Hybrid

Master of Public Health in Global Health

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Hybrid

Master of Public Health in Global Health

Improve health and reduce disparities locally and globally.

Our program is designed for working adults. With our online and asynchronous courses, you can engage when it works for you!

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Engage and collaborate with our local and global communities in addressing public health challenges as a socially responsible leader.

Our program was designed for working adults. Many of our courses are online and asynchronous, so you can engage in lectures and assignments when it works for you. In-person time is targeted for when it really matters and is required every other week in the evenings so you can still work your full-time job.

Open to those with a bachelor’s degree in any field, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at St. Catherine University develops transformational leaders compelled to advance the well-being of all people. Grounded in a global perspective and social justice lens, this program is for students who are interested in reducing health disparities and addressing disease prevention locally and globally.

You will have opportunities to engage with local, regional, and international organizations to gain new skills, work in real-world settings, and meet public health leaders. Through coursework and a practicum experience, you will learn to:

  • Investigate and analyze the historical roots of structural racism and colonialism and their enduring effects on health disparities
  • Develop skills necessary to dismantle injustice and advance a social justice agenda in global health careers
  • Identify the ways in which policies may reduce or increase social and health inequities
  • Propose sustainable and evidence-based multi-sectoral interventions, considering social determinants of health specific to a local area
  • Analyze relationships and resources of entities influencing global health
  • Develop communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Apply negotiation/mediation skills to address organizational and community challenges

With robust global partnerships, we provide online and in-person international experiences for all students. These transformative experiences allow you to develop a different lens through which to view health systems and health promotion interventions, and therefore enhance your ability to work in culturally diverse settings, both locally and internationally. For example, our graduates work as researchers, health policy analysts, environmental health advocates, refugee health program managers, and more.

The program provides flexibility for working professionals and those with family responsibilities. The program is open to students of all genders.

Program at a Glance

Format: Hybrid with up to 80% online*, with 1-2 terms fully online
*Dependent on the electives you choose

Start: Fall

Time to completion: 2-3 years

Credits required: 44-45

Tuition per credit: $760 (2024-25 rates)

Total tuition: $34,200

Rates are subject to change each June 1. Tuition and fee information

All applicants will be reviewed for MPH scholarships

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Accreditation

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

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Plan of Study

Below are sample plans of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.

Year 1

  • Fall
    HLTH 6010 Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I
    (3cr | Hybrid)

    HLTH 6030 Design and Implementation of Global Health Programs (3cr | Hybrid)

    HLTH 6000 Critical Issues in Global Public Health (3cr | Hybrid)
  • J-Term
    HLTH 6100 Ethics and Human Rights for Global Health (1cr | Online)

 

  • Spring
    HLTH 6020 Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics II
    (3cr | Hybrid)

    HLTH 6050 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (3cr | Hybrid)

    Skill-based elective
    (3cr | Online or Hybrid)
  • Summer
    HLTH 7100 Practicum (4cr | In-person, online and/or Hybrid)

Year 2

  • Fall
    HLTH 6130 Social and Behavioral Health Theories and Applications (3cr | Online)

    HLTH 6110 International Perspectives in Environmental Health Sciences (3cr | Online)

    Skill-based elective
    (3cr | Online or Hybrid)
  • J-Term
    Topic-based elective
    (2-3cr | Online or Hybrid)

 

  • Spring
    HLTH 6040 Global Health Policy and Governance (3cr | Online)

    HLTH 7200 Capstone (3cr | Hybrid)

    Topic-based electives (4cr | Online or Hybrid)

Year 1

  • Fall
    HLTH 6010 Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics I
    (3cr | Hybrid)

    HLTH 6000 Critical Issues in Global Public Health (3cr | Hybrid)
  • J-Term
    HLTH 6100 Ethics and Human Rights for Global Health (1cr | Online)

 

  • Spring
    HLTH 6020 Principles of Epidemiology and Biostatistics II
    (3crm | Hybrid)

