Motivated to help improve the lives of those in your immediate community and beyond? When pursuing St. Kate’s public health degree on our St. Paul campus, you will gain the skills and experience to facilitate long-term change through education, health promotion, and policy development.
Take 32 credits per year to finish your degree in four years.
Internships and Work with Community Partners
Earning a degree in public health at St. Kate's is distinguished by our unique internship opportunities, diverse student body, and talented faculty who are experts in the field. With the flexible curriculum at St. Kate’s, you can also specialize in one or more areas of study within public health, including health sciences, public policy, and community health work.
If you are interested in community health work, you have an opportunity to earn a Community Health Worker Certificate. 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.
We emphasize co-creating policies and programs that promote optimal community health and social justice.
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.
The degree in public health from St. Kate’s is the first of its kind in Minnesota, and provides graduates with a wide variety of career options that include
- community health worker/educator
- environmental health educator and advocate
- prevention outreach specialist
- program manager
- AmeriCorps or Peace Corps
St. Catherine University's public health program is accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).