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Public health includes everything in our lives that affects our health. It is a dynamic field of study that seeks to improve the conditions and behaviors affecting the health and well-being of communities and their individual residents. Some of the core values of public health are a philosophy of social justice, a focus on populations and an emphasis on prevention.
A Master of Public Health (MPH) enables students to become leaders in the diverse areas of public health practice, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health management and policy, and social and behavioral sciences.
Students are able to choose from nine concentrations in the core areas of public health and ten joint concentrations.
There are four dual-degree opportunities available to Master of Public Health students
*SLU's Health Law program is ranked #1 in the country by US News & World Report.
Competencies are student outcomes - both knowledge and skills - that are specific to the degree and to
the area of study. They reflect the knowledge and skills that we strive to develop in our students and
form the basis of our evaluation of each student's achievement. For the MPH, there is a set of core
competencies and set of discipline-specific competencies that guide the development of the curriculum.
The competency sets are developed with input from current public health practitioners, our alumni, our
faculty and our students to reflect current and future needs of the profession.
MPH 1: Explain the organizational structure, financing, politics, and history of the public health and medical care systems.
MPH 2: Recognize the ecological nature of determinants of health that include biological, behavioral, social, environmental, economic, and political factors.
MPH 3: Describe the approaches to disease prevention and control using tools from the five core areas of public health: behavioral science, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, and health management and policy.
MPH 4: Participate in multidisciplinary partnerships and coalitions as both a leader and participant.
MPH 5: Appropriately utilize qualitative and quantitative data in order to effectively address public health problems.
MPH 6: Use an evidence-based approach for the development of public health programs and policies.
MPH 7: Utilize appropriate communication strategies to educate, disseminate, and advocate for health services and preventive interventions.
MPH 8: Apply principles of management in program, organizational, and community initiatives.
MPH 9: Apply principles of ethical reasoning, human rights, and cultural competence when working with nd in organizations and communities.
The field of public health is exciting and rapidly expanding. With the world's population quickly approaching 7 billion people, public health professionals are being faced with new and challenging issues on both national and international levels. Graduates can find careers suited to a wide variety of interests and skills, in both traditional public health and service-focused organizations as well as in new practice settings and non-profit organizations. Public health graduates from SLU are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings, including:
The MPH program is designed to give students the practical skills needed for any public health career. Students complete an internship after their first year of study to gain practical experience in their chosen career path. Experienced public health professionals assist students in finding an internship in St. Louis, nationally or across the globe. Students have interned in a variety of settings.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
All applications are considered on an individual basis with a balanced approach. In addition to reviewing previous course work, the programs consider test scores and all other supporting application documents in a holistic manner.
The priority deadline for applications to be considered for a scholarship or graduate research assistantship is February 15. Some funding may still be available past February 15, but this is not guaranteed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full.
Visit our Graduate Admission page for more information on application requirements and deadlines.
|MPH Core Curriculum (21 credits)|
All MPH degrees require the completion of the following MPH core curriculum.
Students choose a concentration based on their interest and career goals and complete the specific concentration curriculum as indicated.
The minimum total credits