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Stacy Brummer

Bachelor of Health Sciences '15 | Vacaville, CA

United States Air Force veteran Stacy Brummer wanted to do more than clinical lab work. While stationed in Vacaville, California. she turned to Mizzou's online Health Science program for the flexibility and convenience it offered to military students.

Christine Anderson

Bachelor of Health Sciences '14 | Fall City, WA

Washington state resident Christine Anderson earned her health sciences bachelor's online through Mizzou. She enjoyed the flexibility and diversity of the program that allowed her to continue working while exploring options in various health care fields, without impeding her roles as wife and mother.

Arleta Brehm

Bachelor of Health Sciences '14 | Camp Lejeune, NC

Arleta Brehm sought an online health sciences degree program that could keep up with her active duty military family wherever they moved. At Mizzou, she not only found the educational experience she always wanted but also a connection to the MU campus, despite completing her undergraduate studies from North Carolina.

Courses

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions: general education requirements; health science core course work, including the capstone; and health science approved electives.

The admissions office will determine your transfer credit once they receive your official transcripts and application. Visit the University of Missouri Course Equivalency site to determine credit equivalencies from courses taken at other Missouri institutions.

MU general education requirements

  • MATH 1100 College Algebra or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Pre-, basic or intermediate algebra is not equivalent.
  • ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Typically known as Composition II at other institutions.
  • Writing intensive courses* (5–6 credit hours). Two approved MU writing intensive courses that have ENGLSH 1000 as a prerequisite. One of these must be 3000 level or higher and within your major field of study.
  • Math reasoning course* (3 credit hours). One approved math reasoning proficiency course that has MATH 1100 College Algebra as a prerequisite (e.g., STAT 1200, STAT 1300, CHEM 1320, PHYSCS 1210).
  • American history or government.

* You must complete these courses with a grade of C- or better.

You must have at least one course at or above the 2000 level in two of the following three areas:

Area 1: Biological, physical and mathematical science (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Mathematical science includes courses in mathematics or statistics that have college algebra as a prerequisite.
  • Include at least one biological or physical science and its related laboratory.
  • Include courses from at least two different areas of science.

Area 2: Behavioral and social science (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Course work in psychology, sociology, history and political science.
  • Include courses from at least two different departments.

Area 3: Humanities and fine arts (minimum 9 credit hours)

  • Course work in such areas as art or music history, philosophy, religious studies and public speaking.
  • Include courses from at least two different departments.

Course planner

The chart below shows when core courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise noted. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

  • X = full semester
  • A = 1st 8-week session (4-week in summer)
  • B = 2nd 8-week session (4-week in summer)
Core curriculum
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
HLTH_SCI 1000 Introduction to the Health Professions X X X
HLTH_SCI 2100 Health Sciences Seminar (1 credit hour) B A,B X
HLTH_SCI 3300 Public Health Principles and Practice X X X
HLTH_SCI 3900 Introduction to the Research Process and Evidence-Based Medicine X X
HLTH_SCI 4300 Health Care in the United States X X
HLTH_SCI 4480 Clinical Ethics X X X
Electives
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
Elective credit to complete a minimum of 120 total credit hours.
Capstone
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
HLTH_SCI 4975 Internship in Health Science (1, 3 or 6 credit hours) X X X
HLTH_SCI 4985 Healthcare Organization and Leadership X X

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

You may apply to the online bachelor of health science program as a freshman or, if you have at least 24 credit hours of applicable college level course work, as a transfer student.

To apply as a freshman, please follow the freshman admission process.

If you have 24 applicable credit hours, please follow the steps below.

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:
    • Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
    • Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college. Please see the full list of requirements at the link under Step 3 below.

  2. Gather your papers
  3. In the online application, you will need to supply:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable)
    • Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended

    You also will need to contact all your previous colleges or universities to request they send your official transcripts to

    • Office of Admissions
    • University of Missouri
    • 230 Jesse Hall
    • Columbia, MO 65211

  4. Complete the online application
  5. You can check admission requirements, transfer equivalencies and financial aid opportunities within the application.

    Apply Here

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This program is administered by the Department of Health Sciences.

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