B.S. in Public Health - NIU - College of Health & Human Sciences

Public Health

Public Health (B.S.)

studentsPublic Health (B.S.) is an exciting, diverse major concerned with the health needs of populations. Focusing on health promotion and disease prevention and addressing complex health problems at the community level, students may choose to concentrate their studies in one of four focus areas: General Public Health, Health Administration, Environment & Health, and Health Promotion.

Through extensive classroom and hands-on experience, students acquire the health care planning and information handling skills needed for a diverse and constantly changing field.

Alumni are employed everywhere in health care including: hospitals, health care management organizations, county health departments, nursing homes, health care accrediting agencies.

As professionals, public health alumni work in a variety of capacities to:

  • Improve access to health care
  • Clean up environmentally contaminated sites
  • Make our streets and homes safe from violence
  • Advocate health programs for communities, including oral and respiratory health
  • Prevent and treat substance abuse
  • Assure the safety of our food supply
  • Plan quality health care for our elders
  • Manage the delivery of health services
  • Contain the spread of infectious diseases
  • Deliver smoking cessation programs

Among the many position titles for public health professionals are: epidemiologist, health administrator, health educator, geriatric care manager.

Working behind the scenes everywhere in health care, public health professionals make the lives of countless individuals healthier and safer.