• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The online bachelors degree in health sciences from MU is a nonclinical degree that can help you prepare for a career in a health-related field. If you want to start a nonclinical career or work toward a graduate or professional program in health care, this may be the degree for you. 

This degree has potential benefits for many careers, including:

  • Corporate wellness
  • Human services
  • Medical case management
  • Medical sales
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution

Program structure and topics

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. You may fulfill your requirements within the degree with a mixture of semester-based and self-paced courses.

Core course work covers: 

  • Introduction to health professions
  • Public health principles and practice
  • Introduction to research
  • Health care in the United States
  • Clinical ethics
  • Hands-one experiential learning

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

We recommend applicants have at least 24 credit hours of applicable college level course work before applying.

If you wish to apply as a freshman, however, please follow the freshman admission process.


  • Core Curriculum
  • HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3 Credits

    Overview of clinical/non-clinical health careers; aptitudes/abilities needed for each; the history, current and future state of health care in the U.S: introduction to diverse populations and patient/family issues; Assists with career planning/selection of appropriate majors. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • HLTH_SCI 2100Health Sciences Seminar (1 credit hour)1 Credit

    Professional Development course for Health Science Majors. Topics include resume development/ revision , interviewing skills, applying to graduate/professional programs and/or jobs, professional communication, etc. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: sophomore standing required; restricted to Health Science majors only.

  • HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3 Credits

    Public Health is the science and practice of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. This course focuses on the basic structures of the Public Health system in the U.S. and provides an introduction to the factors that influence and shape that system. Among others, factors include socioeconomic, financing, politics and global issues. Students in this course will be challenged to consider the complex web of factors affecting the health of communities. The course will explore: health needs assessments, examining relationships among behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that enhance or compromise health, examining factors that influence the learning process, and examining factors that enhance or compromise the process of health education. Graded on an A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during pre-registration.

  • HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3 Credits

    This course provides an introduction to the basic quantitative and qualitative research techniques used in public health, health education and promotion, and the health professions. Conducting research, making medical decisions based on research findings, and using and interpreting research and evidence in practice settings all represent potential outcomes for students selecting a career in public health or the health professions. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors with junior or senior standing.

  • HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3 Credits

    Overview of financing, structure, and outcomes in the U.S. health care system. Contemporary health care issues, policy, and politics will be addressed. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during pre-registration.

  • HLTH_SCI 4480Clinical Ethics3 Credits

    Exploration of bioethics issues in health care with emphasis on issues related to patient choice and provider responsibility. Topics include philosophical theories, principles and models for ethical and lawful decision making in healthcare. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; Restricted to Health Science majors only.

  • HLTH_SCI 4480WClinical Ethics - Writing Intensive3 Credits
  • Capstone
  • HLTH_SCI 4975Internship in Health Sciences (1, 3 or 6 credit hours)1, 3 or 6 Credit

    Focuses on knowledge, skills and attitudes that enhance personal effectiveness and professional success. Opportunities to research selected career paths and related topics in health sciences and participate in directed service learning projects or internships in selected emphasis area. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: HLTH_SCI 2100.

  • HLTH_SCI 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3 Credits

    (same as CDS 4985). In this course, students will explore leadership principles as they relate to the student's focus area, combining previous expertise in the field with an interdisciplinary perspective within the healthcare community. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: HLTH_SCI 2100; senior standing required.

  • At least 18 credit hours of approved electives; 9 credit hours must be 3000-level or higher.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $284.80
  • Fees: $154.77
  • Total: $439.57
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $854.40
  • Fees: $464.31
  • Total: $1318.71
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $366.58
  • Fees: $154.77
  • Total: $521.35
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1099.74
  • Fees: $464.31
  • Total: $1564.05
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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