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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 oldest school of public health in this region. 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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Successful Students

SLU M.P.H. students pass the Certified Public Health exam at higher rates than the national average. In 2017, 91 percent of students passed the exam on the first try and 100% passed on the second attempt, as compared to the national average of 75 to 85%.

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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

Why Choose SLU for Your M.P.H?

SLU’s tuition assistance and scholarship awards up to $20,000. This includes the SLU Public Health Experience Program which provides a guaranteed paid internship with public health projects and non-profit organizations during your first year. Experience pays at SLU.

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

Biostatistics and Health Analytics, M.S. 

SLU's Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics and Health Analytics is designed for students who have strong quantitative abilities and a desire to apply data analytic methods to solve health-related problems.

New concentration available for fall 2021: A new geospatial health data analytics concentration  in the Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics and Health Analytics  program involves the use of data management, geographic information systems, and statistical analysis to address questions about how the environment affects health, how disease incidence vary across geographic locations, where disease clusters are and what measures are effective in reducing the spread of disease, and related topics. 

Public Health, M.S.

Saint Louis University's Master of Science in Public Health degree program is designed for students who seek training in population-based research methods to support their clinical research activities. Students may choose from the following concentrations:

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Students complete an internship 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 across the globe.

Why St. Louis? 

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

More health dollars flow through the St. Louis metro area than any other major city in the U.S., including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. That's because several large health systems are headquartered here, including BJC, SSM, Mercy and Ascension Health.  Express Scripts and Centene are also headquartered right here. Saint Louis University is close to several Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and has close-working relationships with the St. Louis City and St. Louis County Departments of Health. SLU also has relationships with numerous large and small NGOs of all kinds dedicated to improving health access, outcomes, quality and equity.

Then there is the Cortex Tech District, a 200-acre biological tech innovation district, located right next to the SLU campus. Cortex is nationally known as a rapidly growing hub for research and innovation and collaborates with SLU on many levels.

St. Louis is rich in resources to support public health work. It is also home to many challenging public health issues related to poverty. Although, as a Jesuit institution we like to think that these challenges are a good reason for you to be here.  It is where you can roll up your sleeves and work with our faculty and community partners to make a difference while you learn to lead. One professor likes to say,

Our students have one foot in the classroom and one foot in the streets.” 

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 that you will join us soon.

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