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A masters degree in public health from MU can help you advance your career in population-based or public health service. If you want to promote the health and well-being of communities in Missouri and elsewhere, this may be the degree for you. 

Job titles of recent MPH graduates:

  • Epidemiologist 
  • HIV case manager 
  • Prevention coordinator 
  • Research analyst 
  • Statewide community organizer 
  • Tobacco-free community project coordinator 

Course work covers:

  • Principles of public health 
  • Perspectives in global health 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Public health research methods 
  • Health care in the U.S. 
  • Community-based public health interventions 
  • Health program design and management

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  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. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Personal data sheet.
  6. Topical essay identifying and describing a significant current public health issue in the United States or globally. What more could be done to address this issue and where do you see an opportunity to participate as a public health professional?
  7. GRE scores. Alternative qualifying exams (e.g., LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT) will be considered as well. For applicants seeking a GRE waiver or course waiver, complete and upload the waiver request to your online application.
  8. Résumé or CV. Please explain any significant gaps in education or work experience.
  9. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who are well-acquainted with your academic experience and can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. At least one of these letters must come from a professor or other academic official. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
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:

This program accepts international students only in fall; apply by May 1.

Application Deadlines

June 1
October 1
April 1


  • First 21 Hours
  • P_HLTH 7150Principles of Public Health3 Credits

    This course provides an overview of public health, including concentration areas of public health systems, epidemiology, social and behavioral determinants of health, environmental health, and public health policy. Case studies from local, state, national and international public health issues are incorporated into each segment, culminating in a discussion of the future of public health.

  • OR
  • P_HLTH 7160Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health3 Credits

    This course is designed for those interested in health issues from a global perspective. It explores contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective. This course will follow a lecture and case study discussion format. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Department consent required.

  • P_HLTH 7952Research Methods in Public Health3 Credits

    This course is designed to introduce students to the process of research as a sequence of events, systematically organized to further knowledge. A scientific and conceptual stance to knowledge development is emphasized, along with the importance of the empirical approach in establishing relationships between theories, concepts, and behavior phenomena. May be repeated for credit.

  • P_HLTH 8150Human Health and the Environment3 Credits

    This graduate level course will address threats to public health related to environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors. Subjects will include environmental contamination and remediation, zoonotic disease food and water quality. This course will include recorded lectures with optional synchronous participation. Lectures will be recorded live and students will have the option to virtually attend live lecture, but this will not be required. Lecture recordings are archived for students to view at their convenience. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8420Principles of Epidemiology3 Credits

    This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the course epidemiological concepts and methods as grounded in the essential services of public health. The focus of the course is on developing critical thinking skills and providing a foundation in applied epidemilogic competencies. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F only. Prerequisites: graduate level statistics; instructor's consent.

  • P_HLTH 8920Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3 Credits

    (same as PSYCH 8920). This course will take both a theoretical and a practical approach to understanding health-related behavior and the field of public health. Students will gain an understanding of theory and empirical research in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as developing practical skills in critically evaluating research and in applying scientific evidence to address real world health concerns.

  • STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 and instructor's consent.

  • After 18 Hours
  • P_HLTH 8980Public Health Internship (6 hours)6 Credits

    The field experience, or internship, is an opportunity for the student to test many of the theories, concepts, and information about public health learned during the first year and translate them into practice. Using the internship site as the "organizational laboratory," the student begins to develop the necessary professional skill sets for becoming a successful public health professional. The current knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences will continue to develop and grow as each student becomes a life-long learner and practitioner of public health. Graded on S/U basis only.

  • Last 18 Hours
  • NURSE 8930Health Program Design and Management3 Credits

    Designing, implementing and evaluating effective health programs. Addresses leadership and organizational change issues. Prerequisites: NURSE 8920 or instructor's consent.

  • PUB_AF 8170Public Policy Processes and Strategies3 Credits

    Processes through which public demands are generated, converted into public policy, and implemented. Examines the intersection of politics, policy, and management as well as the diverse strategies and tools of public action. Graded on A-F basis.

  • P_HLTH 8120Applied Epidemiology in Community Assessment3 Credits

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain skills and abilities in assessing population groups and determining their priority public health problems. Students will consider a variety of strategies for empowering and mobilizing populations in collaborative public health efforts. Communication skills are key to the community assessment and intervention process, particularly in translating epidemiological data to lay audiences, and advocating for action. Students will be challenged to communicate public health issues effectively both on-line and in writing. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: P_HLTH 8420, Graduate level Statistics (STAT 7020 or STAT 7410). Prerequisites or Corequisites: P_HLTH 7952.

