BSPH

Want to make a difference? The UMKC Bachelor  of Science in Public Health degree offers an ideal place to get started.

Our program combines urban-focused coursework in health policy, health and wellness, health program development and population health outcomes. It offers a comprehensive science-based curriculum that includes the physical, biological, behavioral and social aspects of health. You will be prepared for a wide variety of careers in public health or to pursue post-graduate education.

The program blends course work with service learning, volunteerism and a senior capstone project. The hands-on experience allows youto complete an evidence-based service learning, research, or problem-based project within the context of public health.

There are two minors available for students;  a Minor in Health Sciences and a Minor in Exercise Science.

FIRST TIME COLLEGE STUDENTS

Please review the following information to learn more about applying to UMKC and the BSPH program.

CRITERIA FOR BSPH ADMISSION HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS
  • Graduation from an accredited United States high school or equivalent.
  • Demonstration of ability to perform successfully at the college level, as evidenced by a combination of high school rank and American College Text (ACT) score.
  • High School curriculum described as follows (one unit equals one year in class):
    • Four units of English and four units of Math (Algebra I or higher)
    • Three units of science and three units of social studies
    • One unit of fine arts
    • Two units of the same foreign language
  • Please note that the Office of Admissions determines general admissibility to UMKC based on the criteria listed above; students who have been admitted to the BSPH program by the Office of Admissions have done all that they need to do to be admitted to the program. There is no separate application process for the BSPH.

Procedure for high school applicants to the BSPH program:
Complete UMKC application ($45 application fee for mailing in hard copy; $35 for online applications) and send your official ACT or SAT scores and official high school transcript, along with official transcripts from any colleges at which you earned credit to:
University of Missouri-Kansas
Office of Admissions
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Please review the following information to learn more about applying to UMKC and the BSPH program.

CRITERIA FOR BSPH ADMISSION TRANSFER APPLICANTS
  • Students who have completed a minimum of 24 hours of regionally accredited college credits (above remedial level) at the time they are applying to UMKC with a major in BSPH do not need to submit ACT or high school transcripts
  • Transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher for cumulative college credit. Students with a GPA below 2.5 will be asked to petition for admission consideration into the College of Arts & Sciences Pre-Health program; once the student has raised his/her GPA to the required 2.5, student may then change majors to the BSPH program.
  • Please note that the Office of Admissions determines general admissibility to UMKC based on the criteria listed above; students who have been admitted to UMKC with the BSPH major by the Office of Admissions have done all that they need to do to be admitted to the program. There is no separate application process for the BSPH.
  • Procedure for transfer applicants to the BSPH program:
    Complete UMKC application ($45 application fee for mailing in hard copy; $35 for online applications) and send all official college transcripts to:
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Office of Admissions
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110

Acceptable BSPH transfer courses from local community colleges:

CAREER OPTIONS

The UMKC BSPH degree is an ideal choice for those interested in a career focused on public health. Students who pursue studies in public health have growing career options in both the public and private sector. Graduates may find careers in government settings, non-profit organizations, community health centers, workplace health and wellness companies and health promotion organizations.

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Career possibilities:
• Public Health
• Epidemiology
• Non-profit Organization Administration
• Hospital Community Outreach Manager
• Nutrition Educator
• Client/Patient Advocate
• Wellness Coordinator
• Community Relations Coordinator
• Pharmaceutical Sales
• Community Health Education
• Social Services Case Manager
• Exercise Specialist
• Health Educator
• Emergency Management Coordinator

For more information on these career paths, to understand the day-to-day job responsibilities and to look at the hiring potential, visit http://www.onetonline.org/ .

PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

A BSPH degree provides a strong foundation for students pursuing a graduate degree in public health. It’s also well-suited for allied health careers or graduate studies in public health, dietetics or chiropractic care.

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Graduate program suggestions:
• Public Health
• Physical Therapy
• Pharmacy
• Chiropractic
• Occupational Therapy
• Dentistry
• Medicine
• Physician Assistant
• Speech-language Pathology
• Orthotic and Prosthetic
*Note: Each postgraduate school has specific admission criteria. Students should research this area extensively if they are considering pursuing post-graduate studies.