The mission of the School of Health Professions is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities through excellence in teaching and learning, scholarship and discovery, health care, and service.
By capitalizing on resources and collaborative networks at MU and beyond, the School of Health Professions will be a model of excellence among university programs that include our health disciplines, with international recognition as an innovative leader in research, teaching and health service delivery.
The MU School of Health Professions (SHP) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the state’s only public health program located on a health sciences campus. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of others. Every day, SHP faculty, staff, and students work towards changing lives through the integration of teaching, service and discovery.
With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care. The school is comprised of six departments and ten disciplines, each with their own specialized accreditation processes. The school also hosts a satellite program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Pharmacy.
Health professions account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce. Jobs in this industry will grow from 15.6 million to 19.8 million by 2020, according to the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals (ASAHP). The school is an important member of the University of Missouri Health System. Other members include the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, University Hospitals and Clinics and University Physicians.
Growth and success
The school has experienced extraordinary growth. As of 2015, enrollment is at 3,020 students and health sciences is the most popular major at MU. As a four-year degree, the Bachelor of Health Sciences provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue additional professional programs or gain employment in healthcare, government, nonprofit, sales or research settings.
Students of the School of Health Professions rank among the best and brightest at MU. Health Professions students consistently excel on national examinations, placing them in the top tier of candidates. The School of Health Professions granted 699 degrees in May 2016 and our professional program graduates have a collective 100% pass rate on certification and licensure exams and a 100% job placement rate.
Serving our state and community
The school is a major provider of Missouri’s health care workforce. Data collected by the Office of MU Enrollment Management indicates that 71 percent of recent health professions graduates remained in the state. Internal surveys show that of the 7,200 graduates of the School of Health Professions, 60 percent of all practicing professionals remain in Missouri with an approximate 50/50 split of rural verses urban employment.
In addition, the school and its departments operate multiple outreach services or facilities and offer numerous other service learning projects, allowing students and faculty to engage in comprehensive, interdisciplinary education and research. In 2010, 15,786 Missourians were served through these clinics and services.
Friends around the world
The School of Health Professions continues to form strong strategic alliances on and off campus. These activities offer faculty members and students the opportunity to engage in comprehensive, interdisciplinary education and research.
SHP continues its strong relationship with the University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. In addition, the school is one of only two U.S. universities to have formalized an international relationship with the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. The primary field of interest is in the area of physical therapy and interdisciplinary outreach services.