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Health Professions degree programs fall into four general categories: public health and health science, clinical and diagnostic sciences, rehabilitation science, and social work. Many of these programs are available online. Online programs are noted with an asterisk (*). Explore these areas below.

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Public Health and Health Science

These flexible, non-clinical programs prepare you for administrative or health and wellness careers or for graduate study in a clinical program. You can participate in study abroad for credit, or get service learning experience with Mizzou Alternative Breaks.

Public Health

Public Health is dedicated to protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities, particularly those seen as the most vulnerable. Public health practitioners try to prevent people from getting sick or hurt and promote wellness by encouraging healthy behavior and policies. Graduates can work in numerous disciplines such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health education, environmental health, health policy, or disaster preparedness.

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Health Science

The health science degree is a flexible non-clinical program providing students a broad overview of health care, preparing them for the workforce or graduate school in health care careers. This program requires core courses in clinical ethics, health care policy, leadership, research, and public health, plus an internship tailored to your professional goals. As a health science major, you will select one of four emphasis areas: rehabilitation sciences, leadership and policy, pre-professional, and health and wellness services.

Degree offered: Bachelor of Health Science in Health Science*

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Health and Rehabilitation Science

This is an interdisciplinary, research-focused doctoral program designed to prepare students for careers in research, higher education, and organizational leadership in the health disciplines (including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, health psychology, health science and public health). The program uses a mentorship model in which students are accepted to work in the labs of specific faculty and to learn through hands-on research experience.

Degree offered: PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science

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Clinical and Diagnostic Science

These undergraduate degree programs prepare you for clinical work in five focused skill areas and have a 100% job placement rate.

Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical laboratory scientists are the “medical detectives” of health care, identifying diseases by examining body fluids, tissues and cells. They perform complex laboratory tests, analyze results, and discuss the findings with physicians. They also may develop, modify and monitor procedures and programs to ensure the accuracy of tests.

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Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Also known as sonographers, ultrasound technologists use equipment that generates high-frequency sound waves to obtain real-time images and information about the human body for diagnosis and evaluation. They may perform ultrasound assessments on a patient’s abdomen, brain, heart, reproductive system or musculoskeletal system.

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Nuclear Medicine

This field uses trace amounts of radioactive-labeled compounds to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions and diseases. It is at the frontier of discovering and understanding the complex physiologic processes of human  bodies, affecting every field of medicine from cardiology to neurology, orthopedics to oncology.

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Radiographers provide patient services using a variety of imaging machines. In addition to conventional X-ray procedures, radiographers also work with computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cardiac- and vascular-interventional radiography and quality control.

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Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of pulmonary disorders. They conduct and interpret tests to diagnose impaired lung function and are responsible for assessing, evaluating and modifying treatment. They consult, educate and advise physicians, other health care providers, the community, and the patient.

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Rehabilitation Science

These degrees prepare students for clinical roles in a variety of health care settings, or for advanced study and research in a clinical area. Students work alongside faculty clinicians to treat patients, often from the very first day of their programs.

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

This field includes speech-language pathology and audiology. Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat disorders such as delayed language development, stuttering, and voice articulation problems. Audiologists specialize in prevention, assessment and rehabilitation of hearing disorders.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with individuals to promote independence in daily activities. They work with clients to remediate and/or compensate for difficulties with motor control, cognition and sensory or psychosocial function due to congenital or acquired conditions for maximum participation in the occupation of life. Explore this program.

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapists help restore motion and function ability, relieve pain and prevent or limit disability. They are essential to the rehabilitation of people with head or spinal injuries, birth defects, arthritis and neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. They also develop fitness programs to allow healthier and more active lifestyles.

Degree offered: Doctor of Physical Therapy

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School of Social Work

These accredited undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for direct human service professional roles or for advanced studies. Mizzou offers the only social work doctoral program at a Missouri public university.

Social Work

Social work professionals focus on treating the whole person within the context of his or her environment. This person-in-environment perspective is central to social work practice. Social work is distinctive for its professional values and ethics, appreciation for human diversity, emphasis on social and economic justice, understanding of social welfare policy and services, and strong foundation in field education.

Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • PhD in Social Work

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