Master of Public Health

About the Program

Our Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program, accredited since 1997 by the Council on Education for Public Health (most recently in 2016), is available in a flexible and affordable online format. In 2018, the M.P.H. program was ranked 28th in a list of the 50 best online M.P.H. degrees in the country by Top Master's in Public Health Degrees.


You're 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'll choose electives in addition to courses centered on health promotion theories, principles and programs. The health services management emphasis requires you to take classes in health economics, financial decision-making and human resources, in addition to an elective.

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

Applying to the Program

Admission requirements include a well-written statement of purpose that shows your motivation for or interest in the field of public health, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and two letters of recommendation. To be competitive, we encourage at least one recommendation letter from a professor or instructor who can testify to your ability as a potential graduate student. The second recommendation letter could be from an employer or supervisor who can speak to your potential in the field. If you're an international student, you need a TOEFL score of at least 90 or an 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!” 


  • Tomoyuki Shibata, Ph.D.
  • 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 master's degree
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Health Studies
Credits Required: 43-44 credits
Tuition per Credit: $709.75 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 7
Spring December 4
Summer June 1

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Spring October 1
Fall May 1


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