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Public Health/Clinical Psychology

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences and the College for Public Health and Social Justice, our rigorous dual-degree in public health and clinical psychology provides training in population-based research methods to support clinical research activities.

About the Program

Graduates earn both a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Our students learn how to:

  • Apply conceptual models and theories at multiple ecological levels (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy).
  • Examine risk factors and determinants of specific health threats at multiple ecological levels.
  • Assess needs, assets, resources and capacity for social and behavioral science interventions at multiple levels.
  • Plan theory and evidence-based interventions (program/policy/environmental change) to improve health.
  • Develop programs, policies and environmental strategies that address social determinants.
  • Conduct evaluations (process, impact, and outcome) of public health-related interventions using multiple methods.

SLU’s clinical psychology program has been continually accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1965.

Curriculum and Program Details

Students in this program take the following public health courses:

  • Applied Data Management
  • Behavioral Science and Public Health
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Health Promotion Program Evaluation
  • Applied Multivariable and Multivariate Statistics in Behavioral Science
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Applied Univariate Statistics in Behavioral Science
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Capstone in Behavioral Science and Health Education
  • Three methods electives

Students will also complete another 63 hours of clinical psychology coursework, including:

  • Biological Aspects of Behavior
  • Cognitive-affective Aspects of Behavior
  • Social Aspects of Behavior
  • Developmental Aspects of Behavior
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methodology
  • Clinical Interventions
  • Human Diversity
  • Clinical Assessment I
  • Clinical Assessment II
  • Psychopathology
  • Dissertation

Application Requirements

You must be admitted to both the College for Public Health and Social Justice and the College of Arts and Sciences, meeting the admission requirements for both degree programs, to pursue this dual-degree program.

Applicants are required to be initially accepted to the graduate degree program in clinical psychology. You must then apply for and fulfill all admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree program.

Apply for Graduate Admission

You can apply to the M.S.P.H. through centralized applications SOPHAS and HAMPCAS as well as the Saint Louis University online application system.

Application Deadlines

To be admitted to the Master of Public Health program, the priority deadline is March 1. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline, Aug. 1. International students must apply by May 1.