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Lead the Future of Public Health

As the only accredited Catholic, Jesuit school of public health in the nation, Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice is uniquely committed to social justice and the Jesuit mission. SLU’s nationally ranked Master of Public Health program has a vast alumni network as it is the region's oldest school of public health. Many public health professionals in the greater St. Louis area who serve as adjunct faculty, provide internships, part-time jobs and post-graduate employment are SLU alumni and community partners.

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Why Choose SLU for Your M.P.H?

Tuition assistance and awards include substantial scholarships for U.S. and international students. This includes the SLU "Public Health In Context Program," which provides a paid project experience with projects and nonprofit organizations during your first year. 

Watch: Why I Love Public Health - A Student's Perspective

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Strong and Proven Job Outlook

SLU’s public health graduates are employed at federal, state and local health agencies; consulting firms; consumer advocacy organizations; community-based organizations and health care centers; hospitals; research centers; and universities.

Within the first year of graduation, 99% of our graduates are beginning their careers, participating in fellowships or furthering their graduate education. Our graduates are employed at organizations such as:

  • Express Scripts
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Saint Louis County Department of Health
  • City of St. Louis
  • Rush Medical Center
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center
  • U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs
  • BJC
  • Pfizer
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Peace Corps – Ethiopia, Burkina Faso
  • Mercy Virtual


Affordability and Location

The beautiful and affordable city of St. Louis is rich in resources for developing community-based public health experience. LinkedIn recently designated St. Louis the #1 major U.S. city for young professionals starting their careers.

Saint Louis University was mentioned in and NASDAQ as a top university in St. Louis, one of the top 10 big cities with affordable apartments for rent.

Saint Louis University is located on a beautiful urban campus in one of the nation’s most affordable metropolitan areas. Apartment leases, for example, are substantially lower than most of the major East and West Coast cities as well as Chicago, saving students thousands of dollars in living expenses, comparatively.  

There is no better place to get a community-based experience while working on the big population health issues of our time: access, cost, quality and equity. We hope you will join us soon.

Certificate Programs

Designed for working professionals and graduate students looking to advance their careers, our certificates are available in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness, Geospatial Health, Global Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Public Health.

Biostatistics and Health Analytics, M.S. (36 credits)

SLU's Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics and Health Analytics is designed for students with strong quantitative abilities and a desire to apply data-analytic methods to solve health-related problems. The M.S. also includes a new geospatial health data analytics concentration.

Applied Practice Experience

Students complete an 'applied practice experience' after their first year of study to gain practical experience in their chosen career path. Students have interned in a variety of settings. Experienced public health professionals can assist students in finding an internship in St. Louis, nationally or globally.

Questions? Contact Bernie Backer, director of graduate recruitment and admission, at or 314-977-8144.