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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. A generalist focus is also available for qualified health care and certified health educator professionals who do not wish to specialize.
Specialists in health promotion design, conduct, and evaluate programs to assist people in choosing healthier lifestyles and adopt self-care practices. It is a multi-faceted field, drawing from social and behavioral sciences such as anthropology, psychology, education, and sociology. Health promotion activities can take place in a variety of settings: educational, community, health care facilities, and worksites. Health promotion specialists are employed under a range of job titles including patient educators, health educators, trainers, community organizers, and health program managers.
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.
Specialists in health services management enter a multidisciplinary field that examines the use, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services. The goal is this specialization is to increase knowledge and understanding of health service structures in order to train individuals to organize and deliver successful improvement to a population's health status. Health services managers work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to hospitals, clinics, public health departments, mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, and health insurance companies.