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MEDPREP Graduate Programs

Students who are accepted to MEDPREP have the opportunity to complete a Master in Public Health or a Master in Biological Science during their two-year participation in MEDPREP.  Acceptance to either of these graduate programs requires approval by a MEDPREP graduate academic adviser, as well as approval by the MPH Program (for those interested in the MPH) and the SIUC Graduate School (MPH and MBS). All MEDPREP students are first admitted into the Traditional Program, and acceptees will be provided with information on how to apply for admission to the MPH-MP or MBS-MP programs at the time of their MEDPREP acceptance. 

Master of Public Health in Community Health Education in conjunction with the MEDPREP Program (MPH-MP) Option

The mission of the Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Education at SIU Carbondale is to promote public health through professional preparation of community health educators, ongoing development of practitioners, community service, and research/evaluation related to public health. Students interested in the MPH-MP option should have a strong record of undergraduate science coursework, as the MPH limits the number of science preparatory course the student will be able to take to prepare for medical/dental school while in MEDPREP. The MPH program includes a required 400 hour Practicum (work experience with public health research project), generally completed in the last semester.

Pros of the MPH-MP option:

  • Graduate with an MPH degree, which may enhance your career options after MEDPREP/after professional school.
  • CHES exam required to complete the MPH - passing the exam certifies you as a Health Education Specialist. 
  • As a graduate student, you may have better options for obtaining loans.
  • You may be able to apply for a limited number of TA/GA positions (IN THE SECOND YEAR ONLY). Positions are not guaranteed.
  • Graduate school has some tuition scholarships available (can apply in 2nd year – scholarships are not guaranteed).

Cons of the MPH-MP option:

  • Several night classes each semester adds to workload, and may limit your availability for night study groups.
  • Required MPH courses in your second summer at MEDPREP may interfere with other off-campus service opportunities, research programs, or jobs.
  • MPH degree will not help your chances of getting into medical school if undergraduate science coursework rigor and grades are poor.
  • Tuition waiver eligibility for first MP summer ONLY.
  • Higher SIUC graduate school tuition.
  • Must complete Practicum for the MPH degree: the requirement includes 400 hours of work on a public health project in your final semester.
  • CHES exam required in your final semester (this is an expensive test).

 

Master of Biological Sciences-MEDPREP (MBS-MP) Option

The Master of Biological Sciences degree is a coursework only (non-thesis) master's degree. Students complete MEDPREP courses and several graduate courses in the first year, and then take a variety of graduate-level courses in biology, physiology, microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry in their second year. 

Pros of the MBS-MP Option:

  • Graduate with an MBS degree, which may enhance your career options after MEDPREP/after professional school.
  • No required coursework in second summer – many students do research or service programs to gain experience/earn money away from Carbondale.
  • As a graduate student, you may have better options for obtaining loans.
  • You may be able to apply for a limited number of TA/GA positions (IN THE SECOND YEAR ONLY). Positions are not guaranteed.
  • Graduate school has some tuition scholarships available (can apply in 2nd year – scholarships are not guaranteed).

Cons of the MPB-MP Option:

  • Difficult graduate science course load, particularly in second year.
  • MBS program will not significantly increase your chances of getting into medical school over the traditional program.
  • No MP tuition waiver eligibility.
  • Higher graduate school tuition.

 

To inquire if either of these programs would meet your needs, please email or call the appropriate MEDPREP graduate academic adviser:

Master of Public Health (MPH), Dr. Kathleen Jones, (618) 453-1474.
Master of Biological Sciences (MBS), Dr. Cornelius Bondzi, (618)-453-1552.