Conduct research in the field


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

Successful completion of the program requires 15 credit hours of course work: one graduate level statistics course, three didactic courses, and one research practicum experience.

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.

Statistics course options (only 1 required)

STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health SciencesXXX
NURSE 7010 Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers  X
ESC_PS 7170 Introduction to Applied StatisticsXXX

Epidemiology course options (only 1 required)

NURSE 8100 Principles of EpidemiologyX  
F_C_MD 8420 Principles of Epidemiology  X

Elective course options (only 1 required)

F_C_MD 8424 Comparative Effectiveness Research   
NURSE 9460 Theories and Interventions in Health Behavior Science   
NURSE 9450 Doctoral Seminar: Social Determinants of Health   
P_HLTH 8120 Applied Epidemiology in Community AssessmentXX 
P_HLTH 8953 Evaluating Global Public Health Programs X 
You may select other electives upon consultation with your adviser.   

Required core course

NURSE 8425 Participatory Approaches for Health and Health Systems / F_C_MD 8425 Participatory Approaches to Health and Health Systems  X

Practicum course options (1 required)

NURSE 9080 DNP Residency ProjectXXX
NURSE 9710 Advanced Research PracticumXXX
F_C_MD 8450 Research in Community Health  X
You may select other electives upon consultation with your adviser.   


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

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • 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.
    • GRE scores are not required.

    You also must undergo an interview (in person or via phone or video chat) with three members of the program faculty. This requirement is waived if you are currently enrolled in graduate studies at MU and making satisfactory progress.

  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall July 15 August
    Spring Dec. 1 January
    Summer April 15 June
  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.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Essay (500 words) describing your research interests, professional goals and how participation in the graduate certificate program will enhance these goals.
    • Two professional recommendations. Submit names and contact details for recommendation providers within the online application. This requirement is waived if you are currently enrolled in graduate studies at MU and making satisfactory progress.
    • 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: Graduate Certificate- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Participatory Health Research-Distance (Grad Cert)

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing.