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Community Health:

Master of Public Health

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Assess community needs. Develop innovative solutions. Implement impactful programs and policies. Focus on prevention. Build stronger, healthier communities.


Why should Kinesiology undergraduates consider earning both BS and MPH degrees?

A BS degree in Kinesiology provides an excellent background for a career in public health. Given its emphasis on the health benefits of physical activity, exercise science is a public health science. The MPH degree is a professional degree and the most widely recognized credential for a career in public health. The combination of these two degrees prepares students for many career paths in public health, particularly careers involving health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Students can get more information about career options at information sessions held each term by the MPH program.


When Kinesiology students enter the BS-MPH program, what approved courses do they take prior to the end of their 4th (senior) year that count for both BS and MPH degrees?

Please see detailed information in the Joint Degree: BS-MPH section of the website.


Are there any pre-requisite courses I need to take before applying for the BS-MPH program?

There are no specific pre-requisite courses for Kinesiology majors. Consider taking CHLH 244 Health Statistics, CHLH 274 Introduction to Epidemiology, MATH 115 Preparation for Calculus, MATH 161 Statistics, MATH 220 Calculus, or similar courses. A grade of B or higher in such courses will strengthen the application for BS-MPH.

Contact Information

  • MPH Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-300-0330
  • Email:

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