their topic and justify the approach they intend to use.
        5. Identification of data or information needs, their sources, and methods of collection
Additionally, the proposal should cover potential obstacles or other issues pertinent to the investigation
and how they will be resolved, and present a preliminary outline of the completed thesis.
Students must create a work plan for completing the thesis which outlines major tasks, time frames and
milestones, along with how the committee will review the work along the way. This work plan will be
used for gauging progress in the Annual Progress Report.
The thesis proposal is examined by the Thesis Committee at an oral hearing to determine whether the
proposal is feasible given time and resource availability as well as to assure the student is prepared to
pursue the project. The purpose of the examination is to direct the student, where necessary, toward a
concrete and attainable plan and therefore shall not be graded. The student must present copies of the
proposal to the committee at least one week in advance of the hearing. During the examination hearing,
the committee may pose questions about the proposal, make comments, and offer suggestions for
revision. The committee may accept as is, accept with specific required changes, or reject the proposal.
The student must summarize these comments in a memo to the chair and specify plans for
incorporating them into a revised proposal. The purpose of this memo is to clarify what revisions are
required (if any) to make the proposal acceptable. The chair will sign-off on this memo and circulate it
to the committee for their concurrence. Based on extensiveness of the required revisions and
committee expectations, the chair will decide if there is a need for the committee to formally review the
revised proposal or if the memo will suffice. The thesis committee, through its chair, must notify the
Oversight Committee in writing of its action. The final approved proposal will be circulated to the Thesis
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(located at: http://www.uic.edu/sph/students_forms.htm).

DrPH Thesis Proposal Outline Example

While a thesis proposal can be organized in several effective ways, the following example reflects
expectations that cover a broad range of DrPH thesis topics. The bolded and underlined text can be used
a thesis headings/sub-headings. (An example of how this might be formatted into a proposal document
is posted in the DrPH Program Blackboard site).

   I.      Background and Problem Statement
           a. Study Objectives: a high-level description of the broad issue the thesis will address and
              the study purpose and scope.
           b. Background and Context: background and contextual factors that will help frame the
              issue. These may be historical, legal/ethical, population need, political, service delivery,
              policy, and socio-economic dimensions that are relevant to understanding of issue.
           c. Problem Statement and Study Questions: a more detailed statement of the
              problem/issue including specific questions that will be addressed in the study along with
              propositions that will be tested.
           d. Leadership Implications and Relevance: factors that make this a leadership issue and
              the broader relevance for public health policy and practice. This is an important
              element that partially distinguishes the DrPH thesis from the PhD dissertation and
              therefore should be an integral part of the work, as opposed to a secondary
              consideration that gets addressed in a conclusion as is often the case with traditional
              research topics.

   II.     Conceptual and Analytical Framework
           a. Literature Review: what scholarly and practice literature is relevant to the issue,
              problem statement, and study questions? Including a good part of the literature review
              is desirable to help focus the proposal.
           b. Conceptual Framework: How will the literature be used to operationalize the study
              questions through the development of indicators and measures that will focus data
              collection and analysis?
           c. Logic Model: a preliminary logic model that graphically connects key elements of the
              study.

   III.    Study Design, Data, and Methods
           a. Analytical Approach: specify an integrated approach for how data will be collected and
               analyzed to answer the study questions. This might be a case study, policy analysis,
               action research, a high-level evaluation or a mixed methods design. Identify the unit of
              study (e.g. organization, jurisdiction, geographic area). Provide a justification for why
              this design is effective.
           b. Data Sources, Data collection and Management: describe the data collection
               instruments, subject selection rationale (sampling), and data collection procedures.
               Provide sample instruments if possible. A table which maps data collection instruments
               to research questions is valuable. Describe data collection and management
               procedures.

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            c. Analysis Plan: how will the data be analyzed? What analytical or statistical procedures
               will be employed? Anticipate and include data table examples where possible.
            d. Validity Considerations: describe study limitation and threats to validity and how they
               will be addressed.

    IV.     Thesis Products and Work Plan
            a. What thesis products will be produced? A traditional polished report? Several
               publishable papers? If so, what journals will be targeted?
            b. Outline of the thesis product (or working draft report if published papers are the final
               product.
            c. Work Plan: Major study activities, milestones, anticipated due dates, and committee
               review points, preferably in Gantt chart format.
            d. Summarize procedures to meet IRB concerns including IRB training, and obtaining
               approvals.

THESIS DEFENSE
The Thesis Committee will approve the products associated with the students’ thesis. Once the project
has been completed, the Thesis Committee will administer a final oral examination (thesis defense),
consisting of a seminar open to faculty and students. A closed session of further examination will follow
the open seminar. A complete draft of the thesis must be presented for the defense. It need not be
presented in the final format, but it must contain all text, data, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices
that will appear in the finished version. Students must present the thesis to the committee at least ten
days before the scheduled defense.
At the completion of the defense, the committee votes either to accept the thesis as is, to accept the
thesis subject to completion of specific modifications or to reject the thesis. If the thesis is rejected, the
committee must advise the student on whether and how the thesis can be improved.
When a thesis is approved but with specification modifications, within one week of the defense, the
student must summarize in a memo to the committee chair, the revisions that will be made. The chair
will approve the memo and supervise completion of the revisions.

If the thesis is rejected but with recommendations on how it might be improved, the student must again
defend the thesis, focusing on those reasons for rejection. A second rejection will be considered final.
Based on the results of the examination, the Thesis Committee will advise the DrPH Oversight
Committee in writing and the Dean’s Office of their recommendation. The Dean’s Office will then report
the results to the SPH Executive Committee, recommending whether the degree of Doctor of Public
Health should be awarded.

Thesis as part of a larger work

The thesis as an integral part of the DrPH curriculum must represent original work of the student, for
both the analysis and the final report itself. For students who elect to produce two publishable
manuscripts, the issue of authorship may arise if the student's thesis is based on a larger body of

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research work done under the leadership of a principal investigator (PI). In this situation, while the PI
may direct the larger work and be first author on published papers arising out of this larger work, it is
incumbent on the student to segregate a portion of that larger work so that he/she can demonstrate
their independent contribution at a doctoral level of analysis. The student should also be the first
author of the papers that result from this portion of the larger work that will be counted toward the
thesis requirement, recognizing that this paper may be folded into or become part of a final paper that
will be ultimately submitted for publication and for which the student may not be the first author. The
student will be expected to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the thesis committee that the student's
work and thesis product are that of the student. The thesis committee will be the sole judge of how this
requirement is to be met, recognizing that each student's situation in working on a larger project may be
unique.

THE THESIS PRODUCT
Students have two options for the format of the final thesis product. The more traditional first option is
for the final draft of the thesis to conform generally to the relevant Graduate College format
requirements. The student should obtain a copy of the "Graduate College Thesis Manual" at
www.cs.uic.edu/~grad/ThesisManual.pdf.
The second option is two publishable manuscripts that will be submitted for publication in a public
health journal. The student will adopt the format requirement of the journal to which the manuscript
will be submitted. Manuscripts must actually be submitted to the journals if this option is selected.
Students should work with their committee to determine the most appropriate journal to which to
submit the manuscripts. If the student chooses the second option, an abstract of less than 600 words
on a separate sheet(s) must also be submitted along with a less formal thesis report. The abstract must
be single sided, double-spaced, and include the title and authorship.

The manuscript option report must follow the following format:

        I. Introductory chapter to include:
                  a) Over-arching theme, hypotheses which tie the papers together
                  b) Leadership issues and implications
                  c) Literature review
        II. Methods chapter
        III. Paper #1 - formatted for journal submission
        IV. Paper #2 - formatted for journal submission
        V. Conclusion - to include a discussion of the impact of the research
        VI. Appendices (to include, as appropriate, such items as survey instruments, foundational
        tables, organizational charts, additional tables, and other items not appropriate for a journal
         article nor the body of the thesis document)

Beyond format and substantive concerns, the thesis under the first option should be well written using a
style that effectively communicates its content and without spelling, punctuation, grammatical or
mechanical errors. Students are strongly urged to use the services of a proofreader (either a

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professional or colleague who has these skills) before submitting the final draft. The same standards will
be applied in a less formal manner to the thesis report under the second option, recognizing that the
final product will be the two publishable manuscripts, which will be evaluated for publication by the
journals to which they are submitted.

The major advisor is to approve the format of the thesis with the Dean’s Office conducting final format
approval. Upon completion of the thesis and final oral examination, the major advisor will inform the
Chair of the Committee on Academic Progress using a form provided by the SPH Dean’s Office which is
to be used in place of the Graduate College approval forms. The form requires the signature of all DrPH
Committee members and must be delivered to the SPH Office of the Dean with the original and two
copies of the thesis (one for the SPH Reading Room and the other for University’s Library of Health
Sciences). The Dean will signify approval on the title page, certifying the student for graduation.

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                             PHD DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION
                                                            2. Divisional Core Requirements and Electives –
          ACADEMIC CALENDAR                                    (variable based on chosen Division); Students
                                                               must complete a minimum of 9 SH in
For the current academic calendar, please visit
the UIC School of Public Health                                formal 500 series courses in the chosen
website: http://www.uic.edu/sph/osa_dates.ht                   major area of concentration (not necessarily
                                                               in one division). In addition, some academic
m.
                                                               divisions require students to complete
                                                               additional hours in a collateral area.
       PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
                                                            3. Dissertation Research Requirements –
                                                                     (Minimum of 32 SH)
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public                o IPHS 599 PhD Dissertation Research
Health Sciences is an academic degree awarded                     The student's research is carried out
by the Graduate College of The University of                       under the guidance of a dissertation
Illinois and is subject to the requirements                        advisor and Dissertation Examining
described in the UIC Graduate Catalog. (For this                   Committee. The research may take any
degree program, the School of Public Health                        or a combination of many forms: field,
acts as the Department of Public Health                            laboratory, or computer applications are
Sciences (DPHS) of the Graduate College.) The                      some examples. The research must be
program is designed to develop scholars                            creative and original, advancing a field of
capable of conducting research and teaching in                     public health by adding significant new
public health sciences. The program also                           knowledge, testing current theory, or
prepares students for research careers in                          leading to a new theory.
governmental, private, and voluntary                           o Examinations
organizations. Programs of study leading to a                     Preliminary Examination - (a rigorous
PhD (in Public Health Sciences) may be taken in                    test of the student's knowledge and
one or more of the Divisions of the School of                      ability to apply it) should be taken as
Public Health:                                                     soon as possible after completion of the
                                                                   required program of study.
1. Community Health Sciences                                      Dissertation Proposal Defense- given
2. Environmental and Occupational Health                           orally to determine if the proposed
   Sciences                                                        research is feasible and if the student is
3. Epidemiology and Biostatistics                                  prepared to pursue it.
4. Health Policy and Administration                               Dissertation Defense - includes both
                                                                   presentation of the dissertation at an
Interdisciplinary studies that combine two or                      open meeting and a final examination by
more of these areas are encouraged.                                the Dissertation Examining Committee.
                                                            4. Instructional Experience - Instructional
The PhD program consists of five components:                    experience (teaching in at least one course
                                                                for at least some part of the academic
1. SPH School-wide Core Requirements – (11                      semester with guidance from the regular
   SH)                                                          instructor).
                                                            5. Required Non-Credit Training
                                                                  o HIPAA Research 101


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      o Investigator Training 101                          Time spent on a leave of absence approved by
                                                           the program and the Graduate College is not
                                                           counted toward the degree time limit (See
                                                           Leave of Absence).
                                                           Preliminary Examination Time Limitation
                ADMISSIONS
                                                           Failure to complete the degree requirements
Please see the Admissions section of the SPH               within five years of passing the preliminary
website for information.                                   examination requires retaking the examination.
                                                           Graduate College rules require that a minimum
Conditional Admission Policy Statement                     of one year elapse after passing the preliminary
                                                           examination, before defending the dissertation.
Under special circumstances, an applicant may
be recommended by a Division for admission on              Change in Division
a conditional basis (e.g., completion of
preparatory course work). The conditions under             If a student's interests change after admission
which a student is admitted to the School are to           or the student determines that professional
be stipulated in writing by the director of the            goals would be better achieved in a division
Division recommending admission of the                     different from the one originally assigned
student. Conditionally admitted students must              please contact the Academic Coordinator in
satisfy the conditions prior to graduation (or             your division to initiate the process to Request
earlier if so specified by the Division).                  for Change of Degree.

Deadline for Completing Degree Requirements                Students requesting a division change must
                                                           meet the requirements of the division they wish
• 7 Years: A student who is admitted to the                to enter. The new division reserves the right to
  Graduate College with a master's degree, or              deny entry to a student seeking the division
  who continues in the Graduate College after              change.
  completing the master's degree at the
  University of Illinois at Chicago, must
  complete the degree requirements within                              PROGRAM OF STUDY
  seven years after initial registration as a
  doctoral student.                                        Independent Study Hours (IPHS 596)
• 9 Years: A student who is admitted to the
  Graduate College without a master's degree               Students may use Independent Study (IPHS 596)
  and proceeds directly to the doctorate must              to satisfy elective hours. Up to 9 semester
  complete degree requirements within nine                 credit hours (SH) of independent study may be
  years of initial registration as a doctoral              credited toward the PhD program. After
  student.                                                 admission to the PhD program, the student is
                                                           assigned a major advisor with interests and
The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) will                expertise compatible with the student's goals.
periodically review the progress of doctoral               Together, the student and advisor develop an
candidates. If the DGS determines that the                 overall program of study which is approved by
student is not making satisfactory progress                the Division Director and the Graduate College.
toward the degree, the student may be                      The approved program proposal form shall be
recommended for dismissal from the program.                submitted prior to the completion of the


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second semester of study. Revised proposals                 be online or in-class sessions. If students are
may be submitted thereafter.                                clear that they will be pursuing a career in
                                                            academe, they should be encouraged by their
The curriculum is individually designed to meet             advisors to go beyond this minimum.
the interests and goals of the student. The                 All PhD students’ efforts should be supervised
student is encouraged to utilize any of the                 and evaluated by appropriate faculty.
resources of The University of Illinois at Chicago          Documentation should accompany this
plus those in neighboring institutions. (See                evaluation so that PhD students are clearly
description of Traveling Scholar Program.) The              rated on their efforts at planning, teaching, and
primary requirement is that a meaningful,                   evaluating the students in their classes. Efforts
cohesive, health-directed, research-oriented                of students who are laboratory or teaching
program be constructed.                                     assistants should be considered vital teaching
                                                            experiences as long as there is appropriate
Introductory courses in biostatistics and                   evaluation of such efforts by faculty and
epidemiology are the only ones specifically                 students. It is the responsibility of the student
required in the PhD program**. (These                       and his or her faculty advisor to make sure the
requirements may be waived if justified on the              student's instructional experience is properly
basis of equivalent prior experience or course              evaluated.
work.) The division of credit hours between
course work and dissertation research is highly             PhD program proposal forms include areas for
dependent on the background of each student.                the date and description of the student’s
At a minimum, students must complete 9 SH in                teaching experience. The expected term for
formal 500 series courses in a major area of                satisfying this requirement should be identified
concentration (not necessarily in one division).            at the initial submission of the program
[Note: The 595 seminar series may not be                    proposal, and, if known, a description of the
counted towards fulfillment of this                         proposed teaching experience. A revised
requirement. ] If required by the chosen                    program proposal must be submitted to the
division, student must also complete 6 SH in a              student's advisor near the graduation term (if
collateral area. Course work must be designed               not required earlier as a result of other changes
to assure preparation for the preliminary                   to the student's program) reflecting a brief
examination and subsequent doctoral research.               description of the instructional experience.
Course work does not, however, usually
dominate the PhD program.                                   Students with relevant and appropriate prior
                                                            teaching experience may petition to waive this
** Biostatistics majors are required to take an             requirement. At a minimum, the prior teaching
introductory epidemiology course and                        experience should meet the criteria identified
advanced biostatistics courses; see BSTT PhD                above in #1.
Curricular Chart.
                                                                    PRELIMINARY EXPERIENCE
      INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERIENCE
                                                            Prior to sitting for the preliminary examination,
Each PhD student is required to obtain                      the student selects a Preliminary Examining
experience in classroom teaching. The teaching              Committee with the assistance and approval of
experience for doctoral candidates should                   the major advisor. The committee must be
consist of planning, leading and evaluating a               approved by the Graduate College. The
minimum of two classroom sessions, which may                committee works with the student until the

