Master of Public Health
The fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares individuals for the numerous challenges facing future health professionals. This interdisciplinary program develops essential public health skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health behavior, and public health leadership. You will also have an opportunity to study important health issues from diverse disciplinary perspectives such as nursing, geography, economics, sociology, and business.
The MPH will enhance your ability to effectively address complex health problems from dedicated and distinguished faculty who are focused on preparing you to be the next generation of public health leaders. Our highly knowledgeable and skilled faculty utilize their public health experience and research-focused expertise to guide students in their personal and professional goals.
This program is new starting for the Fall 2023 term. Core courses are eight weeks long. A sample plan of study can be viewed online until the program is added to the graduate catalog.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT; the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 band.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You must have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
Letters of Recommendation
Include three academic or professional letters of recommendation. All letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic.
Statement of Purpose
Submit a statement of purpose of approximately 2-3 pages addressing the following questions
- Why are you interested in pursuing the MPH degree?
- How will an MPH degree affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals?
Provide your current professional resume or curriculum vitae.
Global Access to Online Degree Programs
When applying, international students applying to a fully online program must agree to our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
- Fall (August) Term — February 15
- Spring (January) Term — November 1
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.