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The mission of the Public Health Program at Northern Illinois University (NIU) is to protect and improve the health of diverse individuals and communities in the northern Illinois region and beyond by:
The program seeks to develop broadly educated professionals who have the ability to address emerging public health needs using organized community efforts that are based on the application of sound public health principles, values, and practices.
Our vision is to serve the northern Illinois region as a program of excellence as the region’s public university and lead the region in public health education, research, and service. The Public Health Program, in accordance with university policy, is committed to providing an educational and social environment that is supportive of the dignity and rights of all human beings regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, creed, age, handicap, marital status, or other factors unrelated to professional or academic qualifications and performance. The program further seeks to promote a philosophy that values such concepts of public health as disease prevention, health promotion, and community service, while supporting the goal of a more efficient and accessible health care system. These values are sustained and transmitted by the selection and retention of faculty who hold them. On an operational level, the Public Health Program subscribes to the basic standards underlying the professional codes of ethics adopted by many professional associations, such as the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society for Public Health Education. This fact is communicated to faculty and students in the program through the “Guidelines for M.P.H. Students,” which is distributed to students as they enroll.
The mission of the Public Health Program at NIU is carried out through goals and objectives related to instruction, research, and service. Instruction: To contribute to the development of the public health workforce by providing quality education and preparation in the areas of health promotion, health services management, and/or general public health. Research: To develop and support a research agenda that seeks to better understand public health problems and issues, develop problem-solving skills, identify effective solutions, and generate new knowledge and theory in the field of public health. Service: To provide professional involvement, transfer of public health knowledge into practice and enhance relationships with partners.
Following are program objectives based on the mission and goals above. Faculty members will: