Public Health at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Better health today means a better world tomorrow.

Stopping the spread of disease. Treating substance abuse. Cleaning up environmental contamination. Public health professionals have a big impact on people and communities. By majoring in this important field, you'll gain the knowledge, planning and information handling skills to improve health and well-being in a variety of settings.

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This program is also available at the University Center at McHenry County College.

What Can I Do With a Public Health Degree From NIU?

Your degree will prepare you for a range of health- and service-related careers. You can enhance the well-being of people and communities by managing programs, conducting research, providing outreach services and more.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Outreach
  • Public speaking
  • Teamwork

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Information technology
  • Nonprofit

Career Potential for NIU Public Health Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Advocate Aurora Health
  • CVS Health
  • DuPage County Health Department 
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Rush University Medical Center

Job titles include:

  • Admissions director
  • Care coordinator
  • Case manager
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Registered nurse

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Public Health Major at NIU

As you learn about improving health and wellness, you'll have access to research and internship opportunities. You can also get involved with our health-related student organizations and live with students with similar interests in our Health Professions House.

You can choose an emphasis to focus your studies:

  • Environment and health
  • General public health
  • Health administration
  • Health promotion


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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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First-year Students

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3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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