History of the School of Health Professions

After 23 years as a unit of the School of Medicine, the School of Health Professions became an autonomous division by action of the University of Missouri Board of Curators on Dec. 14, 2000. The school's six departments and eight accredited academic programs have a long and distinguished history, some dating back to the early 1900s, and have produced many well-respected and nationally recognized professionals.

As Missouri's only state-supported school of health professions on a campus with an academic health center, and the only allied health school in the University of Missouri System, the school is uniquely positioned to educate highly qualified health care professionals, who, in addition to becoming skilled practitioners, will assume leadership responsibilities as faculty, researchers and administrators in their respective disciplines. Our commitment to research and service related to health promotion, disability prevention and rehabilitation has never been stronger.

Graduates of the departments of Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Sciences, Communication Science and Disorders, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy fulfill critical roles in health care. The school offers undergraduate degrees in health sciences, communication science and disorders, diagnostic medical ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiography, clinical laboratory science and respiratory therapy as well as graduate degrees in communication science and disorders, diagnostic medical ultrasound and occupational therapy. Doctorate programs include the DPT in physical therapy and a PhD in communication science and disorders. The school's Department of Health Psychology builds on current strengths and positions the school to become a national leader in outreach services for vulnerable populations.

Students gain valuable experience in the school's own service and outreach centers including The Adult Day Connection, the speech and hearing clinic, Robert G. Comb's Language Preschool, adult and pediatric occupational therapy clinics, a pro-bono student-run physical therapy clinic and more than 800 fieldwork sites. The demand for the school's graduates is high, with more than 60 percent of all practicing graduates remaining in the state. Graduates of the School of Health Professions are committed to improving society through education, service and discovery in health and rehabilitation sciences.