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DHS Fast Facts

Health Sciences Degree Program FAQ

Q: What is the average starting salary for a BHS graduate?
A: $43,000

Q: What percentage of students plan to stay in MO for graduate school?
A: 90%

Q: What are the top 5 programs pursued after graduation?
A: Physical Therapy, Accelerated Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Health Care Administration, Physician Assistant

Q: What are the top 5 universities chosen?
A: University of Missouri, Washington University, UMSL, UMKC, SLU

Q: What kinds of jobs do graduates get and where do they work?
A: Graduates go in to Health Care, IT, Education, Sales and Social Services. The top 5 employers are Cerner, MU, State of Missouri, MU Health, and PhysAssist/ScribeAmerica

Q: What percentage of students are employed and/or seeking a post graduate degree?
A: Employed: 24%; Graduate/Professional School: 68%

Q: What international initiatives have been available to DHS students in the past?
A: Study Abroad Opportunities: Cape Town, South Africa; Pune, India; Ankara, Istanbul & Izmir, Turkey; Belem, Brasilia & Santarem, Brazil; Cape Coast, Ghana. Alternative breaks: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic and Jinotega, Nicaragua

Q: Approximately how many students complete an internship each year?
A: 525

Q: How can students get involved in service?
A: Get involved in student organizations, and participate in experiential learning!

BHS in Public Health Program FAQ

Q: What is Public Health?
A: 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.

Q: How is a Bachelors in Health Science in Public Health different than a Bachelors in Health Science in Health Sciences?
A: Public health is a specific field under the umbrella of Health Sciences. If you are interested in health promotion and education, prevention of illness, disease tracking, environmental health, health policy, social justice and health, or disaster preparedness – a degree and career in public health are right for you!

Q: Where do graduates of BHS in Public Health work?
A: Public health is a diverse and collaborative field. Bachelor of public health graduates can work in numerous sub-disciplines such as epidemiology or disease tracking, biostatistics, health education, environmental health, health policy, or 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: