History and Milestones

After 23 years as a unit of the School of Medicine, the School of Health Professions became an autonomous division by action of the University of Missouri Board of Curators on Dec. 14, 2000. The school’s six departments and eleven academic programs have a long and distinguished history, some dating back to the early 1900s, and have produced many well respected and nationally recognized professionals.

As Missouri’s only state supported school of health professions on a campus with an academic health center the school is uniquely positioned to educate highly qualified health care professionals, who, in addition to becoming skilled practitioners, will assume leadership responsibilities as faculty, researchers, and administrators in their respective disciplines. Our commitment to teaching, research and service related to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities through health promotion, disease prevention, management of disabilities and chronic health conditions and rehabilitation has never been stronger.

Graduates of the departments of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (formerly Communication Science and Disorders), Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, Health Sciences and Health Psychology fulfill critical roles in health care. The school offers undergraduate degrees in athletic training, health sciences, communication science and disorders, diagnostic medical ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiography, clinical laboratory science, respiratory therapy; graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis, communication science and disorders, diagnostic medical ultrasound, and occupational therapy. Doctorate programs include the DPT in Physical Therapy and a PhD in Communication Science & Disorders.

Students gain valuable experience in the school’s own service and outreach centers including The Adult Day Connection, the MU Speech and Hearing Clinic, Robert G. Comb’s Language Preschool, Tiger OT occupational therapy clinic, PhysZOU physical therapy clinic, and more than 800 fieldwork sites. The demand for the school’s graduates is high with more than 60 percent of all practicing graduates remaining in the state. Graduates of the School of Health Professions are committed to improving the health and well-being of others through education, service and discovery in health and rehabilitation sciences.