The BHS in Health Sciences program does not require an application. Students may declare their major in the Health Sciences program by indicating the program on the MU application (for new students), filling out a transfer of division form (for current MU students), or indicating their intention to declare a Health Sciences major to their academic advisor (for current SHP students). There is a 2.0 MU and cumulative GPA requirement to declare a major in Health Sciences. The cumulative GPA is calculated on all MU and transfer coursework. Students must maintain the 2.0 GPA, term and cumulative, to remain in the Health Sciences program. Students who fail to achieve that GPA may stay in the program for one probationary semester. If the 2.0 term or cumulative GPA is not achieved after one probation semester, students must transfer out of the Health Sciences program.

Admission to the Public Health program requires students to submit an application. The application for the BHS in Public Health can be found here.

Residency Requirement

There is a residency requirement for Health Sciences majors. Students must complete, at minimum, the 30 hours of coursework for the degree as declared Health Sciences majors in the School of Health Professions. Students must be in the Health Sciences major at the beginning of a semester in order to include the hours in the residency requirement. Residency requirement hours for students transferring into the major during the semester will begin the following semester.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

Coursework completed at an accredited four-year institution will be accepted without limitation. Transfer students must complete all coursework required for the Health Sciences program, including MU general education requirements. Students must complete the final 30 of 36 semester hours of credit enrolled at the University of Missouri and the last 45 hours as students in the Health Sciences majors in the School of Health Professions.
Students transferring from any other college within the University of Missouri system to the School of Health Professions are considered transfer students.


Courses may be delivered using traditional or distance delivery methods. The Health Sciences degree program credits must include a minimum of 120 university-level credit hours, including:
General education requirements comprise a minimum of 42 credit hours;
Health Sciences core course requirement comprise a minimum of 19 credit hours;
Health Sciences approved elective courses comprise a minimum of 18 of these credit hours;
Electives fulfilling the student’s concentration area comprise the remaining 41 credit hours.
Students may view the HS Advisement Sheet for more details.

Graduation Plan

Students in the Health Sciences program are required to submit a graduation plan upon completion of 77 credit hours (including transfer coursework). The graduation plan must be filled out by the student. Then, the student must meet with the Coordinator for Student Services/Records for the Health Sciences program to file their graduation plan. The deadline to file a graduation plan in the Fall semester is October 15. The deadline to file a graduation plan in the Spring semester is March 15. When the October or March 15 deadlines fall on a weekend, the deadline for that semester will be moved to the Friday before the 15th. If a student does not file their graduation plan by the deadline, a registration hold will be placed on their myZou account, which will block all enrollment activity. The hold will be released once the student has filed their graduation plan.
Students who plan to transfer to the Health Sciences major from another major within the School of Health Professions, or from another division who have completed 77 hours or more (including transfer coursework) must submit their graduation plan prior to their transfer being approved.
Students who are transferring to the Health Sciences program from another college/university who have completed 77 hours or more must submit their graduation plan by the deadline in their first semester of enrollment at MU.
Instructions for filing a graduation plan can be found at Blackboard > My Organizations > SHP Advising > Graduation Plans and Forms.

Health Sciences Seminar

Students are required to satisfactorily complete the Health Sciences Seminar course as part of the Health Sciences degree program. They are strongly encouraged to enroll in the one credit hour course HlthSci 2100 Health Sciences Seminar no later than the first semester of their junior year. The seminar course will help students identify strengths, interests, and develop a comprehensive and well-researched plan for the Health Sciences program. A passing grade in this seminar course is required before students can enroll in the HlthSci 4975 and HlthSci 4985 capstone courses.


HlthSci Healthcare Leadership & Organization (3 credit hours) & HlthSci 4975 Internship in the Health Sciences (1, 3, or 6 credit hours): The Health Sciences capstone requires students to complete a three hour course and one to six credit hours of an internship, service learning project, study abroad service learning project, or work in a health-related field. The internship requires a minimum of 50 clock hours for every credit hour enrolled. Most students will complete 1 credit hour of internship, but we have an opportunity for students to earn more credit hours for extended projects. The internship will be approved by the capstone course instructor. Students may find their own internship experience or work with the course instructor/academic advisor to identify an appropriate placement given interests and goals.

Internship Requirement

Students are responsible for researching and finding their own internship/study abroad/service learning opportunity to satisfy the internship requirement.

Grading Policy

A grade of D- or higher will be accepted for all general education coursework. All required core and elective coursework for the Health Sciences program, including requirements outside the department, must be completed with a grade of C-or higher. If a required course is retaken for credit, the higher grade on the second attempt may be used for calculating GPA.

With the approval of the Deans of the School of Health Professions and Graduate School, seniors who have a B average in the most recent 45 semester hours of credit, and are within 12 hours of completing graduation requirements, may dually enroll for up to six semester hours of graduate credit while enrolled as undergraduates. Application for dual enrollment must be completed and approved by the Graduate School within one month after the start of the fall and spring semesters and within three weeks after the start of the summer session. Additional information may be obtained from the Graduate School.


Academic Honesty

All students will maintain academic integrity by avoiding:

  • Copying three words or more in a row without using quotation marks.
  • Paraphrasing work without citing the source of the idea.
  • Copying even one answer on a test (from unapproved notes written anywhere, programmable calculators, palm pilots, cell phones, watches, other students, etc.)
  • Doing homework together and failing to note that cooperative effort was used.
  • Letting someone else copy your work or test.
  • Not doing your fair share in group work
  • Using a paper from another class.
  • Purchasing or using a ready-made paper or project.

Academic integrity is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters. Sanctions for such a breach will include academic sanctions from the instructor in that the assignment will receive a grade of 0. Other actions may include failing the course for any violation to disciplinary sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, collaboration, or any other form of cheating, consult the course instructor.

Procedures for Appeal of Undergraduate Student Grades in HS Courses

Undergraduate students wishing to appeal their final grade in any Health Science course can find information :
Academic Integrity Standard of Conduct Guidelines
Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities

Faculty Council-Faculty Handbook
Article VII, 2J Credits and Grades

Both the student appealing the final grade and the instructor has the option of meeting with the department chair to present their cases.

Standard of Conduct

The Health Sciences Department enforces the Student Affairs Standard of Conduct in chapter 200.010 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri. Students who are in violation of these standards can be expected to be held to the Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters available online at:

Collected Rules Ch.200: 200.010 & 200.020 Student Conduct

Academic Integrity Standard of Conduct Guidelines
Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities

Procedure for Student Discrimination Grievances

It is the policy of the Health Sciences Department and the University of Missouri to provide equal opportunity for all enrolled students and applicants for admission to the university on the basis of merit without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability, or Vietnam era veteran status.

If a student feels they are the victim of discrimination they can follow the Equity Resolution Process for Resolving Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct against a Faculty Member Chapter 600.040 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of University of Missouri available online at: