Global health addresses the worldwide health needs of people living in developing
countries and resource-poor immigrant communities here in the United States.
A regional hospital in Kanaga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Saint Louis University
students complete global health internships in the United States and abroad.
Health concerns in these populations include infectious diseases such as tuberculosis,
malaria and STDs, or various chronic diseases related to aging populations, mental
illness, war, famine and displacement.
At Saint Louis University, you can tailor your experience to focus on maternal and
child health, environmental health, global health or epidemiology.
Our hands-on, team-based learning experience includes opportunities to work abroad
with our partners around the globe or right here in St. Louis’ diverse communities.
Bachelor's degree in a social science, biomedical science, or a closely related field
A working proficiency in a language other than English is strongly recommended for
individuals considering a career in global health. CPHSJ will assess applicants' proficiency
skills and provide guidance on how to improve foreign language skills.
With questions related to language proficiency, contact Jackie Bernstein, internship
coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full. You can submit
GRE scores up to three months after your initial application. Apply using the centralized
application services SOPHAS.org or HAMPCAS.org.
The joint concentrations require just six additional hours and can still be completed
in two years. Blending concentrations enables you to combine your interests and provides
additional skills that future employers will value. You can choose these additional
joint concentration options at SLU (all require 54 credit hours):
SLU's strong jobs placement rates are based largely on its competencies-based training,
collaborative faculty and a team-based experience. In this concentration area, you
Assess major forces that influence the health of vulnerable populations from a global
Prioritize health programs for communicable and non-communicable diseases in low-
and middle-income countries with limited resources.
Utilize a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate programs in low- and middle-income
countries, and in poor communities in the U.S., that provide health programs.
Respond to urgent health problems in low- and middle-income countries, including humanitarian
crises and epidemics.
Plan programs, policies and/or specific interventions to improve health services,
or health status of individuals and communities.
Effectively utilize the tools and channels of diplomacy to implement health programs
across cultures, and across borders.
Utilize appropriate cultural competency and communication skills via a mentored global
health practice experience in a developing country.
What Our Faculty Investigate
Community interventions to improve maternal and reproductive health
Infectious disease prevention
Impact of environmental pollutants on infant and child health
Impact of microfinance on community health
Policy development related to contamination of toxic metals
Portable water filters for prevention of diarrheal disease
Promoting evidence-based assessments and solution to environmental health problems
Relationship between breastfeeding, infant sleep, and infant sleep arrangement
As a Master of Public Health student at SLU, you will be required to complete an internship
with an approved organization and preceptor. This 320-hour experience is designed
to enhance your educational experience and promote professional competence in global
We strongly recommend that domestic students do their practice experience outside
of the United States, although exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis if approved
by your faculty mentor.
As an intern, you may be involved in planning, developing, implementing, and/or evaluating
tools and programs of importance in an international setting.
Our students have completed internships in:
Microfinancing Partners for Africa (Uganda)
FHI 360 (Nepal)
Hillside Clinic (Belize)
Belize 2020 (Belize)
Careers in Global Health
Students with a master's degree in global health may find employment opportunities
in a wide variety of settings, including:
Disaster relief organizations
Governmental agencies (United States Agency for International Development, in-country
ministry of health, etc.)
Immigrant or refugee health organizations
In-country field consultants
Lending agencies that do work in developing countries
Multi-lateral agencies, such as the World Health Organization