Feb 25, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 

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

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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. 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.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.


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.

Requirements for Accelerated B.S./M.P.H. Sequence

The accelerated sequence leads to both the B.S. in public health and M.P.H. degrees, and is available to all undergraduate public health majors who have:

  • A declared major in Public Health.
  • Finished 92 credit hours of undergraduate designated coursework as approved by adviser.
  • Maintained a GPA of at least 3.00.
  • Completed all application requirements, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume/curriculum vitae.

Failure to meet requirements of the accelerated sequence may lead to a B.S. degree only, but only after all the requirements for that degree have been met.

Students must complete all the admission requirements for the Public Health B.S. accelerated degree as well as all general education requirements prior to the applicant’s final undergraduate year and have earned at least 92 credit hours. Beginning with the first semester of their final undergraduate year, students will start taking classes in the M.P.H. program as well as completing final university requirements. Successful completion of year 4 courses will count towards the final 28 credits of the undergraduate degree.

Students are required to fulfill all requirements for the M.P.H. degree mentioned in the previous section in order to be awarded this degree.

Non-Thesis Option

A total of 43-45 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.

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 PHHE 699, Master’s Thesis, are required.

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