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- Bachelor of Science in Public Health
- Minor in Public Health
- Accelerated BS/MPH
Overview: The B.S. degree in Public Health combines a traditional liberal arts core curriculum with a study of the core disciplines of public health. Public Health studies have traditionally been reserved for graduate-level education, but SLU is leading the way by bringing Public Health to undergraduate students. For students who are interested in the field of health and also like working in the community, this course of studies will be a great fit. There is also a 4+1 option which allows students to earn a B.S. in Public Health in 4 years and a Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) with just one additional year of studies.
Curriculum: Students in the program study the core disciplines of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science, health education and environmental health. Several of the courses focus on global health and the prevention of disease in low- and middle-income countries. Social justice and service learning are also integrated into the curriculum as ways of connecting the concepts learned in the classroom with real-world experience in our local communities. The degree offers a specialized track for pre-med students which includes the rigorous traditional pre-med science requirements and community health classes. For students interested in the 4+1 program, an additional year of course allows students to choose 1 or 2 areas of concentration for MPH studies. An internship concludes the fifth year of studies and prepares students for quick entry into the workforce or further graduate education.
Careers in the Field: The B.S. program 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 B.S./M.P.H. program 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.
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. 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 health 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.