  • P_HLTH 8300Health Care in the United States3 Credits

    (same as PUB_AF 8172). Overview of financing, structure, and outcomes in the U.S. health care system. Contemporary health care issues, policy, and politics will be addressed. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8970Public Health Capstone3 Credits

    As an integrating experience, the Public Health Capstone will allow students to articulate and share what they have learned in coursework and to supplement previous learning by exploring areas of knowledge the students identify as most relevant to their readiness for professional practice. It will enable students to test theoretical knowledge against real life practical experiences, and to integrate and refine basic and advanced concepts, values, and methods acquired during the professional education.

  • P_HLTH 8953 Evaluating Global Public Health Programs3 Credits

    This course is designed to prepare students to evaluate global public health programs, preferably in developing countries. Students will identify a global public health issue, find one or more global health intervention or prevention programs, evaluate the programs using principles of evaluation research methods, and suggest implications for global public health promotion. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: P_HLTH 7952 or P_HLTH 8420.

  • HMI 8565Health Care Ethics3 Credits

    Explores ethics issues and controversies facing clinicians and healthcare administrators. Topics may include end-of-life care, imperiled newborns, maternal-fetal conflict, procreative liberty, genetic screening and enhancement, organ procurement and allocation, rationing, public health, workplace relationships, and conflicts of interest.

  • PUB_AF 8720Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector3 Credits

    Nature and environment of public and nonprofit financial administration. Principles of accountability for management of public and nonprofit funds; management and investment of cash balances; special problems related to long- and short-term debt. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 7800Public Health Campaign Successes and Failures3 Credits

    Explains public health campaigns from assessing needs to planning and implementing interventions, as well as taking lessons learned from previous public health campaigns to create strategies that increase the likelihood of success and reduce the chance of failure. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 7850Mental Health Policy3 Credits

    This course is an introductory survey of the principles and practice of mental health policy, beginning with its early history and continuing to the present day. Topics will include the nature of mental illness, its incidence and prevalence, mental health stigma, policy concerns related to mental health finance, the process of policy making, involvement of mental health care consumers in the policy process, and mental health in health policy reform. The needs of special populations including the homeless, persons in the criminal justice system, ethnic/minority groups, persons living in rural areas and veterans will be examined as well as needs specific to children and the elderly. Students are also expected to understand mental health policy considerations related to current health care reform and ethical issues in the practice of mental health policy. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8001Topics in Public Health (Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases)3 Credits

    Selected topics of interest related to Public Health.

  • P_HLTH 8001Topics in Public Health (Strategic Health Communication)3 Credits

    Selected topics of interest related to Public Health.

  • P_HLTH 8251Immigrant Health3 Credits

    Public health professions have considerable interest in understanding the unique health concerns of immigrants, in order to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life in this specific population and in the population as a whole. This course will be based on readings in the peer-reviewed literature, discussion in a seminar format, community visits and observations/interviews, and guest speakers on topics of importance when considering issues of public health particular to immigrant communities. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

  • P_HLTH 8260Emergency Preparedness3 Credits

    An overview of current national guidance and basic assessment of the current health care system level of readiness focusing on the critical role of the health care system for community, regional, state, and nationally based emergency preparedness efforts. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • P_HLTH 8620Emerging Zoonoses Diseases3 Credits

    This course will enhance student understanding of epidemiology and ecology as it relates to emerging and established zoonotic diseases. Risk factors for the emergence of and mechanisms for control and prevention of zoonotic diseases will be discussed. Course will involve individual and group assignments, use of discussion board, and several blackboard collaborate sessions. Blackboard collaborate sessions (time is TBA) will be held throughout the semester as an introduction to course modules and for help sessions. Students must have audio capability (microphone and speakers) for the course. Built in microphones and speakers work nicely, an inexpensive headset helps screen out background noise. If your computer does not have a build in microphone, an inexpensive one can be purchased at an electronics/computer store. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: P_HLTH 8420 or V_PBIO 8455 and P_HLTH 8150.

  • SOC_WK 7400Domestic Violence3 Credits

    (same as WGST 7400; cross-leveled with SOC_WK 4400, WGST 4400). Covers history of the domestic violence movement, intimate partner violence theories and data, legislative and organizational policy issues, and intervention models for practice with individuals who have experienced domestic violence including co-occurring issues such as trauma.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $433.93
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $447.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1301.79
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1343.10
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $433.93
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $447.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1301.79
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1343.10
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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