BHS in Public Health

Degree Program Description

Public health includes activities needed to promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they live. While doctors treat people who are sick, the field of public health is organized around trying to prevent illness and injuries in the first place; and promote healthy behavior. People in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy by tracking disease and outbreaks, preventing injuries, and studying how and why some people are more likely to suffer from poor health and health inequities than others. The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws or policies that promote smoke-free indoor air, school nutrition, and seat belts; collecting and disseminating education about how to stay healthy, and offering science-based solutions to health problems - among others.

The Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health degree prepares student for introductory careers in all core areas of public health, such as health education, epidemiology, health policy, and environmental health. The courses introduce students to key concepts, theories, problems, and solutions in public health, and also focus on the links between public health and social justice and human rights. 

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Major Program Requirements

General Education Requirements46
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
MATH 1100College Algebra3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
Humanities Courses6
History/Political Science for Missouri Government Requirement3
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
STAT 2200Introductory Statistical Methods1
Approved Writing Intensive courses6
one at 1000+ level
Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base
Approved Social/Behavioral Science courses*9
MICROB 2800Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions4
or MICROB 3200 Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Major Requirements54
HLTH_SCI 3300Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education3
HLTH_SCI 3600Health Promotion Programs I: Assessment and Planning3
HLTH_SCI 4300Health Care in the United States3
HLTH_SCI 3900Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base3
HLTH_SCI 3400Global Public Health and Health Care Systems3
HLTH_SCI 4500Health Care Management3
Ethics in Public Health (course still in development)3
Principles of Environmental Health (course still in development)3
Introduction to Epidemiology (course still in development)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (course still in development)3
Public Health Internship (course still in development)
Public Health Capstone (course still in development)3
Required Public Health Electives from following options (with 9 credit hours at 3000-level or higher):18
Mental Health
Clinical Ethics
Humanism and Health Literacy
Health Literacy and Behavioral Compliance
Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions
Emergency and Disaster Management in Healthcare
Health Psychology
The Health of People in Local Communities
Urban Sociology
Landscape of Obesity
Community Nutrition
Media Communication in Society
Health Communication
International Relations
Comparative Political Systems
Liberty, Justice and the Common Good
Addiction Treatment and Prevention
Domestic Violence
Introduction to Applied Statistics
Free Elective Credits20

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study for the BHS in Public Health.

First Year
General Education15General Education15
 15 15
Second Year
General Education15General Education12
 HLTH_SCI 33003
 15 15
Third Year
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Heath (course still in development)3HLTH_SCI 39003
Principles of Environmental Health (course still in development)3HLTH_SCI 36003
HLTH_SCI 34003HLTH_SCI 43003
Health Science Elective3Health Science Elective3
One additional course (general education or elective)3One additional course (general education or elective)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
HLTH_SCI 45003Public Health Capstone (course still in development)3
Introduction to Epidemiology (course still in development)3Public Health Internship (course still in development)3
Ethics in Public Health (course still in development)3Health Science Elective3
Health Science Elective3One additional course (general education or elective)3
One additional course (general education or elective)3One additional course (general education or elective)3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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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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