Prepare for a career in health care

Stacy Brummer

Bachelor of Health Science '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 Science '14 | Fall City, WA

Washington state resident Christine Anderson earned her health science 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 Science '14 | Camp Lejeune, NC

Arleta Brehm sought an online health science 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 for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Your degree requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions.

Important If you want to pursue a clinical graduate or professional program, this degree may still be a good fit, but you should be aware that prerequisite science courses are not currently available 100 percent online at MU. An academic adviser can help you determine how best to complete science prerequisites and fit them into your academic plan as needed.

The courses you take will include:

  • MU general education requirements;
  • Program requirements;
  • Health science core course work, including an internship;
  • Health science-approved electives;
  • General electives, as needed.

Transfer students

The number of credits you need to take will depend on the type of previous credit earned and the institutions' accreditation and transfer equivalencies. 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.

Course planner

See a sample health science BHS “Semester Plan” of study. Personal degree plans will be developed with your academic adviser.

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.

Program Requirements

MATH 1100 College AlgebraXXX
ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and ArgumentationXXX
Biological Science Course
With Lab
Physical Science Course XXX
Behavioral Science CourseXXX
Statistics Course
STAT 1200, 1300 or ESC_PS 4170

Core curriculum

HLTH_SCI 1000 Introduction to the Health Professions XXX
HLTH_SCI 2100 Health Sciences Seminar
1 credit hour
HLTH_SCI 3300 Public Health Principles, Practice, and EducationXXX
HLTH_SCI 3900W Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base
Writing Intensive
HLTH_SCI 4300 Health Care in the United StatesXXX
HLTH_SCI 4480 Clinical Ethics XX


HLTH_SCI 4975 Internship in Health Sciences
self paced
HLTH_SCI 4985 Healthcare Organization and LeadershipXXX

Health Science Electives

Students complete at least 18 credit hours; 9 credit hours must be 3000- level or higher.

Students must complete coursework in at least two out of the following three thematic areas: Social/Behavioral; Medical/Biological; Administrative/Leadership. Transfer courses taken at freshman or sophomore level and accepted as equivalent to 3000/4000 level course at MU may not count as upper level Health Science Electives. 

General Electives

Elective credit hours to complete 120 total credit hours or residency requirement. 

Note For courses that require a course consent request form, please visit for permission.


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

If you have less than 24 hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply to the online bachelor of health science in health science program as a freshman. If you have 24 or more credit hours of applicable college-level course work, you may apply as a transfer student.

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • For freshmen:
      • Earned the minimum test score on the ACT or SAT.
      • Completed 17 specific high school courses with good grades.
      • For a list of test scores and high school courses, review the Freshman Admission Requirements.
    • For transfer students:
      • 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 79 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 195.
      • 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

    If you are applying as a transfer student, 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 as a freshman

    Apply as a transfer student

This program is administered by the MU Department of Health Sciences.

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