Bachelor of Science in Public Health
For a listing of the courses for the Public Health major, visit Curriculum Requirements.
A degree in public health provides students with the skills they need to improve the health of populations and communities, as well as alleviate suffering caused by disease, injuries and health disparities.
Students explore why some communities are healthier than others and how to improve the health of communities by changing personal behavior, the environment and social structures. This major is a perfect fit for those interested in service to others and the prestige associated with this growing field.
Additional Degree Options
- 4+1 Program: High achieving students may apply to this selective program during their junior year of study. This accelerated program allows students to earn a BS in Public Health in four years and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with just one additional year of study.
- Pre-Med Track: For students looking to go on to medical school, this specialized track combines traditional pre-med science requirements with community health courses.
- Medical Scholars Track: Students also have the opportunity to apply for the Medical Scholars Program, an exclusive opportunity for freshman applicants who plan to attend medical school.
- Honors Track: For students interested in the stimulating academic experiences and intellectual challenges provided by the Honors Program, this track offers Honors-level public health courses in addition to Honors core courses.
- Minor: Public health is an interdisciplinary field, so a minor in public health is an excellent choice for students pursuing other majors who would still like to expand their knowledge of the subject.
Career options in public health are almost limitless. Because public health encompasses many different disciplines, graduates can pursue careers that they find truly engaging. Just a few options include:
- Department of Health Administrator
- Health Education and Disease Prevention Coordinator
- Health Services Research Analyst
- Outreach Specialist
Global Health and Study Abroad
Students in the Public Health major are encouraged to participate in immersion trips and study abroad. These programs help students understand the realities of difficult public health issues facing people and communities around the world. Students have the opportunity to serve in communities such as Honduras or Haiti, using skills they have learned at Saint Louis University to benefit others. SLU also has a campus located in Madrid, Spain, where students can study abroad for a semester while taking public health core classes for full SLU credit.
Student Activity and Service Opportunities
SLU has a strong service-learning component. Students can embody SLU's Jesuit mission by using the knowledge they gain in the classroom to serve others. Service learning also provides valuable field experience for public health students, and it helps them to be more connected with the St. Louis community and communities around the world.
Students can work as volunteers at health service providers for underprivileged communities and participate in university-wide service events such as Make A Difference Day. Students can also become members of the Public Health Undergraduate Student Association (PHUSA) to get to know other public health students and encounter additional service, internship and leadership opportunities.
Faculty and Research
Classes for the Public Health major are taught by the same faculty as SLU's Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Our faculty have an "open door" policy and value being able to provide mentoring and other out-of-class help for students. Students also have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students across programs such as undergraduate, graduate and doctoral. Our faculty also have diverse research interests, including:
- Maternal and Child Health
- Health Disparities
- Prevention Programs
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