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WIU Master of Public Health Achieves STEM Designation

June 27, 2022

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – The Master of Public Health (formerly called Master of Health Sciences) graduate degree program at Western Illinois University has achieved STEM designation.

According to Department of Health Sciences and Social Work Chair and Interim Dean of the WIU Centennial Honors College Lorette Oden, the resigned degree program is now designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program through the Illinois Board of Higher Education's Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP).

"The degree designation makes our program more competitive and prestigious," Oden added. "Furthermore, with the name change, the program now aligns more closely with the curriculum and course requirements for the Council on Education in Public Health accreditation criteria."

Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates are hired as practitioners in, and directors of, health education and health promotion programs in community health agencies, hospitals, business and industry, health related governmental departments and private organizations; as health education teachers in local school districts; as supervisors of health education at the local and state levels; and as college and university health educators.

In addition to the Master of Public Health degree, the department offers undergraduate degrees in public health with emphases in community health education, environmental and occupational safety, public health preparedness; health services management, which prepares students for careers in long-term care administration, private sector and public health administration; and social work. The department also offers a minor in occupational safety and a post-baccalaureate certificate in health services administration.

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