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Master of Public Health, M.P.H., M.S.

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.

Public health students at SLU participate in a brainstorming session about maternal health outcomes.

SLU public health graduates are employed at health agencies, consulting firms, community-based organizations, hospitals, research centers and others.

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, and health administration and policy.

Students will also choose one or two of eight 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.


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

Global Health

Address health concerns among different populations 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.

Our students pass the Certified Public Health exam at higher rates than the national average. In 2017, 91 percent of our student passed the exam on the first try and 100 percent passed on the second attempt, as compared to the national average of 75 to 85 percent.

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 undergraduates enrolled in the public health major who want to complete the B.S. and M.P.H. degrees 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.

Careers and Internships

As part of the M.P.H. curriculum, you will complete an internship with a public health organization, domestically or internationally, that matches with your practice or research interests.

We have hundreds of internships opportunities available, including 60 locally. Our 2018 graduates completed internships in St. Louis, Cambodia and Uganda, among others.


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.

Within the first year of graduation, 99 percent* of our graduates are beginning their careers, participating in fellowships or furthering their graduate education.

*According to survey responses from the Class of 2015.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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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.

Graduate Assistantships

The College for Public Health offers a limited number of highly competitive assistantships. Most of these awards require 10 hours of work per week. Students receive nine credit hours of tuition per year and an annual stipend of $8,250 (some positions also include health insurance).

Award decisions are made by the faculty in each respective program based on students’ admissions applications. Students typically selected for these positions rank among the top 10 percent of the applicant pool. No further application materials are required for consideration; all students are automatically considered after their admission.

Due to the volume of applicants interested in scholarships, jobs and graduate research assistantships, students cannot be prescreened or considered for support without first applying to and receiving admission to the college.

Other Opportunities

  • Handshake is the University's tool for recruiting students and may have other opportunities at different locations around campus.


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 (waived for professionals who hold terminal degrees)
Interview (for some degrees)
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full.

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.