Saint Louis University

Public Health

This minor gives students the basic skills they need to help correct the disparities in the health of populations and communities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and alleviate the suffering caused by these disparities. 

Students take 18 credit hours in this minor as they learn more about contemporary issues in the field of public health. This minor is a great fit for students interested in health and service learning.

What can you do with this minor?

Public Health is interdisciplinary field that encompasses many different issues. Career options in public health are almost limitless and allow you to pursue your passion.

Career opportunities

  • Work as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track diseases like SARS and Swine Flu
  • Work for a non government organization (NGO) that designs clean water and sanitation systems in developing countries
  • Analyze and develop health policy for a governmental agency or department at the national level
  • Collaborate with school districts to bring opportunities for physical activity into elementary and high schools
  • Design media campaigns to encourage wearing a seatbelt of to discourage the use of tobacco
  • Research the effect of air pollution on a population's health
  • Implement programs aimed at violence prevention or women's empowerment
  • Study the barriers to health eating at both the personal and societal levels
  • Design and implement surveillance systems regarding disease monitoring

International opportunities

The College for Public Health & Social Justice is dedicated to preparing their students by encouraging students to travel and participate in immersion trips. The trips are intentional on ensuring students can gain a greater appreciation of different cultures and health care delivery systems. With a focus on low-income countries, the program challenges students to overcome their pre-conceived biases and understand they may not always have the solutions. This degree prepares students to tackle the disparities associated with the disparities in health of populations and communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

About the faculty

Classes for the Public Health minor are taught by the same faculty as SLU's Public Health major and Master of Public Health program. The faculty are nationally recognized as leaders in community engagement. Each of our faculty has active research in areas including: physical activity, maternal child health, injury prevention, community development, health communication, health literacy, health disparities and social determinants of health.

Examples of course offerings

+Contemporary Challenges in Health Care
Serves as an introduction to the U.S. health care system and encourages students to develop creative solutions to the current challenges facing the health care system.

+Introduction to Global Health
Introduces students to the basic concepts of public health, including its philosophy, mission and values, and begins to explore global health trends such as epidemic responses and funding mechanisms.

+Public Health and Social Justice
Explores the ethical issues of health, including resource allocation, priority setting, and human rights, and evokes thoughts on both personal and institutional responses to issues of health and social justice.

+Biological Basics of Public Health
Builds an understanding of biological factors of humans, microorganisms, and other factors that shape the foundation of public health.

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