MPH in Public Health

MPH Application and Admission Information

Admission Contact Information
MPH Program (
802 Lewis Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the standard professional degree recognized throughout the world for public health practice. The MPH program at the University of Missouri trains practitioners, teachers, researchers, and administrators to plan, implement, and evaluate programs aimed at enhancing health in human populations through organized effort on the local, state, and national level.

All public health students are educated in the core domains of public health and participate in a supervised internship in a public health agency. The combination of course work and practical experience produces individuals who are highly qualified to enter the public health workforce.

The MPH curriculum is drawn from a variety of collaborating academic programs and units. Public health coursework reflects the University of Missouri’s strength in the health professions, social work, journalism, public affairs, nursing, medicine, veterinary medicine, and arts and sciences.


The MPH is available in two emphasis areas:

Four dual degrees are also offered:

Thesis Option

The Masters Thesis Research (P_HLTH 8090) requires independent research aimed at discovery and/or development of elements or relationships derived from a public health theory. A formal written report using guidelines established by the MU Graduate School is required. Masters Thesis Research enables the student to use the research process in a systematic inquiry of elements and relationships within public health theory. MU Graduate School Guidelines for the Thesis Process is available at:

The Master’s Thesis Project provides students with the opportunity to:

  • generate a research question within a theory,
  • formulate and implement a research design, and
  • make recommendations for replication, revisions, or future investigations.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Summer semester: April 1
  • International students*: May 1 (fall semester)​

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
80 550
  • Minimum Academic IELTS overall score: 6.0
  • Minimum GRE score: not set
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework

Required Application Materials

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