How to Apply


Students applying to the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) or the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCHEPI) programs must first meet the UIC School of Public Health admission requirements in order to apply. Preference for MCH and MCH-EPI MPH program admission is given to applicants who have had two or more years’ experience post their undergraduate education.   Experience in public health, social service, and associated programs, along with clear professional goals related to MCH or MCHEPI are desirable. New graduates with a bachelor’s degree are also considered. Doctoral applicants typically have an MPH or a master’s degree in a related field.


Admission to the UIC School of Public Health (UIC-SPH) is  done in conjunction with the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS), the online centralized application service for schools of public health. Under this system, students can apply to multiple schools of public health using one application and one set of materials. SOPHAS will collect and process all applications and will forward them to each of the schools to which the student has chosen to apply.

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. Letters of support and a statement of purpose highlighting your interests, prior experience, and career plans related to MCH or MCHEPI are also required.

MPH applicants not offered admission to the MCH or MCHEPI programs may be admitted to the comprehensive MPH Program in Community Health Sciences.


Applications for admission to any of the MCH 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. Apply Now!

CURRENT STUDENTS who desire to transfer into the 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 MCH or MCHEPI 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 in order to determine admissions for the MCH or MCHEPI concentration. Offer of admission to the MCH or MCHEPI concentration is contingent on an applicant being in good academic standing at the end of the Fall 2020 semester. Students should discuss their plan to apply for the MCH or MCHEPI concentration 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 MCH EPI MPH concentrations. You can find the links to the MCH and MCH EPI programs below:



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