Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Admission Requirements

  • Prior Degree Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • Grade Point Average Admitted students typically have at least a combined undergraduate/graduate grade point average of 3.00/4.00. However, all applicants are given a holistic evaluation of their application. Applicants with less than a 3.00 are encouraged to apply if they believe that their application is strong in other areas.
  • Tests GRE not required.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, uploaded via the SOPHAS application.
  • Resume or CV Required, uploaded via the SOPHAS application.
  • Personal Statement Applicants will upload a 500-800 word statement focused on their interests/experiences in public health and the program they are applying to specifically, goals with the degree, and why they would be successful in the program. For students applying to research focused programs, the personal statement should also address potential research interests.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score for International Applicants
    • TOEFL iBT 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21, OR,
    • IELTS Academic 6.5, with 6.0 in each of the four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 
    • MPH, Concentration in Biostatistics: 46
    • MPH, Concentration in Epidemiology: Comprehensive Program, 53; Professional Enhancement Program, 42
  • Coursework Students in the MPH program at UIC School of Public Health are required to complete 18-20 hours of school-wide core curriculum, two non-credit trainings, and concentration-specific requirements.

School-Wide Core Requirements

Required Courses
Determinants of Population Health
Analytic and Research Methods in Population Health Part I
and Analytic and Research Methods in Population Health Part II
Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health
Public Health Systems, Management and Community Health Methods
Interprofessional Education
Applied Practice Experience
Integrative Learning Experience

Non-Credit Training Requirements

Required Training
Human Subjects Research
Title IX Training - Sexual Harassment
SPH Academic Integrity Tutorial

Concentration Requirements

In addition to School-Wide Core requirements and Non-Credit Training requirements, students complete the following divisional core and concentration requirements for their chosen concentration. 

MPH with a Concentration in Biostatistics

Divisional Core Requirements (23 Hours)
Biostatistics II
Health Policy for Epidemiologists and Biostatisticians
Introduction to Data Analysis w/ R
Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis
Design of Clinical Trials
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
Epidemiologic Computing
Students may select any graduate-level course to complete the minimum required 46 semester hours. Students are encouraged to choose additional methodology courses in areas such as survey planning and sampling, big data and health analytics, or geographical information systems (GIS).

Other Requirements

  • Students in Biostatistics are allowed only one grade of C in required courses. A student who receives two Cs in required courses will not be allowed to graduate from the program. A student may retake a course one time and attempt to replace the C with a higher grade.
  • Students who plan to conduct research involving human subjects must undergo training and obtain approval of their protocol by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before beginning the research.

MPH with a Concentration in Epidemiology

Divisional Core Requirements (19 Hours)
Health Policy for Epidemiologists and Biostatisticians
Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
Epidemiologic Computing
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Current Epidemiologic Literature
Biostatistics II
Students in the Comprehensive Program complete 16 semester hours of electives.
Students in the Professional Enhancement Program must complete the number of electives necessary to bring total program hours to a minimum of 42 semester hours.
Students may use their electives to pursue a course of study in a divisional concentration; or may customize their program of study by selecting from a broad range of coursework to meet their career goals and interests. Chosen electives must create a coherent program of study which adds depth to the student’s training in Epidemiology and furthers the student’s attainment of the program competencies.