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Community Health

Examine public health issues. Create innovative solutions. Build stronger communities. Learn about health and rehabilitation services, and become an agent of change.

Master of Science in Community Health

Areas of Research

Areas of Research Examples of study topics
Health Promotion and Behavioral Intervention Health behavior, physical activity, nutrition, physical and mental health, perinatal woman health, healthy aging
Health Disparity Global health, immigrant health, minority health, rural communities
Health Technology from Design to Implementation Human factors, technology use in diverse populations and in the context of daily life, implications of technology use for health across the life span
Rehabilitation, Disability and Chronic Illness Wellness, quality of life, psychosocial adjustment, transition, and social participation
Applied Health Data Analytics Analysis of electronic health records (EHR), operational data, spatially and temporally organized data, dyadic data, etc.

Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and any graduate work completed
  • Although the GRE scores are not required, the scores may provide helpful supporting information in some cases. Applicants who have taken the GRE and feel their scores would benefit their application are encouraged to submit the scores. If you would like to submit scores, we recommend you scan your official score report as a PDF file and attach it to your application. You do not need to submit official scores through ETS, but if you decide to, please use our University code of 1836.

    Your application must demonstrate sufficient academic/quantitative preparedness to be considered for admission to the program. Your prior coursework, volunteer and/or work experiences, and recommendations are just a few of the items that will be reviewed to gauge your preparedness for graduate studies.

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • International students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language scores, with a minimum for full status admission: 103 (TOEFL - IBT) or 7.5 (IELTS).   Scores cannot be more than 2 years old. Please see more information about the DUPLINGO test here.
  • Students for whom English is not their native language and who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must achieve a score on the speaking sub-section of 24 (TOEFL - IBT) or 8 (IELTS). See this page for more details.

Admission Deadlines

Students may apply to either the M.S. or the Ph.D. program. Applications for Fall admission are due on January 15. Applications for Spring semester are due on October 1.


For more information about the Master of Community Health curriculum please contact Julie Jenkins or Dr. Laura Rice or refer to the Academic Catalog website.

Code Course
HK 515
HK 515 Health Behavior Theory

Hours: 4

HK 550
HK 550 Research Methods in Health and Kinesiology

Hours: 4

Choose from one of the following:

Hours: 4

HK 416
HK 416 Applied Health Data Analysis
HK 528
HK 528 Applied Epidemiology
HK 531
HK 531 Advanced Biostatistics
HK 533
HK 533 Analytical Epidemiology
Electives (chosen in consultation with student's advisor)

Hours: 8

HK 591
HK 591 Seminar

Hours: 4

HK 599
HK 599 Thesis Research

Hours: 8

Total Hours

Hours: 32

Total Hours: 32

Other Requirements

Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 20

Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 (8 within the unit)

Total required hours: 32

Minimum GPA: 3.0

English Proficiency Test: TOEFL

English Proficiency Test: TOEFL
English Proficiency Test Minimum for Limited Status Admission with English as a Second Language Placement Test Required* Minimum for Full Status Admission**
TOEFL iBT 79-102 greater than 102
TOEFL CBT 213-253 greater than 253
TOEFL PBT 550-610 greater than 610
IELTS (academic exam) 6.5-7.0 greater than 7.0

If students want to be considered for a teaching assistantship, they must have at least 24 on the speaking part of the TOEFL.

If you are an international student, information about a VISA can be found here.

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Julie Jenkins
Administrative Aide
Phone: (217) 333-1083

Dr. Laura Rice
Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Health and Kinesiology
Graduate Program Secretary
906 S. Goodwin Ave
112 Freer Hall
Urbana, IL. 61801