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preliminary examination is completed. It                    • Collateral area principles, facts, and problem-
consists of a minimum of five members, of                     solving.
whom at least three (3) are UIC Graduate
College faculty with full membership and two                The oral examination may consist of further
(2) of whom must be tenured, who have                       discussion and elaboration of the answers to
interest and expertise in the student's major               the written questions and/or any other relevant
and collateral areas. The Chair of the                      topics raised by the examiners.
Committee must be a full member of the UIC
Graduate College Faculty. If a collateral area is           The evaluation of the student's performance
required, at least one member must represent                will result in one of several findings:
the student's collateral area. Up to two of the
members may be selected from outside the                    Pass - This finding indicates that the student is
DPHS or UIC. The preliminary examination                    progressing satisfactorily in the acquisition of
should be undertaken as soon as possible after              knowledge and understanding in the elected
completion of the required program of study. It             area of specialization. The student is, as a
is a rigorous test of the student's knowledge               consequence, encouraged to proceed with
and understanding of his/her chosen program                 additional specialized course work and to begin
of study, and the ability to apply such                     preparatory work on the dissertation topic.
knowledge to the field of his/her specialization.           Passing this examination formally admits the
The Preliminary Examining Committee certifies               student to PhD candidacy.
the results and reports them to the Graduate
College.                                                    Fail - This finding indicates that the student is
                                                            deficient in knowledge of the elected area of
The preliminary examination consists of two                 specialization and may lead to either of two
parts--a written part prepared for the individual           consequences. The student may be required to
student by the examining committee, and an                  withdraw from the PhD program, or may be
oral part administered by the committee sitting             asked to retake the examination after
together with the student. These parts will be              completion of deficiency-oriented course work.
separated by no more than four weeks. In the                The Preliminary Examining Committee and
case where the student has failed the written               Division Director have jurisdiction for remedial
portion of the examination, the Committee may               programming, but dismissal will be the
elect not to give the oral examination. The                 prerogative of the Director of Graduate Studies
written questions will cover broad conceptual               for DPHS with the advice of the Executive
issues and problems, providing the principal                Committee. The decision may be appealed to
(but not necessarily exclusive) focus of the oral           the Dean. The Dean, on the recommendation of
examination. At the discretion of the Division              the Committee, may permit a second
the format and scheduling of the written exam               examination. A third examination is not
may vary, but will include the following                    permitted.
information:
• Core principles, concepts, and approaches in                     DISSERTATION COMMITTEE
   the general area of specialization.
• Basic knowledge of the facts and current                  After successfully completing the preliminary
   status of the discipline of specialization.              examination, the student, in conjunction with
• Problem-solving, applying principles and facts            the major advisor, will select a dissertation chair
   to issues in the area of specialization.                 and Dissertation Examining Committee. This
                                                            committee consists of five members, at least

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two of whom must be tenured faculty                         contract between the Examining Committee
members, and one who is from outside the                    and the student that all major elements of the
Division. The dissertation advisor, who must be             research proposal have been identified and
from the student's division, serves as chair of             agreed to.
the committee and must be a member of the
UIC Graduate College faculty. After approval of                  RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION
the Graduate College, this committee will be
responsible for conducting the Dissertation
                                                            The student's research is carried out under the
Proposal Defense and final Dissertation
                                                            guidance of a dissertation advisor and
Defense.
                                                            Dissertation Examining Committee. The
                                                            research may take any or a combination of
It is highly recommended that the PhD student
                                                            many forms: field, laboratory, or computer
at the point of beginning work on his or her
                                                            applications are some examples. The research
thesis or dissertation obtain a copy of the Thesis
                                                            must be creative and original, advancing a field
Manual online.
                                                            of public health by adding significant new
                                                            knowledge, testing current theory, or leading to
  DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE                             a new theory. Completion of the assigned
                                                            research credit does not guarantee an
The Dissertation Proposal Defense, given orally             acceptable dissertation; additional research
by the Dissertation Examining Committee,                    effort may be necessary.
serves two primary functions:
• To ascertain whether the student is                       The dissertation may be presented in the
   adequately prepared to pursue the                        traditional thesis format or may be one or more
   dissertation topic. If deficiencies are                  manuscripts of publishable quality with respect
   discovered, additional course work may be                to peer-reviewed journals. The specific
   required.                                                requirements for both are to be established by
• To indicate to the student whether the                    the dissertation committee in accordance with
   Dissertation Examining Committee feels that              Graduate College requirements.
   the proposed research is feasible and
   whether the research should result in a                            DISSERTATION DEFENSE
   useful, satisfactory product within the time
   and resources available.                                 Both a final examination and dissertation
                                                            presentation are required. This typically takes
The Dissertation Proposal Defense should not                the following format. The candidate presents
put the student into a pass-fail situation.                 his/her findings at an open meeting of faculty,
Rather, it should, when necessary, guide the                students, and the Dissertation Committee.
student into a more feasible and/or fruitful                Immediately following the open session the
research plan. It is strongly recommended that              committee meets with the student in executive
not more than two semesters elapse following                session. Finally, the Dissertation Examining
passage of the preliminary examination before               Committee reports to the Graduate College that
approval of the dissertation proposal. The                  the student has or has not passed his/her
major advisor will notify the Division Director             examination and thus has or has not satisfied all
and the Director of Graduate Studies for DPHS               requirements for the PhD degree. Upon
when the SPH Dissertation Proposal Defense                  approval of the Director of Graduate Studies for
has been passed. A "pass" constitutes a                     DPHS, the student is recommended to the
                                                            Graduate College for award of the degree.

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                                                         BIOSTATISTICS: PHD LEARNING
          LEARNING OBJECTIVES
                                                                 OBJECTIVES

PhD degree students are prepared to assume
                                                     In addition to the school-wide learning
academic or research careers in a basic or
                                                     objectives for the PhD student and the learning
applied science related to public health or
                                                     objectives for MS students in biostatistics, the
careers in public health practice within both the
                                                     PhD student in biostatistics should be able to:
public and private sectors. In general, the PhD
graduate will be able to:
                                                     • Contribute to the development of the
                                                       biostatistical discipline.
• Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and
                                                     • Collaborate with other biostatisticians and
    understanding of issues in his/her
                                                       participate in interdisciplinary research
    substantive interest area in the biological,
                                                       activities using biostatistics.
    physical or behavioral/social sciences related
                                                     • Communicate biostatistical concepts to the
    to public health.
                                                       nonstatistician.
•   Display a high degree of mastery in
    appropriate theories, analytical skills,
    research design and methodology in the           COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES: PHD
    biological, physical or behavioral/social            LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    sciences related to public health.
•   Identify knowledge gaps in the selected field,   PhD degree students are prepared to assume
    synthesize relevant information, and             academic or research careers in a basic or
    formulate focused research questions to          applied science related to public health or
    address these gaps.                              careers in public health practice within both the
•   Design and conduct original research that        public and private sectors.
    contributes to the knowledge in his/her
    selected field.                                  In general, the PhD graduate will be able to:
•   Incorporate knowledge of cultural, social,
    behavioral and biological factors in             • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and
    formulating research questions, and design         understanding of issues in his/her substantive
    and implement research.                            interest area in the biological, physical or
•   Communicate effectively and clearly both           behavioral/social sciences related to public
    orally and in writing, and present public          health.
    health issues and research findings in his/her   • Demonstrate a high degree of mastery in
    area of expertise to peers, students and the       appropriate theories, analytical skills,
    general public.                                    research design and methodology in the
•   Demonstrate teaching skills in working with        biological, physical or behavioral/social
    students and other professionals in                sciences related to public health.
    academic, research or practice settings.         • Identify knowledge gaps in the selected field,
                                                       synthesize relevant information, and
                                                       formulate focused research questions to
                                                       address these gaps.
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• Design and conduct original research that                     EPIDEMIOLOGY: PHD LEARNING
  contributes to the knowledge in his/her
                                                                        OBJECTIVES
  selected field.
• Incorporate knowledge of cultural, social,
  behavioral and biological factors in                      In addition to the school-wide learning
  formulating research questions, and design                objectives for the PhD student and the learning
  and implement research.                                   objectives for MS students in epidemiology, the
• Effectively and clearly communicate orally                PhD student in epidemiology should attain skills
  and in writing, and present public health                 specifically for the practice of epidemiology in
  issues and research findings in his/her area of           research, teaching and practical settings.
  expertise to peers, students, and the general
  public.                                                   Additionally, the Cancer Epidemiology
• Demonstrate teaching skills in working with               concentration is intended to provide specialized
  students and other professionals in academic,             training to enable PhD students:
  research or practice settings.                            • to describe and characterize the major
                                                               known determinants of cancer;
       ENVIRONMENTAL AND                                    • to describe, locate, analyze and interpret
                                                               existing data relevant to cancer;
  OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES:
                                                            • to understand the strengths and weaknesses
     PHD LEARNING OBJECTIVES                                   of alternative epidemiologic study designs in
                                                               the context of cancer research;
Upon completing a PhD degree in EOHS, the                   • to work within a multidisciplinary team to
student will be able to:                                       study behavioral, environmental, infectious,
• Demonstrate all skills and knowledge of MS                   nutritional and/or genetic factors involved in
   degree.                                                     cancer etiology; and
• Begin to exhibit research independence                    • to design, conduct and analyze
   through initiation, development and                         epidemiologic studies testing hypotheses
   performance of research that leads to new                   relevant for cancer.
   contributions to science; compose scientific
   papers of publishable quality; and develop a                    MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH
   research proposal that includes scientific                   EPIDEMIOLOGY: PHD LEARNING
   rationale and methods, a research
                                                                        OBJECTIVES
   management plan and a budget for the
   research.
• Display attributes of leadership, partnership             The following learning objectives apply for
   and team-building, skepticism, and                       students electing the Maternal Child Health
   engagement in the scientific community.                  Epidemiology program:
• Demonstrate thorough knowledge of
   research methods, including qualitative and              Surveillance and Assessment
   quantitative methods, and specialized
   knowledge in an area of environmental and                Students will be able to:
   occupational health sciences.                            • Identify the major domestic and international
• Discuss and describe how scientific research                causes of mortality and morbidity within MCH
   contributes to advancement of                              populations, including differences between
   environmental and occupational health.                     the U.S. and other developed and less
• Teach at the college or graduate level.                     developed countries.


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• Describe the normal patterns of individual               • Develop mechanisms to monitor and evaluate
  and family growth and development from an                  programs and service networks for their
  intergenerational and lifespan perspective.                effectiveness and quality, including the use of
• Understand the determinants of health and                  performance measures.
  illness, and concomitant theories including              • Identify the scientific underpinnings and
  biological, behavioral and socio-cultural                  determine the validity of evidence for
  influences such as racism, sexism, and                     interventions addressing MCH problems.
  economic disparity, as well as protective
  factors.                                                 Study Design and Implementation of Studies
• Apply understanding of human and
  environmental biology and behavioral                     Students will be able to:
  sciences principles to determine potential               • Understand principles of research design,
  biological mechanisms underlying maternal                  sampling, basic descriptive and inferential
  and child health status outcomes.                          statistics, validity and reliability assessment of
• Describe MCH problems in terms of time,                    measures.
  magnitude/severity, scope,                               • Identify the strengths and limitations of
  dispersion/location, and co-occurrence/co-                 qualitative and quantitative methods.
  morbidity.                                               • Describe data collection strategies and their
• Describe populations by age, race/ethnicity,               strengths and limitations, including surveys,
  culture, and other societal factors of                     focus groups, and record-based information.
  relevance to the MCH population.                         • Formulate hypotheses or research questions,
• Identify environmental, social, and cultural               develop and implement a analytic strategy.
  factors that affect the health of women,                 • Identify key variables including environmental
  children, and families in the community.                   and biological factors that are routinely
• Identify key sources of population data                    considered in reproductive, perinatal and
  needed to answer questions of interest in                  pediatric epidemiology analyses.
  maternal and child health.                               • Describe the key theories underpinning
• Synthesize key findings from primary and                   studies of reproductive, perinatal and
  secondary data to determine whether and the                pediatric health outcomes (e.g., weathering
  extent to which an MCH public health                       hypothesis, life-course approach).
  problem exists.                                          • Describe the major epidemiologic study
• Identify different types of surveillance                   designs to be used to investigate maternal
  methods for specific MCH public health                     and child health problems, including the
  problems.                                                  strengths, weaknesses and best uses of each.
• Evaluate sources, quality, and limitations of            • Describe the relationship between
  surveillance data for MCH health problems.                 epidemiologic study designs and other study
• Document the community health care                         design types (e.g., experimental and quasi-
  delivery system in relation to the health                  experimental designs) and know when
  needs of the MCH population.                               various design types are appropriate for
• Identify specific populations within a                     various types of investigations (e.g.,
  geographical entity that each MCH public                   evaluations, etiologic studies).
  health program seeks to reach.                           • Outline key methodological issues in the
• Use principles and key features of community               studies of reproductive, perinatal and
  assessment, program planning and design,                   pediatric outcomes and approaches to
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• Identify knowledge gaps in reproductive,                  • Interpret the relevance of analytic findings for
  perinatal and pediatric epidemiology,                       the design, implementation and/or
  synthesize relevant information, formulate                  enhancement of MCH public health programs.
  focused research questions, and conduct                   • Use the appropriate cultural/social/political
  analysis to address these gaps.                             framework to develop recommendations for
                                                              the design, implementation and/or
Data Analysis and Interpretation                              enhancement of MCH public health programs.

