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

The online veterinary public health masters from MU is the first fully online program of its kind in the United States. If you want training in zoonotic disease prevention, food safety and other emerging issues in animal and human health, this program will help you advance your career.

Typical job titles for graduates:

  • Epidemiologist 
  • Environmental health specialist 
  • Biostatistician 
  • Research coordinator 
  • Infection control officer 
  • Community health worker

Program structure and topics

The online master’s in veterinary public health is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Students typically take two classes each semester session and finish the program in three years.

Course work covers:

  • Biostatistics 
  • Emerging zoonoses, pathogens and diseases 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Food safety 
  • Public health research methods 
  • Principles of public health

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. Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. Alternate exams (LSAT, MCAT or GMAT) will be considered with a completed waiver request.
  4. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  5. 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.
  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. Résumé or CV. Please explain any significant gaps in education or work experience.
  8. 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. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • V_M_S 8431Research Methods and Data Analysis3 Credits

    A consideration of research methods, data analysis, and practical approaches to analyzing data sets derived from veterinary and biomedical studies.

  • V_PBIO 8455Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2-3 credit hours)3 Credits

    Graduate level introduction to veterinary epidemiology and bio-statistics.

  • 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.

  • 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 21 Hours
  • 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 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.

  • V_PBIO 8458Veterinary Public Health 2 Credits

    (same as V_PBIO 5558).

  • 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.

  • Or P_HLTH 8953Evaluating 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.

  • P_HLTH 8971Veterinary Public Health Capstone3 Credits

    This capstone experience provides a unique set of opportunities and responsibilities. It is generally scheduled after completion of at least 2 semesters of the MPH curriculum and is designed to serve as a capstone experience integrating previous coursework and experiences. Exceptions to the requirement of completion of 2 semesters of MPH coursework will be granted for students who have completed or concurrent degree. Examples of relevant preparatory coursework will include epidemiology and veterinary public health. As an integrating experience, the capstone will require students to apply knowledge in an independent manner, integrate knowledge into cohesive production, and communication the results of this experience. Prerequisites: completion of at least 2 semester of MPH curriculum.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $453.60
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $467.63
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1360.80
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1402.89
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $453.60
  • Fees: $14.03
  • Total: $467.63
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1360.80
  • Fees: $42.09
  • Total: $1402.89
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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