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The School of Human Sciences program offers graduate programs leading to a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Health Education, a Master of Public Health (MPH), a concurrent MPH/PhD in Health Education open to persons with a previous master's degree in a field other than public health, and an MPH/MD (must first be admitted to the SIU School of Medicine). Persons interested in pursuing any of these degrees should initially consult the Director of Graduate Studies regarding appropriate courses and assignment to an advisor.

Application/Admission

Requirements for admission to the PhD program in health education or the MPH program are:

  1. Completion and submission of Graduate School admission application; a nonrefundable $65 application fee must be submitted with the application for those applying for the Doctoral of Philosophy in Education degree, the Master of Public Health degree, or the concurrent MPH/PhD program. Applicants must pay this fee by credit card.
  2. Submission of three letters of recommendation to the School of Human Sciences Director at Human.Sciences@siu.edu.
  3. Submission of all official transcripts for previous undergraduate and graduate work.
  4. Submission of supplemental essays.

Whereas applications are reviewed continuously throughout the year, actual admissions for the MPH program, PhD program, MPH/PhD program, and MPH/MD occur only for the fall semester.  Some exceptions to this timeframe can occur under special circumstances.  Contact the School of Human Sciences Director for more information at Human.Sciences@siu.edu.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education

The Health Education program participates in the School of Education doctoral program with a concentration in health education. In addition to general requirements of the Graduate School and of the School of Education for all PhD degrees in education, the program requires satisfactory completion of PH 512, PH 513, PH 515, PH 525, PH 533B, PH 597, PH 598, and QUAN 506. Each student in conjunction with their committee chair selects elective courses required for the degree. The successful completion of EDUC 505, EAHE 587, and one additional course in quantitative or qualitative methods is required for fulfillment of the research tool for students in the Health Education program. A minimum of a B average is required in all PhD courses.

See the description of the PhD degree in Education for further details.

Inquiries regarding application should be directed to the director of doctoral studies for Public Health/Health Education.

Master of Public Health Degree

Applicants for the Master of Public Health degree must have a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average (A = 4.0) to be admitted in good standing.

Only graduate level courses taken after a student’s admission to the program will be included automatically in the student’s degree program. “Nondeclared” hours or hours from other degree programs must be petitioned into the program. Courses eligible for inclusion in a degree program must be graduate level and cannot have been applied toward another degree. The MPH program offers fall semester admissions only.

Master of Public Health Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours consisting of at least the following courses:

  • PH 505-3     Foundations of Public Health Knowledge
  • PH 506-3     Communicating Public Health
  • PH 507-1     MPH Experiential Learning Seminar
  • PH 508-2     Leadership in Public Health
  • PH 512-3     Public Health Program Planning
  • PH 513-3     Public Health Analytics I
  • PH 514-3     Public Health Analytics II
  • PH 525-3     Applied Theoretical Foundations of Public Health
  • PH 526-3     Evidence-based Research and Evaluation in Public Health
  • PH 532-3     Public Health Administration: Principles and Practices
  • PH 583-3     U.S. Health Systems: Organization, Delivery, and Policy
  • PH 593-3     Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
  • PH 598-3     Grant Writing in Public Health
  • PH 599A-1   MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE) Seminar
  • PH 599B-2   MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE)
  • PH 599C-3   MPH Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

Each student will work with an advisor to select an additional three hours from courses within Health Education or related courses.

Requirements for Admission

Besides the current admission criteria, students who are interested in applying to the Concurrent M.P.H./Ph.D. program must have the following:

  • GPA overall 3.5 as undergraduate or 3.6 masters
  • Undergraduate degree in public health (or closely-related field) and five years health-related work experience OR a graduate degree in health education (or closely-related field) and three years health-related work experience

Concurrent MPH/PhD

Persons with a previous master's degree (in a non-public health field) may apply for the concurrent MPH (Public Health)/PhD (Health Education) program.  Students will earn the MPH degree as well as a PhD in Education, with a concentration in Health Education.  The selection and sequencing of coursework enables students to complete both degrees in a timely manner.

Concurrent MPH/MD

Applicants may apply for a concurrent degree in Medicine and Public Health (must first be admitted to the SIU School of Medicine). Applicants for the Master of Public Health degree must have a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average (A = 4.0) to be admitted in good standing. Only graduate level courses taken after a student’s admission to the program will be included automatically in the student’s degree program. “Nondeclared” hours or hours from other degree programs must be petitioned into the program. Courses eligible for inclusion in a degree program must be graduate level and cannot have been applied toward another degree.

Concurrent Degree Requirements

For the medical degree, all students must complete all requirements outlined by the SIU School of Medicine.  For the MPH degree, a student must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours with the following courses being required during the first year:

  • PH 505-3     Foundations of Public Health Knowledge
  • PH 506-3     Communicating Public Health
  • PH 507-1     MPH Experiential Learning Seminar
  • PH 508-2     Leadership in Public Health
  • PH 512-3     Public Health Program Planning
  • PH 513-3     Public Health Analytics I
  • PH 514-3     Public Health Analytics II
  • PH 525-3     Applied Theoretical Foundations of Public Health
  • PH 526-3     Evidence-based Research and Evaluation in Public Health
  • PH 532-3     Public Health Administration: Principles and Practices
  • PH 583-3     U.S. Health Systems: Organization, Delivery, and Policy
  • PH 593-3     Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
  • PH 598-3     Grant Writing in Public Health

In addition, the student must complete the following courses during the fifth year:

  • PH 599A-1     MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE) Seminar
  • PH 599B-2     MPH Applied Practical Experience (APE)
  • PH 599C-3     MPH Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)
  • 10 hours selected from the following electives:
    • Public Health Leadership elective, 3 weeks/hours, SIU-SOM
    • Clinical Epidemiology elective, 3 weeks/hours, SIU-SOM
    • Health Policy and Law elective, 3 weeks/hours, SIU-COM
    • Advanced Biostatistics, 2 weeks/hours, SIU-SOM
    • State Agency Management and Engagement, 1 week/hour, SIU-SOM
    • Emerging Trends in Public Health, 2 weeks/hours, SIU-COM
    • Ethical Issues in Public Health Practice and Research, 1 week/hour, SIU-SOM
    • Crisis and Disaster Response and Management, 1 week/hour, SIU-SOM
    • Roles and Integration of National, State and Local Health Agencies, 1 week/hour

Certificate in Gerontology

The School of Human Sciences offers a Certificate in Gerontology interdisciplinary program. PH 440, Health Issues in Aging, is a Certificate requirement for the certificate program. For more information on this Certificate program, please see the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs tab.