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  Dec 17, 2017
2007-2008 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

The M.P.H. program prepares professionals for leadership positions in public health and health-related agencies. Students may specialize in health promotion or health services management. A generalist focus is also available for qualified health care professionals who do not wish to specialize. 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. 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.


Potential applicants for this program should consult with a program adviser about recommended course work. Admission to the program requires approval of an admissions committee. Preference is given to applicants who have had work or extensive volunteer experience in a public health or related agency.

Procedures for admission to the program and other detailed information are available from the public health and health education programs office.

Non-Thesis Option

A total of 43-46 semester hours of graduate credit is required for the degree with the non-thesis option.

Students may apply a maximum combined total of 18 semester hours of graduate credit earned as a student-at-large at NIU or in NIU graduate courses taken outside the U.S. or as transfer credit from another institution toward the M.P.H. degree; however, no more than 15 semester hours of combined transfer and study-abroad credit can be used toward this 18 semester hour total.

Additional Requirements

  • Generalist course work, with adviser’s approval (15),
    (Available only to qualified health care professionals with accredited degrees in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or related health care specialties.)
  • One of the following specializations with adviser’s approval (15)

Specialization in Health Promotion

Specialization in Health Services Management

Thesis Option

Same requirements as the non-thesis option except that 6 additional semester hours of AHPH 599, Master’s Thesis, are required.