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.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic home: School of Health Professions | Department of Health Sciences
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Typical transfer student needs: 64 credit hours
  • Typical program cost: $25,140.60*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. A bachelor’s degree requires 120 credit hours, but the typical transfer student admitted to this program needs only 64 credit hours to complete this bachelor’s degree. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, residency, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

About the degree

The online bachelor’s degree in health sciences from MU is a nonclinical degree that can help you prepare for a career in a health-related field. If you want to start a nonclinical career or work toward a graduate or professional program in health care, this may be the degree for you.

Career prospects

Health Educator


Median salary1

Sales Representative


Median salary2

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educator

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

This degree has potential benefits for many careers, including

  • Health educator
  • Sales representative
  • Health care IT consultant
  • Patient representative
  • Clinical data manager

A bachelor’s degree in health science prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in the rapidly growing health care field. Employment growth in health care is expected to reach up to 15 percent between 2016 and 20263, much faster than average for all occupations.

3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Program structure and topics

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. You may fulfill your requirements within the degree with a mixture of semester-based and self-paced courses.

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.

Core course work covers

  • Introduction to health professions
  • Public health principles and practice
  • Introduction to research
  • Health care in the United States
  • Clinical ethics
  • Hands-on experiential learning

Reduced tuition

Want a 10 percent reduction on your tuition? Mizzou Online offers tuition awards for community college graduates, veterans, military service members and their dependents.

Learn more.

Ask us about this program

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