BPH Receives Grant to Launch New Online Degree Program

The Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health will soon be available completely online thanks to a $248,000 grant from Mizzou Online that will fund course development so that new and existing courses can be made available in online formats.

Dr. Michelle Teti, director of the on-campus and online BPH programs says the partnership with Mizzou Online offers program faculty an opportunity to learn and benefit from their expertise in online program administration while they remain focused on developing and delivering program courses.

Dr. Kristofer Hagglund, Dean of the School of Health Professions, which is home to the BPH program, says the addition of the online program addresses a workforce demand for trained public health professionals in Missouri and around the world. “Our innovative faculty and partners in Mizzou Online are creating a program that will improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Missouri,” Hagglund said.

Public Health faculty will develop the online courses this summer – including new electives such as courses addressing the HIV epidemic, the role of drugs in society, autism and others.  The program is open to undergraduate students and working professionals seeking degree completion or an additional degree, and the program is available to students around the world. Like the on-campus BPH program, students must apply, and admissions are ongoing.

Dr. Teti said that the opportunity to provide the public health degree online is an exciting addition to the public health program. “This makes public health accessible to a more diverse audience in nearly every sense of the word. Students who work or have families and students who live outside Missouri and the US, for example, can learn in our program. We believe these perspectives are key to our public health discussions and the future workforce.”

For more information about the BPH online or on campus, visit shp.missouri.edu/bph.