Public Health

Tuition waivers available

Calling prospective Master of Public Health (MPH) students! Earn your MPH at NIU's Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited program and apply for a tuition waiver. The Master of Public Health program has two tuition waivers available for new students entering in fall 2024. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Quiana Jones, Ph.D., public health coordinator at

The field of public health works to deliver science-based solutions to society's health and safety problems. It encompasses preventing disease, promoting health and protecting the health of individuals, communities and populations. This can include encouraging healthy behavior, creating policies and laws and setting health and safety standards to protect workers.

Our academic programs will give you outstanding preparation for a public health career. You'll benefit from:

  • Our diverse student population
  • Expert faculty active in public health research
  • Opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience

You'll be ready to excel in a variety of roles in government, education, nonprofits and private corporations. Learn more about fast-growing public health careers.

Public Health Program Goals

The Public Health program works to contribute to the development of the public health workforce by providing quality education and preparation in the areas of health promotion and health services management. Public health faculty and staff work to:

  • Contribute to the development of the public health workforce by providing quality education and preparation in the areas of health promotion, and/or health services management
  • Develop and support a research agenda that seeks to better understand public health problems and issues, to develop and enhance problem-solving skills, to identify solutions, and to generate new knowledge in the fields of public health theory, practice and policy
  • Provide professional involvement, transfer of public health knowledge into practice, and enhance relationships with partners

Mission, Vision and Values

Our mission is to:

  • Train dedicated public health professionals
  • Engage in research
  • Serve the community to improve the public health of Illinois, the nation and the world

Our vision: flourishing and equitable communities through public health.

Our core values are:

  • Knowledge: We're dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge that will improve the health of all people.
  • Equity: We're committed to health equity and social justice for all populations, prioritizing vulnerable communities.
  • Integrity: We're dedicated to the highest standards of honesty, fairness and respect in learning, teaching, research and public service.
  • Community: We seek to act as a catalyst for change, empowering diverse communities to be healthy and environmentally sustainable.

Contact Us

Public Health
Wirtz Hall 209
DeKalb, IL 60115


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