Making a lasting impact — locally or globally

Amanda Grodie

Public Health (MPH) | Kansas City, MO

Amanda Grodie wanted a degree to move her career forward. The online master's in public health let her apply classroom lessons to her role in health education and share her real-world experience with her fellow students.


Courses for this program are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required

Successful completion of the program requires 45 credit hours of course work from several disciplines.

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

First 21 hours

P_HLTH 7150 Principles of Public Health* XX
P_HLTH 7160 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health*X  
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health SciencesXXX
P_HLTH 7952 Research Methods in Public HealthXX 
P_HLTH 8150 Human Health and the EnvironmentXX 
P_HLTH 8420 Principles of Epidemiology
Prerequisite: STAT 7020
P_HLTH 8920 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public HealthXX 
One Approved Elective - can be taken in either the first or second year   
*Taken during the first semester   

After 21 hours

P_HLTH 8980 Public Health Internship
6 credit hours

Last 18 hours

PUB_AF 8170 Public Policy Processes and StrategiesXX 
P_HLTH 8120 Applied Epidemiology in Community AssessmentXX 
P_HLTH 8300 Health Care in the United States X 
NURSE 8930 Health Program Design and ManagementXX 
P_HLTH 8953 Evaluating Global Public Health Programs X 
One Approved Elective - can be taken in either the first or second year   
P_HLTH 8970 Public Health CapstoneXX 

Approved online electives

HMI 8565 Health Care Ethics X 
SOC_WK 7400 Domestic Violence   
P_HLTH 7800 Public Health Campaign Successes and Failures  X
P_HLTH 7850 Mental Health Policy   
P_HLTH 8001 Topics in Public Health - Strategic Health CommunicationX  
P_HLTH 8001 Topics in Public Health - Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable DiseasesXXX
P_HLTH 8251 Immigrant Health X 
P_HLTH 8260 Emergency Preparedness X 
P_HLTH 8620 Emerging Zoonoses DiseasesXX 
PUB_AF 8720 Budgeting and Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector X 


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The MU Master of Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

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

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • Application to this program does require you to submit GRE scores. Alternate exams (LSAT, MCAT or GMAT) will be considered with a completed waiver request.
    • 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.

    If your application falls short of the above standards (e.g., your GPA is less than 3.0), the Admissions Committee may accept you into the program conditionally (e.g., on condition of you achieving and maintaining a 3.0).

    The committee may waive the GRE requirement and/or the grade point requirement if you have completed a MU Public Health Certificate with a B or better in each required course or are currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program (e.g., DVM, MD). Include any test or course waiver requests on your personal data sheet (see below).

  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Send in your application in time.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall June 1 August
    Spring Oct. 1 January
    Summer April 1 June

    Note This program accepts international students only in fall; apply by May 1.

  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Personal data sheet
    • Topical essay identifying and describing a significant current public health issue in the United States or globally. What more could be done to address this issue and where do you see an opportunity to participate as a public health professional?
    • GRE scores. Alternative qualifying exams (e.g., LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT) will be considered as well. For applicants seeking a GRE waiver or course waiver, complete and upload the waiver request to your online application.
    • Résumé or CV. Please explain any significant gaps in education or work experience.
    • Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who are well-acquainted with your academic experience and can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. At least one of these letters must come from a professor or other academic official. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Public Health/Health Promotion & Policy-Distance (MPH)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Master of Public Health Program .