Facilities and Resources
Expanding your education
The Master of Public Health program is housed in the Physical Therapy building on the Missouri State campus. Associated with the College of Health and Human Services, this building provides offices and classrooms for the program. Parking is located directly beside the Physical Therapy building, and a covered parking garage is available for students across the street.
Students may also use the open-access computer lab located in the Professional Building nearby.
Because the ultimate goal of public health is to better the health of our communities, the field of public health relies on community connections, whether through organizational ties, health education initiatives or health campaigns. Currently, the University is developing collaborative partnerships:
- Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Adolescent Health
- Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Minority Health
- Southwest Missouri Minority Health Alliance
- Springfield-Greene County Health Department
Through field experiences, you will experience public health firsthand as a practitioner. Our students are placed in a number of nonprofit and governmental agencies for a semester. For a list of possible placement sites, visit the Field Experience and Community Partners page.
Also associated with the University are two research and education institutes that address public health and social issues. These institutes often have opportunities for you, as a student, to participate in research and health policy evaluation and planning.
First, the Ozarks Public Health Institute (OPHI) addresses public health issues through collaboration with local community organizations. OPHI implements education, training, public service and research programs. It is also the sponsoring unit for SMASH, a student group dedicated to educating their peers about the perils of smoking.
Second, the Community and Social Issues Institute (CSII) links area nonprofit and for-profit organizations with members in the University community, who can help meet their research and service needs. The goal of the CSII is to promote collaboration and entrepreneurship in community development.