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Interdepartmental Concentrations

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Concentrations Overview

The School offers five interdepartmental concentrations, providing MPH and MS students with the opportunity to enrich their education through additional study in a cross-cutting area of specialization. The following concentrations may be pursued by an MPH or MS student in any one of the School’s four divisions.

Gender and Women's Studies

The School of Public Health is a participating department in the graduate concentration in Gender and Women's Studies offered by the Gender and Women's Studies Program. Once admitted to SPH, students may apply to the GWS Program for admission to the concentration.

Experiencing GWS courses will allow students to critically examine issues of women and gender, as well as their complex intersections with race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity; providing a rich, interdisciplinary focus.

Contact Information

For further information about the concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, please visit the Gender and Women's Studies website or contact:

Elena Gutierrez

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

(312) 996-9039

Global Health

The Global Health Concentration is designed to attract students at the master’s level who are interested in preparing for international careers in government, with international NGOs and health care agencies, industry, and academic institutions. Foreign students who undertake the concentration will be prepared to return to their home countries to work in the country’s ministry of health, with international governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health care organizations.

Concentration Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the concentration, students will be able to:

  • Describe key historical events that have shaped public health internationally; 
  • Analyze the economic, political, social, and other contextual properties of global health;
  • Discuss the significance of gender in relation to health in a global context;
  • Apply appropriate  theoretical frameworks to public health program development in the global  context;
  • Identify and apply community health prevention and intervention models appropriate for diverse global contexts;
  • Apply methodological skills appropriate to global studies including rapid assessment techniques and program evaluation;
  • Promote ethical principles in international research and practice;
  • Apply information and technology transfer techniques;
  • Draw upon international or other relevant experience to inform their global health careers.


Application Information

The Global Health Concentration offers admission for fall and spring terms.  The deadline for admission to the concentration in the fall is October 1st and the deadline for admission in the spring is February 1st.  Students will apply separately to the SPH division of their choice (CHS, E-B, EOHS, or HPA) and to the Global Health Concentration.  With proper planning, the Global Health Concentration can be completed alongside the MPH Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), MPH Comprehensive Program, or the MS Program. 

To apply to the concentration, please complete the application linked below, obtain the appropriate signatures, and submit the application to Erin Fitzpatrick, Program Coordinator of the Global Health Program. 

Click here for the Global Health Concentration Application.‌

Concentration Course Requirements (9 SH)

In addition to MPH* or MS** program requirements, students electing the Global Health Concentration must complete a minimum of 9 semester hours consisting of the following:

Core Course Requirements (6 SH)




IPHS 409

Global Public Health Challenges

3 SH

IPHS 410

Global Public Health Solutions

3 SH


Electives (3 SH)

Taking a cross-disciplinary approach to public health, the Global Health Concentration draws upon course work and other resources throughout UIC that will help GH students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the challenges, issues, and skills required to successfully address health problems globally. Selection of an elective should be made with the help of the student’s academic and Global Health Concentration advisors.  

Students should select at least one of the courses below to satisfy the Global Health Concentration 3 SH elective requirement. 

Disability and Human Development

DHD 570: Disability and Culture (3 SH)


ECON 516: Economic Development in an Interdependent World (4 SH)

Latin American and Latino Studies

LALS 501: Latinos and Latin America in Transnational Context (4 SH)


MKTG 572: International Marketing (4 SH)


NUEL 571: Leadership in International Health (2 SH)

NURS 528: Health, Environment, and Systems (2 SH) 

Occupational Therapy:

OT 563: Disability and Global Health (2-3 SH)

Political Science

POLS 570: Comparative Politics and Public Policy (4 SH)

POLS 571: Seminar in International Relations (4 SH)

POLS 579: Research Topics in Comparative Politics (4 SH)

Public Health

CHSC 594: International Women’s Health: Current and Emerging Issues (4 SH)

EOHS 406/494: Climate Change in Public Health (2 SH)

EOHS 553: Global Environmental and Occupational Health (2 SH)

EPID 409: The Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS (2 SH)

EPID 594: Outbreak Investigation/ Field Epidemiology (3 SH)

EPID 594: Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections (3 SH)

Social Work

SOCW 522: Crisis Intervention (3 SH)

Urban Planning and Policy

UPP 520: Globalization and International Planning I: Theory and Applications (4 SH)

UPP 521: Globalization and International Planning II: Comparative Planning and Policies (4 SH)

UPP 525: Globalization and International Planning: Special Topics (1-4 SH)

*Additional Requirements for MPH Students 

  • IPHS 650  MPH Field Experience in Public Health (3 to 5 SH)
  • IPHS 698  MPH Capstone Experience  (1 SH)


MPH students must complete the MPH Field Experience and the MPH Capstone Experience with a global health focus.  For most students it is anticipated the Capstone Project will be based upon the student’s global health field experience. Students without prior experience are expected to complete an international field experience or identify an appropriate alternative. The latter choice includes working with an international NGO, a global health agency, or an ethnic community in the U.S. With permission from their advisor, PEP MPH students with prior international experience suitable for their division have the option of either petitioning the Committee on Academic Progress (CAP) to waive the field experience or undertaking the internship. If the internship is waived, students in the concentration must complete an additional 3 SH elective in global health. (With proper planning, the substitute elective may satisfy both GHC and division requirements.)


**Additional Requirements for MS Students      

MS students must focus their research thesis on a global health related topic either outside the U.S. or domestically through an appropriate alternative venue.  [Note, thesis research hours vary by division.]


