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SIU Public Health students

When you study public health at SIU, you are committed to prolonging and improving the quality of life for all.

Graduates enter the profession prepared to work in hospitals and clinics as well as for non-profit organizations, public health departments, and schools—among others. Our graduates are the first line of defense: helping prevent the spread of disease and protecting against environmental hazards while promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors. From our campus come health professionals working in communities by responding to disasters and ensuring recovery, boosting the quality and accessibility of services, and educating communities on health and wellness topics.

Bachelor's Degree

You will learn epidemiology, health behavior theories, disease/injury prevention, program planning, and management/administration. Students will complete an internship that provides hands-on experience and mentorship in the field.

Undergraduates work side-by-side with our faculty, including those from the School of Medicine, as part of federally funded research projects. You will gain practical skills in transforming communities through programs, policy, and leadership to ensure health equity.

Master's Degree

Our master of public health prepares the next generation of professionals to protect and improve the health of entire populations. Students learn how to tackle the challenging issues that affect communities, work with people across sectors, and educate the public about best health care practices.

Our master of public health is a cohesive, 100 percent online and skills-based program, allowing flexibility for our students to take course content and apply new skills immediately in their careers.

Doctoral Degree in Health Education

The School of Human Sciences offers graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Health Education. This PhD is a research-focused program that prepares students for future careers in academia and/or research. Students are expected to propose and develop a focal area of research that results in multiple publishable projects throughout their time as doctoral students, as well as a culminating dissertation that includes original data.