Facilities and Resources
Master's of Public Health lab
The new public health laboratory at MSU currently consists of lab counters, incubators, a freezer and limited computer support.
Identification of different species of disease causing vector
To date the lab has been used primarily in support of a contract from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to assess vector-borne disease risks in the state.
Miscroscopic view of a mosquito
Although the focus to date has been on mosquitoes, the laboratory is branching out to help the state health department in assessing the risk of tick-borne diseases and in designing methods to reduce disease risk.
A catalogue of disease causing vector
Several MPH students have worked during the summer as student workers to collect, identify and curate the mosquitoes. They have monitored the geographic spread of one known vector of Zika virus and have documented the presence of an invasive species.
Trapping the vectors
The combination of field collection, lab work, and epidemiology provides several MPH students at MSU with an opportunity to develop a broad range of public health skills as well as opportunities to publish.
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.
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.