Mission and Values

The mission of the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) 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.


Whether you are a traditional or non-traditional learner, you can complete the BHS in Public Health degree on campus, online, or a combination of both.

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.


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

Become a Public Health Major

As of the start of the Spring, 2020 semester we are transitioning the bachelor’s in public health program from a 2-year program with an application process to a program that students can declare as their major at any point during their career at MU without an application. Come join us in the study and practice of community health. Email us with questions at mubphprogram@health.missouri.edu.

For more information about declaring Public Health as your major:


School of Health Professions advisers are regularly recognized among the best at Mizzou. Advisers reside in the Office of Student Services in the School of Health Professions and can provide assistance in enrollment, career planning and professional development, among other topics. Learn more.

Contact Us




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Mailing Address

Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health
University of Missouri
802 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211