Students will be able to:                                   Data Reporting, Translation and Dissemination
• Prepare and interpret data from vital
  statistics, censuses, surveys, service                    Students will be able to:
  utilization, and other relevant reports on the            • Use appropriate networking, team building,
  health of MCH populations, and have the                     small group processes, advocacy negotiation,
  ability to detect meaningful influences from                and conflict resolution skills, and the
  data and the translation of data into                       knowledge of community organization and
  information.                                                coalition-building techniques to address
• Extract data from primary and secondary                     maternal and child health issues and
  sources; use basic statistical and graphics                 problems.
  software, including programs such as EPID-                • Describe the pros and cons of different data
  info, SPSS, and SAS for data management,                    reporting techniques.
  analysis, and linkage of data sets.                       • Know when it is necessary or beneficial to
• Describe analysis issues and limitations of key             report stratum-specific data.
  MCH datasets.                                             • Report study findings in relationship to
• Understand reasons to link data and                         existing MCH policies, regulations, and laws as
  challenges in linking data.                                 well as the social, economic, political, and
• Develop a conceptual and statistical analysis               environmental context.
  plan appropriate to answer questions under                • Report study findings using the appropriate
  investigation.                                              cultural/social/political framework to develop
• Use a variety of statistical methods                        recommendations or interventions.
  appropriate to answer the questions under                 • Use the appropriate reporting techniques
  investigation.                                              (e.g. correct graphs, pie charts, etc.) to
• Utilize data analysis strategies in a variety of            communicate key MCH health status and
  applied situations: summarizing data                        health service issues to multiple stakeholders
  including ranking, trend analysis, resource                 (e.g., general public, news media, policy-
  allocation, development and monitoring of                   makers).
  performance measures.                                     • Use effective written and oral communication
• Understand the difference between statistical               skills, including accurate and effective
  and practical significance when describing                  preparation and presentation of findings to a
  and reporting on an MCH health problem.                     variety of MCH stakeholders (e.g., general
• Understand the use of stratified regression                 public, news media, policy-makers).
  modeling as an alternative way to handle
  effect modification (interaction).                        MCH Leadership
• Perform basic multivariable analyses as
  needed and appropriately handle potential                 Students will be able to:
  confounders and effect modifiers.                         • Articulate their personal values and beliefs
                                                              and how they align with public health values.

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• Identify how their personal attitudes, beliefs,              objectives, implementation steps and
  and experiences (successes and failures)                     evaluation plan.
  influence my leadership style.
• Discuss principles and issues involved in the              Values/Ethics
  ethical and sensitive conduct of MCH practice
  and research, including the ethical and                    Students will be able to:
  confidential collection of data and its                    • Describe the philosophy, values, and social
  management, analysis, and dissemination.                     justice concepts associated with public health
• Share thoughts, ideas, and feelings about                    practice in MCH, and articulate that concepts
  MCH/Public health issues effectively in                      and theories apply to all MCH populations,
  discussions, meetings, and presentations with                irrespective of socioeconomic or Title V
  diverse individuals and groups.                              eligibility status.
• Develop and maintain positive relationships                • Discuss principles and issues involved in the
  with community and agency partners,                          ethical and sensitive conduct of practice and
  colleagues, administrative staff, and key                    research within MCH populations, and in the
  stakeholders.                                                organization and delivery of public health
                                                               services within communities and
Policy and Advocacy                                            governmental agencies; including the ethical
                                                               and confidential collection of data and its
Students will be able to:                                      management, analysis, and dissemination.
• Describe the historical development and                    • Identify ethical conduct in public health
  scientific basis of MCH public policies and                  research and practice, Build partnerships
  practices in the United States for federal,                  within MCH communities and constituencies
  state, and local agencies and programs                       to foster community empowerment,
  serving maternal and child health                            reciprocal learning and involvement in design,
  populations.                                                 implementation, and research aspects of
• Identify significant past and current national               MCH programs and systems.
  legislative mandates relevant to the
  development and delivery of MCH services.                          HEALTH POLICY AND
• Describe the structure and roles of legislative,              ADMINISTRATION: PHD LEARNING
  judicial and administrative bodies at the                              OBJECTIVES
  national, state and local levels.
• Identify the theories and mechanisms of MCH
  policy development and implementation                      For students pursuing the PhD, HPA offers a
  within the scope of health and other public                number of different opportunities. There is a
  policy programs in the United States.                      general research opportunity, with students
• Collect and summarize data relevant to a                   pursuing a wide range of individually tailored
  particular policy/problem and articulate the               curricula. For those students, the learning
  health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and         objectives are the same as the school wide PhD
  political implications of each policy option.              objectives.
• Write a clear and concise policy statement,
  position paper, and/or testimony appropriate               In addition to the school wide objectives, HPA
  for a specific audience.                                   PhD students who focus their work on research
• Develop a plan to implement a policy,                      in public health informatics are expected to be
  including goals, outcome and process                       able to:



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• Demonstrate knowledge of methods in
  information systems planning, analysis,
  development, implementation and
  evaluation.
• Select and apply the appropriate advanced
  statistical, qualitative and survey research
  methods to answering questions in public
  health informatics.
• Demonstrate the ability to use geographic
  information systems, data mining techniques
  and web-application development to
  develop effective public health surveillance
  systems.
• Apply public health science theories,
  principles and methods when developing
  and implementing information systems

In addition to the school wide objectives, HPA
PhD students who focus their work in health
services research are expected to be able to do
the following:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying
   relevant theoretical frameworks for studying
   health, health services and health policy
• Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution,
   structure and functioning of the U.S. health
   system.
• Identify and analyze the relevant literature
   on what is known and what are the frontiers
   of knowledge in their area of interest.
• Select, defend and implement an
   appropriate study design, with attention to
   the reliability and validity of results.
• Recognize the need for and employ
   specialized techniques (e.g., measurement
   theory or qualitative analysis) if appropriate.
• Analyze their data and draw appropriate
   conclusions and identify important
   implications suggested by their data.
• Demonstrate professional competence in
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                                         BIOSTATISTICS - PHD

The PhD in Biostatistics program requires a minimum of 96 semester hours (SH). This program includes
the following course requirements:

Note: PhD students majoring in Biostatistics must take any required MS courses whose equivalent they
have not taken previously.

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (35 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                       Credits
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 599         PhD Dissertation Research                                               min. 32 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.   Divisional Core Requirements (10 SH)
   Course                                        Title                                              Credits
BSTT 560        Large Sample Theory                                                              2 SH
BSTT 561        Advanced Statistical Inference                                                   3 SH
BSTT 562        Linear Models                                                                    4 SH
BSTT 595        Seminar                                                                          1 SH
                 **Doctoral Preliminary Examination in Biostatistics

III.   Electives (19 SH)*

Select at least two of the following (offered alternate years):
    o BSTT 563 Generalized Linear Models (spring, even #d yrs)(4 SH)
    o BSTT 564 Missing Data (spring, odd #d yrs)(4 SH)
    o BSTT 565 Computational Statistics (fall, even #d yrs.) (4 SH)
    o BSTT 566 Bayesian Methods (fall, odd #d yrs) (4 SH)
    o BSTT 567 Advanced Survival Analysis (spring, odd #d yrs)(4 SH)

Additional Electives (11 SH):
May include courses from list above, courses from a collateral area, or additional semesters of BSTT 595.
May not include BSTT 400, BSTT 401, BSTT 505, BSTT 502, BSTT 503 or BSTT 504.

*Students with a master’s degree in public health or a related area may receive up to 32 SH of credit
towards the 96 SH total.

** Doctoral Preliminary Examination in Biostatistics
The written exam includes both in-class and take-home portions. The in-class portion is scheduled for 4
hours, while students have 1 week to complete the take-home portion. Material for the exam is based
primarily on the 500-level biostatistics courses as well as the required statistics courses. The oral

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examination follows the written examination (within one month) and may re-examine students based
on the answers to the written portion or include additional material based on required coursework.

Standards of Performance for Biostatistics 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.




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                            COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES – PHD

The PhD in Community Health Sciences program requires a minimum of 96 semester hours (SH),
although more hours are often necessary. PhD students in Community Health Sciences are required to
select a major area of concentration relevant to community health and obtain advisor approval in all
course selections. For students selecting a PhD in MCH Epidemiology, there are additional
requirements. This program includes the following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (34 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                       Credits
CHSC 595         Doctoral Seminar (1 SH; take 2 semesters)                               2 SH
IPHS 599         PhD Dissertation Research                                               min. 32 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.   Divisional Core Requirements (20-26 SH)

PhD students in the Community Health Sciences are required to take courses from three specific areas:
1) Theory, 2) Advanced Research Methods, and 3) Advanced Analytic Methods. Choose 6 SH from each
of the following course lists for these areas:

                                      Theory Courses (6 SH total)
   Course                                        Title                                             Credits
CHSC 550        Advanced Introduction to Community Health Sciences                              3 SH
CHSC 551        Foundations of Public Health Inquiry                                            3 SH


                           Advanced Research Methods Courses (6 SH total)
   Course                                        Title                                                Credits
Select 6 SH from the following courses:*
CHSC 447        Survey Planning and Design                                                      3 SH
CHSC 577        Survey Questionnaire Design                                                     3 SH
CHSC 594        Advanced Special Topics: Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis                   3 SH
CRJ 560         Quantitative Methods and Design                                                 4 SH
CRJ 561         Qualitative Methods and Design                                                  4 SH
ED 501          Data and Interpretation in Educational Inquiry                                  4 SH
HPA 522         Health Evaluation Methods                                                       3 SH
NUSC 548        Methodological Issues for Cross-Cultural Research                               3 SH
NUSC 562        Primary Health Care Research Methods                                            3 SH
PSCH 533        Advanced Community and Prevention Research                                      3 SH
PSCH 534        Prevention Research, Theory, and Practice                                       3 SH
PA 528          Public Program Evaluation                                                       4 SH
PA 540          Research Design for Public Administration                                       4 SH

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PA 581          Cross-Cultural Survey Research Methods                                           2 SH
PA 582          Survey Data Collection Methods                                                   2 SH
UPP 508         Geographic Information Systems for Planning                                      4 SH
UPP 588         Research Design and Evaluation                                                   4 SH


                            Advanced Analytic Methods Courses (6 SH total)
   Course                                       Title                                                  Credits
Select 6 SH from the following courses:*
CHSC 534        Management and Analysis of Qualitative Data                                      3 SH
CHSC 549        Advanced Applied Methods in MCH Epidemiology                                     3 SH
EPID 501        Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology                                    4 SH
HPA 557         Measurement in Health Services Research                                          3 SH
PSCH 545        Multivariate Analysis                                                            3 SH
PA 541          Advanced Data Analysis I                                                         4 SH
PA 542          Advanced Data Analysis II                                                        4 SH
PA 588          Survey Data Reduction and Analysis                                               2 SH
POLS 501        Data Analysis II                                                                 4 SH

*Additional Required Courses
The following courses must be taken if an equivalent course was not completed in the students’
master’s program:
• BSTT 400 Biostatistics I (4 SH)
• BSTT 401 Biostatistics II (4 SH)
• CHSC 400 Public Health Concepts and Practice (3 SH)
• CHSC 446 Research Methods in Community Health (3 SH)
• CHSC 480 Health Education and Health Promotion (3 SH)
• EPID 403 Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods (3 SH)

III.   Concentration Electives (minimum of 12 SH)

Select 12 SH in concentration area; at least 9 SH must be 500-level courses. The 595 seminar series may
not be counted towards fulfillment of this requirement. Note: Students must complete the number of
electives necessary to bring total program hours to a minimum of 96 credit hours.

NOTE: Students with a master’s degree in public health or a related area may receive up to 32 SH of
credit towards the 96 SH total. The 32 SH of credit will apply to the required 39-45 elective hours.

Preliminary Examination Requirements
The Preliminary Examination is an important milestone for PhD Students. Successful completion of the
prelim indicates that you are ready to work on your dissertation research. The prelim should be taken as
soon as possible after the student has completed the required coursework of the program. Students
must complete the degree within 5 years after taking the Preliminary Examination or they must retake
the exam.




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For more information on CHS policies on the Preliminary Examination, please see the CHS Guide to the
PhD Preliminary Examination for PhD Students.

IV.   Optional Programs - Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (minimum 33 SH in addition to
      the SPH Core Requirements)

                             Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Core (21 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                            Credits
BSTT 401         Biostatistics II                                                                4 SH
CHSC 431         Community Assessment in Public Health                                           3 SH
CHSC 433         Public Health Planning and Evaluation                                           3 SH
CHSC 548         Readings in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology                             2 SH
EPID 404         Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                              4 SH
EPID 406         Epidemiologic Computing                                                         3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID 410         Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology                                 2 SH
EPID 411         Introduction to Chronic Disease Epidemiology                                    3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC/EPID        Reproductive and Perinatal Health                                               3 SH
545
EPID 518         Epidemiology of Pediatric Diseases                                              3 SH
Select two of the following courses:
CHSC 510         MCH Outcomes and Measurement                                                    3 SH
CHSC 511         MCH Delivery Systems                                                            3 SH
CHSC 512         Best Practices is MCH Programs                                                  3 SH
CHSC 543         MCH Policy and Advocacy                                                         3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC 434         Qualitative Methods                                                             3 SH
CHSC 446         Research Methods in Community Health                                            3 SH
PA 540           Research Methods in Public Administration                                       4 SH
                 Preliminary Examination in MCH Epidemiology**

Electives MCH Epi - Students may select elective courses in conjunction with their advisor as necessary
to reach the minimum of 56 total program hours.

Preliminary Examination in MCH Epidemiology**
The MCH-Epi preliminary exam will include an in-class EPI exam based on EPID 403 and EPID 404 (EPID
401 for students who entered prior to Fall 2004), a 10 day take home analytic project based on
EPID/CHSC 549 and EPID 501, and six to nine hours of content/methods questions to be determined by
the preliminary exam committee.

Students in the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology program should adhere to all other guidelines
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            ENVIRONMENTAL AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES - PHD

The PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program requires a minimum of 96
semester hours (SH). This program includes the following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (43 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                       Credits
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
BSTT 401         Biostatistics II                                                        4 SH
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 599         PhD Dissertation Research                                               min. 32 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.  Divisional Core Requirements (18 SH)
  Course                                       Title                                               Credits
EOHS 405       Environmental Calculations                                                       2 SH
EOHS 557       Design and Analysis of Experiments                                               4 SH

In addition, all students are required to take a minimum of 12 semester hours in EOHS courses; choosing
at least one course from each of the following three areas:

                                1. Exposure Assessment and Measurement
   Course                                          Title                                              Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 418         Analysis of Water and Wastewater Quality                                       2 SH
EOHS 421         Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                             2 SH
EOHS 428         Industrial Hygiene Laboratory I                                                2 SH
EOHS 438         Air Quality Laboratory                                                         2 SH
EOHS 440         Chemistry for Environmental Professionals                                      3 SH
EOHS 542         Water Chemistry                                                                4 SH
EOHS 543         Environmental Organic Chemistry                                                4 SH
EOHS 564         Geographic Information System Applications in Public Health                    3 SH
EOHS 565         Datamining Applications in Public Health                                       3 SH

                                          2. Health Assessment
   Course                                          Title                                              Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 450         Principles of Occupational and Environmental Medicine                          2 SH
EOHS 455         Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                      3 SH
EOHS 495         Environmental/Occupational Health Seminar                                      1 SH
EOHS 555         Advanced Toxicology                                                            3 SH


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EOHS 571         Injury Epidemiology                                                             3 SH

                                         3. Intervention Strategies
   Course                                           Title                                              Credits
Select at least one of the following courses:
EOHS 408         Biological, Chemical, Explosives, and Nuclear Weapons as Public Health          3 SH
                 Threats
EOHS 411         Water Quality Management                                                        4 SH
EOHS 431         Air Quality Management I                                                        3 SH
EOHS 461         Community Health and Consumer Protection                                        2 SH
EOHS 463         Safety Management Systems                                                       2 SH
EOHS 482         Occupational Safety Science                                                     2 SH
EOHS 556         Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                        3 SH
EOHS 572         Environmental Risk Assessment and Management                                    4 SH

III.   Electives (3-13 SH)*

Students must complete a minimum of 9 SH in formal 500 series courses in major area of concentration
(not necessarily in one division). Students must also complete 6 SH in a collateral area. Note: The 595
seminar series may not be counted towards fulfillment of this requirement.