Contact Information

For further information about the Global Health Concentration please visit the Global Health Concentration website or contact:

Alyson Lofthouse, MUPP

Senior Associate Director



Erin Fitzpatrick, MPH, MPA

Program Coordinator


Survey Research Methodology

 The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology, for master’s and doctoral students, provides graduate students with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in scientifically-grounded survey research methodologies. Graduate students electing the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology receive the master’s or PhD after having fulfilled the requirements of the Graduate College, their major academic units, and the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology.

Students must complete a minimum of 14 semester hours, consisting of at least 7 SH of approved core courses and electives. No more than 3 SH of independent study may be used toward satisfying the concentration.

Concentration Core Courses (minimum of 7 SH

Students must complete three of the six courses listed below. (NOTE: If a student elects to complete both BSTT 440 and STAT 431, only one of those courses may be counted toward fulfilling the core course requirement):




CHSC 447      

Survey Planning and Design

3 SH

CHSC 577

Survey Questionnaire Design

3 SH

BSTT 440

Sampling & Estimation Methods Applied to Public Health

3 SH

STAT 431

Introduction to Survey Sampling

4 SH

PA 588

Survey Data Reduction and Analysis

2 SH

PA 579

Practicum in Survey Research

2 SH


Elective Courses

Students must complete elective courses from the list below sufficient to complete 14 SH of total required course work. (Elective courses may include courses from the list of core courses if those courses are not used to complete the core requirement.) No more than one independent study course (1 to 3 SH) may be used as an elective.




POLS 467

Public Opinion and Political Communication

4 SH

PA 580

Survey Nonresponse

2 SH

PA 578

Polling, Public Opinion and Public Policy

4 SH

PA 581

Cross-Cultural Survey Measurement

2 SH

PA 582

Survey Data Collection Methods

2 SH

PA 583

Psychology of Survey Measurement: Cognitive and Social Processes

2 SH

PA 584

Internet Surveys

2 SH

PA 585

Survey Research Ethics

2 SH

PA 586

History of Survey Research

2 SH

STAT 531

Sampling Theory I

4 SH

STAT 532

Sampling Theory II

4 S


Course Substitutions

Students may substitute another course with permission of their Survey Research Methodology Advisor and the Director(s) of the Survey Research Methodology Concentration. In general, no more than one course or independent study course (1 to 3 SH) may be substituted. However, under special circumstances, a student may petition for approval of additional courses.

Election of the Concentration

Students must be admitted or enrolled as a regular graduate student in a master’s or doctoral degree program in the School of Public Health or one of the other participating academic units. Students must prepare a proposed schedule of coursework that fulfills the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology requirements. The proposal must be signed by the student, his/her academic advisor and a member of the Survey Research Methodology Graduate Concentration Faculty from the student’s academic unit. The signed proposal must be submitted to the Director(s) of the Survey Research Methodology Concentration. Concentration Director(s) will notify the student, academic advisor and the member of the Survey Research Methodology Graduate Concentration Faculty from the academic unit, of the student’s acceptance into the Concentration and whether the proposed coursework is approved.

Relationship of Doctoral Examinations to the Concentration

If a doctoral student elects the concentration as one of his/her areas of emphasis for the preliminary examination, at least one member of the doctoral examination committee must be a member of the Survey Research Methodology Graduate Concentration Faculty in the academic unit that accepts the concentration as a minor.

Contact Information

For further information about the concentration in Survey Research Methodology please visit the concentration website or contact:

Frederick Kviz, PhD

Community Health Sciences

(312) 996-4889

Women's Health

The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women’s Health is co-sponsored by the UIC College of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the Gender and Women’s Studies program and is housed within the College of Nursing.

This Concentration encompasses the multidisciplinary of Women's Health and provides training in the foundations of Women's Health through its structure and content. The Core courses provide a broad overview of the field and issues within Women's Health, and they address the need for a conceptual and applied background in Women's Health. The elective allows a student to pursue an issue or area of professional interest in Women's Health. The multidisciplinary requirement in this Concentration ensures that a student has significant exposure to a paradigm other than the dominant paradigms used within their own school or department.

This concentration is an elective concentration for graduate students, consisting of core and elective courses across several academic units. The concentration curriculum can be completed without the need to change existing graduate college or departmental academic requirements. In the case of certain academic units, however, students may need to complete additional hours beyond the minimum required for a master's or a doctoral degree within their home school, college or department.

Concentration Course Requirements

The Interdepartmental concentration in Women’s Health requires 12 semester hours (SH) and is designed for completion in as little as four semesters by completing one course each semester. Students must complete at least 6 SH outside of their home area and take one core course from three separate areas: 1) Introductory Women’s Health, 2) Women’s Health Specific Issues, and 3) Theory/Methods.

For a complete description of the concentration, including its target audience, course requirements, and designated and affiliated faculty visit the College of Nursing website

Contact Information

For further information about the concentration in Women’s Health please contact:

Carrie Klima

Concentration Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

(312) 996-1863

Violence Studies

The School of Public Health is a participating department in the graduate concentration in Violence Studies offered in collaboration with the Departments of Criminology, Law, and Justice, Psychology, and Political Science as well as the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Jane Addams College of Social Work. The concentration is administered jointly through the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice and the College of Social Work.

Composed of courses from multiple disciplines, this concentration provides students with a holistic view of the problem of violence in society and deepens their knowledge and skill set to address it. This concentration aims to produce broadly trained individuals who can apply theories and methods from multidisciplinary perspectives to critically analyze and effectively respond to various types of violence in society through innovative programs of research, policy development, treatment, and prevention. The concentration requires a minimum of 11 semester hours (4 courses) with two courses selected from a list of foundational courses and then two additional supplementary courses.

For additional details about the program including the required course work, review the Graduate Catalog description at


For further information about the concentration in Violence Studies please contact:

Patricia O’Brien, PhD

Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work

(312) 996-2203

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