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Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness | Master of Science Degree (online)

The College for Public Health and Social Justice was established in July 2013 and houses five academic departments and the School of Social Work. Preceded by the School of Public Health academic unit established in 1991, it was created as an essential component of the University's commitment to population-based education that prepares students for careers in health management and policy and public health.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Rolling Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; Resume; Interview (desired); Personal Statement.
Spring: No Admittance
Summer: No Admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.8135
Director: Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN
Program Manager: Larry Bommarito

Required Additional Application Information for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • An above-average GPA
  • Undergraduate coursework in biological or physical science, and in mathematics
  • Experience in a health-related field, law enforcement or emergency preparedness preferred but not required.
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Public Health Studies Application Review Process:

  • Applications are reviewed by a committee of College for Public Health and Social Justice faculty members

Rankings/Honors: Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice holds the distinction of being the only school of public health in Missouri, and the only school of public health in the United States sponsored by a Catholic college or university.
About the College for Public Health and Social Justice

Credit Hours/Coursework: The Master of Science program is taught entirely using distance technology through the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University, a fully accredited school of public health. The degree can be completed in two and a half years if two courses are completed each semester. | The Institute for Biosecurity

Program Description: The Master of Science (MS) degree program at the Institute for Biosecurity offers three tracks: General, Infection Control and Medical & Public Health Intelligence.
Master of Science in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness Fact Sheet

The General track (42 credit hours) is designed for students pursuing careers where management and response skills for any disaster, including but not limited to infectious disease outbreaks, are important. Graduated may find employment in public health offices at local or federal levels, or in private industry.

The new Infection Control track (45 credit hours) focuses on disease outbreak detection and management, and graduates can anticipate working closely with epidemiologists to identify and contain such outbreaks within healthcare settings or in a community.

Finally, the Medical & Public Health Intelligence track will train analysts who can anticipate risks of and investigate disease outbreaks in both human and animal populations, determine their origins and paths of spread and proactivily assess potential impact on businesses or communities.

Careers Possibilities: Homeland defense; hospital disaster planning; public health disaster planning; emergency management positions within the local, state, or federal government; various types of public health professional positions (epidemiologist, outbreak specialist, etc),; consulting; infection control/infectious disease positions.
Why a degree in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness?
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Curriculum & Program Details: Successful students in this program are self-directed, motivated adult learners who are critical thinkers and who can work independently in a non-traditional environment. Distance technology permits a student to decide when they will study and how long it will take them to get their degree

About the Faculty: Our faculty and staff are respected leaders who have real-world work, research, and teaching experiences from which to draw and share.
Public Health Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The School of Public health offers several ways to help finance your graduate education including: Merit-Based Scholarships; Graduate Research Assistantships; Part-time Jobs; Presidential and Diversity Fellowships; Open House Workshop on Graduate Research and Service Opportunities; and Loans.
Tuition and Financial Aid
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Program Highlights: Our goal is simple: to provide future public health professionals and health administrators with the finest academic experience in the country. Located in the heart of a great city in an affordable Midwestern location, Saint Louis University is recognized as one of the top five Catholic universities in America. At the School of Public Health, classes are small so that professors and students can work together closely. In fact, students here will tell you that what they like most about their experience here is the friendly culture and the personal touch they receive from faculty and staff. The faculty members who teach your classes are the same world-class researchers who have generated nearly $50 million in research grants. We are nationally and internationally known for putting new health discoveries into practical action and for improving the health of communities.
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