Associate/Full Professor-Director of the Master of Public Health Program-Dept of Kinesiology and Community Health



Job description

Urbana, IL

College of Applied Health Sciences

Department of Kinesiology and Community Health



~~Description: The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, located in the College of Applied Heath Sciences, seeks candidates with a background in public health for a for a nine-month, tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful candidate will direct the accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) program and guide the program’s strategic short and long-term planning, conduct externally funded research and advance scholarship in their area of expertise, supervise an Assistant Director of the MPH programs, participate in the instruction of MPH courses, and collaborate with community partners on public health initiatives.

Qualifications: The successful candidate should have a Ph.D., DrPH, or M.D. in public health, epidemiology, or a related field. Candidates with MPH degrees and clinical experience are preferred. A strong record of academic scholarship and teaching experience that meets qualifications for the rank of Associate or Full Professor at the University of Illinois is required. A candidate with leadership skills and administrative experience is desirable. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to epidemiology, health behavior and promotion, chronic disease prevention and management, health disparities, community assessment surveillance, health services research, and implementing and evaluating effects of community-level interventions. Experience collaborating with communities on public health initiatives is also desirable.


Compensation will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and include a stipend for the Directorship.

General Information:

The MPH Program ( The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has established the MPH program in two concentrations: Health Behavior and Promotion and Epidemiology. Located within the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, the MPH program supports major campus initiatives to provide innovative leadership in public health research, education, and service regionally, nationally, and internationally. The program received initial Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation in 2013 and was reaccredited in 2018 for a seven year term. Department and MPH program host a diverse group of faculty, students, and staff. The program offers a traditional 2-year MPH program as well as a BS-MPH 4+1 year option for students majoring in Community Health, Interdisciplinary Health, or Kinesiology. The program currently offers concentrations in Health Behavior and Promotion and Epidemiology. The MPH in Epidemiology is a STEM designated degree allowing international students with F-1 visas to qualify for a STEM OPT extension. The MPH program currently has 49 students in the graduate portion of the program and 11 undergrad students in the BS-MPH program. Students in our growing program are surrounded by nurturing and supportive faculty. The MPH program has established partnerships with leading local, state and national public health agencies (e.g., Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AARP) to offer intensive “on the job” experiences and complete the required Applied Practice Experience (APE) and Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) hours. Exit survey data show that 94% of our MPH graduates are employed or continuing education upon graduation.

The Department of Kinesiology & Community Health (KCH, The mission of the Department is to advance and disseminate knowledge related to health, rehabilitation, and human movement using an interdisciplinary approach. Through the integration of high-quality research, instruction, and outreach programs, faculty scholars within KCH are leading initiatives that address pressing concerns of our diverse society such as prevention and management of chronic disease as well as maintenance of health and well-being across the lifespan. KCH hosts a diverse group of faculty, students, and staff ( working and learning in a collegial and collaborative environment. Besides the MPH program, KCH offers BS degrees in Community Health, Interdisciplinary Health, and Kinesiology; MS and PhD degrees in Community Health and Kinesiology; MS in Health Administration (MSHA), Health Technology (MSHT), and Rehabilitation Counseling. More than 1,500 undergraduate and 160 graduate students are enrolled in the Department. Most undergraduate students continue their education in professional allied health or graduate degree programs, and most doctoral graduates attain positions in academia or industry.

The College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS, The mission of AHS is to promote culturally relevant individual and community health and well-being across the lifespan, facilitate optimal living with disability, and foster the development of livable communities in a diverse society through learning, discovery, and engagement. The College enrolls 2,147 undergraduates and 419 graduate students in its three academic departments: Kinesiology & Community Health (; Recreation, Sport & Tourism (; Speech & Hearing Science ( Each department is highly ranked in national surveys. Within AHS are also the Center on Health, Aging and Disability (CHAD); the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES); and the Chez Veterans Center. The College is actively involved in discovery and engagement with the Carle Foundation Hospital, OSF Health System, Mayo Clinics, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the University’s Engineering-based Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI), the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Cancer Center of Illinois, the Personalized Nutrition Initiative and the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Discovery Partners Institute, the Family Resiliency Center, and many more.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, Established in 1867, UIUC is a land-grant, Research 1 institution that has established an international reputation as an educational community ideally suited for excellence in scholarship and research across the academic spectrum.  In addition to being one of the highest-ranked public research universities in the country (#15 by US News and World Report), the University of Illinois is, simply, a great place to work. The University is home to internationally recognized facilities and interdisciplinary programs including: Institute for Genomic Biology (, Beckman Institute (, W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics (, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (, Division of Nutritional Sciences (, Neuroscience Program (, to name a few. With an undergraduate enrollment of 34,559 and a graduate enrollment of over 20,000 students in more than 100 disciplines, Illinois is among the top five universities in the country in the number of earned doctorates awarded each year. The quality of our students is very high. We are leaders in technology and our employee and alumni innovations have been extraordinary. YouTube, Netscape, medical MRI screening, the LED, and the plasma screen used in televisions and computers are just a few discoveries created by our faculty and alumni. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UIUC led all universities with a novel and aggressive non-invasive saliva testing program which served as a model for the country. The University of Illinois offers generous employee benefits including health insurance and retirement programs. In addition, we also offer our employees tuition waivers and other development opportunities for personal and professional growth, including a Dual Career Academic Couples Hiring Program. We value our employees and seek to foster an inclusive workplace.

The Champaign-Urbana Community: Home of the University of Illinois flagship campus, Champaign-Urbana ( is a `micro-urban’ community ( with a population of ~226,000 in the metro area located in east central Illinois. It is conveniently located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis and has its own airport and train service. Combining natural Midwest beauty and cultural resources typically found in much larger metropolitan areas, Champaign-Urbana is friendly, livable, easy to navigate, affordable and has an excellent public-school system. There is a `work-life’ balance here that gives faculty ample time for both scholarship and family pursuits devoid of the hassles of large city life. The average commute time is less than 15 minutes. The Champaign-Urbana area offers a range of businesses, recreation, and culture unmatched by other communities its size, due in large part to the presence of the University of Illinois. Whether you’re looking to raise a family, enjoy the outdoors, partake in a variety of cultural activities, enjoy the excitement of Big 10 sports, or become part of the University of Illinois community, Champaign-Urbana has something to offer you.

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How to apply

To apply, create a candidate profile at and select the position for which you are applying (156016); then upload all required documents, including:

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Please complete your application by January 14, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately afterwards. However, the position will remain open until filled. The preferred starting date is August 16, 2022 (negotiable).

For additional information, please contact Search Committee Chairs, Drs. Jeff Woods ([email protected]) and Andiara Schwingel ([email protected]).

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