Dr. Kip R. Thompson


Public Health and Sports Medicine

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Public Health and Sports Medicine
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2000, University of South Alabama
  • MPH, 2014, Missouri State University
  • MS, 1993, Missouri State University
  • BSEd, 1989, Missouri State University


  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Software and Data
  • Research Methods in Public Health

Professional experience

Dr. Thompson received his PhD in Marine Science from the University of South Alabama and an MPH and MS (Biology) from Missouri State University.  Dr. Thompson also received an undergraduate degree in biology and secondary education from MSU.

Prior to coming to Missouri State, Dr. Thompson was Lead Instructor for Biological Sciences at Ozarks Technical Community College.  During his time at OTC, Dr. Thompson taught classes in general biology, genetics and environmental science.

In addition to his academic background, Dr. Thompson is an Environmental Science Officer in the United States Army Reserves, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  During his time in the Army Reserves, Dr. Thompson has served as Commander for several units, including Preventive Medicine units in Missouri and Minnesota.  Dr. Thompson has been deployed to SW Asia and the Balkans.  While deployed, he served as the Director of Public Health for Kuwait and Chief, Preventive Medicine Services, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.    

Research and professional interests

  • Substance abuse
  • Barriers to health care utilization
  • International travel and public health
  • Vectors and vector borne diseases

Awards and honors


  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device (2X) and Bronze Hour Glass
  • Overseas Service Ribbon with 2 Device
  • NATO Non-Article 5 Medal for the Balkans
  • CENTCOM Hunter-Strickland Nominee – Exceptional Preventive Medicine in Deployed Settings


  • FCTL Teaching Award in High-Impact Learning Practices
  • Greene County Extension Elected Board Member
  • University of South Alabama Graduate Research Fellow
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University Programs Fellow