The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is the only academic unit of its kind, studying social, environmental and physical influences that together determine the health and well-being of people and communities.
Reputation and Rankings
The College for Public Health and Social Justice is ranked No. 23 by U.S. News & World Report and accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) – the field’s highest accreditation. It is the only accredited school of public health in Missouri and the only school of public health at a Jesuit/Catholic university in the United States.
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks SLU’s Master of Health Administration among the top graduate programs in the country. The graduate program in social work ranks among the top 20 percent in the nation.
It also is the only accredited school or college of public health among nearly 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. Guided by a mission of social justice and focus on finding innovative and collaborative solutions for complex health problems, the college offers nationally recognized programs in public health, social work, health administration, applied behavior analysis, criminology and criminal justice, and urban planning and development.
Rooted in the Jesuit tradition and committed to social justice, the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University inspires leaders for the future and equips them with the competence and confidence that supports their success and fuels their ambition. Our students boldly confront critical challenges in population health and wellness by creating synergies across disciplines and distinct contributions to scientific innovation, translation, practice and policy. Above all else, we advance the quality of life for all by working side by side with the communities we serve.
As dean, I am privileged to be a part of this mission-driven community, and I am incredibly inspired by the energy and passion of our students. They demonstrate excellence, diligence, and dedication inside and outside of the classroom. Through nationally recognized internships, practica, and service projects, our students are in the community making a difference. We have actively engaged our alumni, and corporate partners from the community to form a rich network to help amplify our mission. Higher Purpose. Greater Good.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought the importance of public health and social justice to forefront of people’s minds. It highlighted the amazing work of professions within our college – behavioral science, epidemiology, biostatistics, health management and policy, social work, applied behavior analysis, criminology and urban planning and development. We are united in a unique and extraordinary academic family, with an interdisciplinary perspective that is truly exceptional. I couldn’t have been prouder of how our students and professors dove in to help our community navigate this crisis. Our long-lasting engagement and commitment to the St. Louis community is evident as the School of Social Work celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020.
I am truly honored to lead our college into the future.
Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D.
Dean, Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
The College for Public Health and Social Justice came to fruition in July 2013, combining the School of Social Work, founded in 1930, the School of Public Health, established 1991, and the criminology and criminal justice program, under the auspice of then-sitting dean Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H., and Donald Linhorst, Ph.D., director of the School of Social Work.
They charged the college to "boldly lead in teaching, researching, and providing services to those most affected by the complex factors that undermine health and welfare."