Health Care of the Future
As the approach to health care has evolved, so has the need for graduates who possess a unique technical, business and medical background. At Missouri  Western, students interested in the non-clinical side of health care can pursue degrees that prepare them for these emerging in-demand careers.

What is Population Health?
Population health management professionals step beyond the individual focus of traditional clinical medicine. They look at trends and identify factors that  impact the health of an entire population. The goal of this holistic approach is to shift people toward healthier lifestyles.

Promising Job Market
Missouri Western’s program was developed to meet the increasing demand for these professionals and is one of the few Population Health undergraduate programs available in the nation. Students can select from four concentrations:

  • Computer Information Systems
  • General Business
  • Health Informatics
  • Human Health

You will stand out with in-demand skills in both information systems and health. And you will graduate with valuable real-world experience.

Admissions Requirements
To be accepted into the major, completion of specific prerequisite courses and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are required. Although the program is open to any student who meets admission criteria, the degree program is intended to serve students interested in pursuing non-clinical careers in the healthcare field.
Fiona Sansone

Fiona Sansone
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General Studies
Core Requirements
ALH 106Medical Terminology2
ALH 330Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
ALH 350Introduction to Population Health3
ALH 351Applied Population Health Management Lab1
ALH 402Population Health Internship3
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology5
BIO 375Pathophysiology4
COM 412Health Communication3
CSC 201Microcomputer Applications3
ECO 375Economics of Health Care3
PSY 300Introductory Psychological Statistics 13
or GBA 210 Business Statistics I
GBA 220Business Communications3
HIF 200Health Care Delivery Systems3
HIF 300Health Data Management3
HIF 330Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Management3
PSY 220Health Psychology/Stress Management3
SOC 360Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine3
PED 391Personal and Environmental Health3
Select one of the following concentrations:12-14
Computer Information Systems
General Business
Health Informatics
Human Health

Computer Information Systems
General Business
Health Informatics
Human Health

Computer Information Systems Concentration

Concentration Requirements
ACT 301Applied Database Systems3
ACT 302Data Analytics3
ACT 405Business Intelligence3
CSC 305Database Architecture and Concepts3
Total Credit Hours12

General Business Concentration

Concentration Requirements
ACC 201Introductory Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introductory Managerial Accounting3
FIN 210Personal Finance3
MGT 350Organizational Behavior3
Total Credit Hours12

Health Informatics Concentration

Concentration Requirements
ACT 301Applied Database Systems3
HIF 320Information Technology and Systems3
HIF 420Clinical Data Management 13
HIF 430Applied Health Informatics3
Total Credit Hours12

Human Health Concentration

Concentration Requirements
ALH 352Applied Nutrition2
BIO 251Medical and Public Health Microbiology4
BIO 207Human Ecology3
or PED 327 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
HIF 132Pharmacology2
SWK 260Introduction to Aging Studies3
Total Credit Hours14

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 


A U.S. Airman looks at a laptop to help apply medical aid.

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

Determine what database systems and architecture is needed to support the accessibility and transfer of information.

Doctor And Businessman Discussing Over Laptop

General Business

General Business

Serve as a team member managing health promotion and disease prevention.

Doctor or nurse working with virtual screen

Health Informatics

Health Informatics

Find ways to analyze clinical data to determine trends among the population.

Fitness coach helps girl to choose right exercise

Human Health

Human Health

Focus on health and wellness and improve outcomes in diverse populations.