Master of Public Health

Understanding and improving the health of our society

The Master of Public Health program at Illinois will equip you with a data-driven approach and the breadth of knowledge necessary to understand the interaction of the biological, social, economic, political, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect health.

Below, you will also find information for the 5-Year Bachelors-Master of Public Health Program.

Admissions Requirements

  • A 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate degree work
  • GRE Scores
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Resume
  • A personal statement of career and education Goals
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from previous institutions


For more information about the curriculum contact the Program Coordinator or visit the Academic Catalog website.

Code Course
CHLH 410
CHLH 410 Public Health Practice

Hours: 4

CHLH 469
CHLH 469 Environmental Health

Hours: 4

CHLH/KIN 540 Health Behavior: Theory

Hours: 4

CHLH 550
CHLH 550 Health Policy: United States

Hours: 4

CHLH 572
CHLH 572 Principles of Epidemiology

Hours: 4

CHLH 573
CHLH 573 Biostatistics in Public Health

Hours: 4

CHLH 575
CHLH 575 Chronic Disease Prevention

Hours: 4

CHLH 577
CHLH 577 Health Program Evaluation

Hours: 4

CHLH 587
CHLH 587 MPH Applied Practice Experience

Hours: 4

CHLH 589
CHLH 589 MPH Integrative Learning Experience

Hours: 2

CHLH 594
CHLH 594 Special Topics

Hours: 1-4

Area of Concentration (From approved list)

Hours: 3


Hours: 3

Total Hours: 48

5-Year BS-Master of Public Health

University of Illinois undergraduate students in I-Health, Kinesiology, and Community Health are eligible to participate in a 5-year Bachelor to Master of Public Health program. Students in these programs who have completed their junior year of classes but not their senior year are eligible to apply.

The faculty, curriculum, and degree requirements for the 5-year BS-MPH program are the same as the 2 year MPH program. Some differences are:

  • The BS-MPH program is accelerated. Students take a heavier course load during MPH work so that BS-MPH students can earn both BS and MPH degrees in 5 years (including a summer term).
  • BS-MPH students can count up to 12 credit hours of approved undergraduate coursework toward the MPH degree.
  • The application process for the BS-MPH program is slightly different. Applicants to 5-year BS-MPH program do NOT need to take the GRE. The 5-year program has different application deadlines.
  • The total cost of tuition is less in the BS-MPH program. BS-MPH students pay undergraduate tuition for their senior year, and then graduate tuition for fall, spring, and summer terms in the 5th year. Students in the 2-year MPH program pay graduate level tuition usually for 3 or 4 semesters plus one summer term.

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • CHLH 274 Intro to Epidemiology grade of B or higher (Does not apply to KIN majors)
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation

For more information and guidance, contact your undergraduate advisor.

Request more information

MPH Program Coordinator
1206 S. Fourth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-2307