Public Health

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 in well-being.

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 and epidemiology. 

  • 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.

Curriculum
  • BST 3100: Applied Biostatistics I
  • EPI 4000: Intro to Epidemiology
  • HMP 1300: Contemporary Challenges in Health Care
  • PUBH 2100: Introduction to Global Health
  • PUBH 2300: Contemporary Issues in Global Health
  • HCE 3100: Public Health and Social Justice
  • PUBH 3200: Evidence-Based Public Health
  • PUBH 4000: Politics and Public Health Advocacy
  • PUBH 4100: Biological Basis of Public Health
  • PUBH 4960: Capstone in Public Health
Internships and Careers

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 of health.

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.

Faculty

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.

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.


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.