University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Apply foundational knowledge of the science of public health to analyze and address public health issues in the community.
  • Students will transmit foundational knowledge of public health in both interpersonal and formal communications.
  • Students will integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge through cumulative and experiential activities
  • Create evidence-based public health programs relevant to the needs of communities.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program aims to support the SoNHS’ mission in preparing the health professional workforce in improving health outcomes. The mission is to develop public health leaders in practice and research for diverse careers and post-graduate education. Through an innovative combination of coursework, service learning, volunteerism, and a senior year evidence-based public health capstone, students will apply theoretical concepts in evidence-based programming and health policy development to attain the highest standards of health and well-being of diverse populations.

Minor Options

The BSPH requires completion of 120 credits of coursework, which includes elective coursework. Students are urged to align those elective classes within a targeted area of specialization. These minor options may enhance your marketability in the workplace.

MINORS

MINOR IN HEALTH SCIENCES

MINOR IN EXERCISE SCIENCE

What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health?

The UMKC BSPH degree is an ideal choice for those interested in a career focused on public health. UMKC is offering the BSPH Degree in response to the growing workforce demand for health professionals in 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.

Student Organization

BHS Society is a student organization centered around the health sciences field of study. The goals of this organization are to promote philanthropy within the community, advocate health education, and cultivate leadership among members.

Admissions

The structure of the BSPH program is based upon the extensive experience the SoNHS has with structuring nursing and health sciences programs. Students will complete 120 hours as required by UMKC for degree completion. Provisionally admitted students may not be admitted to the program. Transfer students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Academic advisors will assist students pursuing a BSPH in maximizing appropriate transfer credits ensuring a streamlined path through the program.

Progression Policy

Students in the BSPH program must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in all Public Health, Health Sciences, and Science and Math requirements (BIOLOGY 108/BIOLOGY 108L, LS-MCRB 112, LS-ANATO 218, CHEM 206, and MATH 110 or higher).  They must earn a minimum grade of “D-” in non-Public Health/Health Sciences courses. For a full list of courses and the required grade, refer to the Major Map.

This means that a grade below a “C-” in a Health Sciences/Public Health/Science and Math requirements or below a “D-” in a non-Public Health/Health Sciences course will need to be repeated to earn a passing grade.

If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.5, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. To be removed from Academic Probation, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 within the next two successive semesters (if enrolling in summer classes, summer is included).

Students must be removed from Academic Probation within the next two successive semesters or they will be Academically Dismissed.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 102 Recommended) 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below) 1
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below) 1
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
Science and Math Requirements
BIOLOGY 108
108L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory (Focus B)
4
CHEM 206Human Nutrition (Focus B)3
LS-ANATO 218Introductory Anatomy3
LS-MCRB 112Microbiology and Living3
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (or MATH 120 or higher; Focus B)3
Total Credits16
Major Requirements
PBHL 158Public Health Principles3
PBHL 245Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health3
PBHL 358Environmental Public Health3
PBHL 335Historical and Contemporary Issues in Public Health3
PBHL 445Core Competencies in Health Education3
PBHL 458Communicable Disease Investigation3
PBHL 496Evidence-Based Public Health Capstone & Seminar6
HLSC 110Personal Wellness3
HLSC 300Diversity in Health3
HLSC 310Healthcare Systems3
HLSC 345Quantitative Analysis in the Health Sciences3
HLSC 410Epidemiology3
HLSC 430Health Program Management3
HLSC 440Policy and Ethics in Health3
HLSC 450Urban Health3
HLSC 460Global Health3
HLSC 470Technology, Marketing and Media in Health3
HLSC 476Scientific Inquiry3
HLSC 480Leadership and Management in Health Professions3
Total Credits60
General Electives (Suggestions Below)20
Introduction To Financial Accounting
Introduction To Criminal Justice
Delinquency And Juvenile Justice
Policing In The Community
Introduction To Economics I
First Aid / CPR
Health Literacy
Special Topics (Social Justice)
Non-Profit Leadership Issues
Community Development In Urban America
History Of Planning And Urban Design
Land Use Planning
Environmental Sustainability
Neighborhood And Community Development
Transportation Planning

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Total Credits: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.