Master of Public Health (MPH)
Sample MPH Core Curriculum (21 credit hours)
Requirements: All MPH degrees require the completion of the following MPH core curriculum and the concentration or track-specific curriculum indicated.
Students in joint concentrations or in dual degree programs will be required to complete the following MPH core curriculum and the concentration curriculum.
+ Behavioral Science and Public Health
The minimum total credit-hours required is 42-51.
Public health includes everything in our lives that affects our health. It is a dynamic field of study that seeks to improve the conditions and behaviors affecting the health and well-being of communities and their individual residents. Some of the core values of public health are a philosophy of social justice, a focus on populations and emphasis on prevention.
A Master of Public Health (MPH) enables students to become leaders in the diverse areas of public health practice, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health management and policy, and social and behavioral sciences.
Students are able to choose from eight concentrations in the core areas of public health including:
- Behavioral Science and Health Education: Promoting and researching healthy living practices to prevent disease and injury.
- Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness: Developing preventive measures to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, living modified organisms and other potentially harmful biological agents.
- Biostatistics: Using math and science to estimate and analyze trends associated with particular types of human behavior and disease.
- Environmental & Occupational Health: Analyzing the interactions between humans, their surroundings and the natural environment to maintain the quality of the environment and to provide protection from hazards.
- Epidemiology: Identifying the causes and patterns of diseases and injuries and identifying effective targets for prevention.
- Health Management and Policy: Working to improve public health by formulating administrative and legislative solutions for complex health issues.
- Maternal and Child Health: Developing preventive measures that promote the health of pregnant women and their unborn children.
- Professional Option: Designed for professionals seeking to become competent in public health practice.
Joint Concentration Options
- Behavioral Science and Health Education with Epidemiology (MPH, Joint - BSHE/EPI)
- Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness with Epidemiology (MPH, Joint - BSDP/EPI)
- Biostatistics with Epidemiology (MPH, Joint - BST/EPI)
- Environmental and Occupational Health with Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness (MPH, Joint - EOH/BSDP)
- Health Management and Policy with Epidemiology (MPH, Joint - HMP/EPI)
- Maternal and Child Health with Epidemiology (MPH, Joint - MCH/EPI)
The field of public health is exciting and rapidly expanding. With the world's population quickly approaching 7 billion people, public health professionals are being faced with new and challenging issues on both national and international levels. Graduates can find careers suited to a wide variety of interests and skills, in both traditional public health and service-focused organizations as well as in new practice settings and non-profit organizations. Public health graduates from SLU are employed all over the nation and internationally in a wide variety of settings, including:
- Federal, state and local health agencies (e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EPA)
- Consulting firms
- Consumer advocacy organizations
- Hospitals and integrated health care systems
- Private business and industry
The MPH program is designed to give students the practical skills needed for any public health career. Students complete an internship after their first year of study to gain practical experience in their chosen career path. Experienced public health professionals assist students in finding an internship in St. Louis, nationally or across the globe. Students have interned in a variety of settings, such as:
- St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition
- Pan-American Health Organization
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
All applications are considered on an individual basis with a balanced approach. To be competitive for the program, applicants should ideally have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale), preferably 3.20 or better. Test scores are preferably in the 40th percentiles or higher for most programs, but there are no minimum cutoffs.
- A bachelor's degree in a science or social science
- A résumé or curriculum vitae and a one to two page, double-spaced essay describing interests in the field, career goals and objectives.
- Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate an applicant's potential for success in the program.
The priority deadline for applications to be considered for a scholarship or graduate research assistantship is February 15. Some funding may still be available past February 15, but this is not guaranteed.
Dual Degree options
- Law: MPH, Professional Option with Juris Doctor
- Law: MPH in Health Management and Policy with Juris Doctor
- Medicine: MPH, Professional Option with Doctor of Medicine
- Nutrition/Dietetics: MPH, Professional Option with MS
- Social Work: MPH, Professional Option with MSW
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