Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in public health teaches you about health
disparities in local, regional, national and international populations. If you choose
to major in public health at SLU as an undergraduate, you'll learn why some communities
are healthier than others. You'll also explore how to improve preventable differences
SLU public health students explore why some communities are healthier than others,
considering factors such as behavior, the environment and social structures.
Major in Public Health
SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice, already notable in offering a
public health degree for undergraduate students, also offers an accelerated Bachelor
of Science/Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), which allows you to earn a B.S. in public
health in four years and an M.P.H. with an additional year of study.
Students in SLU's undergraduate public health program study global health trends such
as epidemic responses, the biological factors of humans and microorganisms and other
issues that shape the foundation of public health.
Your curriculum will range from history courses such as origins of the modern world
to biology, calculus, philosophy and ethics. You'll then explore topics such as global
health and contemporary issues in health care, and take introductions to biostatistics
Pre-Med track: Students interested in going to medical school can combine traditional pre-med requirements
with public health courses.
Medical Scholars track: Incoming freshmen also have the opportunity to apply for the Medical Scholars Program.
Service learning is an integral part of the curriculum and required in three courses
for a total of 45 hours of service time.
A B.S. in public health from Saint Louis University prepares you for entry-level careers
with health care nonprofits, community health organizations, and city and state departments
The B.S./M.P.H. option prepares you for mid-level careers with similar organizations,
as well as with research groups within academic institutions, national public health
organizations and management within clinical care settings.
Classes for the public health undergraduate degree are taught by the same faculty
as SLU's Master of Public Health program. Our faculty have an "open door" policy and
value being able to provide mentoring and other out-of-class help for students.
Lauren Arnold, Ph.D.
Ellen Barnridge, Ph.D.
Brett Emo, Ph.D.
Alex Garza, M.D.
Travis Loux, Ph.D.
Stephanie McClure, Ph.D.
Zhengmin Qian, M.D., Ph.D.
Katherine Stamatakis, Ph.D.
Kevin Syberg, Ph.D.
Nancy Weaver, Ph.D.
Pamela Xaverius, Ph.D.
Minor in Public Health
A public health minor is a great fit for students interested in health and wellness
in diverse communities. Students pursuing a public health minor at SLU take 18 credit
hours as they learn more about contemporary issues in the field of public health.
Courses cover issues of social justice, the biological basics of public health, global
health and contemporary challenges in health care.
In 2016, SLU students from SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice visited West
Virginia to improve the health outcomes of impoverished citizens.
Make a Difference
Participate in Immersion Trips
Undergraduate students in SLU's public health program participate in immersion trips,
which can give you a greater appreciation of different cultures and health care delivery
systems. Public health students at SLU are also encouraged to participate in research
opportunities and internships both on and off campus.