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Public Health

The public health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Classes in the program are taught by faculty members known nationally for their expertise in teaching, research, and professional service. All of our faculty members take great pride in their commitment to working with students. 

Unique features of the SIUC Public Health Program include;

  • A focus on rural health and health equity 
  • Community partnerships
  • Applied experiences
  • Research opportunities
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • Small class sizes
  • Individualized attention and mentorship

It’s all part of our mission to give our students a quality learning experience to promote public health through professional preparation of community health educators, ongoing development of practitioners, community service, and research/evaluation related to public health. 

Within the MPH program there are several options:

  • Classic Master of Public Health in Community Health Education (MPH) - 100% Online
  • Master of Public Health concurrent with SIU School of Medicine MD program. (MPH/MD)
  • Master of Public Health concurrent with PhD in Health Education (MPH-PhD)

For additional information on each degree option, click on the tab appropriate to your program of interest.

Degrees Available at SIUC

The Public Health Program is transitioning to a new SCHOOL OF HUMAN SCIENCES in a new COLLEGE OF HEALTH SERVICES AND HUMAN SCIENCES in 2020. To foster a smooth transition and to incorporate other elements and faculty resources that will strengthen the doctoral program in Health Education, we have decided not to admit a new cohort of doctoral students for fall 2020; we will resume consideration of applications to the PhD program for fall 2021, beginning in December 2020.

This decision will enable faculty to provide appropriate support for current students in our heavily populated program. We want you to understand clearly that this PhD program hiatus is only temporary and NOT permanent. If it is an appropriate option for you, consider pursuing the SIUC MPH degree in anticipation of the PhD program returning in fall 2021. Your immediate application would be welcome.