Health Studies

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The Department of Health Studies provides students with a range of accredited programs designed to meet the evolving health needs of the 21st century. Students who enter programs leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in Health Studies choose from the following options: Community Health, Health Administration, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness. Minors are offered in Community Health, Teacher Education, Health Communication, and Safety and Driver Education. The Department of Health Studies students and faculty are active in state, national, and campus education programs. Health Studies majors have won national recognition for developing and implementing innovative health promotion programs. Our honorary fraternity, Eta Sigma Gamma, and has won numerous awards for creating dynamic health programs,. Our faculty contribute to the well-being of the community and campus and have received university, state, and national recognition for our teaching, research, service, and student/mentor programs.


Community Health, Teacher Licensure 6-12, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (2 Year), Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (4 Year), Health Administration

Hours Required


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Masters in Community Health, Masters in Health Education, Masters in Public Health, Masters in Gerontology, Masters in Epidemiology, Masters in Family and Consumer Sciences, Masters in Environmental Health

Course Catalog Listing (Community Health Option) (Teacher Licensure Option) (Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Option) (Health Administration Option)

Typical Starting Positions

Community Health Educator, County Health Department, Non-Profit Health Organization (i.e. American Red Cross), American Heart Association, Public School (6-12) Health Teacher

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

Provena, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, WebMD, Children's Health Care of Atlanta, Eastern Illinois University, Kaiser Permanente, St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, The JAM Brands, Allstate Well and Fitness Center, nFocus Software, Missouri Family Health Council, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Target, Carle Clinic Association, Carle Foundation Hospital, EngagementHealth, Quicken Loans, The Methodist Hospital System, HealthFitness, Absolute Consulting, KinderCare Learning Centers, PLNDR,

Notable Graduates

Quincy Souza Suckow, Adam Karcz, Angela Mette Wenthe, David Pankau

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students participate in both study abroad classes and internship opportunities.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities in the areas of Drinking Games on a College Campus, Asthma and College Students, The Practice of Mindfulness on a College Campus, Clean Water in Haiti.

Student Professional Organizations

Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honorary:

Professional Development Opportunities

Attendance at state and national conferences including the Student Case Competition at SOPHE, and internships


Students are eligible for the Carl Sexton School Health Scholarship, Jennifer Woods Scholarship, and Student Major Achievement Awards.

Scholarship Listing

Balsaar & Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
Brian & Trina Myerscough- Chad Pfeffinger Outstanding Sigma Pi Service Award
Carl N. Sexton Memorial Fund
Charles L. and Kathryn Joley and Family Deans Scholarship in Education
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Sch
Dr. Harold M. & Alice D. Cavins Scholarship
Dr. John Guckert Memorial Award
Dr. Joseph W. Pankau Scholarship in Health Studies
Education Scholars Award
Gina Giffin Garcia Scholarship
Health Studies Student Achievement Award
Jennifer Woods Memorial Scholarship
Kate Booker Stapp Scholarship
L. Joyce Taylor Student Teaching Sch
Leona Stanford Vollintine Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship
McCoy Family Sch
Ray & Evelyn Duncan Teaching Scholarship
Ronald A. Wilson Scholarship

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Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

occupational safety and health, driver safety, substance abuse, aging, perceptions of personal responsibility, college student health, humor and health, adolescent health, crisis management, web-based interventions, behavior change, women's health issues, disaster preparedness, LGBT health issues

Faculty Honors & Awards

Achievement and Contribution Awards in Service, Teaching, Research, and Balanced areas; officers in national level professional organizations, research release time.

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Department of Health Studies, Lantz Building 1211
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