Columbia has a general population of 84,531 and an overall student population of 48,122. Approximately 31,237 of Columbia's students are enrolled in schools that offer health science programs.
Columbia's largest health science school is University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2010, approximately 11 students graduated from the Health Science program at University of Missouri-Columbia.
In 2010, 13 students graduated with a health science degree in Columbia. Tuition in 2009 at Columbia's health science schools was $20,741 per year for instate students and $31,832 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,040 for health science related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Columbia-based health science schools, you will have an added expense of $8,150 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many health science graduates choose to work as health science professionals after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Columbia, your job prospects are good. There were 60,770 health science professionals working in Missouri and 3,090 working in the greater Columbia area in 2010. By the year 2018, the number of health science professionals is expected to increase by 17% in Columbia. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for health science professionals.
As a health science professional in Columbia, you can expect to make an average salary of $56,090 per year. This is higher than the average salary for health science professionals in the state.