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Master of Public Health in Community Health Education –Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP)

Students in the post-baccalaureate MEDPREP program who have a particular interest in Public Health may wish to also pursue an MPH in Community Health Education during their two-year participation in MEDPREP. For more information about these programs and the application process, see the information below. To inquire if either of these programs would meet your needs, please email the MEDPREP Chief Academic Advisor, Kathleen Jones, or call her at 618-453-1474.

Application Requirements

  • Apply and be accepted into MEDPREP for the summer semester. This includes completing admissions paperwork to SIUC (the admissions office will provide instructions upon acceptance into MEDPREP). Please do not apply to the graduate school at this time.
  • Discuss the feasibility of doing the MPH and MEDPREP with your MEDPREP advisor. You need to have a solid overall (minimum 3.0) and BCPM (minimum 2.8) GPA and a good background of courses in the biological sciences. You do not need to take the GRE.
  • Apply to the Graduate School and the MPH program for the FALL semester: NO LATER THAN JUNE 1.
  • Submit transcripts and supplementary materials including Letter of Application to the MPH program. (Additional letters of recommendation are not required.)
  • Attend the mandatory orientation session in August. This orientation session is usually scheduled on the Friday BEFORE classes begin in August, so adjust your travel accordingly.

MPH Application information: http://ehs.siu.edu/phrp/graduate/mph/mph_application.php

Application for SIU graduate school: http://gradschool.siu.edu/apply/

*Note: MPH students are not eligible for one of the MEDPREP undergraduate tuition waivers.

Sequence of Courses

Fall Year 1 

PH 500: Community Organizing (Not required, but highly recommended as an elective.) 
PH 505: Introduction to Public Health 

Timing at student’s discretion: QUAN 402: Basic Statistics, or QUAN 506: Inferential Statistics, or ZOOL 558: Advanced Biostatistics.


Spring Year 1 

PH 512: Public Health Program Planning 
PH 583: U.S. Health System: Organization, Delivery and Public Policy

Timing at student’s discretion: QUAN 402: Basic Statistics, or QUAN 506: Inferential Statistics, or ZOOL 558: Advanced Biostatistics and a MEDPREP elective.

Summer Year 1 

PH 588: Environmental Health 
PH 598: Grant Writing for Health Education

Timing at student’s discretion: QUAN 402: Basic Statistics, or QUAN 506: Inferential Statistics, or ZOOL 558: Advanced Biostatistics and a MEDPREP elective.

Fall Year 2 

PH 593: Epidemiology
PH 526: Program Evaluation and Research Approaches to Health Education          
PH 525: Health Behavior and Health Education 

Must have taken by this semester either: QUAN 402: Basic Statistics or QUAN 506: Inferential Statistics or ZOOL 558: Advanced Biostatistics and a MEDPREP elective.

Spring Year 2

PH 532: Public Health Administration: Principles and Practices

Spring or Summer Year 2 

PH 590: Practicum in Community Health**

** The practicum must encompass specific areas of the health educator responsibilities. A limited number of practica are available in Southern Illinois and are selective and competitive. For this reason, the student must plan ahead for alternative locations. 

Retention

Any master's degree candidate with a grade point average of less than 3.25 after eighteen (18) semester hours of master's degree work will not be allowed to continue in the program nor be readmitted at a later date.