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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:
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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|Avg # of Acceptances||51%|
|Program Length||about 2 years|
|GRE Information||GRE Required: Yes|
|Tuition||See for full tuition information|
|Admission Deadlines||Spring: December 10th
Summer: June 1st
Fall: July 15th
|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|
|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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