School of Health Professions
A master’s degree in public health from MU can help you advance your career in population-based or public health service. If you want to promote the health and well-being of communities in Missouri and elsewhere, this may be the degree for you!
The Master of Public Health degree is a 45-credit-hour program that may be completed on campus or online. You will select from one of two emphasis areas.
The Health Promotion and Policy emphasis combines a thorough knowledge of behavior change theory and program planning and evaluation with valuable knowledge of how policy decisions are influenced and made. Particularly attractive to students with undergraduate degrees in psychology, social work, political science, communications and other related fields.
Message from our emphasis area director, Dr. Brian Houston.
Students in the Veterinary Public Health emphasis area receive training in zoonotic disease prevention, food safety and other emerging issues in animal and human health. An ideal complement for an undergraduate degree in animal science, biology or related fields. This program is offered in person only.
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Students must be admitted to both the college of Veterinary Medicine and the Master of Public Health program independently. Both degrees can be earned simultaneously or within a semester of each other, depending upon the student’s choice of schedule. Current DVM students must apply to the Master of Public Health Program prior to the start of their third semester. Likewise, MPH students who are interested in the DVM program must apply prior to their third semester. Shared DVM/MPH courses are at no extra charge to enrolled DVM students. A number of the non-shared MPH courses (regular tuition) are online and distance-mediated. Learn more.
Combines Health Promotion and Policy with Strategic Communication in the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Graduates are well-positioned to find employment in risk communications and public health information in the public or private sector. Students must be admitted to the School of Journalism and the Master of Public Health Program independently. Learn more.
This dual degree offers students with a particular interest in public health policy and management the chance to complete both degrees in three years, rather than the four required for two stand-alone degrees. Students must be admitted to both the Truman School for Public Affairs and the Master of Public Health Program independently; on-campus option only. Learn more.
Students can earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Policy. Graduates of the dual degree will be well-positioned to find employment as a health policy advocate, health agency administrator or in an integrated behavioral health setting as a care managers, health coach, patient advocate, counselor, or team leader. Students pursuing dual degrees must be independently admitted to each program. Only on-campus Regular Standing (RS), full-time MSW students (both clinical or PP&A concentration) will be admitted to the program. Learn more.
For sample plans of study, visit the School of Social Work.
Application deadlines depend on what semester you wish to begin classes.
*Applications from international applicants will only be accepted for Fall semester admission, unless the applicant is currently a University of Missouri (MU) student enrolled in another full-time program.
Candidates must have:
International/non-native English speaking applicants must also have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. For the TOEFL, a score of 550 or better on the paper-based version, or a score of 80 or better on the internet-based version. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.
Upload the following to the MU Office of Graduate Studies online application:
If you have questions about the application process, email Turner Rafter at email@example.com.