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Public Health

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health program at NIU prepares professionals for leadership positions in public health and health-related agencies; to take a lead role in identifying, investigating and improving current health problems on a local and global scale. Using a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach that employs the latest research, students learn how to analyze the social, economic, political, and professional forces that shape the delivery of public and community health services in order to competently and ethically meet the health needs of diverse populations.

Students seeking a master’s in public health may choose from two dynamic specialization options: health promotion or health services management.

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Specialization in Health Promotion

Master of Public Health students specializing in health promotion will design, conduct, and evaluate programs to assist people in choosing healthier lifestyles and adopt self-care practices. It is a multi-faceted field, drawing from social and behavioral sciences such as anthropology, psychology, education, and sociology. Health promotion activities can take place in a variety of settings: educational, community, health care facilities, and worksites. Health promotion specialists are employed under a range of job titles including patient educators, health educators, trainers, community organizers, and health program managers.

The M.P.H. with a health promotion specialization prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) examination given by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. 

Specialization in Health Services Management

Students pursuing a master’s in public health who specialize in health services management enter a multidisciplinary field that examines the use, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services. The goal is this specialization is to increase knowledge and understanding of health service structures in order to train individuals to organize and deliver successful improvement to a population's health status. Health services managers work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to hospitals, clinics, public health departments, mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, and health insurance companies.

Students who complete the M.P.H. with a specialization in health services management are eligible to take the Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Examinationif certain electives have been completed.