*Students with a master’s degree in public health or a related area may receive up to 32 SH of credit
towards the 96 SH total. The 32 SH of credit will apply to the required 39-45 elective hours.

IV.    Optional Concentrations - Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Concentration in
       EOHS (34-37 SH)

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 34-37 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. In addition, students must
adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.
Course               Title                                                                       Credits
EPID 404             Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                          4 SH
EOHS 405             Environmental Calculations                                                  2 SH
EPID 406             Epidemiologic Computing                                                     3 SH
EPID 591             Current Epidemiologic Literature                                            2 SH
EOHS 556             Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                    3 SH
EPID/EOHS 554        Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                 2 SH
EPID/EOHS 530        Current Topics in Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology                 2 SH
EPID/EOHS 535        Applied Methods in Occupational Epidemiology                                3 SH
EPID/EOHS 571        Injury Epidemiology and Prevention                                          3 SH
EOHS 421             Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                          2 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 411             Water Quality Management                                                    4 SH
EOHS 431             Air Quality Management I                                                    3 SH
Select one of the following courses:

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EPID 410             Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                        2 SH
EPID 411             Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                           3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 455             Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                  3 SH
EOHS 551             Occupational Diseases                                                      4 SH




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                                            EPIDEMIOLOGY – PHD

The PhD in Epidemiology program requires a minimum of 99 semester hours (SH). This program includes
the following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (43 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                       Credits
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
BSTT 401         Biostatistics II                                                        4 SH
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 599         PhD Dissertation Research                                               min. 32 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.   Divisional Core Requirements (24 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                                 Credits
BSTT 505        Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis                                            2 SH
EPID 404        Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                                   4 SH
EPID 406        Epidemiologic Computing                                                              3 SH
EPID 410        Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                                  2 SH
EPID 411        Epidemiology of Chronic Disease                                                      3 SH
EPID 501        Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology                                        4 SH
EPID 591        Current Epidemiologic Literature                                                     2 SH
EPID 595        Research Seminar                                                                     1 SH
Select one of the following (not required for Cancer Epidemiology track) courses:
BSTT 506        Design of Clinical Trials                                                            3 SH
BSTT 507        Sampling and Estimation Methods                                                      3 SH

III.       Electives (minimum of 30 SH)*

       o    Two 500-level substantive Epidemiology classes, in different areas, to prepare for substantive
            sections of preliminary examination (e.g. Cardiovascular, Cancer, Aging, Infectious, Pediatrics,
            Genetics) (4-6 SH)
       o    At least one biological science class relevant to student's research area is required if no prior
            biological sciences background (4 SH)
       o    Additional coursework in relevant area outside of Epidemiology and approved by your advisor
            (e.g. Biostatistics, Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Environmental Sciences, Sociology) (6
            SH)
       o    Remaining electives (16-18 SH)

Note: Students must complete the number of electives necessary to bring total program hours to a
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*Students with a master’s degree in public health or a related area may receive up to 32 SH of credit
towards the 99 SH total.

IV.   Optional Concentrations

C.    Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Concentration in Epidemiology (34-37 SH)

Students must complete the School-Wide Core Requirements and complete 34-37 semester credit hours
from the following courses as part of their divisional and elective choices. In addition, students must
adhere to the divisional requirements as stipulated for their individual program of study.
     Course                                          Title                                          Credits
BSTT 505             Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis                                   2 SH
EPID 404             Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                          4 SH
EPID 406             Epidemiologic Computing                                                     3 SH
EPID 591             Current Epidemiologic Literature                                            2 SH
EOHS 556             Risk Assessment in Environmental and Occupational Health                    3 SH
EPID/EOHS 554        Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                 2 SH
EPID/EOHS 530        Current Topics in Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology                 2 SH
EPID/EOHS 535        Applied Methods in Occupational Epidemiology                                3 SH
EPID/EOHS 571        Injury Epidemiology and Prevention                                          3 SH
EOHS 421             Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene                                          2 SH
EPID 595             Epidemiology Research Seminar                                               1 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 411             Water Quality Management                                                    4 SH
EOHS 431             Air Quality Management I                                                    3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID 410             Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                         2 SH
EPID 411             Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                            3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 455             Environmental and Occupational Toxicology                                   3 SH
EOHS 551             Occupational Diseases                                                       4 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EOHS 564             Georaphical Information Systems in PH                                       3 SH
UPP 508              Geographical Information Systems for Planning                               4 SH

D.    Cancer Epidemiology (minimum 36-41 SH)
                                   Cancer Epidemiology Core (21 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                             Credits
EPID 515        Survey of Cancer Epidemiology                                                    3 SH
EPID 516        Advanced Cancer Epidemiology                                                     2 SH
EPID 520        Genetics in Epidemiology                                                         2 SH
EPID 554        Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology                                      2 SH
EPID 594        Special Topics: Social Epidemiology                                              3 SH
EPID 594        Special Topics: Surveillance Epidemiology                                        3 SH

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Select one of the following courses:
CHSC 514/HN Nutritional Epidemiology                                                             3 SH
594
HN 532           Evaluation of Nutritional Status                                                3 SH

Electives Cancer Epidemiology Concentration (minimum 16 SH)
• Students must take a minimum of 16 credits of electives.
• At least one biological science class (4 SH) relevant to student’s research area is required if no prior
  biological sciences background

V.    Optional Programs - Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (minimum 36-40 SH)

                           Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Core (21 SH)
   Course                                        Title                                              Credits
EPID 404         Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                              4 SH
EPID 406         Epidemiologic Computing                                                         3 SH
EPID 501         Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology                                   4 SH
EPID/CHSC        Advanced Applied Methods in MCH Epidemiology                                    3 SH
549
BSTT 505         Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis                                       2 SH
CHSC 548         Readings in Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology                             2 SH
CHSC 551         Foundations of Public Health Inquiry                                            3SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID 410         Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology                                 2 SH
EPID 411         Introduction to Chronic Disease Epidemiology                                    3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
BSTT 440         Sampling & Estimation Methods Applied to PH                                     3 SH
PA 588           Methods for Analysis of Survey Data                                             2 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC/EPID        Reproductive and Perinatal Health                                               3 SH
545
EPID 518         Epidemiology of Pediatric Diseases                                              3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
CHSC 510         MCH Outcomes and Measurement                                                    3 SH
CHSC 511         MCH Delivery Systems                                                            3 SH
CHSC 512         Best Practices is MCH Programs                                                  3 SH
CHSC 543         MCH Policy and Advocacy                                                         3 SH
Select one of the following courses:
EPID 591         Current Epidemiologic Literature                                                2 SH
EPID 595         Epidemiology Research Seminar                                                   1 SH
                 Preliminary Examination in MCH Epidemiology**




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                       Electives – Maternal Child Health Epidemiology (4-6 SH)
   Course                                          Title                                              Credits
One or more of the following electives are suggested:
BSTT 537       Longitudinal Data Analysis                                                       4 SH
CHSC 434       Introduction to Quantitative Methods in PH                                       3 SH
CSC 534        Management Analysis of Qualitative Date                                          3 SH
CHSC 577       Survey Questionnaire Design                                                      2 SH
CRJ 560        Quantitative Methods and Design                                                  4 SH
ED 502         Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education                                   4 SH
EPID 471       Population I                                                                     3 SH
EPID 510       Advanced Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                     2 SH
EPID 520       Genetic Epidemiology                                                             2 SH
EPID 594       Social Epidemiology                                                              2 SH
EPSY 594       Hierarchical Linear Modeling                                                     4 SH
HPA 557        Measurement in Health Services Research                                          3 SH
HPA 564        Geographic Information Systems in Public Health                                  3 SH
NUSC 548       Methodological Issues for Cross-Cultural Research                                3 SH
NUSC 594       Neighborhoods and Health                                                         2 SH
PA 540         Research Methods for Public Administration                                       4 SH
PA 541         Advanced Data Analysis I                                                         4 SH
PA 581         Cross-Cultural Collection Methods                                                2 SH
PA 582         Survey Data Collection Methods                                                   2 SH
PA 588         Survey Data Reduction and Analysis                                               2 SH

Biological Sciences
Depending on clinical background, one or more of the following courses are strongly encouraged:
• HND 510 Nutrition, Physiologic Aspects (3 SH)
• HND 520 Maternal Nutrition & Perinatal Development (3 SH)
• HND 522 Adv. In Pediatric Nutrition (2 SH)
• NuMC 507 Scientific Basis for Women's Health & Perinatal I (2 SH)
• NuMC 508 Scientific Basis for Women's Health & Perinatal II (2 SH)
• NuSc 214 Clinical Pathophysiology I (2 SH) - not for graduate credit
• NuSc 216 Clinical Pathophysiology II (2 SH) -not for graduate credit

Preliminary Examination in MCH Epidemiology**
The MCH-Epi preliminary exam will include an in-class EPI exam based on EPID 403 and EPID 404 (EPID
401 for students who entered prior to Fall 2004), a 10 day take home analytic project based on
EPID/CHSC 549 and EPID 501, and six to nine hours of content/methods questions to be determined by
the preliminary exam committee.

Students in the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology program should adhere to all other guidelines
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                        HEALTH POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION – PHD

The PhD in Health Policy and Administration program requires a minimum of 96 semester hours (SH).
This program includes the following course requirements:

I.    School-Wide Core Requirements (43 SH)
   Course                                         Title                                       Credits
BSTT 400         Biostatistics I                                                         4 SH
BSTT 401         Biostatistics II                                                        4 SH
EPID 403         Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                    3 SH
IPHS 599         PhD Dissertation Research                                               min. 32 SH
                                          Required Non-Credit
     Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit

II.    Divisional Core Requirements (9-15 SH)
Students must complete a minimum of 9 SH in formal 500 series courses in major area of concentration
(not necessarily in one division). If required by the chosen division, students must also complete 6 SH in
a collateral area.

Note: The 595 seminar series may not be counted towards fulfillment of this requirement.

III.   Electives (7-13 SH)*

All students must complete a minimum of 39-45 SH in various seminars and electives.

*Students with a master’s degree in public health or a related area may receive up to 32 SH of credit
towards the 96 SH total. The 32 SH of credit will apply to the required 39-45 elective hours.




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                           JOINT DEGREE PROGRAM INFORMATION

The School of Public Health offers nine Joint Degree programs which allow students to complete both an
MPH degree or MS in Clinical and Translational Science and a second professional degree in a shortened
timeframe. The School also participates in the joint MD/PhD with the College of Medicine.

        Joint                             Availability of Joint Degree Programs by Division
       Degree                   CHS             EOHS              Epi            Bio                    HPA
MBA/MPH                          X                X                X              X                      X
MS Nursing/MPH                   X
MA Anthropology/MPH              X                                  X                 X
JD/MPH                                                                                                   X
DVM/MPH                                                             X                 X
MD/MPH                           X                 X                X                 X                  X
MD/MS CTS                                                                                                X
PharmD/MS CTS                                                                                            X
DMD/ MS CTS                                                                                              X
MD/PhD                                                              X                 X




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                                                 MBA/MPH

The UIC College of Business Administration and the School of Public Health offer a joint degree program
leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Public Health (MPH).

Programs of study leading to the MBA/MPH joint degree are offered by each of the following:

     1.   Community Health Sciences
     2.   Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
     3.   Epidemiology
     4.   Health Policy and Administration

Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in two and one-half years; Part-time
students in three and one-half years.

Admission Requirements:
• Must apply separately and be accepted to both the College of Business Administration and School
   of Public Health
• Indicate application to the joint degree program on the admission applications.

Program Requirements:
All students must satisfy the requirements for both the MBA and MPH program. The program is tailored
to accommodate students on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students should confirm all course
requirements with each separate degree program

I.   Core Requirements by School (44 SH)

                              Business Administration Core Courses (24 SH)
     Course                                         Title                                            Credits
ACTG 500             Intro to Financial & Management Accounting                                   4 SH
ECON 520             Microeconomics for Business Decisions                                        4 SH
FIN 500              Intro to Corporate Finance                                                   4 SH
IDS 532              Decision Models & Info. Systems II                                           4 SH
MGMT 541             Organizational Behavior                                                      4 SH
MKTG 500             Introduction to Marketing                                                    4 SH

                               School of Public Health Core Courses (20 SH)
     Course                                          Title                                           Credits
EPID 400 or EPID     Principles of Epidemiology or                                                3 SH
403*                 Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods
BSTT 400             Biostatistics I                                                              4 SH
CHSC 401             Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                         3 SH
EOHS 400             Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                                  3 SH
CHSC 400             Public Health Concepts and Practice                                          3 SH
IPHS 650             Field Experience in Public Health                                            3 SH

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       IPHS 698            MPH Capstone Experience                                               1 SH
                                                Required Non-Credit
           Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
       HIPAA Research 101                                                                        Non-credit
       Investigator Training 101                                                                 Non-credit
       *Students in HPA and EOHS enroll in EPID 400. Students in CHS and Epi enroll in EPID 403.

II.        Electives (minimum 12 SH)

       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. Students also have the option to
       complete a concentration if desired.

       MPH Electives
       Students must satisfy requirements of one of the public health disciplines offered by the School of Public
       Health. MPH course electives must at a minimum bring the total MPH program hours to 42 semester
       hours, inclusive of shared credit hours.

III.       Tuition and Fees Assessment

       Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. Students will be charged the tuition and fees
       associated with the program into which they are first accepted, and will be charged the tuition and fees
       associated with the other program once the semester hours of the first program have been reached.

IV.        Advising

       Students will be assigned advisors from each program: one faculty member from Business
       Administration and one faculty member from the School of Public Health.

V.         Contact Information

       For further information about this joint degree program, please contact the following individuals:

       School of Public Health
       Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH
       Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health
       (312) 996-5381
       bjn@uic.edu

       Liautaud Graduate School of Business:
       Dawn Birkland
       Academic Adviser
       (312) 996-9021
       birkland@uic.edu



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Transferring into MBA / MPH joint degree program from individual degree programs:
Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint
program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements
of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree
programs. Application to the MPH is through SOPHAS.

Leaving the program before the requirements for the joint masters is complete:
Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the Master of
Business Administration or the Master of Public Health, but before completing the joint MBA/MPH, will
receive the former degree. Students completing solely the Master of Public Health may (depending on
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                                                 MS NURSING/MPH

 The UIC College of Nursing and the School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to 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.

 A program of study leading to the MS Nursing/MPH joint degree is offered by the following SPH Division:

        1. Community Health Sciences

 Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in two years; Part-time students in up
 to four years.

 Admission Requirements:
 • Must apply separately and be accepted to both the College of Nursing through the Department of
    Health System Sciences and School of Public Health through the Community Health Sciences Division
    (CHS).
 • Indicate application to the joint degree program on the admission applications.

