Program Prerequisites for Graduate Admission to the College
College for Public Health & Social Justice Graduate admission requirements
All applications are considered on an individual basis with a very balanced approach, taking into consideration a broad range of factors.
Ideally, applicants should have a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) to be competitive for most of the programs, preferably a 3.20 or better. Test scores are preferred to be in the 40th percentiles or higher for most programs, however there are no minimum cutoffs in most of the programs.
If you feel your GPA or test scores do not adequately reflect your current aptitude please do not hesitate to contact our Graduate Director of Admissions, Bernie Backer at 314-977-8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org or for Social Work and Applied Behavior Analysis Kristi Richter at 314-977-2752 or email@example.com to discuss your qualifications.
Master of Public Health (MPH) Concentrations
The field of public health needs people with all kinds of backgrounds and skill sets, so most undergraduate degrees or their equivalents are sufficient for pursuing your graduate degree in public health at SLU. Some public health concentrations, however, do require specific pre-requisites. They are as follows:
- Behavioral Science and Health Education- A bachelor's degree in a social science, biomedical or closely related background is preferred.
- Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness- (includes applicants to the MPH and MS Programs). A bachelor's degree that preferably includes at least 12 credit hours of college level coursework in biological, chemical and/or physical sciences plus at least one college level math course.
- Biostatistics- A bachelor's degree in a social or biological science plus prior coursework that includes either Calculus I and II or Calculus I and Linear Algebra. If you have not taken an introductory statistics class you must take one prior to beginning your MPH coursework.
- Environmental and Occupational Health- A bachelor's degree that includes at least six credit hours of college level coursework in each of the following is preferred: chemistry, biology and physical sciences.
- Epidemiology- A bachelor's degree in a biomedical or social science is highly preferred.
- Global Health- A bachelor's degree in a social science, biomedical science or a closely related field.
- Health Management and Policy- A bachelor's or first professional degree in most fields is acceptable. A "B" or better in an introductory, undergraduate level microeconomic course is required before starting the MPH-HMP program.
- Maternal and Child Health- A bachelor's or first professional degree in most fields is acceptable.
- Public Health Practice. A bachelor's or master's degree in a health related field plus at least three years of full-time relevant experience in public health or health experience.
Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program
A bachelor's or first professional degree in most fields is acceptable. A "B" or better in an introductory, undergraduate level microeconomic course is required before starting the MHA program.
Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) Program
A bachelor's or master's degree in a health related field plus at least three years of full-time relevant experience in public health or health experience.
Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 24 credit hours completed in the liberal arts. Additional factors considered in determining an applicant's eligibility include academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program attended, work experience, previous graduate degrees, motivation, leadership and service.
Master of Science (MS) in Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 24 credit hours completed in the liberal arts. These should reflect a range of courses in the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, history, English, literature, philosophy, theology and fine arts.
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Program
A doctoral degree from an American educational institution (e.g., MD or PhD) in the field of health or a health-related social science.
Master of Science in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness (MS-BSDP) Program
A bachelor's degree or the equivalent that includes at least 12 college-level credit-hours in the biological, chemical or physical sciences in total, and three or more credit-hours in mathematics such as college algebra, statistics or first-semester calculus; however, applicants will be considered on an individual basis in the absence of these prerequisites. Professional experience in a health-related field, law enforcement or emergency preparedness is recommended but not required. Strong writing and critical thinking skills are essential for success, especially given the distance-learning format of the program.
Dual Degree Programs
You must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of the two participating programs/schools.
PhD in Public Health Studies Program
A master's degree in a field closely related to or relevant to the doctoral concentration you are choosing.
PhD in Social Work Program
A master's degree in social work or closely related field.
If you'd like more information about our graduate degrees, fill out our information request form to contact our office of admission.
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