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Bachelor’s Degree

Make a difference! Protect and promote community health by earning a Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health at Mizzou. 


Whether you are a traditional or non-traditional learner, we have a program for you! You can complete the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) in Public Health on campus, online or a combination of both.

Become a Public Health Major

You can declare public health as your major at any point during your career at MU without an application. Come join us in the study and practice of community health. Email us with questions at

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Program Overview

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Students in the BHS in Public Health program will complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. This includes general education requirements, 33 hours of core public health coursework, 12 hours of approved diversity course requirements, and general electives*.

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.

* The number of credits and composition of courses will vary for each student


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


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.

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(573) 884-6844

Mailing Address

Department of Public Health
University of Missouri
802 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211