Prospective students interested in MPH and PhD programs in maternal and child health apply through the UIC School of Public Health.  The School uses the SOPHAS application system, an online centralized service in which students can apply to multiple schools of public health using one application and one set of materials.

MPH applicants not offered admission to the Maternal and Child Health or Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology programs may be admitted to the comprehensive MPH in Community Health Sciences program.

Applications for admission to MPH and PhD in maternal and child health degree programs are due each year by February 1 for domestic students and December 15 for international students. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.

What we look for in our students

  • MPH programs

    Two or more years’ post-undergrad experience in public health, social service and associated programs, along with clear professional goals related to maternal and child health, are preferred.

  • New college graduates

    New graduates with a bachelor’s degree are also considered for admission to MPH programs.

  • PhD programs

    Doctoral applicants typically have an MPH or a master’s degree in a related field.

Transferring in to MPH programs

For MPH students who are enrolled at the UIC School of Public Health, you may apply to the Maternal and Child Health or Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology concentration in the fall semester of your first year. Please note that the admissions committee will review this application in conjunction with the applicant’s SOPHAS application.  Offer of admission is contingent on an applicant’s good academic standing at the end of the Fall 2020 semester. Students should discuss their plan to apply with their advisor. In order to be considered for the MCH or MCHEPI concentration, students should complete the MCH admissions form and include the following components:

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Student Signature
  • Advisor Signature

For consideration for Fall 2020, please complete the admissions form for current students by October 16th, 2020 and submit electronically to

Application Requirements

  • Personal statement

    Submit a well-focused personal statement that directly addresses your interest and purpose in applying. To the extent possible, include your future goals and potential career plans.  For students applying to the MPH in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology program, your personal statement should also address your particular interest in MCH epidemiology as well as relevant experience with data collection, analysis, and/or research methodology.

  • GRE scores

    There is no minimum required GRE score to apply to UIC School of Public Health.  All completed and verified applications are reviewed.  Preferred academic metrics for MPH and PhD programs include an undergraduate and graduate GPA of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) and GRE scores around the 50th percentile. However, please note that every applicant is given a holistic evaluation of their application, and no one criterion determines an applicant’s admission or denial.

  • Supporting documents

    Provide strong letters of recommendation providing substantive information about your pertinent experiences, interests and potential to contribute to improving the health of women, children, and families.  Personal statements should be kept within 500-800 words.