Saint Louis University

Public Health Studies | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The College for Public Health & Social Justice was established in July 2013 and houses five academic departments and the School of Social Work. Preceded by the School of Public Health established in 1991, it was created as an essential component of the University's commitment to population-based education that prepares students for careers in public health.


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College for Public Health & Social Justice
Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: February 28 Master's degree in public health or related fied; Transcript(s); Four (4) Letters of Recommendation; GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview (desired)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.8100
Co-Director: Enbal Shacham, PhD, Med; MPE
Co-Director: Mario Schootman, PhD
Admissions Coordinator: Bernie Backer

Required Additional Application Information for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE scores (if applicable)
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Public Health Studies Application Review Process:

  • Applications are reviewed by a committee of College for Public Health & Social Justice faculty members

Rankings/Honors: Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice holds the distinction of being the only school of public health in Missouri, and the only school of public health in the United States sponsored by a Catholic college or university.
About the College for Public Health and Social Justice

Credit Hours/Coursework: Program coursework in each concentration is partitioned into three components: core doctoral curriculum (12 credit hours); concentrated curriculum (48 credit hours); and dissertation (12 credit-hours).
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Studies fact sheet

Program Description: Students study and work side-by-side with nationally known educators and researchers who serve as mentors.
Public Health Research Information

Careers Possibilities: Graduates of Saint Louis University's College for Public Health & Social Justice are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings.
Careers in Public Health, Health Management, and Health Policy

Curriculum & Program Details:  There are seven concentrations of study: Behavioral Science and Health Education, Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy and Health Outcomes Research/Health Services Research.

About the Faculty: Our faculty and staff are respected leaders who have real-world work, research, and teaching experiences from which to draw and share.
Public Health Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The School of Public health offers several ways to help finance your graduate education including: Merit-Based Scholarships; Graduate Research Assistantships; Part-time Jobs; Presidential and Diversity Fellowships; Open House Workshop on Graduate Research and Service Opportunities; and Loans.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: Our goal is simple: to provide future public health professionals and health administrators with the finest academic experience in the country. Located in the heart of a great city in an affordable Midwestern location, Saint Louis University is recognized as one of the top five Catholic universities in America. At the School of Public Health, classes are small so that professors and students can work together closely. In fact, students here will tell you that what they like most about their experience here is the friendly culture and the personal touch they receive from faculty and staff. The faculty members who teach your classes are the same world-class researchers who have generated nearly $50 million in research grants. We are nationally and internationally known for putting new health discoveries into practical action and for improving the health of communities.

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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