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New for 2024, Master of Public Health Program Features Shorter Timeline to Completion, More Flexible Options

Beginning with the Fall 2024 term, Saint Louis University’s MPH Program will require just 42 credit hours to complete rather than the current requirement of 48 (or 54 for joint concentrations).  

MPH students look through data.

MPH students look through data.

The reimagined 42-credit hour program will include a limited number of MPH concentrations, but students may add an optional certificate for just six additional credit hours. Thus, MPH students in the 42-credit hour programs may double-count six credit hours of their MPH electives toward any 12-credit hour certificate.  This exciting new feature makes it possible to complete your MPH plus an otherwise 12-credit hour certificate for a total of just 48 credit hours.  This means you can get the skills and expertise from two public health areas of study for what previously required 54 credit hours. 

The College for Public Health and Social Justice (CPHSJ) is one of the top public health schools in the nation. Students benefit from graduate public health and health analytics programs that prepare them to address health disparities and help improve people's quality of life. Led by some of the nation's foremost researchers, these programs leverage not only their high-profile, vital discoveries but also their keen support for students.

Here, your professors know you by name as they guide you through rigorous coursework and many hands-on opportunities. Over 95% of SLU MPH graduates are placed within three months of graduation. Some enroll in further studies, while others pursue careers within health systems, consulting, and managed care. International graduates from biostatistics, epidemiology, and all joint concentrations with epidemiology — which are designated as STEM OPT-eligible programs — are eligible to work in the United States for up to three years. 

42-credit hour MPH concentrations for Fall 2024

Behavioral Science and Health Equity

This program explores why people behave the way they do in relation to their health and wellness. You will be trained to improve public health by developing, promoting, and researching community-wide initiatives to encourage healthy living practices to prevent disease and injury. This concentration is best for those who seek a career that involves applying epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, and interpreting results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.


With an MPH in Biostatistics, you would know how to collect and analyze health information to forecast scenarios and make important health, economic or policy recommendations. A joint concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology prepares you to interpret data, communicate findings, use data to describe the health of populations, and critically analyze the literature. Both are great preparation for one of the most highly sought-after, best-paid roles in the United States today.


This MPH in Epidemiology achieves two key goals. First, it trains students to master foundational areas of epidemiology methods and study designs. At the same time, it arms them with the analytical skills and hands-on know-how for further study or a wide range of careers, from hospitals and departments of health to the insurance industry and non-profit organizations.

Health Management and Policy

This MPH program is a management core degree that features an additional emphasis on population health and health policy. It shares the same management core courses and internship process with MHA students. Whichever modules you choose, you’ll be ready for senior leadership roles in a wide range of public, private and not-for-profit organizations committed to improving health care delivery systems, access to healthcare services, and reducing risks to the public’s health. 

Public Health Practice (Online)

Saint Louis University's public health practice concentration is designed to prepare experienced professionals — in medicine, dentistry, nursing and social work, among others — to assume leadership roles as members of multidisciplinary health care teams. For maximum flexibility with existing work schedules, this concentration is offered 100% online.

New certificates for Fall 2024

Behavioral Science & Health Equity

Students who receive a certificate in behavioral science and health equity from Saint Louis University will learn skills enabling them to improve public health by developing, promoting and researching community-wide initiatives encouraging healthy living practices to prevent disease and injury.

Biosecurity & Infection Prevention

Students who pursue Saint Louis University's post-baccalaureate certificate in biosecurity and infection prevention learn how to help prevent biological terrorism and build effective rapid-response capabilities for organizations throughout the public and private sectors.


If you want to build skills in collecting and analyzing health information, forecasting scenarios and making important health, economic or policy recommendations, Saint Louis University's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biostatistics may be ideal for you.


Epidemiologists are "disease detectives." At Saint Louis University, students who complete their certificate in epidemiology will start learning the investigative skills necessary to understand how to control disease and injury patterns in populations.

Geospatial Health

SLU students will develop skills in mapping, analyzing data and using spatial data to answer some of public health’s most challenging problems. This certification is for graduate students from a variety of health and social science disciplines, working professionals seeking geospatial analysis skills and students taking a ‘gap year.’

Global Health

SLU's certificate in global health trains individuals to understand the entities influencing global health; to address social determinants of health from a variety of perspectives; to conduct ethical research; and to develop sustainable, evidence-based interventions.

Health Management & Policy

Students completing their Certificate in Health Management and Policy will learn the skills necessary to prepare for senior leadership roles in a wide range of public, private and not-for-profit organizations committed to improving health care delivery systems, access to health care services and reducing risks to the public's health.

Maternal Child Health

Saint Louis University's Maternal and Child Health certificate program caters to two distinct audiences: working professionals who would benefit from developing maternal and child health competencies and graduate students in other disciplines who seek additional training in the maternal and child health field. All coursework for this certificate is currently available in person. 

Public Health

This certificate is designed for students that are existing professionals or clinicians in training from the fields of nursing, medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, and more. Adding this public health knowledge will help professionals integrate social determinants of health into their practice and approach systems change at individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy levels.

Public Health Preparedness & Response

The public health preparedness and response Certificate focuses on preparing public health professionals to carry senior leadership roles in the prevention of and response to both natural and manmade disasters. 

Quality and Performance Excellence

Saint Louis University's quality and performance excellence graduate certificate is for students who want to focus on areas of health operations management, including quality improvement, process improvement, performance excellence and project management.

College for Public Health and Social Justice

The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is the only academic unit of its kind, studying social, environmental and physical influences that together determine the health and well-being of people and communities. It also is the only accredited school or college of public health among nearly 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. Guided by a mission of social justice and focus on finding innovative and collaborative solutions for complex health problems, the college offers nationally recognized programs in public health and health administration.