What are the program’s mission and values?

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. We 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 is the coursework like?

After two years of general studies and introductory coursework in health sciences (including Principles and Practice of Public Health), students will apply for admission to the BHS in Public Health degree program. Students in the BHS in Public Health program will complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, which is comprised of general education requirements, general electives (number of credits and composition of courses will vary for each student), 33 hours of core coursework and 12 hours of approved diversity course requirements. Core curricula (health education, epidemiology, environmental health, communication, diversity and culture, etc.) were determined based on the accreditation standards of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). General electives should be complementary and further enhance student knowledge and competencies in various areas of public health practice. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of public health, students are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor or certificate. Total credits required for graduation will be 120, and the final 30 credit hours must be taken at MU to meet residency requirements. For a sample of a coursework by semester please see the Sample BHS Public Health Course Sheet.

What is needed to apply?

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

Is the BHS in Public Health program Accredited?

The BHS in Public Health program is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).