Drawing from a range of concentration competencies, Generalists dedicate their coursework to issues pertinent to their research and professional interests.
Generalists identify a list of public health competencies they plan to develop during their studies. To pursue these competencies, they have flexibility to learn from faculty members and coursework ranging across our established concentrations, and could include topics such as climate change, maternal and child health outcomes, health policy, nutrition, and many more.
Taking full advantage of the program’s extensive and diverse selection of courses, approximately a third of our MPH students select to pursue the Generalist track.
With guidance from their advisor, students in this track select course work that fulfills graduation requirements and addresses core competencies in public health. They may dedicate nine credits toward electives of their choice. Students can add additional breadth to their studies by enrolling in Transdisciplinary Problem Solving courses that align with their interests.
Some examples of Generalist practicum organizations are as follows:
- CVS Health
- City of St. Louis Department of Health
- Brown School Prevention Research Center
- Independence Center
Students are paired with an advisor based on their academic and professional interests. Your advisor will support you in selecting the coursework that will prepare you to begin your professional career.
“I chose the Brown School because there were many public health experts there that I could work with directly. The professor I worked with gave me opportunities to present and publish my work. She really encouraged me through her mentorship and guidance.”—DONEISHA BOHANNON, MPH ’14, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION, BJC HEALTHCARE