 Program Requirements:
 All students must satisfy the requirements for both the MS Nursing and MPH program, for a total of 57-
 59 semester hours (SH). This 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.

I.      Core Requirements by School (41 SH)

                                    College of Nursing Core Courses (23-25 SH)
         Course                                           Title                                           Credits
     NUPH 505*            Nursing Systems Operation Management                                         3 SH
     NUPH 507             Advanced Community Health Nursing: Introductions &                           4 SH
                          Interventions
     NUPH 512             Healthcare Human Resource Management                                         3 SH
     NUPH 517*            Budget and Finance of Health and Nursing Services                            3 SH
     NUSC 526*            Nursing Inquiry I                                                            2 SH
     NUSC 527*            Nursing Inquiry II                                                           2 SH
     NUSC 528             Health, Environment, and Systems                                             2 SH
     NUSC 529             Issues of Advanced Practice in Nursing                                       1 SH
     Select one of the following courses:
     NUSC 597             Project Research                                                             3 SH
     NUSC 598             Thesis Research                                                              5 SH

                                  School of Public Health Core Courses (23-25 SH)
          Course                                          Title                                           Credits
     EPID 400             Principles of Epidemiology                                                   3 SH

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       BSTT 400            Biostatistics I                                                     4 SH
       HPA 400              Principles of Management in Public Health                          3 SH
       EOHS 400             Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                        3 SH
       CHSC 400             Public Health Concepts and Practice                                3 SH
       CHSC 401             Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                               3 SH
       IPHS 650             Field Experience in Public Health                                  3-5 SH
       IPHS 698             MPH Capstone Experience**                                          1 SH
                                                 Required Non-Credit
           Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
       HIPAA Research 101                                                                      Non-credit
       Investigator Training 101                                                               Non-credit

II.        CHS Divisional Core Requirements (12 SH)

          Course                                         Title                           Credits
       CHSC 431*      Community Assessment in Public Health                           3 SH
       CHSC 433*      Program Planning and Evaluation                                 3 SH
       CHSC 480       Health Education and Health Promotion                           3 SH
       Select one of the following courses:
       CHSC 527       Critical Issues in Long-Term Care Policy                        3 SH
       CHSC 543       Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy                   3 SH
       HPA 430        Introduction to Public Health Policy Analysis                   3 SH
       *Courses meet both CON and SPH/CHS degree requirements
       **CHS Capstone requirements may be found in the CHS MPH Degree Student Handbook

III.       Shared Courses

           •   CHSC 431 Community Assessment in Public Health (3 SH)
           •   CHSC 433 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 SH)
           •   NUPH 505 Nursing Systems Operation Management (3 SH)
           •   NUPH 517 Budget and Finance of Health and Nursing Services (3 SH)
           •   NUSC 526 Nursing Inquiry I (2 SH)
           •   NUSC 527 Nursing Inquiry II (2 SH)

IV.        Tuition and Fee Assessments

       Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. Students will be charged the tuition and fees
       associated with the program into which they are first accepted, and will be charged the tuition and fees
       associated with the other program once the semester hours of the first program have been reached.

V.         Advising

       Students will be assigned joint advisors, one faculty member from College of Nursing and one faculty
       member from the School of Public Health.



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VI.       Contact Information

      For further information about this joint degree program, please contact the following individuals:

      School of Public Health
      Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH
      Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health
      (312) 996-5381
      bjn@uic.edu

      College of Nursing
      Kamal Eldeirawi
      Assistant Professor
      (312) 413-9792
      keldei1@uic.edu

      Transferring into MS in Nursing / MPH joint degree program from individual degree programs:
      Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint
      program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements
      of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree
      programs. Application to the MPH is through SOPHAS.

      Leaving the program before the requirements for the joint masters is complete:
      Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the Master of
      Nursing or the Master of Public Health, but before completing the joint MS in Nursing/MPH, will receive
      the former degree. Students completing solely the Master of Public Health may (depending on
      background experience) be required to satisfy requirements of a comprehensive MPH program.




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                                          MA ANTHROPOLOGY/MPH

 The Department of Anthropology in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Public
 Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Master of Arts in Anthropology (MA) and the Master
 of Public Health (MPH). This program is geared towards students interested in global health and medical
 anthropology and is called the “Anthropology in Global Health” (AGH) program. The joint Masters
 degree is designed to be followed by a Doctoral degree in Anthropology or Public Health.

 Programs of study leading to the MA Anthropology/MPH joint degree are offered by the following SPH
 Divisions:

        1. Community Health Sciences
        2. Epidemiology

 Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in three years; Part-time students in up
 to four years.

 Admission Requirements:
 • Must apply separately and be accepted to both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the
    Department of Anthropology and School of Public Health through the Community Health Sciences
    (CHS) or Epidemiology (EPID) divisions.
 • Indicate application to the joint degree program on the admission applications.

 Program Requirements:
 All students must satisfy the requirements for both the MA Anthropology and MPH program, for a total
 of 71-76 semester hours (SH). This program is tailored to accommodate full-time students working to
 complete both degrees in three academic years.

 The coursework for the joint degree will include 1) core courses in Anthropology, 2) core courses for the
 Anthropology and Global Health program, 3) core courses in Public Health, 4) divisional core courses in
 either Community Health Sciences or Epidemiology, and 5) electives.

I.      Core Requirements by School (50 SH)

                                       Anthropology Core Courses (18 SH)
         Course                                        Title                                             Credits
     ANTH 500            Social and Cultural Theory I                                                 4 SH
     ANTH 501            Social and Cultural Theory II                                                4 SH
     ANTH 502            Theory and Method in Archaeology                                             4 SH
     ANTH 503            Hominid, Phylogeny and Adaptations                                           5 SH
     ANTH 595            Graduate Seminar in Anthropology                                             1 SH

                            Anthropology and Global Health Core Courses (12 SH)
         Course                                        Title                                             Credits
     ANTH/IPHS 415       Foundations in Anthropology and Global Health I                              4 SH

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       ANTH/IPHS 416        Foundations in Anthropology and Global Health II                             4 SH
       ANTH/IPHS 516        AGH Integrative Seminar                                                      4 SH

                                      School of Public Health Core Courses (20 SH)
            Course                                          Title                                  Credits
       EPID 403             Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods               3 SH
       BSTT 400             Biostatistics I                                                    4 SH
       HPA 400              Principles of Management in Public Health                          3 SH
       EOHS 400             Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                        3 SH
       CHSC 400             Public Health Concepts and Practice                                3 SH
       IPHS 650             Field Experience in Public Health*                                 3 SH
       IPHS 698             MPH Capstone Experience**                                          1 SH
                                                  Required Non-Credit
           Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
       HIPAA Research 101                                                                      Non-credit
       Investigator Training 101                                                               Non-credit

II.       Divisional Core Requirements (CHS = 15 SH, Epi = 18 SH)

       Community Health Sciences Core Requirements – 15 SH
          Course                                         Title                                             Credits
       CHSC 431       Community Assessment in Public Health                                             3 SH
       CHSC 433       Program Planning and Evaluation                                                   3 SH
       CHSC 446       Research Methods in Community Health                                              3 SH
       CHSC 480       Health Education and Health Promotion                                             3 SH
       Select one of the following courses:
       CHSC 527       Critical Issues in Long-Term Care Policy                                          3 SH
       CHSC 543       Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy                                     3 SH
       HPA 430        Introduction to Public Health Policy Analysis                                     3 SH

       Epidemiology Core Requirements – 18 SH
          Course                                      Title                                                Credits
       EPID 404      Intermediate Epidemiological Methods                                               4 SH
       EPID 406      Epidemiological Computing                                                          3 SH
       EPID 410      Epidemiology of Infectious Disease                                                 2 SH
       EPID 411      Epidemiology of Chronic Disease                                                    3 SH
       EPID 591      Current Epidemiologic Literature                                                   2 SH
       BSTT 401      Biostatistics II                                                                   4 SH

III.      Electives – (6-8 SH)

       Students are required to take 6-8 credit hours chosen in consultation with graduate advisors. Suggested
       electives include the following:
           o IPHS 409 Global Health I (3 SH)
           o IPHS 410 Global Health II (3 SH)

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         o   CHSC 434 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health (3 SH)
         o   CHSC 447 Survey Planning and Design (3 SH)
         o   CHSC 534 Qualitative Data Analysis (3 SH)
         o   CHSC 577 Survey Questionnaire Design (3 SH)
         o   Any EPID/BSTT courses
         o   Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences with a global focus
         o   ANTH courses (specifically ANTH 418 Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Methods (4 SH))
         o   GIS courses
         o   Concentration in Women’s Health sequence
         o   Pharmacognosy courses

Sample course planning guides for Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology

TRACK 1: CHSC
    Fall                                    Spring                                   Summer
    ANTH 500 (4)                            ANTH 501 (4)                             Elective slot (4-8)*
    ANTH 503 (5)                            ANTH 502 (4)                             HPA 400 (3)
Year 1




    ANTH 595 (1)                            ANTH/IPHS 416 (4)
    ANTH/IPHS 415 (4)
    BSTT 400 (4)                        CHSC 431 (3)                                 Summer field experience
    EPID 403 (3)                        CHSC 446 (3)                                 (IPHS 650 (3))
Year 2




    Elective slot (3-4)                 CHSC 480 (3)
                                        CHSC 400 (online) (3)
     CHSC 433 (3)                       CHSC 527/543/HPA 430 (3)
     ANTH/IPHS 516 (4)                  EOHS 400 (3)
Year 3




     Elective slot (3-4)                IPHS 698 (1)
                                        Elective slot (3-4)
*Four elective slots are identified, but only two electives are required

TRACK 2: EPID
    Fall                                    Spring                                   Summer
    ANTH 500 (4)                            ANTH 501 (4)                             Elective slot (4-8)*
    ANTH 503 (5)                            ANTH 502 (4)
Year 1




    ANTH/IPHS 415 (4)                       ANTH/IPHS 416 (4)                        HPA 400 (3)
    ANTH 595 (1)
    BSTT 400 (4)                            EPID 404 (4)                             Summer field experience
      EPID 403 (3)                       BSTT 401 (4 sh)                             (IPHS 650 (3))
Year 2




      EPID 406 (3)                       CHSC 400 (online) (3)
      Elective slot (3-4)                Elective slot (3-4)
      EPID 410 (2)                       EPID 411 (3)
      EOHS 400 (3)                       EPID 591 (2)
Year 3




      ANTH/IPHS 516 (4)                  IPHS 698 (1)
      Elective slot (3-4)                 Elective slot (3-4)
*Five elective slots are identified, but only two electives are required

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IV.       Tuition and Fee Assessments

      Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. It is anticipated that students will take
      predominately Anthropology courses for their first two semesters. Consequently, students will be
      charged tuition and fees associated with the Master of Arts in Anthropology for the first half of the
      program, until 36 semesters hours have been reached. The students will be charged tuition and fees
      associated with the Master of Public Health program after that, which will continue until the degree has
      been completed.

V.        Advising

      Students will be assigned joint advisors, one faculty member from the Anthropology Department within
      the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences one faculty member from the School of Public Health.

VI.       Contact Information

      For further information about this joint degree program, please contact the following individuals:

      School of Public Health
      Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH
      Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health
      (312) 996-5381
      bjn@uic.edu

      College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
      Laura Junkers, PhD
      Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology
      (312) 996-3116
      ljunker@uic.edu

      Transferring into MA Anthropology / MPH joint degree program from individual degree programs
      Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint
      program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements
      of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree
      programs. Application to the MPH is through SOPHAS.

      Leaving the program before the requirements for the joint masters is complete
      Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the Master of
      Arts in Anthropology or the Master of Public Health, but before completing the joint MA/MPH, will
      receive the former degree. Most students completing solely the Master of Public Health would be
      required to satisfy requirements of a comprehensive MPH program.




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                                 JD/MPH COORDINATED PROGRAM

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

 The program of study leading to the JD/MPH degrees is offered through the following SPH Division:

     1. Health Policy and Administration

 Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in three and one-half years; part-time
 students in up to four and one-half years.

 Admission Requirements:
 • Must apply and be accepted to both the Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT and UIC School of Public
    Health
 • Indicate application is to the coordinated degree program on the admission applications
 • LSAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores as part of the application to the School of Public
    Health

 Program Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of course work at
 SPH through the Health Policy and Administration Division (HPA) of the school. Students' work at UIC
 will qualify for twelve hours of elective credit at Chicago-Kent (approximately one semester's work).
 During the remaining semesters at Chicago-Kent, students will be required to meet all other curricular
 requirements of the law school. Students may begin their study by attending either school first, but
 cannot take courses at both schools during the same semester without special approval by both schools.
 Students receiving financial assistance are advised to attend only one school during an academic year.

 The coordinated program is tailored to accommodate students on either a full-time or part-time
 basis. Each institution will assess its own tuition and fees.

I.   Core Requirements by School (60 SH)

                                  Juris Doctorate Core Courses (40 SH)
     Course                                          Title                                           Credits
Law 206              Legislative Process                                                          3 SH
Law 251              Contracts                                                                    5 SH
Law 253              Torts                                                                        5 SH
Law 257              Criminal Law                                                                 3 SH
Law 258              Civil Procedure                                                              5 SH
Law 259              Legal Writing 1                                                              3 SH
Law 260              Legal Writing 2                                                              2 SH
Law 261              Property                                                                     4 SH
Law 275              Constitutional Law                                                           4 SH
Law 415              Professional Responsibility                                                  2 SH
Law 431              Legal Writing 3                                                              1 SH

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  Law 432                    Legal Writing 4                                                              3 SH

                                 School of Public Health Core Courses (20 SH)
        Course                                          Title                                   Credits
  EPID 400              Principles of Epidemiology                                          3 SH
  BSTT 400              Biostatistics I                                                     4 SH
  HPA 400               Principles of Management in Public Health                           3 SH
  EOHS 400              Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                         3 SH
  CHSC 400              Public Health Concepts and Practice                                 3 SH
  IPHS 650              Field Experience in Public Health*                                  3 SH
  IPHS 698              MPH Capstone Experience**                                           1 SH
                                             Required Non-Credit
       Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
  HIPAA Research 101                                                                        Non-credit
  Investigator Training 101                                                                 Non-credit

 II.       Electives – (69 SH)

       JD Electives (47 SH; inclusive of shared courses)
       Through elective courses students may pursue a deeper understanding of a particular substantive,
       health-related area, including disability law, elder law, environmental and energy law, family law, food
       and drug law, genetics and law, health law, medical malpractice, and reproductive technologies law.

       MPH Electives (22 SH)
       Students must satisfy requirements of the Health Policy and Administration‘s MPH Professional
       Enhancement Program. MPH course electives must at a minimum bring the total MPH program hours to
       42 semester hours.

III.       Shared Courses

       Twelve hours of course-work (roughly one semester's worth of credit) taken at the School of Public
       Health will count toward elective credit at Chicago-Kent, enabling students to complete both degrees in
       3 ½ years. With proper planning, participation in clinical experiences and/or externships at Chicago-Kent
       also may satisfy the School of Public Health's field practicum requirement and provide a foundation for
       the MPH Capstone project.

IV.        Tuition and fees

       While a student is attending one school, he or she will be considered on official leave of absence at the
       other school. Thus, the student will pay tuition and be eligible for scholarship support at only one school
       at a time.

