Master of Public Health

About the Program

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), accredited since 1997 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and most recently accredited in 2016, is available as a flexible and affordable online program for those interested in completing this degree. In 2018, Northern Illinois University’s M.P.H. program was ranked 28th out of 50 top universities in the United States offering this online program by Top Master’s in Public Health Degrees.


You are required to take classes in topics such as behavioral and social aspects of public health, health services management, public health policy and law in addition to performing an internship.

If you're interested in specializing in health promotion, you will choose electives in addition to courses centered around health promotion theories, principals and programs. Health services management emphasis requires you to take classes in health economics, financial decisions making and HR in addition to an elective.

Information about specific coursework required can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

To qualify as a potential graduate student, you will need to have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher, a well-written statement of purpose that shows dedication to the field of public health, two letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor or instructor who testifies to your ability as a potential graduate student) and one from an employer or supervisor, if in a health or social service job. If you are an international student, you will need a TOEFL score of at least 90 or IELTS overall band score of at least 7.0.

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School.

What do Students Say?

"The NIU M.P.H. program is an excellent, well-designed learning experience, taught by professors in small classes who take a personal interest in all their students. They teach real-world skills to students from diverse academic backgrounds."

"The online NIU M.P.H. program does not feel ‘online’ at all. The teachers make the classes interactive and even have collaborative class sessions. Schoolwork is able to be completed around my 40-hour a week work schedule. I am so thankful I chose the NIU program!” 


Secondary Faculty

  • Loretta Cain, Ph.D.
  • Steve Cichy, M.P.A.
  • Daniel Cabrera, Ph.D.
  • Andrea Buford, Ph.D.
  • Mari Valle, Ph.D.
  • Karen Debrot, Dr.P.H.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Health Studies
Credits Required: 43-45 credits
Cost per Credit: $650 (Learn more about tuition and fees.)


Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Spring December 10
Summer June 1
Fall July 15