Prolong life and promote health


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.

Online courses may require synchronous sessions. Please refer to for course availability and details.

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 HealthXX 
You must take either P_HLTH 7150 or P_HLTH 7160 in your first semester.   
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health SciencesXXX
P_HLTH 8150 Human Health and the Environment   
P_HLTH 8260 Emergency Preparedness X 
V_M_S 8431 Research Methods and Data Analysis   
V_PBIO 8455 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2-3 credit hours
P_HLTH 8920 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public HealthXX 
One Approved Elective
*can be taken in either the first or second year

After 18 hours

P_HLTH 8980 Public Health Internship
6 credit hours

Last 21 Hours

P_HLTH 8300 Health Care in the United States X 
P_HLTH 8620 Emerging Zoonoses DiseasesX  
V_PBIO 8458 Veterinary Public Health  X
P_HLTH 8120 Applied Epidemiology in Community AssessmentXX 
P_HLTH 8953 Evaluating Global Public Health Programs X 
P_HLTH 8971 Veterinary Public Health Capstone   
One approved elective. Can be taken in either the first or second year.*   


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), 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 180.

    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. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
  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/Veterinary Public Health-Distance (MPH)

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This program is administered by the Department of Public Health..