Bachelors Degree in Public Health
|What students say:
"The public health program allows me to connect my studies with concrete ways to improve our world in light of the Jesuit Mission."
-Sophomore Public Health Student
Examples of course offerings
PUBH 201: Introduction to Global Health
PUBH 235: Expores biological, environmental, social, and political factors impacting the health of populations across the globe. Topics covered will change depending on current events, but will likely include: environmental degradation, climate change, biosecurity, health education in diverse populations, and chronic and infectious diseases.
PUBH 365: Public Health and Social Justice
Builds an understanding of biological factors of humans, microorganisms, and other factors that shape the foundation of public health.
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health prepares students to work in a variety of areas in public health. This degree provides students with the skills they need to help correct the disparities in the health of populations and communities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and alleviate the suffering caused by these disparities.
Combining a traditional liberal arts curriculum with the core public health disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health and behavioral health and health education, public health is perfect for big-picture, systems-level thinkers.
The curriculum includes liberal arts (40 hours), science (12 hours) and public health (40 hours) courses. This major is a great fit for students interested in health and service learning.
There is also a 4+1 option which allows students to earn a BS in Public Health in 4 years and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) with just one additional year of studies. The degree also offers a specialized track for pre-med students, which includes the rigorous traditional pre-med science requirements and community health classes.
What can you do with this degree?
Public Health is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses many different issues, so career options in public health are almost limitless and allow you to pursue your passion.
Be committed to addressing health disparities and put your knowledge and skills at the service of others, whether that is designing clean water systems in South America, implementing a violence prevention strategy in an American city or developing health policy in Washington D.C.
The B.S. in Public Health at Saint Louis University prepares students for entry-level careers with health care non-profits such as the American Cancer Society, community health organizations and city and state departments of health. The 4+1 B.S./M.P.H. option prepares students for mid-level careers with similar organizations as well as research groups within academic institutions, national public health organizations and management within clinical care settings. The internship associated with the MPH will expose students to organizations and career opportunities.
Careers in public health include:
• Work as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track diseases like SARS and Swine Flu
• Work for a non government organization (NGO) that designs clean water and sanitation systems in developing countries
• Analyze and develop health policy for a governmental agency or department at the national level
• Collaborate with school districts to bring opportunities for physical activity into elementary and high schools
• Design media campaigns to encourage wearing a seatbelt or to discourage the use of tobacco
• Research the effect of air pollution on a population's health
• Implement programs aimed at violence prevention or women's empowerment
• Study the barriers to healthy eating at both the personal and societal levels
• Design and implement surveillance systems regarding disease monitoring
Mission trip opportunities
The Public Health Program is dedicated to preparing their students by encouraging students to travel and participate in immersion trips. The trips are intentional on ensuring students can gain a greater appreciation of different cultures and health care delivery systems. With a focus on low-income countries, the program challenges students to overcome their pre-conceived biases and understand they may not always have the solutions. This degree prepares students to tackle the disparities associated with the disparities in health of populations and communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
About the Faculty
Classes for the Public Health major are taught by the same faculty as SLU's master of public health program. The faculty are nationally recognized as leaders in community engagement. Each of our faculty has active research in areas including: physical activity, maternal child health, injury prevention, community development, health communication, health literacy, health disparities and social determinants of health.
One group is currently administering a $52 million, 20-year longitudinal study on children's health - the largest ever of its kind. Another works with minority communities throughout Missouri to improve health literacy, diet and exercise. Others work internationally to promote clean water and sanitation throughout Latin America as well as reduce the effects of metal poisoning from lead smelters in Peru. Faculty are experts in the field and involved in preventing disease and promoting health out in the community.
|For more information on this major contact:|
|Kevin Syberg, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
|Beth Schwaab, MPH
Undergraduate Studies Coordinator