V.         Advising

       Students will be assigned joint advisors, one faculty member from Chicago-Kent College of Law and one
       faculty member from the School of Public Health.

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VI.       Contact Information

      School of Public Health
      Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH
      Associate Professor, Health Policy and Administration
      (312) 996-5756
      swrtzmn@uic.edu

      IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
      Harold J. Krent, JD
      Dean, Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT
      (312) 906-5010
      Hkrent@kentlaw.edu

      Transferring into JD/MPH coordinated degree program from individual degree programs
      Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the
      coordinated program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions
      requirements of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual
      degree programs. Application to the MPH is through SOPHAS.

      Leaving the program before the requirements for the coordinated program are complete
      Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the Juris Doctor
      or the Master of Public Health, but before completing the coordinated JD/ MPH will receive the former
      degree. Students completing solely the Master of Public Health may (depending on background
      experience) be required to satisfy requirements of a comprehensive MPH program.




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                                                DVM/MPH

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the UIC
School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.

The programs of study leading to the DVM/MPH joint degree is offered by the following SPH Division:

    1. Epidemiology

Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in five years

Admission Requirements:
   • Must apply and be accepted to both the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine DVM program and
       School of Public Health
   • DVM students must have earned a baccalaureate degree to qualify for admission to the joint
       degree program.
   • Indicate application is to the joint degree program on the admission applications

Program Requirements:
All students must satisfy the requirements for both the DVM and MPH program. The joint DVM/MPH
program is a five year program of study consisting of a combination of on-line and on-site courses and
concluding with a research based Capstone project. Students in the program must satisfy the required
four years of the professional veterinary medicine curriculum as well as the required 42 semester hours
of the Master of Public Health Professional Enhancement Program (PEP).

Veterinary Medicine students are encouraged to complete 1 or more Public Health courses in the
Summer preceding and following their DVM1 Year. Veterinary Medicine students will ordinarily
complete Years 1 through 3 of their veterinary medicine training at UIUC, while taking some public
health courses online and/or completing courses deemed equivalent to required SPH courses within the
graduate program of Veterinary Pathology. DVM students will spend a minimum of two semesters (fall
and spring) in residence at the UIC School of Public Health following their third year of veterinary
medicine training. Students are encouraged to spend a summer in Chicago to complete their field
experience and capstone project in a public health- related setting. Students will return to UIUC to
complete their fourth year clinical rotations.

An example of progression through the joint degree DVM / MPH program follows:

                                  Pre - YEAR 1 – Summer (3 SH)
    Course                                        Title                                             Credits
CHSC 401          Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                           3 SH
                                         YEAR 1 (23.5 SH)
FALL and SPRING SEMESTERS
DVM1 Curriculum
SUMMER SEMESTER
HPA 400           Principles of Management in Public Health                                      3 SH

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                                                      YEAR 2 (39.5 SH)
      FALL and SPRING SEMESTERS
      DVM2 Curriculum
                                                   YEAR 3 (35-38 SH)
      FALL and SPRING SEMESTERS
      DVM3 Curriculum
                                 YEAR 4 (35-43 SH) - School of Public Health Courses
           Course                                           Title                                 Credits
      EPID 403             Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods                3 SH
      BSTT 400             Biostatistics I                                                     4 SH
      HPA 400              Principles of Management in Public Health (if not taken previously) 3 SH
      EOHS 400             Principles of Environmental Health Sciences                         3 SH
      CHSC 400             Public Health Concepts and Practice                                 3 SH
      CHSC 401             Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (if not taken previously)      3 SH
      EPID 404            Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods                                   4 SH
      EPID 406            Epidemiologic Computing                                              3 SH
      EPID 410*           Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases                                  2 SH
      EPID 411             Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases                                    3 SH
      EPID 591             Current Epidemiologic Literature                                    2 SH
      BSTT 401**           Biostatistics II                                                    4 SH
      IPHS 650             Field Experience in Public Health                                   3-5 SH
      IPHS 698             MPH Capstone Experience                                             1 SH
                                                  Required Non-Credit
          Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
      HIPAA Research 101                                                                       Non-credit
      Investigator Training 101                                                                Non-credit
                                               th
                                    YEAR 5 – 4 YEAR DVM CLINICAL ROTATIONS

      *(may substitute PATH 516)
      ** (may substitute PATH 591)

 I.      Electives

      Students must take the number of electives as necessary to bring the total number of semester hours
      for the MPH program to 42 semester credit hours.

II.      Shared Courses

         •   Shared coursework taken in the DVM program may count to satisfy MPH elective
             requirements. Up to 12 SH of required MPH courses may be counted toward the free electives
             required of DVM students during their 4th year clinical rotations.
         •   Between 3-5 semester hours of credit for field practicum and capstone experience (1 hour) may
             apply to the DVM degree.
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III.       Tuition and fees

       While a student is attending one school, he or she will be considered on official leave of absence at the
       other school. Thus, the student will pay tuition and be eligible for scholarship support at only one school
       at a time.

IV.        Advising

       Students will be assigned joint advisors, one faculty member from UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine
       and one faculty member from the UIC School of Public Health.

V.         Contact Information

       School of Public Health
       Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH
       Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health
       (312) 996-5381
       bjn@uic.edu

       UIUC - College of Veterinary Medicine
       Jack Herrmann, DVM, MPH
       Director, DVM/MPH Program
       (217) 265-6586
       jah1110@uic.edu

       Transferring into DVM / MPH joint degree program from individual degree programs
       Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint
       program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements
       of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree
       programs. Application to the MPH is through SOPHAS.

       Leaving the program before the requirements for the joint masters is complete
       Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the DVM or the
       MPH, but before completing the joint DVM/MPH, will receive the former degree. Most students
       completing solely the MPH would be required to satisfy requirements of a comprehensive MPH
       program.




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                                                  MD/MPH

The UIC College of Medicine (COM) and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree leading to
the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.

Programs of study leading to the MD/MPH joint degree are offered by each of the following four SPH
Divisions:

    1.   Community Health Sciences
    2.   Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
    3.   Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    4.   Health Policy and Administration

Length of Program: Full-time students may complete the degree in five years

Admission Requirements:
   • Must apply and be accepted to both the UIC College of Medicine program and School of Public
       Health.
   • Indicate application is to the joint degree program on the admission applications (for MPH,
       designate Summer or Fall as entry term. It is recommended MD students start in Summer).

Program Requirements:
All students must satisfy the requirements for both the MD and MPH program.

Joint degree students are admitted simultaneously and may begin their public health coursework during
the Summer before their M1 year. Concurrent public health 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

An example of progression through the joint degree MD/MPH program follows:

                                   Pre – M1 YEAR – Summer (3-6SH)
     Course                                        Title                                Credits
 CHSC 401          Behavioral Sciences in Public Health   AND/OR                     3 SH
 HPA 400           Principles of Management in Public Health                         3 SH
                                               M1 YEAR
 FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
 Students complete M1 Year requirements
 SUMMER SEMESTER
 Students may take 1 or 2 of the aforementioned MPH courses in the Summer following M1 Year
                                               M2 YEAR
 FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
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                                                        M3 YEAR
       FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
       Students complete M3 Year requirements
                                   YEAR 4 (30 SH) - School of Public Health Courses
       Students pursue one year of full-time study at the School of Public Health. Students typically take 15
       SH of coursework in both the Fall and Spring semesters for a total of 30 SH.
                                                 Required Non-Credit
          Training: http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/initial.shtml
       HIPAA Research 101                                                                        Non-credit
       Investigator Training 101                                                                 Non-credit
                                                        YEAR 5
       IPHS 650            Field Experience in Public Health                                     3-5 SH
       IPHS 698            MPH Capstone Experience                                               1 SH
       M4 Rotations:
       Med or Peds Sub – 1 to 4 weeks Specialties – 18 weeks
       Anesthesia/ Radiology – 4 weeks
       Ophthalmology – 1 weeks
       Otolaryngology – 2 weeks
       Orthopaedics – 2 weeks
       Dermatology – 2 weeks
       Neurology – 2 weeks

 I.      Shared Courses

         •    With proper advisement, MD/MPH students may complete between 3 and 5 semester hours of
              the MPH field experience (IPHS 650) during the M4 year and receive (6 to 8) weeks of credit
              toward MD electives.
          •   With proper planning and prior approval of the MPH advisor, joint degree students may take a
              non-clinical medical elective during their M4 year and receive independent study credit toward
              the MPH degree. [For example two semester hours of independent study may be awarded for
              completing the 30 contact hour multi-disciplinary course: “Patient Safety and Quality
              Outcomes”.
         •    With proper planning and prior approval by the Medical School, joint degree students may
              receive credit toward the M4 electives by taking an advanced-level public health course.
         •    No more than 25% of the total hours for both degrees will consist of shared coursework.

II.      Tuition and Fees

      Tuition and fees charged by the two programs differ. Students will be charged the College of Medicine
      tuition and fees during their M1 through M4 years. The School of Public Health tuition and fees will be
      assessed while taking MPH courses during the Summer terms and during the year of study at the School
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III.       Advising

       Students in the joint program will have two advisors, one from the College of Medicine faculty and one
       from the divisional School of Public Health faculty, to assist the student with each respective program.
       Joint advisors will ensure that the students understand the program requirements and any course
       sequence requirements. They will also suggest electives appropriate to the students’ interests.

IV.        Contact Information

       School of Public Health
       Babette J. Neuberger, JD, MPH
       Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health
       (312) 996-5381
       bjn@uic.edu

       College of Medicine
       Dr. Jorge Girotti
       Special Curricular Programs
       (312) 996-6920
       jorgeg@uic.edu

       Transferring into MD / MPH joint degree program from individual degree programs
       Students who enter either of the individual degree programs and later decide to transfer into the joint
       program may do so before entering their second year of study if they meet the admissions requirements
       of the other degree program. Students must apply and be accepted into both individual degree
       programs. Application to the MPH is through SOPHAS.

       Leaving the program before the requirements for the joint degree is complete
       Students who leave after completing the necessary hours for one of the degrees, either the MD or the
       MPH, but before completing the joint MD/MPH, will receive the former degree. Most students
       completing solely the Master of Public Health would be required to satisfy requirements of a
       comprehensive MPH program.




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                              RESIDENCY IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

The School of Public Health collaborates with John Stroger Hospital (formerly Cook County Hospital) in
offering an accredited program leading to board eligibility in general preventive medicine. The program
emphasizes clinical skills, program development, and research for physicians who have completed a
residency in internal medicine.

This program offers two years of concurrent MPH and practicum experiences in preparation for the
American Board of Preventive Medicine exam. This program is for physicians who have already
completed a residency in internal medicine. A third research year is periodically offered. The MPH is
usually in epidemiology/biostatistics. The practicum is a blend of training in clinical, administrative,
public health, and research components of general preventive medicine. For further information, e-mail
David Goldberg, MD, John Stroger Hospital, at david_goldberg@rush.edu.


                           RESIDENCY IN OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

The School of Public Health offers a two-year, fully accredited program leading to board eligibility in
Preventive Medicine/ Occupational Medicine. The program is open to physicians with MD or DO degrees
who have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited internship
year in the U.S. and are eligible for licensure in Illinois. The first academic year entails completion of
course work for the MPH degree, plus one day per week of clinical work and sixteen weeks of elective
rotations. The second practicum year consists of five months of industrial-based medicine, two months
on the Occupational Medicine Consultation Service, two months of research, and two months of
electives in occupational medicine-related areas. Half-day, outpatient clinical work and weekly
conferences are integrated into both the academic and practicum years of the program. For further
information on the UIC Occupational Medicine Residency Program, contact Susan Buchanan, MD, MPH,
at 312-996-0806 or sbucha3@uic.edu.

The UIC Occupational Medicine residency works in conjunction with the Occupational and
Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago,
one of sixteen NIOSH-funded training centers in the United States. Now in its twenty-fifth year, it is
supporting thirty-five trainees in MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD programs in industrial hygiene and
occupational nursing as well as the physician residency program in occupational medicine. Lorraine
Conroy, ScD, CIH, is the center director.




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                                ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS


                                    PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS

 The School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Public Health Informatics to qualified professionals in a
 completely online format. The courses required are a subset of the courses necessary for completion of
 the online MPH degree in Public Health Informatics. A Certificate can be earned in 15 months; however,
 there is an accelerated Certificate option which allows for completion of requirements in 12 months.

 The Certificate program is intended for professionals with public health experience who wish to upgrade
 their informatics skills, individuals interested in a shorter course of study in public health informatics,
 and for those students enrolled in schools of public health outside the United States wishing to establish
 a public health informatics specialization with the agreement of their participating schools as part of
 their present degree program. Students completing Certificate coursework receive academic credit
 which may be applied toward an MPH if the student later pursues a degree. Successful completion of
 the Certificate does not, however, guarantee admission into a degree program.

 Program Competencies:
 The certificate program is ideal for students seeking an overview of public health informatics, whether
 public health professionals or students of traditional public health programs interested in a
 concentrated introduction to PHI. Candidates will specifically develop:
     • Proficiency in health data definitions and standards
     • Knowledge of the basic functions and operations of public health information systems
     • Ability to plan and manage public health information systems projects
     • Expertise to specify the requirements for the development or adaptation of public health
         information systems

 The academic certificate in Public Health Informatics requires 17 semester hours (SH) and is designed for
 completion in three semesters (two courses each fall and spring semester and one during the summer
 semester), and must be completed over a maximum period of five years. This certificate requires the
 following course requirements:

I.   Certificate Program Requirements (17 SH)
        Course                                        Title                                    Credits
 HPA 465               Health Information and Decision Support Systems                      4 SH
 HPA 481               Development of Public Health Surveillance Information                3 SH
 HPA 563               Web-Based Public Health Information Systems                          4 SH
 HPA 564               Geographic Information System Applications in PH                     3 SH
 HPA 565               Data Mining Applications in PH                                       3 SH
                       Integrative Paper*
  * An integrative paper that synthesizes your academic and professional experience in public health
 informatics




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II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Public Health Informatics certificate please contact:

       Aimee Wiebel
      Academic Coordinator, Health Policy and Administration
      (312) 996-3818
       PHI@uic.edu




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                             ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH INFORMATICS

 The School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Environmental Health Informatics to qualified
 professionals in a completely online format. Environmental health informatics is an interdisciplinary field
 which deals with the storage, retrieval, organization, analysis, and optimal use of environmental health
 information, data, and scientific knowledge for problem solving and decision making. The Environmental
 Health Informatics (EHI) certificate emphasizes training in the major fields of database management and
 design, data mining, geographic information systems, and risk management.

 The Certificate program is intended for:
     • Public and environmental health professionals with a bachelor's degree and work experience
        who wish to upgrade their skills.
     • Graduate students with some coursework in natural or physical sciences, mathematics, and
        engineering who wish to enrich their educational profile in the multidisciplinary field of EHI.
     • Those individuals desiring to pursue a shorter and focused course of study in EHI with an option
        to apply for the full Master of Public Health degree program at a later date if they fulfill all the
        SPH requirements.
     • Professionals outside the United States wishing to enhance their environmental health
        informatics skills.
     • Students completing Certificate coursework receive academic credit which may be applied
        toward an MPH if the student later pursues a degree. Successful completion of the Certificate
        does not, however, guarantee admission into a degree program.

