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- Bachelor of Science in Public Health
- Minor in Public Health
- Accelerated BS/MPH
Overview: The B.S. degree in Public Health combines a traditional liberal arts core curriculum with a study of the core disciplines of public health. Public Health studies have traditionally been reserved for graduate-level education, but SLU is leading the way by bringing Public Health to undergraduate students. For students who are interested in the field of health and also like working in the community, this course of studies will be a great fit. High achieving students may apply to the selective accelerated program during their junior year of study. This program allows students to earn a B.S. in Public Health in 4 years and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) with just one additional year of studies. Students may also take classes and coursework at Saint Louis University's Madrid campus. Click here to learn more about Public Health at Saint Louis University - Madrid.
Curriculum: Students in the program study the core areas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science and health education, environmental health and health policy. Several of the courses focus on global health and the prevention of disease in low- and middle-income countries. Social justice and service learning are also integrated into the curriculum as ways of connecting the concepts learned in the classroom with real-world experience in our local communities. The degree offers a specialized track for pre-med students which includes the rigorous traditional pre-med science requirements and community health classes.
Careers in the Field: The B.S. program prepares students for entry-level careers with health care non-profits such as the American Cancer Society, community health organizations and city and state departments of health. Career options in public health are almost limitless. Because public health encompasses many different disciplines, graduates can pursue careers that they find truly engaging.
About the Faculty: Classes for the Public Health major are taught by the same faculty as SLU's Master of Public Health program. The faculty are internationally recognized as leaders in community engagement. One group is currently working with minority communities throughout Missouri to improve health literacy, diet and exercise. Others work internationally to promote clean water and sanitation throughout Latin America as well as reduce the effects of health metal poisoning from lead smelters in Peru. Faculty are experts in the field and involved in preventing disease and promoting health out in the community.