Public Health Application Deadline Extended

Public Health Application Deadline* Extended to April 1, 2019

What is Public Health?

Public health is an exciting field of work dedicated to protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities, particularly those seen as the most vulnerable. While a doctor treats people who are sick, public health practitioners try to prevent people from getting sick or hurt in the first place, and promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors. The mission of the Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health is to teach students to advance public health knowledge, promote healthy behaviors and environments, address and eliminate health disparities, and prevent disease.

The BHS in Public Health Faculty, Students, and Staff Value:

  • Health as a right, and strive to reduce or eliminate inequity and injustice that affects the health and dignity of all people;
  • Diversity as a strength in our education, research, and work as the right thing to do and the best strategy to engage and help the communities we care about;
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration as the key to creatively solving today’s challenging health issues;
  • Critical thinking to forge new solutions.

What can you do with a BHS in Public Health?

Public health is a diverse and collaborative field. Bachelor of public health graduates can work in numerous sub-disciplines such as:

  • Epidemiology
  • Bio-statistics
  • Health Education
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Disaster Preparedness

For example, graduates may develop health education materials or health education curricula for communities, hospitals or health agencies. In positions at local health departments graduates may work in teams to track emerging diseases, develop and administer HIV testing programs, or identify and address health disparities. They also may work in industry or academia researching public health problems and solutions. Graduates also may help develop policy briefs for public health agencies, assist in the development and implementation of disaster management policies and plans, or track and address environmental public health concerns. The opportunities for rewarding careers in public health are as diverse as public health itself. Although the following link is designed for master’s students, public health jobs like these are available at ALL levels: http://www.careersinpublichealth.net/resources/100-things-you-can-do-a-masters-public-health

Admission to the BHS in Public Health program requires:

  • Successful completion of 60 hours (junior standing)*
  • Minimum of 2.75 GPA in first 60 hours*
  • Grade of B- or better in H_SCI 3300*
  • Grade of C or better in Statistics courses*
  • Completed application packet
  • Two recommendations (names and contact only)
  • If applicable, a TOEFL score of 79
  • Commitment to the program’s mission and core values

*Applicants who can’t make the deadline can be considered on a case by case basis, email us for more information at DHSPublicHealth@health.missouri.edu

**The Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health program is interested in applicants with a wide range of life experiences and skills. If you do not meet or only barely meet the set program eligibility (such as GPA) but are interested in the program, we welcome you to provide a 1-2 double spaced page explanation of the unmet indicator (e.g., reason for a low GPA) and/or supplemental life skills, experiences, volunteer work, etc. that you DO bring to the program in addition to the set eligibility requirements. 

Need More Info?

More information about the program and the application can be found here.

If you have questions or would like more information please contact the Program Manager, Melissa Bedford, at DHSPublicHealth@health.missouri.edu

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