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.

Applications for master’s and doctoral degrees are only accepted for students starting in the fall semester. Applications for admission to the MCH or MCHEPI programs are routed through the Community Health Sciences (CHS) Division in the UIC School of Public Health. (Some MCHEPI students apply through the Division of Epidemiology-Biostatistics). Applicants should select the appropriate degree program and concentration under Community Health Sciences (or Epidemiology-Biostatistics) in the “School Designations” section of the SOPHAS application.

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 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.

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. Personal statements should be kept within 500-800 words.

  • 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.

  • GRE Scores (Optional for 2022)

    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.

Current Students Who Desire to Transfer into MCH or MCHEPI MPH Programs

For MPH students who have already been admitted and 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 2021 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

Before applying, students should be aware of the curriculum requirements for the MCH and MCHEPI MPH concentrations. The Admissions Committee will not accept appeals regarding application admission decisions.

At this time, the Center of Excellence is not accepting any transfer applications for Fall 2021.