Health Sciences

Western Illinois University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Health Sciences at Western Illinois University is an interdisciplinary field aimed at promoting health and preventing disease, disability, and premature death through education-driven behavior change activities designed for individuals, groups, and communities. Graduate-level health educators are generally hired as directors of health education/promotion programs in a variety of settings.


Why Choose Health Sciences at Western Illinois University? 

Departmental faculty members have served in leadership positions in such organizations as the American Public Health Association, the American School Health Association, Society for Public Health Education, American Association for Health Education, National Safety Council, and the Illinois Sex Education Task Force. This wide variety of professional preparation and strong commitment to serving students enables the department to provide a rich breadth of courses and research opportunities leading to the comprehensive and thorough training of its graduates.

Recently, graduate students have collaborated with faculty in research studies involving such areas as binge drinking on college campuses, drug knowledge and awareness among young adults, sleep patterns of undergraduate students, methamphetamine surveillance, disaster planning for the homeless, and the impact of bullying in primary and secondary schools. These research endeavors also provided students with opportunities to make paper presentations at state and national health education conferences as well as co-author peer-reviewed publications in leading journals.

Possible Public Health Career Paths

  • Community Health Education Specialist 
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Public Health Specialist (What is Public Health?)
  • Health Promotion Program Coordinator
  • Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Biostatistician
  • Hazardous Waste Inspector
  • Health Physicist
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Program Evaluator
  • Local Health Department Administrator
  • Area Agency on Aging Administrator
  • International Programs Manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Education and Promotion in the Community
  • Planning and Evaluation of Health Education Programs 
  • Health Behavior Theories 
  • Research Design in Health Sciences 
  • Statistics for Health Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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