Sep 27, 2023  
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook

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. 

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is no longer accepting students after fall 2021.

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

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation with a bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary’s University. All students must meet the general education credit requirements. A minimum of 39-42 credits is required to complete the B.S. in Public Health program. 

Initial Course 3 cr.
Required Core Courses 30 cr.
Required Communication Courses 3-6 cr.
Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 39-42 cr.



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.

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 fall and spring semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework.  All applicants must complete a formal reading and writing assessment consisting of a proctored and timed essay. Based on the results, an additional college writing course may be required and may be applied towards graduation requirements.  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

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. Complete proctored reading and writing assessment.
  3. All official transcripts issued to the 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 services, such as World Education ServicesEducational Credential EvaluatorsEducational 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

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