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, including University general education, the Health Science degree with a Leadership and Policy emphasis requires the following, each of which must be completed with a grade of C- or higher:

Program Requirements
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Exposition English
MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
Behavioral Science course1+
Major Core Requirements
HLTH_SCI 1000Introduction to the Health Professions3
HLTH_SCI 2100Health Sciences Seminar1
HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3
or HLTH_SCI 3300H Public Health Principles, Practice, & Education - Honors
or HLTH_SCI 3300W Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education - Writing Intensive
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive3
HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3
or HLTH_SCI 4300H Health Care in the United States - Honors
HLTH_SCI 4480Clinical Ethics3
or HLTH_SCI 4480W Clinical Ethics - Writing Intensive
HLTH_SCI 4975Internship in Health Sciences1, 3 or 6
HLTH_SCI 4985Healthcare Organization and Leadership3
Leadership and Policy Emphasis Requirements
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
5
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
CDS 2190Medical Terminology3
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3-4
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or COMMUN 1200H Public Speaking - Honors
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014H Principles of Microeconomics-Honors
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
or ECONOM 1051H General Economics - Honors
HLTH_SCI 3400Global Public Health and Health Care Systems3
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
Select one of the following:3-5
Infectious Diseases
Human Anatomy Lecture
Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Elements of Physiology
Diet Therapy for Health Professionals
Health Science Electives18
Students must complete 18 hours of approved elective coursework. At least 9 credit hours must be from 3000/4000 level courses.

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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.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO_SC 10103CHEM 11003
BIO_SC 10202ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003HLTH_SCI 10003
Humanities course3MO State Law Requirement3
Elective3Elective3
Elective1 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
COMMUN 12003HLTH_SCI 43003
HLTH_SCI 33003CDS 21903
STAT 120032000+ level Humanities course3
Behavioral Science course3Writing Intensive course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECONOM 10143HLTH_SCI 3900W3
HLTH_SCI 21001NEP 23803
HLTH_SCI 448032000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
2000+ level Approved Health Science Elective33000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective 2 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HLTH_SCI 34003HLTH_SCI 45103
HLTH_SCI 44003HLTH_SCI 49853
HLTH_SCI 450032000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
HLTH_SCI 497533000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3
3000+ level Approved Health Science Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via http://www.transfer.org. 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 http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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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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