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The Department of Public Health is an integral part of EIU and the College of Health & Human Services. We embody the mission of the University: we are ALL IN for our students. Our faculty has over 200 years of combined experience, and we are dedicated to preparing our students for a variety of challenging and rewarding professions in the areas of Community Health Education, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness, and Health Administration.


Brand new for Fall 2019:  an interdisciplinary minor in Workplace Wellness, a joint effort with the Department of Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation, and the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics.  Workplace wellness is one of the fastest growing career paths today, and we are excited students can now have access to crucial courses in nutrition, physical activity, and health behaviors regardless of their major.  


We are excited about the interdisciplinary major in Health Communication, our latest collaboration with the School of Communication & Journalism,  and an outgrowth of our interdisciplinary minor in Health Communication.  EIU students now have the opportunity to be a part of the only undergraduate major in Health Communication in the Midwest. is available in BOTH a face-to-face and an online delivery modality.  Contact Dr. Beth Gill ( for more information about the Health Comm program.

Our online Master's degree in Health Promotion and Leadership is experiencing significant growth and high demand. We are currently exploring ways to include on-campus students who need face-to-face delivery rather than online courses.

In addition to a strong student focus in the classroom, our faculty are actively involved in research, publishing and presenting at regional and national conferences -- as well as finding ways to engage our students in research. Every year, our students present original research at local, regional, and national conferences, mentored by our faculty. Each spring, we take a team of students to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) conference to compete in the National Undergraduate Case Study Competition. 

The Department makes an EXTRAORDINARY INVESTMENT to make sure our students have the experiences as undergraduates that make them better candidates for jobs and graduate school.  Close student-faculty interactions are the hallmark of our Department. It doesn't matter how long it has been since a student has graduated -- once a Department of Public Health student, ALWAYS a Department of Public Health student. Faculty routinely serve as references for alumni as they apply for jobs or graduate programs. Even better is when we can work with alumni as colleagues. Many of our student's internship supervisors are alumni of our program. Even some of our faculty are alumni.

Want to know more? Feel free to contact any of the faculty with questions. 

Not sure where to start? Feel free to email me. I'll be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with someone in the Department who can.


Dr. Julie Dietz





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