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M.P.H. Concentration: Public Health Practice

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Our public health practice concentration is designed to prepare experienced clinicians — in medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work, among others — to assume leadership roles as members of multidisciplinary health care teams. 

This specialty incorporates features of a number of other public health disciplines, including maternal and child health, substance abuse, mental health, environmental health and others.

A Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in public health practice will prepare you to develop, implement and evaluate effective public health initiatives. You also will be able to create and analyze programs in the context of the communities they serve, taking into account cultural, social, economic, ethical and legal factors.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

There are no additional admission requirements for the public health practice concentration. Please refer to the requirements for all M.P.H. applicants.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full. No GRE is required. Apply using the centralized application services or

Concentration Competencies

SLU's strong job placement rates are based largely on its competencies-based training, collaborative faculty and a team-based experience. In this concentration area, you will master a variety of skills, knowledge and abilities in the following key areas:

  • Use an evidence-based approach to develop and analyze effective human, animal, and environmental hazard control strategies, programs and policies, taking into account legal and ethical considerations.
  •  Explain the scientific characteristics, including transmission routes and control measures, of major biological hazards that result in human and animal health risk.
  • Generate responses to problems, proposals, and politics in health policy and management.
  • Create policy approaches and alternatives within the contextual environment of health services delivery and public health.

What Our Faculty Investigate

  • Cultural competence
  • Equitable access
  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Injury prevention
  • Public health practice

Applied Practice Experience (APEx)

As a Master of Public Health student, you will be required to complete an internship, referred to as the Applied Practice Experience, or APEx, with an approved organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed to enhance your educational experience and promote professional competence in public health. 

Students in SLU's public health practice program have completed practice experiences at organizations including iFM Community Medicine, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, SSM Health DePaul Hospital, and the Micah Project. 

Careers in Public Health Practice

Students who pursued this concentration have gone on to positions such as public health consultants and outreach specialists.