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

A bachelors degree in public health from MU will help you advance your career in the health care and prevention field or prepare you to enter the workforce in a number of core areas of public health, such as health education, epidemiology, health policy and environmental health. If you are interested in promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live instead of helping people only once they get sick this may be the degree for you.

This degree has potential benefits for many careers, including

  • Community health worker
  • Health educator
  • Emergency management director
  • Research specialist
  • Environmental health scientist or specialist

Program structure and topics

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Core course work covers:

  • Social and behavioral health
  • Global health
  • Environmental health
  • Public health ethics
  • Health care management
  • Health promotion programs
  • Chronic diseases and public health approaches
  • Qualitative methods in public health

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed at least 60 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 2.75 in your college course work.
  3. Completed HLTH_SCI 3300 with a grade of B- or better.
  4. 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.
  5. In addition to the online application, you will need to complete the BHS application.
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:

Before you apply, please contact program specialist Melissa Bedford Bedfordm@health.missouri.edu to have your transfer credits evaluated.

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Application Deadlines

June 1
November 1
April 1


  • Prerequisite Courses (Complete Both)
  • 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.

  • STAT 1200 or equivalentIntroductory Statistical Reasoning3 Credits

    Statistical concepts for critically evaluation quantitative information. Descriptive statistics, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. Students may not receive credit if they have received or are concurrently receiving credit for a higher numbered course offered by the Statistics Department. Math Reasoning Proficiency Course. Prerequisites: grade of C- or better in MATH 1050 or MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 or MATH 1160 or MATH 1180 or exemption from College Algebra by examination.

  • Core Courses (Complete all)
  • HLTH_SCI 3310Social and Behavioral Health Theory and Practice3 Credits

    Social and Behavioral Health (SBH) is the core discipline of public health that focuses on the factors that influence individuals' and communities health actions and decisions. This course will take both a theoretical and a practical approach to understanding SBH. Students will gain an understanding of theory and develop practical skills to apply theories to real world health issues. Readings, assignments, and discussions will focus largely on ways to understand and change health behaviors and various individual, relational, community, and social-level influences on health. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during pre-registration. Sophomore standing required.

  • HLTH_SCI 3400Global Public Health and Health Care Systems3 Credits

    (same as PEA_ST 3401). An introduction to public health in a global context, with an emphasis on understanding how disparities in socioeconomic status, differences in political and national health care systems and the work of international organizations impact health in communities around the world. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors during preregistration.

  • HLTH_SCI 3600Health Promotion Programs I: Assessment and Planning 3 Credits

    Health promotion planning is the development and implementation of a well-researched and tailored intervention to increase the health status of an individual and population. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to health promotion planning and assessment by integrating a solid theoretical foundation of the discipline with hands-on experience in assessing needs, assets and capacity for health education, health education and project planning, funding, intervention development, implementation of health education projects, and evaluation. Special attention placed on implementing health education and promotion programs that are tailored to the particular population in need as well as specialized for the appropriate setting be it school, work, health care clinic, or the community. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Science majors during pre-registration

  • HLTH_SCI 3610Health Promotion Programs II: Implementation, Evaluation, and Communication3 Credits

    This course builds on topics covered in Health Promotion Programs I: Assessment and Planning. It will provide a comprehensive introduction to the implementation, evaluation and communication required for successful health promotion programs by integrating a solid theoretical foundation of the discipline with hands-on experience in the implementation of health promotion program, developing an evaluation and communication strategies for successful health education and health promotion programs in a variety of community-based settings. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Sciences Majors only. Corequisites: HLTH_SCI 3600.

  • HLTH_SCI 3900Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base 3 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 4500Health Care Management3 Credits

    Examines various management concepts as they relate to the unique environment of health care. Concepts include planning, decision making, budgeting, staffing, organizing, and motivating for working with individuals or teams. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Restricted to Health Science majors only with junior or senior status.

  • P_HLTH 3450Introduction to Epidemiology3 Credits

    (same as HLTH_SCI 3450). Epidemiology is the basic science of Public Health, focusing on the study of distribution and determinants of health-related states and events. The purpose of this course is to gain a basic understand of Epidemiology principles and methods and how to use these as a framework in assessing and addressing population health issues. Employing a mix of lecture, discussion, and assignments, students will explore the epidemiological investigation process, the etiology of disease, disability, and death, how to identify population subgroups with increased risk of disease, disability, and death and how to contribute to the development and evaluation of public health programs and services that improve the health of subgroups at risk and the general population. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Public Health Program or by Department Consent.

  • P_HLTH XXXXPrinciples of Environmental Health3 Credits

    Course is currently being developed.

  • P_HLTH XXXXEthics in Public Health3 Credits

    Course is being developed.

  • Capstone Courses (Select one)
  • P_HLTH XXXXCapstone: Digital Storytelling
  • P_HLTH XXXXCapstone: Critical Issues in Public Health
  • P_HLTH XXXXIntroduction to Public Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • P_HLTH XXXXPublic Health and Environmental Justice
  • P_HLTH XXXXChronic Diseases and Public Health Approaches
  • P_HLTH XXXXInfectious Diseases and Public Health Approaches
  • P_HLTH XXXXAutism and Public Health
  • P_HLTH XXXXDrugs and Society
  • P_HLTH XXXXQualitative Methods in Public Health

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $284.80
  • Fees: $113.97
  • Total: $398.77
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $854.40
  • Fees: $341.91
  • Total: $1196.31
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $366.58
  • Fees: $113.97
  • Total: $480.55
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1099.74
  • Fees: $341.91
  • Total: $1441.65
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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