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EIU B.S. in Public Health

Our faculty has over 200 years of combined experience
and we are dedicated
to preparing our students.

Public Health is all about enabling people to improve their health.

With programs in Health Administration, Community Health, and Emergency Management & Disaster Preparedness, we can give you all the tools you need to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and premature death in individuals, communities, and our health care delivery system.

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Why Choose EIU for Public Health

Diverse Options

Students in the Department of Public Health are able to explore three options in the major of Public Health. They are not the typical fields of the health profession. Community Health, Health Administration, and Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness.


The internship experience is a vital component in the overall professional preparation of students in the Public Health major at Eastern Illinois University with the Community Health, Health Administration, and Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness options. From local agencies, to state and national associations, and international settings, the internship is designed to provide the student with professional work experiences beyond the classroom. Recent internship placements include:

  • Northshore University Health System, Evanston, IL
  • Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, Coles County
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Richland, WA
  • Missouri Valley Regional Blood Center
  • Top Box Foods, Chicago
  • Council on Drug Free Youth, Jefferson City, MO
  • Sangamon County Health Department, Springfield, IL
  • Alzheimer's Association of North Carolina


Faculty work with students in conducting contemporary research and creative activities. Students have the opportunity to present their research at local, state, and national conferences. Recent projects have included:

  • Agriculture and GMO perceptions in rural communities
  • Safe hand washing procedures
  • Student perceptions about campus police
  • Gender identity issues among college students
  • Student knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about organ donation
  • Optic hygiene practices
  • Adderall use and abuse on campus
  • College athletes and steroid use
  • FitBit use among college students
  • College student nutrition habits: barriers to healthy eating
  • Impact of women-only workout hours at the Student Rec Center
  • Undergraduate Programs

    Health Administration

    This option is for students that want to work in a variety of settings, including clinical, public health, and social services and also want to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of a program or facility. Click here for more information on this program.

    Community Health

    This option is for students that want preparation for such careers as: Health Educator, Health Program Director, Quality Assurance staff, County Public Health Educator, Public Health Specialist, Health Counselor, and entry-level Health Administrator. Click here for more information on this option.

    Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness

    Gain a professional advantage for employment and advancements with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health with Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Option. Click here for more information on this option.

    Health Communication

    The Health Communication major is an exciting new interdisciplinary program developed by the Departments of Communication Studies and Public Health. Ideal for students interested in pursuing communication-related professions within health and healthcare settings, the major encompasses coursework in both Departments, and includes an internship experience. Click here for more information on this program.

    Related Pages

    Department of Public HealthMS in Health PromotionNutrition and DieteticsMS in Nutrition and Dietetics

    Contact Information

    Department of Public Health

    Klehm Hall 4303

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