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Public health and recreation degrees are offered as a bachelors and a master's in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Education with a Health Ed Concentration. The Department of Public Health and Recreation Professions is nationally recognized for its programs in both public health and recreation.

Students enrolled in the SIU Department of Public Health and Recreation are able to work with faculty members known nationally for their expertise in teaching, research, and professional service. All of our faculty members take great pride in their commitment to working with undergraduate and graduate students. As a student in our program, you will not only work with our faculty in the classroom, but will receive guidance and support from them in internships, field experiences, and job placement. Our department has an extensive network of alums across the country who recognize the professional expertise of our graduates.

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Katlynn Slightom, a second year MPH student, was awarded her “Destined for Digital” grant on April 27, 2018.  The grant was partially awarded at $7, 232. 63. This will assist the SIU Community Dental Center, the dental office on campus, with moving towards a paperless operation. They are currently phasing out of using paper films for X-rays in order to reduce their waste footprint.

The Green Fund committee received 29 grant proposals aimed at enhancing SIU Sustainability, 12 of which were funded. Funding stems from the Green Fee, a $10 yearly student fee that was adopted in 2009. Since that time, including the most recently funded projects, 182 projects have been awarded to the total of roughly $2.2 million


The Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs and the Illinois Bicentennial Office announced the recipients of the Honor 200 award. Ethan Blumhorst, one of our recent Recreation Master's program graduates was one of the honorees.

Ethan is being recognized for his work with veterans suffering from PTSD and his work with Special Olympics. Ethan is a passionate and dedicated recreation therapist who impacts the lives of Illinois' veterans. Congratulations, Ethan Blumhorst!


Our Recreation Master's program graduate student Jennifer Wood received a scholarship from the 2018  Illinois Recreational Therapy Association (ILRTA) conference that covered her registration fees, accommodations, and meals. She learned a lot, and networked with many key individuals. Congratulations Jennifer on all your hard work!