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.
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:
|ENGLSH 1000||Writing and Rhetoric||3|
|or ENGLSH 1000H||Honors Writing and Rhetoric|
|Behavioral Science course||1+|
|Approved Diversity Course *This requirement may overlap with the Health Science Electives requirement, but not emphasis requirements.||3|
|Major Core Requirements|
|HLTH_SCI 1000||Introduction to the Health Professions||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 1000H||Introduction to the Health Professions - Honors|
|HLTH_SCI 2400||Contemporary Health Issues||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 2400H||Contemporary Health Issues - Honors|
|or HLTH_SCI 2400W||Contemporary Health Issues - Writing Intensive|
|or P_HLTH 2200||Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion|
|HLTH_SCI 3000||Health Sciences Seminar||1|
|HLTH_SCI 3700||Health Care in the United States *||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 3700H||Health Care in the United States - Honors|
|HLTH_SCI 4200W||Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive *||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 4200HW||Introduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Honors/Writing Intensive|
|HLTH_SCI 4480||Clinical Ethics||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 4480W||Clinical Ethics - Writing Intensive|
|HLTH_SCI 4975||Internship in Health Sciences||1, 3 or 6|
|HLTH_SCI 4985||Healthcare Organization and Leadership||3|
|Leadership and Policy Emphasis Requirements|
& 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|
|CDS 2190||Medical Terminology||3|
|CHEM 1100||Atoms and Molecules with Lab||4|
|or CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|or COMMUN 1200H||Public Speaking - Honors|
|ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|or ECONOM 1000||General Economics|
|or ECONOM 1014H||Principles of Microeconomics-Honors|
|or ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics|
|or ECONOM 1051H||General Economics - Honors|
|HLTH_SCI 3400||Global Health Care Systems||3|
|or HLTH_SCI 3400H||Global Health Care Systems - Honors|
|or P_HLTH 3400||Global Public Health and Health Care Systems|
|HLTH_SCI 4400||Culture and Health Literacy for the Health Professions||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4500||Health Care Management||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4510||Essential Tools for the Health Care Leader: A Problem-Based Approach||3|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or STAT 1300||Elementary Statistics|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|Select one of the following:||3-5|
|Human Anatomy Lecture|
|Microbiology for Nursing and Health Professions|
or MICROB 3200
|Medical Microbiology and Immunology|
|Elements of Physiology|
|Diet Therapy for Health Professionals|
|Health Science Electives||18|
Students must complete 18 hours of approved elective coursework. At least 9 credit hours must be taken as 3000/4000 level courses. Transfer courses taken at the freshman-sophomore level and accepted as equivalent to a 3000/4000 level course at the University may not count towards the 9 hour upper-level Health Science Elective requirement for the Health Science degree.
HLTH_SCI 4300 will be changing to HLTH_SCI 3700 and HLTH_SCI 3900W will be changing to HLTH_SCI 4200W. Either course will be accepted towards degree requirements.
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.
|BIO_SC 1010||3||CHEM 1100||4|
|BIO_SC 1020||2||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|Humanities course||3||HLTH_SCI 1000||3|
|MATH 1050||3||MO State Law Requirement||3|
|Behavioral Science course||3||Biological/Physical/Mathematical Science Course||1|
|COMMUN 1200||3||HLTH_SCI 3700||3|
|HLTH_SCI 2400||3||CDS 2190||3|
|STAT 1200||3||2000+ level Humanities course||3|
|Elective||3||Writing Intensive course||3|
|ECONOM 1014||3||HLTH_SCI 3900W||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3000||1||NEP 2380||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4480||3||2000+ level Approved Health Science Elective||3|
|2000+ level Approved Health Science Elective/Approved Diversity Course||3||3000+ level Approved Health Science Elective||3|
|HLTH_SCI 3400||3||HLTH_SCI 4510||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4400||3||HLTH_SCI 4985||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4500||3||2000+ level Approved Health Science Elective||3|
|HLTH_SCI 4975||3||3000+ level Approved Health Science Elective||3|
|3000+ level Approved Health Science Elective||3||Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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.
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Major and Career Exploration
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- If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.
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