BHS in Health Science with Emphasis in Leadership & Policy

Degree Program Description

The leadership and policy emphasis in the health science major prepares students to enter careers in health administration, informatics, or sales. The leadership and policy emphasis may also prepare students for graduate studies in health administration, informatics, public health, policy or law. The leadership and policy emphasis area includes 20 hours of core required courses, general education, professional emphasis requirements and required electives that complement the student's pathway. In addition, the health science program requires an internship that is appropriate for a student's career goals. Examples of internships include health administration, health consultant, clinical analysis and strategic planning at RehabCare, Health Literacy Missouri, Institute for People, Place and Possibility, Tiger Institute and Cerner Corporation.

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Major Program Requirements

In addition to University of Missouri requirements, all health science emphasis areas require the following core required courses:

HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
HLTH_SCI 2100Health Sciences Seminar1
HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3
HLTH_SCI 3900Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base3
HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3
HLTH_SCI 4480Clinical Ethics3
HLTH_SCI 4975Internship in Health Sciences1-6
HLTH_SCI 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3

The following courses are required to fulfill the professional emphasis requirement for the health science degree with a policy and leadership emphasis:

BIO_SC 1010General Principles and Concepts of Biology3
BIO_SC 1020General Biology Laboratory2
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
or AG_EC 1041 Applied Microeconomics
HLTH_SCI 3400Global Public Health and Health Care Systems3
HLTH_SCI 3600Health Promotion Programs I: Assessment and Planning3
HLTH_SCI 4400Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions3
HLTH_SCI 4500Health Care Management3
HLTH_SCI 4510Essential Tools for the Health Care Leader: A Problem-Based Approach3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics

In addition, students must choose one course from the following options:

BIO_SC 2100Infectious Diseases3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture3
MICROB 2800Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions4
MICROB 3200Medical Microbiology and Immunology4
NEP 2380Diet Therapy for Health Professionals3

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Semester Plan

Students are strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor in the School of Health Professions to develop an individualized eight-semester plan based on strengths, interests and career goals.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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