The power to protect. The will to do.

There has never been a more important time for public health professionals than now. A public health degree prepares you for multiple opportunities in the growing public health management field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one-third of the increase in U.S. jobs is projected to come from the healthcare and social assistance sectors.

What You'll Do

The curriculum prepares you for the work of a public health professional which can range from addressing the health needs of people in a very specific locality to focusing on the spread of disease across the globe. The core courses are taught by 12 different departments, meaning the interdisciplinary approach prepares you for a changing field.

  • Understand the concepts of population health and the basic processes and interventions that identify and address major health-related needs and issues for populations.
  • Identify opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the human life span by acquiring an understanding of the science of human health and disease.
  • Use and analyze public health data and evidenced-based approaches in public health practice.
  • Learn about the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and health disparities.

What Can You Do with a Public Health Degree?

Public health professionals protect, improve and promote the health of iindividuals, communities, and populations. They play a significant role in responding to infectious disease epidemics and emergency situations relating to natural disasters. The work of a public health professional can range from addressing the health needs of people in a very specific locality to focusing on the spread of disease across the globe. The work of public health professionals spans many disciplines.

Job Titles

  • Health Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Health Research Analyst
  • Rural Health Analyst
  • Disaster Specialist
  • Health Services Consultant
  • Program Administrators
  • Policy Analysis and Planning
  • Community Based Prevention Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Quality and Performance Measurement
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Community Health Manager

Internships and Grad Schools

  • Humanitarian Organizations
  • State Departments of Public Health
  • Entertainment/Hospitality Companies
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Local Public Health Agencies
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S.Department of Agriculture
  • Health Plans
  • Washington University School of Public Health
  • St. Louis University School of Public Health
  • University of MissouriColumbia

Outcomes & Careers

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    98% of students in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation report being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation. 

  • $78k

    Epidemiologist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an epidemiologist is $78,830.

  • $62k

    Health Education Specialist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a health education specialist is $62,120.

  • $60k

    Healthcare Social Workers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a healthcare social worker is $60,470.

Public Health (BS) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

What You'll Study

The public health information curriculum includes coursework to prepare you enter career positions in the public health field. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Public Health – 79 credit hours

  • BI3xx Introduction to Public Health (3)
  • BS113 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BS114 Anatomy and PHysiology II (4)
  • BS240 Microorganisms and Their Human Hosts (4)
  • CH181 Basic Principles in Chemistry (5)
  • EV443 Epidemiology (3)
  • EV447 Fundamentals of Disaster/Emergency Management and Planning (3)
  • EV454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • FN360 Food Safety and Sanitation (3)
  • FN540 Community Nutrition (3)
  • HL120 Health Perspectives (3)
  • HL303 Research Methods (3)
  • HL332 Lifestyle Disease Risk Reduction (3)
  • PB250 Career Exploration in Public Health (3)
  • PB541 Topics in Public Health (3)
  • PB570 Public Health Senior Capstone Project (3)
  • SC301 Foundations of Health Communication (3)
  • UI386 Environmental Health (3)
  • UI412 American Health Care Systems and Issues (3)

Choose 15 hours:

  • AG201 World, Food, and Society (3)
  • BI442 Immunology (4)
  • BI453 Occupational Health (3)
  • BI460 Introduction to Toxicology (3)
  • CF124 Children's Health, Nutrition, and Safety (3)
  • EV455 Inustrial Hygiene (3)
  • FN255 Nutrition I (3)
  • FN310 Food and Culture (3)
  • FN355 Lifespan Nutrition (3)
  • FN370 Nutrition Assessment (3)
  • FN510 Nutrition and Health Education (3)
  • FN535 Emergency and Population Nutrition (3)
  • HA300 Introduction to Healthcare Management (3)
  • HA510 Healthcare Performance Improvement (3)
  • HL432 Health Promotion Programs (3)
  • HL490 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
  • PB464 Maternal and Child Health (3)
  • PB508 Essentials of Public Health Nutrition
  • PS280 Introduction to Global Issues (3)
  • PS415 Governmental Budgeting Processes (3)
  • PS518 Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SC406 Communication Principles of Negotiation and Conflict Management (3)
  • UI352 Medical Ethics (3)
  • UI360 Recycling and Waste Management (3)
  • UI387 Engironmental Law and Public Policy (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities and Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • FN235 (3)
  • HL120 (3)
  • PB250 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • Program Elective (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3)

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)  

  • BS113/013 (4)
  • CH181/081/001 (5)
  • Program Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (16 Hours)    

  • BI3xx (3)
  • BS114/014 (4)
  • FN360 (3)
  • Program Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (156 Hours)    

  • BS240 (4)
  • HL303 (3)
  • HL332 (3)
  • UI412 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • EV443 (3)
  • SC301 (3)
  • UI386 (3)
  • Progarm Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • EV454 (3)
  • FN540 (3)
  • PB570 (3)
  • Program Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours)  

  • EV447 (3)
  • PB541 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • Elective (3) 

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion
of a degree.

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