About the College of Health and Human Sciences

The College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) has dynamic programs focusing on:

  • Health (audiology, gerontology, health education, medical laboratory sciences, nursing, nutrition/dietetics, physical therapy, public health, rehabilitation counseling and speech-language pathology)
  • Human sciences (early childhood studies, family and child studies, family and consumer sciences and fashion merchandising)
  • Military science

There are 13 accredited programs in the college and over 900 external practicum sites that provide excellent opportunities for students to learn, participate in research and work in the community.

The college prepares leaders to enhance the lives of individuals, families and communities across the lifespan. Our motivated students work with outstanding faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. Our graduates have excellent opportunities for employment in high-demand fields and hold leadership positions in their fields as well as in national and international organizations.


U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) Top-Ranked programs in Rehabilitation Counseling (#30 ), Audiology (#60), Speech-Language Pathology (#92), Public Health (#122) and Physical Therapy (#137).

Hands-on Learning

Pursuing a degree from NIU gives you access to our three state-of-the-art clinics. You'll have the opportunity to use the latest technology and provide expert, affordable care to members of campus and the surrounding communities. With the combination of classroom, community and clinical learning opportunities, our programs expertly prepare you to be career-ready and take the licensure examinations in your chosen field.

Child Care and Career Growth

Along with award-winning child care, the Child Development and Family Center provides you with experiential learning and in-class observation opportunities.

Online Programs

Our online undergraduate and graduate degree programs give you the flexibility you need.



Contact Us

College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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