Public and Community Health Opportunities

The Office of Diversity Programs is directly involved in the improvement of the St. Louis public’s health through an integrated public health curriculum and student-led groups.

Public health training programs

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The Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic offers medical students the opportunity to serve the community while also learning about public health through a practical, hands-on clinical experience.

  • Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic (SNHC): After initially closing due to the COVID—19 outbreak, the SNHC Clinic has been closed to incorporate interprofessional services to improve and streamline patient care at Washington University in the School of Medicine in the future. Once the clinic is re-opened, this website will be updated with important information regarding the new integration of this clinic. If you are a patient seeking care, please reach out to our Community Referral Coordinator (CRC) Brittany Jones at
    314-571 0952 or bjones@stlouisihn.org.

    Después del cierre inicial debido a la pandemia del COVID-19, la clínica SNHC ha estado cerrada para incorporar servicios interprofesionales para mejorar y coordinar la futura atención al paciente en la escuela de medicina de Washington University. Cuando la clínica abre de nuevo, este sitio será actualizado con información importante sobre la integración nueva de la clínica. Si usted es un paciente buscando atención, favor de contactar nuestra coordinadora de referencias comunitarias, Brittany Jones al 314-571-0952 o bjones@stlouisihn.org.

View a video about the clinic from Medical Alumni and Development’s Mentors series:

Read an Outlook article about the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic »

  • Public Health Interest Group: A student affinity group that provides guest lecturers from national authorities in public health, networking for students interested in careers in public health and service opportunities.

Degree programs

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Washington University also offers degree programs in public health and population health.

  • MD/MPH Degree: Available exclusively to current Washington University School of Medicine students pursuing their Doctor of Medicine degree, students in this program earn a Master of Public Health degree from the Brown School in one additional year of study. Designed for medical students with an interest in population health, this program approaches improving community health from the perspective of prevention. Students gain an understanding of the social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health and learn to apply evidence-based approaches to community-level disease prevention, health promotion and health policy. MD/MPH Degree Program Overview »
  • MD/MPHS Degree: The Master of Population Health (MPHS) offered by the School of Medicine is a 10-month, full-time degree program for medical students, residents, fellows and attendings seeking training in clinical research methods. The curriculum emphasizes the role of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics in approaching clinical effectiveness and outcomes research for all medical fields.

Public health student groups

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Students participate in a variety of activities and groups focused on public health. These include: