Public health

University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor of health science
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Overview

A bachelor’s degree in public health from MU will help you advance your career in the health care and prevention field or prepare you to enter the workforce in a number of core areas of public health, such as health education, epidemiology, health policy and environmental health. If you are interested in promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live – instead of helping people only once they get sick — this may be the degree for you.

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Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of health science in public health

Campus

University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Health Sciences | Department of Public Health

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission; Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

This degree has potential benefits for many careers, including

  • Community health worker
  • Health educator
  • Emergency management director
  • Research specialist
  • Environmental health scientist or specialist
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9.8%
Employment growth
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$56,000
Median salary

Program structure

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Core course work covers

  • Social and behavioral health
  • Global health
  • Environmental health
  • Public health ethics
  • Health care management
  • Health promotion programs
  • Chronic diseases and public health approaches
  • Qualitative methods in public health

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

Varies

Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The MU bachelor of health science in public health program is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Public Health