Northern Illinois University Online MPH

Northern Illinois University Online MPH
College of Health and Human Sciences

The Public Health and Health Education program offered by the Northern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Sciences in DeKalb includes an online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree that is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Open to all students with a bachelor degree in any field, it prepares students for a wide range of career possibilities in the fast expanding field of public health.

Currently ranked as one of the top online public health programs in the U.S., it was introduced in 2012 in response to the rapidly growing employment market in healthcare. The degree offers the same top quality courses as the traditional on-campus MPH, with the flexibility of time to suit working professionals as well as those students who do not have the resources to study on campus.

The Northern Illinois University MPH program, in general, prepares professionals who want to work in the field of public health, with the skills and qualities required for leadership positions. The approach of the program is both collaborative and multidisciplinary, and it uses the latest research to teach students how to analyze all the relevant forces to shape delivery of community and public health services.

The Northern Illinois University MPH program offers two specialization options: health services management and health promotion, giving graduates the opportunity to take an additional examination and specialize further. For example, those who graduate in health promotion may take the Certified Health Education Specialist exam while those graduating in health service management may take the Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Examination to further their specialties.

As with all MPH degrees, there are core subjects. Additionally, the College has many established electives within public health and health education that it offers to online students:

Consumer Health
Ethical Decision Making for Health Professionals
Funding for Programs in Public Health
Public Health Informatics
Health Disparities in the United States
Issues in Gerontology

Admission to the Northern Illinois University MPH program are specific and based on a combination of requirements including a clear statement of career goals, past academic performance, satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing, and letters of recommendation.

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Online MPH Program Information

Program Length about 2 years
GPA 3.0+
GRE Information GRE Required: Yes
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Program Type Online
Admission Deadlines Spring: December 10th
Summer: June 1st
Fall: July 15th

Available Concentrations

Health Policy and Administration

Available Tracks MPH, Health Services Management
Field Education Requirements 5 credits
Number of Credits Required 43-46 semester hours
Disclaimers and Notes Students who complete the M.P.H. with a specialization in health services management are eligible to take the Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Examination if certain electives have been completed. Applicable classes may be transferred from NIU or other accredited institution

Health Promotion and Communication

Available Tracks MPH, Health Promotion
Field Education Requirements 5 credit hours
Number of Credits Required 43-46 semester hours for Non-Thesis Option, or Thesis Option which requires the 6 semester hour addition of the Master’s Thesis course.
Disclaimers and Notes 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.

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