Saint Louis University

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. 

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

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.

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.

Competency-Based Education
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.

MSPH 1: Identify gaps in current scientific knowledge and develop appropriate research questions.

MSPH 2: Apply appropriate methods of study design to address research questions.

MSPH 3: Apply ethical principles in the conduct of research on human subjects.

MSPH 4: Conduct and interpret basic descriptive and inferential statistics.

MSPH 5: Produce scholarly reports of research and/or programmatic findings.

Concentration Curricula and Competencies

Behavioral Science and Health Education Concentration
(Minimum 36 Credits)

Competencies

BSHE 1: Apply conceptual models and theories at multiple ecological levels (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy).

BSHE 2. Examine risk factors and determinants of specific health threats at multiple ecological levels.

BSHE 3. Assess needs, assets, resources and capacity for social and behavioral science interventions at multiple levels (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy).

BSHE 4. Plan theory and evidence-based interventions (program/policy/environmental change) to improve health.

BSHE 5. Develop programs, policies and environmental strategies that address social determinants.

BSHE 6. Conduct evaluations (process, impact, and outcome) of public health related interventions using multiple methods.

Curriculum

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

Epidemiology Concentration
(Minimum 36 Credits)

Competencies

EPI 1: Develop appropriate study designs and analytical strategies to test epidemiologic hypotheses.

EPI 2: Accurately interpret epidemiologic data.

EPI 3. Appropriately communicate epidemiologic findings.

EPI 4. Use data to describe the health of populations.

EPI 5. Critically analyze the epidemiologic literature.

Curriculum

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

Contact Us:

Dr. Darcell P. Scharff
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs