Saint Louis University

Master of Science in Public Health

Learn the skills needed to incorporate public health into your clinical research activities

Kevin Broom teaches a class at the College for Public Health and Social Justice

The Master of Science in Public Health at the College for Public Health and Social Justice is designed for those with terminal degrees, who seek training in population-based research methods to support their clinical research activities. 

MSPH students complete a research project that incorporates the principles of behavioral science and health education or epidemiology, depending on the student's concentration. These projects allow students to prepare a manuscript of publishable quality.

Two concentrations are available for MSPH students: Epidemiology and Behavioral Science & Health Education.

Classes for the MSPH are taught by faculty who are internationally recognized as leaders in public health research and practice. Our faculty have diverse research interests, including:

  • Physical Activity
  • Injury Prevention
  • Community Development
  • Health Communication
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Global Health
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Indoor & Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Cancer Epidemiology

Admission Requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis. For the MSPH, applicants must hold a doctoral degree (including MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM or PhD, licensed to practice in the US) from an accredited US educational institution. Dual degree students will earn their PhD concurrent with the MSPH. 

  • An earned PhD or MD degree from an accredited college or university (a transcript from this institution is required) or for the dual degree, enrollment in the PhD in clinical psychology. 
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae and a one to two page, double-spaced essay describing interests in the field, career goals and objectives. 
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate an applicant's potential for success in the program. 

The MSPH program only accepts applications for the fall semester. 

Learn more about Admission, Application Requirements, and How to Apply.

Concentrations

Behavioral Science and Health Education: This concentration includes core coursework in behavioral science research methods, supplemented by a general course in public health and ethical issues in public health. (36 credit hours)

Epidemiology: This concentration includes core coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, supplemented by a general course in public health. (36 credit hours)

Dual Degree 

Clinical Psychology: MSPH in behavioral science and health education with PhD in Clinical Psychology (36 credits for MSPH, 90 credits for PhD).
The minimum total credit-hours required to complete both degrees: 99.

 

Sample Curriculum

Behavioral Science and Health Education Concentration

(Minimum 36 Credit hours)

  • Behavioral Science and Public Health
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion Program Evaluation
  • Introduction to General Linear Modeling
  • Ethical Issues in Public Health
  • Applied Data Management
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • 3 Methods Electives
  • Capstone in Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • Research Project

Epidemiology Concentration

(Minimum 36 Credit hours)

  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Epidemiology Methods II
  • Introduction to General Linear Modeling
  • 3 Methods Electives
  • Survival Data Analysis
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Capstone in Epidemiology
  • Research Project
  • Statistical Programming and Study Planning

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Dr. Darcell P. Scharff
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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