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Public Health

College for Adults | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Do you find yourself motivated by the idea of increasing quality of life, health, and safety for communities large and small? When you earn your online public health degree from our College for Adults in St. Paul, Minnesota, you’ll gain the skills and experience to influence health and safety policies, improve the health of populations, and work for social justice.

Program Details

Classes meet: Online

Time to completion: 24 months

Credits for major: 48

Cost per credit (2022–2023): $500

Start: Fall, spring, or summer

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A Public Health Program Designed for Busy Adults

You'll learn about public health foundations, global health, epidemiology, healthcare teams, and biological impacts on human health, all with a focus on ethics.

Our online degree program prepares you for employment in public health, strengthens the background of health professionals who are interested in public health practice areas, and provides an excellent foundation for students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in public health, pre-professional degrees (e.g. pre-Med, pre-PA) or related areas. After graduating with their bachelor's, students can move seamlessly into the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health program. In addition, a fast-track, "3+2" dual degree option is available for students who want to combine a bachelor's in public health with the MPH degree.

Community Health Worker Certificate

If you are interested in community health work, you have an opportunity to earn a  Community Health Worker Certificate (CHW).  As a CHW, you'll help diverse populations navigate the system and community services.

In addition to learning about the role of the CHW and how they connect community members to resources, students in the program gain skills in health communication, cultural competency,  health education and promotion, and emergency response and preparedness. Classroom discussions address current legal and ethical issues and students get real world experience working directly with community members through service learning and a practicum experience with a community partner. 

CHW Scholarship Support

Students pursuing the Community Health Worker certificate or the CHW concentration within the Public Health major may apply for a federal grant-funded scholarship to cover expenses for up to 24 credits. To be considered for the scholarship, apply for University admission and ask your admission counselor for more information.

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Careers in Public Health

Students who graduate from the public health program from St. Kate's College for Adults will possess the skills and experience to enter into positions such as:

  • community health worker/educator
  • environmental health technician
  • prevention outreach specialist
  • program manager
  • AmeriCorps or Peace Corps
St. Catherine University public health programs are CEPH Accredited Bachelor's Master's
Program Accreditation

St. Catherine University's public health program is accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Learn more about accreditation for this program