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The UIS Online Master of Public Health Program is among the most affordable in the nation!

According to the author, Iris Stone, “Online MPH programs can be particularly advantageous for busy adults. Whether you’re a health practitioner or completely new to healthcare, many schools will welcome you into their MPH degrees online without requiring any campus visits or face-to-face sessions. This particular study focuses on the most affordable online MPH programs available in 2015.”

The online MPH Program at the University of Illinois Springfield MPH entered the top twenty, ranking 19th.  According to Mr. Stone, “Both the Generalist and Environmental Health MPH options at the University of Illinois at Springfield are available entirely online. The online courses are heavily integrated with the on-campus classes, ensuring that distance education students receive the same caliber education as their local counterparts. However, note that there are not as many elective courses available in the online format, but that will not limit you from acquiring a degree in either specialty.”

UIS offers plenty of unique course options for curious students, including Environmental Facts and Fictions: the Mystery Genre; Epidemiology: the Science of Disease Discovery; Human Wellbeing; Chemicals and the Citizen; and Monsters, Medicine, and Myth.

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Check out photos of the 2015 Graduation celebration!

UIS Public Health Professor Sharron LaFollette appointed to CDC Board

Dr. Sharron LaFollette, professor of public health at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been appointed to a 3-year term on a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) board tasked with protecting America’s health. SLaFollette_000

The Board of Scientific Counselors for National Center of Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry provides advice and guidance regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies’ mission to protect and promote people’s health.

“I am honored to be appointed to the BSC and appreciate the confidence placed in me to provide unbiased review of scientific information and public policy important to protecting public and environmental health.”

LaFollette earned her Ph.D. in toxicology from Oregon State University 1989 and a master’s degree in biology from Sangamon State University (now UIS) in 1980.

Prior to joining academia, she spent eight years in Illinois government conducting multi-media risk assessments and providing risk communication and educational programs for physicians, public health professionals, and the general public.

She taught and was director of the Environmental Health Program at Illinois State University for eight years before coming to UIS where she is in her fourteen year.  During her time at UIS she has served as Chair the Department of Environmental Studies and most recently as Chair of the Public Health Department.  In addition, she served for a number of years as chair of Graduate Council.

She is currently the Graduate Chair of the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council where she also served for a six years as General Chair, past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and past-president of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.

Her research and consulting are in risk evaluation, risk communication, workforce development, indoor air quality impact on health, and radon levels related to building dynamics.

Josiah Alamu studies water quality in The Gambia

University of Illinois Springfield Assistant Professor of Public Health Josiah Alamu  travels each summer to study water quality and disease in The Gambia.