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Our Mission

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. 54 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. 

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 and health administration.

A Message From the Dean

Ellen Barnidge, Interim dean of Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice

Ellen Barnidge, Ph.D., became interim dean of Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice on February 1, 2022. 

The disciplines of public health and health administration have never been more important. I bring a deep love of learning, enthusiasm for student engagement, and a commitment to centering people in our research to this role.”

Ellen Barnidge, Ph.D. 


Our History

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."