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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Educate, prevent disease and improve lives. Public health at the University of St. Thomas challenges students to find solutions for improved preventative care for larger populations rather than individual care for one person. You will confront complex health issues, social inequality and health disparities in the community in order to make positive change.

Why Study Public Health at St. Thomas?

Public health professionals strive to enact positive change throughout society through many avenues like education and public policy. Our program provides you with a variety of rich, experiential learning opportunities to explore public health issues. Our graduates have gone to work for non-profit organizations, healthcare companies and several government agencies at the local, county, state and federal levels.

Solving Global Problems

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Scholarships
  • Outside of the Classroom
  • You dive into courses focusing on global health, epidemiology, health policy, program planning and the environment throughout your time at St. Thomas. We pair these courses with allied requirements in statistics, psychology, biology and communication to give you a well-rounded skillset, preparing you for what comes after college.
    Whether you are studying infectious diseases or healthcare policy, our program blends public health, psychology, biology, statistics, environmental science and more to give you a versatile educational experience.
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
    • Minor in Public Health
    We offer the Bridget A. Duoos Endowed Research Fund Scholarship to students each year, sponsoring faculty-mentored research and travel funds for other student research. Dr. Duoos was a St. Thomas professor from 1995 to 2016 and chair of the Health and Exercise Science Department. She was a highly productive scholar, making significant contributions to the discipline, as well as a dedicated advocate to student academic success.
    You complete a course focusing on either experiential learning or research methods, broadening your exposure to public health issues. These courses allow you to observe public health work and leadership in action, increasing your knowledge of specific career paths.

    Course Requirements

    You dive into courses focusing on global health, epidemiology, health policy, program planning and the environment throughout your time at St. Thomas. We pair these courses with allied requirements in statistics, psychology, biology and communication to give you a well-rounded skillset, preparing you for what comes after college.

    Four-Year Plan

    Whether you are studying infectious diseases or healthcare policy, our program blends public health, psychology, biology, statistics, environmental science and more to give you a versatile educational experience.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
    • Minor in Public Health

    Scholarships

    We offer the Bridget A. Duoos Endowed Research Fund Scholarship to students each year, sponsoring faculty-mentored research and travel funds for other student research. Dr. Duoos was a St. Thomas professor from 1995 to 2016 and chair of the Health and Exercise Science Department. She was a highly productive scholar, making significant contributions to the discipline, as well as a dedicated advocate to student academic success.

    Outside of the Classroom

    You complete a course focusing on either experiential learning or research methods, broadening your exposure to public health issues. These courses allow you to observe public health work and leadership in action, increasing your knowledge of specific career paths.
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    Career Paths

    There are a number of career paths available to you after graduating from St. Thomas.
    • Epidemiologist
    • Health educator
    • University research assistant
    • Public health project manager
    • Health communications specialist
    • Health department program assistant

    A Growing Field

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    One-hundred percent of public health majors participate in research or an internship focused on their career goals.
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    Three of the highest paid public health jobs are environmental scientist, healthcare administrator and epidemiologist.
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    80,000 Americans died from the flu in 2018, which is why the public health field has been growing so rapidly.

    Get Involved

    Whether you are volunteering in the community or presenting your research at a conference, we are sure you will find plenty of opportunities to get involved at St. Thomas.
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    Build a Healthier World

    Public health students at St. Thomas are passionate about improving the health in their communities. They are equipped with the skills and knowledge to make positive change and enjoy a fulfilling career.