 Program Learning Objectives
 EHI participants will acquire the following knowledge and skills:
     • An understanding of environmental health monitoring databases and datamining techniques
         and the ability to design and analyze these systems
     • An understanding of the potentials, limitations and various components of a geographic
         information system (GIS) and risk assessment software packages
     • Ability to formulate, apply and determine the implications of hazard, vulnerability and risk
         assessment methodologies
     • Ability to consult and communicate effectively with stakeholders concerned with environmental
         health including the public, interest groups and regulatory bodies by means of powerful
         informatics visualization tools

 The academic certificate in Environmental Health Informatics requires 14 semester hours (SH) and is
 designed for completion in approximately three semesters (two courses each in the fall and spring
 semester and one in the summer) or five semesters, which is the recommended duration (one course
 per semester).This certificate requires the following course requirements:

I.  Certificate Program Requirements (14 SH)
      Course                                        Title                                             Credits
 EOHS 475             Environmental Health Database Design and Analysis                            4 SH
 EOHS 564             Geographic Information System Application in PH                              3 SH
 EOHS 565             Datamining Applications in PH                                                3 SH


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      EOHS 572             Environmental Risk Assessment and Management                                4 SH

II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Environmental Health Informatics certificate please contact:

      Dr. Michael Cailas
      Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
      (312) 996-5394
       mihalis@uic.edu




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                        BASIC COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

The School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Basic Community Public Health Practice to qualified
professionals in a completely online format. This certificate program builds skills and competency in
identifying and addressing community health needs and priorities. The Basic Community Public Health
Practice Certificate is designed to serve specific learner needs, targeting current public health workers.
The credits associated with this certificate can be used toward the MPH degree after admission into that
degree program. Successful completion of the certificate program does not, however, guarantee
admission into the MPH degree program.

Learning Objectives

Through this certificate program learners will acquire basic knowledge, attitudes and skills that are
important for public health practice and will be able to:

    1. Describe public health as a system, including its unique and important features and their role
        within it, to general audiences
    2. Apply measures of population health and illness, including risk factors, to community health
        improvement initiatives
    3. Identify and distinguish public health and prevention strategies from curative strategies for
        prevalent health problems
    4. Describe the role of law and government in promoting and protecting the health of the public
        and identify specific functions and roles of governmental public health agencies in assuring
        population health
    5. Identify and explain how various organizations, positions and roles contribute to carrying out
        public health's core functions and essential services, and assess the components of the public
        health infrastructure
    6. Apply principles derived from the basic public health sciences to planning, implementing and
        evaluating public health interventions
    7. Describe public health roles in emergency and disaster preparedness and response activities
    8. Describe the major contributions of the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, sociology,
        psychology, demography, economics) to the field of public health
    9. Explain major theoretical models derived from the social sciences to understand health
        problems and develop interventions
    10. Demonstrate applications of knowledge from the social sciences to address public health
        problems
    11. Compare and contrast diverse methodological approaches derived from different social sciences
        to address public health problems
    12. Describe how social science-based knowledge and tools combine with biological and physical
        science to understand and address public health problems
    13. Explain strategies to effectively work in a cross-cultural context and with different ethnic groups
    14. Describe ethical aspects of public health research and practice as informed by the social sciences
    15. Select indicators for assessment based on health promotion/assessment models
    16. Engage with communities of interest, facilitating participation and capacity building, while
        identifying ethical and power status issues


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          17. Identify strategies for data acquisition and understand the corresponding assumptions regarding
              knowledge development
          18. In public health needs assessment, design approaches taking into account community and
              cultural health definitions, culturally-based health behaviors, and cultural communication styles
              in planning and implementing effective programs and evaluations
          19. Involve communities in assessing need for health programs, selecting health program
              approaches, and planning health programs
          20. Communicate effectively both in writing and orally, including report and proposal preparation,
              and in interactions with the media to communicate public health information
          21. Describe the historical development of epidemiology as a field of study
          22. Compute measures of disease occurrence and association in populations
          23. Identify and assess criteria for causal inference
          24. Recognize components of various study designs, and the impact of bias on study findings

      The academic certificate in Basic Community Public Health Practice requires 12 semester hours (SH) and
      is designed for completion in approximately 10 months (2 courses per semester) or 22 months (1 course
      per semester).This certificate requires the following course requirements:

 I.       Certificate Program Requirements (12 SH)
            Course                                          Title                                          Credits
      CHSC 400              Public Health Concepts and Practice                                         3 SH
      CHSC 401              Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                        3 SH
      CHSC 431              Community Assessment in Public Health                                       3 SH
      EPID 400              Principles of Epidemiology                                                  3 SH

II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Basic Community Public Health Practice certificate please contact:

      David Brand
      Academic Coordinator, Community Health Sciences
      (312) 996-8940
      dbrand@uic.edu




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                    ADVANCED COMMUNITY PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

The School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Advanced Community Public Health Practice to
qualified professionals in a completely online format. This certificate program builds skills and
competency in identifying and addressing community health needs and priorities. It is designed to serve
specific learner needs, targeting graduate and professional students in the other health professions and
social sciences. The credits associated with this certificate can be used toward the MPH degree after
admission into that degree program. Successful completion of the certificate program does not,
however, guarantee admission into the MPH degree program.

Learning Objectives:
Through this certificate program learners will acquire basic knowledge, attitudes and skills in community
health sciences. These include:
    1. In public health needs assessment, program development, evaluation and other applications,
        design approaches taking into account community and cultural health definitions, culturally-
        based health behaviors and cultural communication styles in planning and implementing
        effective programs and evaluations
    2. Involve community in assessing need for health programs, selecting health program approach,
        planning, implementing and evaluating health programs
    3. Use analytical synthesis and critical thinking skills to develop solutions to complex public health
        problems and situations demonstrating creative problem-solving
    4. Communicate effectively both in writing and orally, including report and proposal preparation,
        and in interactions with the media to communicate public health information
    5. Understand the research process, from research question through reporting results
    6. Explain design strategies used in public health research and the major threats to internal and
        external validity
    7. Critically evaluate a research design (for both proposed and completed projects) in terms of
        internal and external design validity
    8. Apply research designs that are appropriate to addressing specific research questions
    9. Select a representative sample of a population under study (for a simple design) and assigning
        subjects to comparison groups (as appropriate)
    10. Understand the principles and basic techniques for developing measurement instruments and
        evaluating their validity and reliability
    11. Independently plan and conduct a small-scale research project
    12. Participate as a collaborator for a large-scale research project
    13. Be prepared for advanced study in research methodology
    14. Describe major events in the recent history of the health education and health promotion field
    15. Describe the relationship between theory, research and practice in health promotion
    16. Describe and critically examine major models and theories in health education and health
        promotion and apply them to actual problems in public health
    17. Critically analyze how major models and theories of health education and health promotion
        apply to existing programs and interventions in the community
    18. Identify important steps in planning and evaluating health promotion and education programs
    19. Design a health promotion program for a selected target group including theory, objectives,
        activities, management and evaluation.


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          20. Understand the social, political, psychological and economic values and assumptions that have
              influenced the development and implementation of health policy in the US with particular
              emphasis on Maternal and Child Health policy
          21. Describe the steps of the policy formation process
          22. Describe the various types of policy analysis
          23. Understand the components of a social problem analysis as well as an analysis of the historical
              context in which a policy solution emerges
          24. Apply an evaluative policy analysis framework to analyze a policy
          25. Collect and summarize data relevant to an issue, to state policy options, and articulate the
              health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social and political implications of each policy option
          26. Appreciate the role of advocacy in the policy formation process and be able to advocate in
              support of a policy position
          27. Describe various strategies for advocacy (including legal, administrative, legislative)
          28. Identify current key policy and advocacy issues in public health with an emphasis on Maternal
              and Child Health
          29. Prepare a policy brief that summarizes a key policy issue and makes recommendations for
              change

      The academic certificate in Advanced Community Public Health Practice requires 12 semester hours (SH)
      and is designed for completion in approximately 10 months (2 courses per semester) or 22 months (1
      course per semester).This certificate requires the following course requirements:

 I.      Certificate Program Requirements (12 SH)
           Course                                         Title                                            Credits
      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 543             Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy                                3 SH

II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Basic Community Public Health Practice certificate please contact:

      David Brand
      Academic Coordinator, Community Health Sciences
      (312) 996-8940
      dbrand@uic.edu




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                                        CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS

      The School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Clinical Research Methods to qualified professionals in
      a completely online format. This certificate is designed to introduce clinicians, including physicians,
      pharmacists, nurses, dentists and physical therapists, to an array of methodologies needed to conduct
      clinical and translational research in a multi-disciplinary research environment. The campus certificate
      program is open to both degree and non-degree students. The curriculum consists of an online program
      of study of 5 courses (17 credit hours) of graduate coursework. The credits earned from these courses
      may be transferred to the Master of Science (MS) in Clinical and Translational Science. Successful
      completion of the certificate program does not, however, guarantee admission into the MS degree
      program. Clinicians currently enrolled in SPH degree programs will be allowed to register for certificate
      courses where the course content is relevant to their educational programs.

      The academic certificate in Clinical Research Methods requires 17 semester hours (SH) and is designed
      for completion in approximately three semesters (two courses each in the fall and spring semester and
      one in the summer) or five semesters (one course per semester). This certificate requires the following
      course requirements:

 I.      Certificate Program Requirements (17 SH)
           Course                                           Title                                          Credits
      HPA 475              Contexts for Clinical Research                                               3 SH
      HPA 472              Clinical Research Methods I                                                  4 SH
      HPA 477              Data Collection and Management for Clinical Research                         3 SH
      HPA 473              Clinical Research Methods II                                                 4 SH
      HPA 479              Evaluating Clinical Interventions                                            3 SH

II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Basic Community Public Health Practice certificate please contact:

      Jack Zwanziger
      Professor and Director, Health Policy and Administration
      (312) 996-1062
      jzwanzig@uic.edu




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                                  PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE AT ROCKFORD

      The Public Health Practice Campus Certificate at Rockford, sponsored by the Community Health Science
      Division (CHS) in the School of Public Health, targets individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are
      currently working in community health, public health or other related fields; and medical, nursing and
      pharmacy students enrolled at the College of Medicine Rockford site. Most courses will be taught in-
      person on the Rockford campus; some will be available to students through online modalities. The
      program is designed to provide essential public health knowledge and skills to clinical and administrative
      personnel in Northwest Illinois and students in the health professions, enhancing protection and
      improvement of community health in the Rockford region and beyond. Courses completed as part of the
      certificate program may be applied toward the Master of Public Health (MPH) if the student is later
      admitted into the MPH program; although successful completion of the Certificate program does not
      guarantee admission into the degree program.

      Learning Objectives:
      Through this campus certificate program learners will acquire basic knowledge, attitudes and skills that
      are important for public health practice. These include:
          • An understanding and appreciation of the basic principles of public health as a system and social
             enterprise
          • Basic principles of epidemiology and of the social and behavioral determinants of health and
             illness in populations
          • Familiarity with basic statistics and the role of statistics in carrying out the core functions of
             public health
          • The role of health education and health promotion in improving population health

      The academic certificate in Public Health Practice requires 16 semester hours (SH) and is designed for
      completion in approximately three semester (two courses each in the fall and spring semester and one
      in the summer) or five semesters (one course per semester). This certificate requires the following
      course requirements:

 I.       Certificate Program Requirements (16 SH)
            Course                                          Title                                          Credits
      CHSC 400              Public Health Concepts and Practice                                         3 SH
      EPID 400              Principles of Epidemiology                                                  3 SH
      BSTT 400              Biostatistics I                                                             4 SH
      CHSC 401              Behavioral Sciences in Public Health                                        3 SH
      CHSC 480              Health Education and Health Promotion                                       3 SH

II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Basic Community Public Health Practice certificate please contact:

      Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper
      UIC College of Medicine - Rockford
      (815) 395-5854
      vweide1@uic.edu

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                                        PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT

      The School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Public Health Management to qualified professionals in
      a completely online format. This certificate program provides public health professionals with a greater
      understanding of how to manage in any public health environment. The core learning experience in all
      of the courses is student and faculty interaction, accomplished through online discussion groups and the
      use of virtual collaboration sessions. This learning experience models the way in which public health
      programs are implemented through team efforts and collaborations.

      Participants will gain knowledge of the underlying managerial skills and tools needed to adequately and
      successfully manage public health personnel. In addition, this knowledge will help public health
      professionals identify opportunities for gains in operational efficiency and effectiveness.

      Learning Objectives:
      The Public Health Management (PHM) certificate graduates will have the skills necessary to:
          • Implement the core functions of management: planning, organizing, controlling and leading
          • Design and conduct a strategic planning process which will align their organization with its
             strategic issues, generate new ideas and develop a consensus among stakeholders
          • Design and utilize budgets to increase organizational consensus, evaluate performance and
             maintain accountability
          • Match their leadership styles to the needs of their public health organization and to the needs
             of the communities that their organization serves
          • Make resource management decisions that enhance effectiveness, while maintaining the ethical
             values of their organization and while taking into account the political landscape in which those
             decisions are made

      The academic certificate in Public Health Practice requires 12 semester hours (SH) and is designed for
      completion in as little as four semesters by completing one course each semester. This certificate
      requires the following course requirements:

 I.      Certificate Program Requirements (12 SH)
           Course                                         Title                                            Credits
      HPA 400              Principles of Management in Public Health                                    3 SH
      HPA 444              Strategic Planning and Budgeting                                             3 SH
      HPA 445              Organizational Leadership in Public Health                                   3 SH
      HPA 446              Public Health Resource Management: Methods, Ethics and Policy                3 SH

II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Public Health Management certificate please contact:

      UIC External Education
      (312) 355-0423
       phm@uic.edu



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                        PUBLIC HEALTH GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

      NOTE: Pending Approval Spring 2011

      The School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Public Health Geographic Information Systems (PHGIS)
      to qualified professionals in a completely online format.

      The academic certificate in Public Health Geographic Information Systems requires 13 semester hours
      (SH) and is designed for completion in as little as four semesters by completing one course each
      semester. This certificate requires the following course requirements:

 I.      Certificate Program Requirements (13 SH)
           Course                                          Title                                           Credits
      HPA 465              Health Information and Decision Support Systems                              4 SH
      EOHS 475             Environmental Health Database Design and Analysis                            4 SH
      HPA/EOHS 564         GIS Applications to Public Health                                            3 SH
      HPA 455              GIS Integrative Project                                                      2 SH

II.       Contact Information

      For further information about the Public Health Geographic Information Systems certificate please
      contact:

      Aimee Wiebel
      Academic Coordinator, Health Policy and Administration
      (312) 996-3818
       PHI@uic.edu




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                           INTERDEPARTMENTAL CONCENTRATIONS

The School of Public Health offers four Interdepartmental Concentrations for students to participate in.

  Interdepartmental                 Availability of Interdepartmental Concentration by Division
    Concentration                CHS            EOHS            Epi            Bio             HPA
Women’s Health                    x               x              x              x               x
Women’s Studies                   x               x              x              x               x
Survey Research                   x               x              x              x               x
Global Health                     x               x              x              x               x




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                              WOMEN’S HEALTH CONCENTRATION

The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women’s Health is co-sponsored by the UIC College
of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Gender and Women’s Studies program. The
Concentration is housed within the College of Nursing.

