Message from the Dean

Derryl Block

At NIU, we value diversity and will provide you with the tools you need to make a difference in the world. If you are ready to change lives in profound ways, you've come to the right place.

Our core values are at the heart of everything we do. We are a community of doers, with over 2400 students and more than 240 faculty and staff members. With both online and in-person learning, we serve over 700 external practicum sites, including 13 that are accredited by their national governing bodies.

Our undergraduate programs prepare you for a fulfilling career in the healthcare or human services professions. Explore a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders, Fashion Merchandising, Human Development and Family Sciences, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nutrition, Wellness and Dietetics, Public Health, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Disability Services, Nursing as well as an online RN to BSN. If you're interested in a military career or simply want to take courses that develop leadership skills with no commitment to service, explore the Department of Military Science.

We also offer graduate degrees in some of the most desirable health-related careers, and many of our programs are ranked as "Best Grad Schools" according to U.S. News and World Report. Choose from master's degrees in Applied Human Development and Family Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Counseling
and Nursing,
or doctoral degrees in Audiology, Physical Therapy, Health Sciences and Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice -DNP).

Want to expand your skillset or boost your employment opportunities? Learn more about the minors and certificates available. Whatever path you choose, you'll be part of a nationally recognized, student-centered program.

Let us know how we can help. We look forward to talking with you about making a difference in the lives of others.

Lynda Ransdell, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

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College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227
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