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 students 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.
Major Program Requirements
Students are required to apply to the Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health major. Admission to the program requires: successful completion of 60 hours (junior standing), minimum of 2.75 GPA in first 60 hours, grade of B- or better in HLTH_SCI 3300, grade C or better in the required statistics course, completed application packet, two recommendations, and commitment to the program’s mission and core values. Meeting the minimum criteria and declaring a major of pre-Public Health does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Note: The Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health program is interested in applicants with a wide range of life experiences and skills. If you do not meet or only barely meet the set program eligibility (such as GPA) but are interested in the program, an optional statement of eligibility essay may be submitted. This optional essay must be submitted with your application materials and does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Please see the application materials for more details.
In addition to University of Missouri requirements, including University general education, the Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health degree requires the following:
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation ^||3|
|or ENGLSH 1000H||Honors Exposition English|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra ^||3-5|
|or MATH 1160||Precalculus Mathematics|
& BIO_SC 1020
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory ^
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|or BIO_SC 1500H||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors|
|Physical Science course ^||1+|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology ^||3|
|or PSYCH 1000H||General Psychology - Honors|
|RU_SOC 1000||Rural Sociology ^||3|
|or SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology|
|or SOCIOL 1000H||Introduction to Sociology Honors|
|HLTH_SCI 3300||Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education (a grade of B- or higher is required)||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 3300H||Public Health Principles, Practice, & Education - Honors|
|or HLTH_SCI 3300W||Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education - Writing Intensive|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning (a grade of C or higher is required)||3|
|or STAT 1400||Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|Major Core Requirements|
|HLTH_SCI 3310||Social and Behavioral Health Theory and Practice ~||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4300||Health Care in the United States ~||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 4300H||Health Care in the United States - Honors|
|P_HLTH 3450||Introduction to Epidemiology ~||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3900W||Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive ~||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3400||Global Public Health and Health Care Systems ~||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3600||Health Promotion Programs I: Assessment and Planning ~||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3610||Health Promotion Programs II: Implementation, Evaluation, and Communication ~||3|
|*Principles of Environmental Health (course in development) ~||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4500||Health Care Management ~||3|
|*Ethics in Public Health (course in development) ~||3|
|*Public Health Capstone (course in development) ~||3|
|12 Hours Approved Diversity Coursework ~||12|
|*Emergency Preparedness for Public Health (course in development)||3|
|*Chronic Diseases (course in development)||3|
|*Environmental Justice (course in development)||3|
|*Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic (course in development)||3|
|*Drugs and Society (course in development)||3|
|*Autism and Public Health (course in development)||3|
|*Qualitative Methods in Public Health (course in development)||3|
Courses listed as, "course in development," are currently being offered as P_HLTH 4001: Topics in Public Health as they go through the course approval process
Program Requirements require grades of C- or higher.
Major Core Requirements require grades of C or higher.
Below is a sample plan of study for the BHS in Public Health.
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1100||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||RU_SOC 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1010||3||HLTH_SCI 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1020||2||Humanities Course||3|
|P_HLTH 1000||1||MO State Law Requirement||3|
|STAT 1200 (MRP)||3||HLTH_SCI 3300||3|
|Humanities Course||3||2000+ level Humanities Course||3|
|Physical Science Course||3||Writing Intensive Course||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3310||3||HLTH_SCI 3400||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4300||3||HLTH_SCI 3600||3|
|P_HLTH 3450||3||HLTH_SCI 3610||3|
|Approved Diversity Coursework||3||HLTH_SCI 3900W||3|
|Elective||3||Approved Diversity Coursework||3|
|Principles of Environmental Health (course in development)||3||Public Health Capstone (course in development)||3|
|Ethics in Public Health (course in development)||3||Approved Diversity Coursework||3|
|Approved Diversity Coursework||3||Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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Major and Career Exploration
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