 This Concentration encompasses the multidisciplinary of Women's Health and provides training in the
foundations of Women's Health through its structure and content. The Core courses provide a broad
overview of the field and issues within Women's Health, and they address the need for a conceptual and
applied background in Women's Health. The elective allows a student to pursue an issue or area of
professional interest in Women's Health. The multidisciplinary requirement in this Concentration
ensures that a student has significant exposure to a paradigm other than the dominant paradigms used
within their own school or department.

This concentration is an elective concentration for graduate students, consisting of core and elective
courses across several academic units. The Concentration curriculum can be completed without the
need to change existing graduate college or departmental academic requirements. In the case of certain
academic units, however, students may need to complete additional hours beyond the minimum
required for a masters or a doctoral degree within their home school, college or department.

The Interdepartmental concentration in Women’s Health requires 12 semester hours (SH) and is
designed for completion in as little as four semesters by completing one course each semester. Students
must complete at least 6 SH outside of their home area and take one core course from three separate
areas: 1) Introductory Women’s Health, 2) Women’s Health Specific Issues, and 3) Theory/Methods.

For a complete description of the concentration, including its target audience, course requirements, and
designated and affiliated faculty see the College of Nursing website
at: http://www.uic.edu/nursing/forms/WHConcentrationWebInfo.pdf

Contact Information
For further information about the concentration in Women’s Health please contact:

Carrie Klima
Concentration Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
(312) 996-1863
cklima@uic.edu




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                             WOMEN’S STUDIES CONCENTRATION

Graduate Concentration in Women's Studies

The School of Public Health is a participating department in the graduate concentration in Gender and
Women's Studies offered by the Gender and Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois at
Chicago. Once admitted to SPH, students may apply to the GWS Program for admission to the
concentration.

Experiencing GWS courses will allow students to critically examine issues of women and gender, as well
as their complex intersections with race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity; providing a rich,
interdisciplinary focus. For additional details about the program
see: http://www.uic.edu/depts/wsweb/graduate/index.htm.

Contact Information
For further information about the concentration in Women’s Studies please contact:

Helen Gary
Information Services Supervisor, Gender and Women's Studies Program
(312) 996-4542
hgary@uic.edu




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                         SURVEY RESEARCH METHODOLOGY CONCENTRATION

      Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology

      The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology, for master’s and
      doctoral students, provides graduate students with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in scientifically-
      grounded survey research methodologies. Graduate students electing the Interdepartmental Graduate
      Concentration in Survey Research Methodology receive the master’s or Ph.D. after having fulfilled the
      requirements of the Graduate College, their major academic units, and the Interdepartmental Graduate
      Concentration in Survey Research Methodology.

      Students must complete a minimum of 14 semester hours, consisting of at least 7 sh of approved core
      courses and electives. No more than 3sh of independent study may be used toward satisfying the
      concentration.

 I.    Core Courses (minimum of 7 SH)
   Students must complete three of the six courses listed below. (NOTE: If a student elects to complete
   both BSTT 440 and STAT 431, only one of those courses may be counted toward fulfilling the core course
   requirement):

      Course              Title                                                                        Credits
      CHSC 447            Survey Planning and Design                                                   3 SH
      CHSC 577            Survey Questionnaire Design                                                  3 SH
      BSTT 400            Sampling & Estimation Methods Applied to Public Health                       3 SH
      STAT 431            Introduction to Survey Sampling                                              4 SH
      PA 588              Survey Data Reduction and Analysis                                           2 SH
      PA 579              Practicum in Survey Research                                                 2 SH

II.       Elective Courses
      Students must complete elective courses from the list below sufficient to complete 14 sh of total
      required coursework. (Elective courses may include courses from the list of core courses if those courses
      are not used to complete the core requirement.) No more than one independent study course (1 to 3sh)
      may be used as an elective.

      Course              Title                                                                        Credits
      POLS 467            Public Opinion and Political Communication                                   4 SH
      PA 580              Survey Nonresponse                                                           2 SH
      PA 578              Polling, Public Opinion and Public Policy                                    4 SH
      PA 581              Cross-Cultural Survey Measurement                                            2 SH
      PA 582              Survey Data Collection Methods                                               2 SH
      PA 583              Psychology of Survey Measurement: Cognitive and Social Processes             2 SH
      PA 584              Internet Surveys                                                             2 SH
      PA 585              Survey Research Ethics                                                       2 SH
      PA 586              History of Survey Research                                                   2 SH
      STAT 531            Sampling Theory I                                                            4 SH

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       STAT 532            Sampling Theory II                                                           4 SH

       Course Substitutions
       Students may substitute another course with permission of their Survey Research Methodology Adviser
       and the Director(s) of the Survey Research Methodology Concentration. In general, no more than one
       course or independent study course (1 to 3sh) may be substituted. However, under special
       circumstances, a student may petition for approval of additional courses.

       Election of the Concentration
       Students must be admitted or enrolled as a regular graduate student in a master’s or doctoral degree
       program in the School of Public Health or one of the other participating academic units. Students must
       prepare a proposed schedule of coursework that fulfills the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration
       in Survey Research Methodology requirements. The proposal must be signed by the student, his/her
       academic advisor and a member of the Survey Research Methodology Graduate Concentration Faculty
       from the student’s academic unit. The signed proposal must be submitted to the Director(s) of the
       Survey Research Methodology Concentration. Concentration Director(s) will notify the student,
       academic advisor and the member of the Survey Research Methodology Graduate Concentration Faculty
       from the academic unit, of the student’s acceptance into the Concentration and whether the proposed
       coursework is approved.

       Relationship of Doctoral Examinations to the Concentration
       If a doctoral student elects the concentration as one of his/her areas of emphasis for the preliminary
       examination, at least one member of the doctoral examination committee must be a member of the
       Survey Research Methodology Graduate Concentration Faculty in the academic unit that accepts the
       concentration as a minor.

III.       Contact Information
       For further information about the concentration in Survey Research Methodology please contact:

       Frederick Kviz
       Community Health Sciences
       (312) 996-4889
        fkviz@uic.edu

       Also, visit the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology
       at http://www.srl.uic.edu/gcsrm.htm.




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                                        GLOBAL HEALTH CONCENTRATION

      The Global Health Concentration is designed to attract students at the masters level who are interested
      in preparing for international careers in government, with international NGOs and health care agencies,
      industry, and academic institutions. Foreign students who undertake the concentration will be
      prepared to return to their home countries to work in the country’s ministry of health, with
      international governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other
      health care organizations.

      At the conclusion of the concentration, students will be able to:
          • Describe key historical events that have shaped public health internationally;
          • Analyze the economic, political, social, and other contextual properties of global health;
          • Discuss the significance of gender in relation to health in a global context;
          • Apply appropriate theoretical frameworks to public health program development in the
              global context;
          • Identify and apply community health prevention and intervention models appropriate for
              diverse global contexts;
          • Apply methodological skills appropriate to global studies including rapid assessment techniques
              and program evaluation;
          • Promote ethical principles in international research and practice;
          • Apply information and technology transfer techniques;
          • Draw upon international or other relevant experience to inform their global health careers

      Students must apply and be accepted to the SPH division of their choice (CHS, E-B, EOHS or HPA) and
      admission into the Global Health Concentration (Global Health Concentration Application and Program
      of Study) With proper planning the concentration can be completed during the same time period
      required for the MPH Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), MPH Comprehensive program, or the
      MS program.

      In addition to MPH* or MS** program requirements, students electing the Global Health Concentration
      must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours consisting of the following courses:

 I.       Concentration Course Requirements (6 SH)

      Course                 Title                                                                     Credits
      IPHS 409               Global Public Health I                                                    3 SH
      IPHS 410               Global Public Health II                                                   3 SH

II.       Electives (3 SH)

      Taking a cross-disciplinary approach to public health, the Global Health Concentration draws upon
      course work and other resources throughout UIC that will help GH students to deepen their knowledge
      and understanding of the challenges, issues, and skills required to successfully address health problems
      globally. Selection of an elective should be made with the help of the student’s academic and Global
      Health Concentration advisors. Registration is subject to the offering Department’s approval.


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Students should select at least one of the courses below to satisfy the Global Health Concentration 3 SH
elective requirement:

School of Public Health
        o CHSC 454 Women, Health, and International Development (3 SH)
        o CHSC 594 International Women’s Health: Current and Emerging Issues (1-4 SH)
        o IPHS 494 Special Topics: Global Public Health I (3 SH)
        o IPHS 410 Global Public Health II (3 SH)
            EPID 409 The Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS (2 SH)
        o EPID 405 Human Growth and Nutrition (3 SH)
        o EPID 410 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (2 SH)
        o EPID 471 Population I (4 sh)
        o EOHS 553 Global Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (2 SH)

Anthropology
       o ANTH 415/IPHS 415 Anthropology and Global Health Foundations I (4 SH)
       o ANTH 416/IPHS 416 Anthropology and Global Health Foundations II (4 SH)
       o ANTH 516/IPHS 516 Anthropology and Global Health Integrative Seminar (4 SH)
       o ANTH 591/IPHS 591 Readings in Anthropology and Global Health (1-8 SH)
       o ANTH 592/IPHS 592 Research in Anthropology and Global Health (1-8 SH)
       o ANTH 593/IPHS 593 Special Topics in Anthropology and Global Health (4 SH)

Geography
       o GEOG 453 Seminar in Cultural Ecology (4 SH)

Communication
     o COMM 503 - Seminar in Intercultural Communication (4 SH)
     o COMM 506 - Cross-Cultural Communication (4 SH)

Economics
      o       ECON 513 Special Topics in Macroeconomics and International Economics (4 SH)
      o       ECON 521 Macro and International Economics for Business (4 SH)
      o       ECON 552 Economic Demography (4 SH)
      o       ECON 516 Economic Development in an Interdependent World (4 SH)
      o       ECON 533 Economic Development and Human Resources (4 SH)

Management
      o MGMT 557 International Management (4 SH)

Nursing
          o   NUWH 570 International Dimensions in Women’s Health (3 SH)
          o   NUSC 528 Health, Environment, and Systems (2 SH)

Public Administration
        o PA 581 Cross-Cultural Survey Research Methods (2 SH)



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Political Science
         o POLS 570 Comparative Politics and Public Policy (4 SH)

Social Work
        o SOCW 522 Crisis Intervention (3 SH)

Sociology
        o Soc 448 Sociology of Development (4 SH)
The following courses may be selected, depending on global content of the specialized topic:
        o SOC 509 Seminar: Sociological Research Methods (0-4 SH)
        o SOC 548 Seminar: Comparative Societies (1-7 SH)
        o SOC 550 Proseminar on Current Research in Health, Illness, and Medicine (4 SH)
        o SOC 551 Seminar: Sociology of Health and Medicine (1-7 SH)
        o SOC 565 Seminar: Political Sociology (1-7 SH)
        o SOC 571 Seminar: Population and Human Ecology (1-7 SH)

Urban Planning and Policy
       o UPP 520 Globalization and International Planning I: Theory and Applications (4 SH)
       o UPP 521 Globalization and International Planning II: Comparative Planning and Policies (4
           SH)
       o UPP 594 Special Topics: Global Perspectives on Poverty & Inequality (4 SH)
       o UPP 525 Globalization and International Planning: Special Topics (1-4 SH)

*Additional Requirements for MPH Students

    •   IPHS 650 MPH Field Experience in Public Health (3 to 5 SH)
    •   IPHS 698 MPH Capstone Experience (1 SH)

MPH students must complete the MPH Field Experience and the MPH Capstone Experience with a global
health focus. For most students it is anticipated the Capstone Project will be based upon the student’s
global health field experience.

Students without prior experience are expected to complete an international field experience or identify
an appropriate alternative. The latter choice includes working with an international NGO, a global health
agency, or an ethnic community in the U.S.
With permission from their advisor, PEP MPH students with prior international experience suitable for
their division have the option of either petitioning the Committee on Academic Progress (CAP) to waive
the field experience or undertaking the internship. If the internship is waived, students in the
concentration must complete an additional 3 sh elective in global health. (With proper planning, the
substitute elective may satisfy both GHC and division requirements.)

**Additional Requirements for MS Students

MS students must focus their research thesis on a global health related topic either outside the U.S. or
domestically through an appropriate alternative venue. [Note, thesis research hours vary by division.]



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III.       Contact Information

       For further information about the Global Health Concentration, please contact:

       Alyson Lofthouse
       Projects Coordinator
       (312) 996-0054
       alofth2@uic.edu

       Also, visit the School of Public Health Global Health website
       at http://www.uic.edu/sph/global/index.shtml.




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                            PEACE CORPS MASTERS INTERNATIONAL

The UIC School of Public Health in collaboration with the Peace Corps’ Masters International Program
offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree which provides students a unique opportunity of earning
their graduate degree and gaining valuable experience in the global health arena. The typical program
will include 1 ½ years of study at the School, followed by 27 months of service within the Peace Corps in
a relevant public health-related placement. Students will return to the School for one semester
following their Peace Corps service to complete their MPH requirements. This combined program is the
only one of its kind within the Midwest region.

Contact Information

For further information about the Peace Corps Masters International program, please contact:

Alyson Lofthouse
Projects Coordinator
(312) 996-0054
alofth2@uic.edu

Also, visit the School of Public Health Global Health website
at http://www.uic.edu/sph/global/index.shtml.




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                               CIC TRAVELING SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Since its establishment in 1958, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) has worked to
improve the quality and efficiency of higher education through voluntary cooperative action by its
eleven member institutions.
    • University of Chicago
    • Ohio State University
    • Michigan State University
    • Indiana University
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Northwestern University
    • University of Iowa
    • University of Illinois, Chicago and Urbana/Champaign
    • Purdue University
    • University of Minnesota
    • University of Michigan
    • Pennsylvania State University

The purpose of this program is to allow the PhD or DrPH student to take advantage of specialized
courses, laboratory and library facilities, and related faculty guidance available at universities in the Big
Ten and the University of Chicago. Under the program, doctoral students may spend two semesters or
three quarters at any of the other CIC institutions.

The Graduate College administers this program for the UIC campus, and interested students should
consult the Graduate College Bulletin; or contact: Edward Blaha, Graduate College, M/C 192, at: 312-
413-2548 or by email at: mistered@uic.edu.
In order to register at any of the universities, a student must:

    •   Be currently enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Public Health degree program.
    •   Obtain approval of the major advisor and the Office of the Dean at SPH.
    •   Return the application to the Graduate College for approval. The Graduate College will forward
        the application to the HOST University. It is strongly recommended that application be made
        early in the semester preceding anticipated participation in the program.
    •   All fees for CIC courses are paid on campus at University of Illinois rates.
    •   Students must register for CIC 500 at UIC for the same number of credit hours they are enrolled
        at the host university in order to receive credit for the course work.

NOTE: Students planning a change of program in the CIC course selections (add/drop) must contact
Edward Blaha, UIC's CIC liaison officer, at 312-413-2548. Only graduate level courses at the HOST
University will be credited toward degree requirements at The School of Public Health. Interested
students must obtain quarterly/semester schedules from the HOST Universities. For more information
visit the CIC Traveling Scholar Website.




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