Make a meaningful impact on your community
Public health professionals work to improve and protect the quality of life in communities through prevention, education, and policy.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for health educators and community health workers is expected to grow by 13% between 2014 and 2024.
The demand is growing across the country and the world for more health workers to meet ongoing community health needs. The aging population, the rise of chronic health challenges, worldwide viral epidemics, and a nationwide focus on preventive health have all influenced the necessity for more professionals in the field. Public health covers a broad range of fields but at its core is about prevention.
The public health program prepares students for jobs or advanced study in a wide range of entry-level positions in governmental, healthcare delivery, and non-governmental agencies whose missions are to improve the health of the public. The program prepares students to study the theory and practice of public health, health and wellness program development, the science and strategies for chronic disease prevention, data analysis, and how communication systems impact attempts to affect health-related behavioral changes. Emphases threaded throughout the curriculum include the concepts of cultural competence, health disparities, and social justice.
Complete Your Degree
The path to completing your degree is shorter than you might think. Your previous credits and work experience can be considered in your admission process here at Saint Mary's.
Finish your degree faster with our accelerated degree plan, saving you time and money. With Saint Mary's generous credit transfer policies, coursework you've already completed will get you graduated sooner.
Get your transcript evaluated: https://www.smumn.edu/transfercredits
Offered at our Twin Cities campus, this program is designed with working, adult learners in mind, with classes available evenings and online.
The program prepares students to study the theory and practice of public health, health and wellness program development, the science and strategies for chronic disease prevention, data analysis, and how communication systems impact attempts to affect health-related behavioral changes. Emphases threaded throughout the curriculum include the concepts of cultural competence, health disparities, and social justice.
For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
Completed application form
Nonrefundable application fee
Official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 semester credits (C or better)
3 credits completed in a college level English Composition course
International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator.
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- Start Date
- Fall Semester I
- Fall Semester Term II
- Spring Semester Term I
- Spring Semester Term II
- Summer Semester Term I
- Summer Semester Term II
- Fall Semester Term I
|Tuition:||$430 Per Credit|
Prior Learning Assessment Option - for those who qualify
Prior Learning Exploration Course: $1,290
Portfolio Assessment: $230
Earn up to 35 credits with no per credit fee
The Saint Mary's Difference
The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.