FAQs – Online Format2017-02-17T13:50:55+00:00

FAQs – Online Format

How do I apply for admission?2017-09-21T14:59:29+00:00

See Program Admissions for instructions for completing your application.

Do I need to choose between the Online or On Campus option?2017-03-06T09:43:55+00:00

Yes, you must choose either Online or On Campus as your preferred participation option. Once you choose, you will be given registration preference in courses of your preferred option. Nonetheless, you may register for courses in either option as long as room is available.

Do I need to come to campus?2017-03-06T09:44:02+00:00

If you select the MHPE Online Option you will be able to register and participate in all required courses online. However, as an Online student, you are required to participate in the annual MHPE Conference each July following each of your core courses. The annual conference is held on the UIC campus and lasts 5 days. Participation is required beginning the first summer after you start your course work. You are required to attend two such conferences during the course of your online studies.

What happens at the annual conference?2017-03-06T09:44:10+00:00

In July of each year after you complete each of your core courses, you are required to attend the annual five-day conference held on campus . This event provides an opportunity for face-to-face contact with faculty and fellow students. You will share research, experiences and ideas in poster sessions, symposia, and informal receptions. Details about hotel accommodations will be provided prior to the conference.


How do I register for courses?2017-03-06T09:44:18+00:00

Once your application for admission has been approved, you will receive detailed information on the registration procedure. If you have further questions, contact Janet Settle, Coordinator of Educational Programs, at 312-996-4666 or jsettle@uic.edu.

How do I participate in classes?2017-03-06T09:44:25+00:00

As an Online student, you connect to the Internet using your computer and a Web browser. At your course address, you’ll find all the information you need to participate in a lively and interactive learning experience. Your “virtual classroom” will include an online syllabus, complete instructions, course requirements and objectives, bibliographies, lectures, readings, an online discussion center, and support for both the academic and technical questions. In most cases, you will have a timeframe of several days to access reading materials and participate in discussions. Enjoy this flexibility yet be prepared to discover the unique capability of the Web to facilitate dynamic discussions in both large and small groups.

What software do I need?2017-03-06T09:53:27+00:00

You will need a Web Browser (We recommend Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher), E-mail, and the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

For more detailed help, see course software.

What hardware do I need?2017-03-06T09:44:40+00:00

We have kept hardware requirements for accessing materials to a minimum. We recommend a 14.4 Kbs or faster modem, and at least 16 Mb of memory. Some courses may require a sound card and speakers for streaming audio. For PC operating systems we recommend Windows 95 or higher. For the Macintosh we recommend System 7.0 or higher.

Do I need any special computer skills?2017-03-06T09:44:48+00:00

If you can type and have used the World Wide Web, you have all the computer skills you’ll need to participate in the online courses.

What if I have questions about the coursework?2017-03-06T09:44:57+00:00

You will be able to send private messages to your instructors over the Internet. You will also find that you can post questions to a support conference within each course and receive help from your classmates, who may have experienced a similar situation.

What if I need technical support using Internet software or getting online?2017-03-06T09:45:02+00:00
For technical assistance with your access to the online materials for the MHPE program please contact the DME Support Staff by phone or email.
Toll-free Telephone:  877-363-6656
Support Staff Email:  dme-online@uic.edu
Can I use my own Internet Service Provider (ISP), or dial-in to the University network?2017-11-28T11:16:50+00:00

You can use your own Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as AOL, Netcom, Ameritech, or any other ISP to access your course materials. Or, once you are admitted to the MHPE program you will be issued a UIC network ID. You can use your network ID and password to dial-in to the UIC network.

When logging on from an ISP other than the university dial-up network, you will need to set your web browser to use an authentication system called “BlueStem” to access some course materials, such as Ovid databases, the biomedical journal collection, Encyclopedia Britannica, OED (Oxford English Dictionary) and other resources. Instructions for using BlueStem are available in Help and Technical Support.


If you have additional questions, contact Janet Settle, Coordinator of Educational Programs, at 312-996-4666 or jsettle@uic.edu.