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Health Professions at Northwestern University

Every health professions school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the health professions program at Northwestern University stacks up to those at other schools.

Northwestern is located in Evanston, Illinois and approximately 22,603 students attend the school each year. Of the 2,722 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2021, 75 of them were health professions majors.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Health Professions section at the bottom of this page.

Northwestern Health Professions Degrees Available

  • Undergrad Certificate in Health Professions (1 - 4 Years)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Professions
  • Master’s Degree in Health Professions
  • Doctorate Degree in Health Professions

Online Classes Are Available at Northwestern

If you are a working student or have a busy schedule, you may want to consider taking online classes. While these classes used to be mostly populated by returning adults, more and more traditional students are turning to this option.

Northwestern does offer online education options in health professions for the following degree levels for those interested in distance learning:

  • Master’s Degree

Northwestern Health Professions Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the health professions progam at Northwestern compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The health professions major at Northwestern is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Health Professions. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Most Popular Online Health Professions Graduate Certificate Schools 180
Most Popular Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools 1,785

In 2021, 331 students received their master’s degree in health professions from Northwestern. This makes it the #83 most popular school for health professions master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 297 students who received their doctoral degrees in health professions, making the school the #93 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Health Professions Student Demographics at Northwestern

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the health professions majors at Northwestern University.

Northwestern Health Professions Bachelor’s Program

87% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
During the 2020-2021 academic year, 75 students graduated with a bachelor's degree in health professions from Northwestern. About 13% were men and 87% were women.


Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 20% more racial-ethnic minorities in its health professions bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's in health professions.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 16
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 24
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 14

Northwestern Health Professions Master’s Program

76% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In the 2020-2021 academic year, 331 students earned a master's degree in health professions from Northwestern. About 76% of these graduates were women and the other 24% were men. Nationwide, master's degree programs only see 18% men graduate in health professions each year. Northwestern does a better job at serving the male population as it supports 6% more men than average.


The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Northwestern University with a master's in health professions.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 37
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 17
White 149
International Students 24
Other Races/Ethnicities 85

Northwestern also has a doctoral program available in health professions. In 2021, 297 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within Health Professions

The following health professions concentations are available at Northwestern University. The completion numbers here include all graduates who receive any type of degree in this field from Northwestern University. Some of these focus areas may not be available for your degree level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 158
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 138
Communication Sciences 109
Public Health 107
Mental & Social Health Services 45
Allied Health Professions 35
Medical Science 32
Health Sciences & Services 32
Medical Illustration & Informatics 25
Health & Medical Administrative Services 16
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 6
Other Health Professions 1

Careers That Health Professions Grads May Go Into

A degree in health professions can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for IL, the home state for Northwestern University.

Occupation Jobs in IL Average Salary in IL
Registered Nurses 129,400 $73,890
Nursing Assistants 61,140 $28,810
Personal Care Aides 50,970 $24,600
Office and Administrative Support Worker Supervisors 40,540 $59,170
Home Health Aides 33,990 $25,370


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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