Northeastern’s generalist Master of Public Health is unique in the greater metropolitan Chicago area. The program is taught by a team of faculty across disciplines. Similarly, students will have the opportunity to select six credit hours of electives from a wide variety of disciplines; therefore they are not limited to a concentration area, but rather a wide variety of topic areas related to public health.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate foundational public health knowledge in:

  • The profession and science of public health
  • Factors related to human health

Students are expected to demonstrate foundational public health competencies in:

  • Evidence-based approaches to public health
  • Public health and health care systems
  • Planning and management to promote health
  • Policy in public health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Systems thinking

Credit hours required: 42

Admission Information

The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Program Benefits

The M.P.H. program offers:

  • Two- or three-year plans of study via hybrid classes (on campus and online learning)
  • An interdisciplinary approach by a team of highly qualified faculty
  • Electives focused on topics related to public health, such as sociology, gerontology, justice studies and economics
  • Research and internship opportunities to work and collaborate in public health settings
  • Preparation to pursue a terminal degree in areas such as behavioral health, epidemiology or environmental health sciences

In addition, NEIU M.P.H. graduates are eligible to sit for the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The CHES examination is a competency-based assessment used to measure possession, application, and interpretation of knowledge in Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. CHES certification is a nationally recognized credential for health educators. Learn about the benefits of health education credentialing on the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing website.

Career Options

The Master of Public Health program prepares students for careers in public and private settings including, but not limited to:

  • Health researcher
  • Community health worker
  • Health communications specialist
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health policy administrator

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Public Health and the courses offered toward the degree.

Public Health, M.P.H.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Health Sciences and Physical Education at (773) 442-5581 or email Jennifer Banas, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, at

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Northeastern Illinois University is home to students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

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