Public Health

Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice offers a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in public health with many concentration and dual-degree options.

About the Programs

Master of Public Health

SLU’s Master of Public Health trains students to be competent in the five core areas of public health: behavioral science, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, and public health administration and policy. Students will also choose one or two of nine concentration areas:

Behavioral Science and Health Education

Promote and research healthy living practices to prevent disease and injury.

Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness (Online Option Available)

Develop preventive measures to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, living modified organisms and other potentially harmful biological agents.


Use math and science to estimate and analyze trends associated with particular types of human behavior and disease.

Environmental and Occupational Health

Analyze the interactions between humans, their surroundings and the natural environment to maintain the quality of the environment and to provide protection from hazards.


Identify the causes and patterns of diseases and injuries, as well as effective targets for prevention.

Global Health

Address various health concerns that exist among different cultures worldwide.

Health Management and Policy

Work to improve public health by formulating administrative and legislative solutions for complex health issues.

Maternal and Child Health

Develop preventive measures that promote the health of pregnant women and their unborn children.

Public Health Practice

For professionals currently working in public health to enhance their skills in public health practice.

Master of Science in Public Health

SLU’s Master of Science in public health degree program is designed for students who are interested in improving their research skills related to a specific public health content area. You can concentrate in behavioral science and health education or epidemiology:

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.


This concentration includes core coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, supplemented by a general course in public health. 

Dual-Degree Options

Program Highlights

As the only accredited Catholic, Jesuit school of public health in the nation, SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice is committed to social justice and the Jesuit mission. Our graduate-level public health classes are taught by faculty who are internationally recognized as leaders in public health research and practice, and have diverse research interests.

Curriculum and Program Details

All students in the Master of Public Health and Master of Science in public health programs take these core courses:

  • Behavioral Science and Public Health
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Ethical Issues in Public Health
  • Managerial Aspects of Public Health Practice or Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Rounds
  • Internship/Practice Experience
  • Special Study for Examinations
Master of Public Health

SLU’s M.P.H. program is designed to give you the practical skills needed for any public health career. It requires 42 to 54 credit hours to complete, depending upon the concentration selected. An accelerated degree option is available for students wishing to complete the program in five years.

Students complete an internship after their first year of study to gain practical experience in their chosen career path. Students have interned in a variety of settings. Our experienced public health professionals can assist you in finding an internship in St. Louis, nationally or across the globe.

Master of Science in Public Health

This program requires 36 to 39 credit hours. Students complete a research project incorporating the principles of their chosen concentration that results in a manuscript of publishable quality. 

Program core competencies can be found here. 

SLU’s public health graduates are employed at federal, state and local health agencies; consulting firms; consumer advocacy organizations; community-based organizations and health care centers; hospitals; research centers; and universities.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice offers several opportunities for financial assistance, including merit-based scholarships, presidential and diversity fellowships, graduate research assistantships, part-time jobs and loans.

Applicant Criteria


Applicants should refer to the concentration for specific admission requirements.

M.S.P.H. (Behavioral science and health education or epidemiology)

A Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.C., D.D.S. or D.V.M. from an accredited college or university.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores 
Interview (for some degrees)
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

The priority deadline is Feb. 15, though applications are considered on a rolling basis until fall.

Review Process

All applications are considered on an individual basis with a balanced and holistic approach. In addition to reviewing previous coursework, we consider test scores and all other supporting application documents.