Public Health Schools and MPH Programs in Missouri 

Public health education programs can help students have a profound, positive impact on residents in Missouri. If you are looking for a Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Missouri,  five public health schools offer MPH programs that are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Missouri also has a thriving public health industry, with at least nine public health careers projected to grow in terms of employment through 2028.

Among the MPH programs accredited by CEPH, there is a concentration available for everyone, including Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, Biostatistics, Behavioral Science Health Education, Maternal and Child Health, Global Health and Public Health Practice. If you are undecided about which path to take, the generalist concentration might be a good choice that provides public health education in a wide range of different subjects. Health-related degree programs focusing on the different components of personal health, such as dental sciences, health sciences, and even women’s health are also available for students who have a specific interest in the public health field. Additionally, some schools may allow you to specialize in more than one concentration. For example, Saint Louis University’s MPH program allows students to combine epidemiology with behavioral science and health education or global health to maternal and child health. Regardless of which specialties you choose to pursue, Missouri has a competitive number of MPH programs available for enrollment. 

Public Health Career Outlook in Missouri

Whether you choose an applied field in public health or one solely based in research and development, you may help improve public health awareness. Fields such as epidemiology are critical in providing helpful and innovative methods to prevent illness and disease on a large scale. If you are considering other public health careers in Missouri, there are also some that may be rewarding: health specialities professors, for example, earn the highest median salaries, at $103,280 a year, but biostatisticians are projected to experience the greatest job growth: 26% through 2028. In terms of location, the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies Boone and Clay counties as having average weekly wage increases higher than the state average between 2019 and 2020.

The table below reflects the demand and earning potential for public health careers in Missouri, based on data provided by O*NET OnLine.

Job TitleMedian Salary in MO, 2020 (Yearly)Median Salary in U.S., 2020 (Yearly)Projected Job Growth in MO, 2018-2028Projected Job Growth in U.S., 2019–2029
Health Specialties Professors
Environmental Health Specialists
Medical and Health Services Managers /Healthcare Administrators
Health Educators
Occupational Health Specialists
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Health Informatics Specialists 

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Information last updated June 2021