    Skill-based elective
    (3cr | Online or Hybrid)

  • Summer
    Topic-based elective
    (2cr Online or Hybrid)

Year 2

  • Fall
    HLTH 6130 Social and Behavioral Health Theories and Applications (3cr | Online)

    HLTH 6030 Design and Implementation of Global Health Programs (3cr | Hybrid)
  • J-Term
    Topic-based elective
    (2-3cr | Online or Hybrid)

 

  • Spring
    HLTH 6040 Global Health Policy and Governance (3cr | Online)

    HLTH 6050 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (3cr | Hybrid)
     
  • Summer
    HLTH 7100 Practicum
    (4cr In-person, online, or Hybrid)

Year 3

  • Fall
    HLTH 6110 International Perspectives in Environmental Health Sciences (3cr | Online)

    Skill-based elective
    (3cr | Online or Hybrid)

 

  • Spring
    HLTH 7200 Capstone (3cr | Hybrid)

    Topic-based elective
    (2cr | Online or Hybrid)

Build your professional capacity through our MPH summer practicum experience. Choose from various immersive, hands-on experiences in diverse locations - from international placements to local Twin Cities sites with virtual options available. Refine your expertise in your unique public health interests as you chart a clear course for your future as a public health professional. 

Immerse yourself in the St. Kate's MPH Summer Practicum—a comprehensive 200-hour experience to enhance your skill set and bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and practical application. Kick-start a meaningful career by collaborating with mentors and a cohort of experts, to reduce health disparities and prevent disease transmission. This practicum can boost your resume while you build your network of public health professionals locally or globally.

Earn four required graduation credits while gaining professional experience in public health. Once matched with an organization, you'll work in a professional partnership based on equity, mutual respect, and trust. Each practicum has clear learning objectives and a predefined deliverable designed to contribute sustainably to the organization's vital public health initiatives. Throughout your practicum, you will benefit from guidance and evaluation from an experienced on-site field supervisor or preceptor, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience.

Examples of Previous MPH Summer Practicum Projects

  • Educational outreach
  • Epidemiological Research 
  • Community Needs Assessments
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Educational material development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Grant writing

Recent MPH Summer Practicum Locations

  • Minnesota
  • Romania
  • Ghana
  • Tanzania
  • Philippines

Financial Travel Assistance is generously provided by the Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst Foundation and is available for all MPH students traveling abroad. The grant money is used to pay for program fees, airline tickets, and other travel-related expenses.

The global studies office is here to help facilitate your travel, health insurance, and practicum placement.

Examples of Recent Summer Practicums

  • Michael Van Skiba, MPH’23 helped develop an evaluation plan and focus group discussions for WellShare International. At WellShare International, the community health worker model fosters local, sustainable solutions that address the root causes of health disparities and advance wellness for individuals, families, and communities. 

  • Laura Schulz, MPH’24 went to Arusha, Tanzania to support program monitoring and evaluation activities of the Plaster House. The Plaster House is a nonprofit organization that specializes in rehabilitative surgeries for children with disabilities. Laura’s project will strengthen the M & E systems and inform the team on patient progress and the impacts of Plaster House care services.

  • Connie Vang, MPH’24 and Gao Zong Xiong, MPH’24 traveled to the Philippines as CFHI Interns to work in the Municipal Nutrition Office of Torrijos, Marinduque, during their 49th Nutrition Month Celebration, "Healthy Diet Gawing Affordable for All." They focused on creating and designing communication devices, evaluating the "Healthy Mother and Healthy Baby Contest" program implementation, and more. 

Career Outcomes

Recent MPH graduates of St. Kate’s work as researchers, health policy analysts, environmental health advocates, refugee health program managers, and more. Some additional career outcomes include:

  • Public health agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Hospitals and healthcare systems
  • Global health organizations
  • Academic institutions
  • Epidemiology and research
  • Health policy and advocacy
  • Maternal and child health

Graduates often find fulfilling careers that align with their interests, experiences, and current global healthcare issues.

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