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2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, B.S.

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health coursework prepares individuals for diverse entry-level positions in governmental, healthcare delivery, and non-governmental agencies whose missions are to improve the health of the public.  The degree focuses on foundational principles in the theory and practice of public health.  Emphases threaded throughout the curriculum include the concepts of cultural competence, health disparities, and social justice.  Students develop skills in relevant data acquisition and analysis strategies, public health program development and evaluation approaches, and communication systems that impact attempts to affect health-related behavioral changes.  The program prepares individuals for immediate work in the highly diverse field of public health as well as for admission into graduate degrees in public health and related disciplines and practices. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Incorporate the scientific basis of health and of disease into perspectives on wellness across the lifespan.
  2. Describe the social and behavioral frameworks of public health to promote positive change.
  3. Analyze the impact of public health strategies on local, regional, and global challenges.        
  4. Apply epidemiological methods to produce evidence-based approaches to health problems.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate public health strategies to improve the health and quality of life for people in their communities.      
  6. Incorporate regulatory, ethical, and legal aspects when developing and implementing public health.
  7. Design technical and professional communication strategies to promote effective public health initiatives.  
  8. Demonstrate cultural competence with diverse populations. 
  9. Examine the ethical implications of personal and professional actions.

Program Structure and Delivery

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is delivered in blended format. Blended courses combine face-to-face and online instruction.

Degree Requirements

Initial Course  3 cr.
Required Courses 30 cr.
Required Communication Courses 6 cr.
Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 42 cr.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits upon acceptance, including completion of a basic English composition course. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits with a Basic English composition course.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

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