Master of Public Health (MPH)

Program

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the basic professional degree in the field. It is required for many supervisory and managerial positions in public health and is recommended for many others. Students are admitted to one of the Divisions or Regional Campuses listed below through which they complete a series of courses that cover the breadth of public health and develop competencies appropriate for their elected discipline. Many courses and educational activities are available to qualified students across all disciplines. Students are encouraged to diversify their curricula by selecting among these opportunities.

The majority of full-time students take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete the degree. Requirements of the MPH are: completion of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of required coursework; a planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience and a culminating experience demonstrating a substantial knowledge of public health.

Each degree program has a set of competencies explaining the content students will have learned upon completing the degree.

MPH Degree Programs and Degree Plans

Biostatistics

The MPH program in Biostatistics is designed to prepare individuals for positions that require a broad knowledge of public health as well as specialized knowledge of biostatistics. In particular, the student will have the opportunity to learn applied biostatistical analysis, statistical theory, study design, data management, and ethics of research. For more information on a MPH degree in Biostatistics, please visit the Biostatistics division web page.

Campus: Houston

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS)

The MPH degree program in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences prepares students to assume positions in public health practice in the government or the private sector. The program provides a foundation in environmental and occupational health sciences in addition to the skills needed to function as a practitioner in a variety of public health settings. For more information on a MPH degree in EOHS, please visit the EOHS division web page.

Campus: Houston

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH EOHS Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH EOHS Degree Planner
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 MPH EOHS Degree Planner
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 MPH EOHS Degree Planner

Epidemiology

The MPH in Epidemiology is designed to provide a breadth of achievement in the five core disciplines of public health, as well as additional knowledge and skills in epidemiology. The goal of this program is to prepare students to put epidemiologic concepts and methods into public health practice, including research studies in public health and the interpretation of scientific evidence relevant to public health. For more information on a MPH degree in Epidemiology, please visit the Epidemiology division web page.

Campuses: Houston, Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, San Antonio

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (HP/BS)

The program of study for the MPH in Health Promotion/Health Education integrates the broad field of public health with the behavioral and social sciences. The curriculum includes intervention methods for health promotion development and evaluation in a variety of settings. For more information on a MPH degree in HP/BS, please visit the HP/BS division web page.

Campuses: Houston, Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH HP/BS Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH HP/BS Degree Planner
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 MPH HP/BS Degree Planner

Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 MPH HP/BS Degree Planner

Management, Policy and Community Health (MPACH)

Community Health
The MPH in Community Health Practice focuses on the application of public health sciences at the community level. Faculty and students are concerned with the assessment of population health, the planning, implementation and evaluation of health programs in community settings, and appraisal of community-level effects of health policies and programs. The teaching program emphasizes systematic analysis and appropriate use of quantitative and qualitative health data. Students can develop and enhance their skills by examining community health issues in the classroom and the community.

Campus: Houston

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 MPH Community Health Degree Planner

Health Services Organization
The MPH in Health Services Organization emphasizes the planning, management, and evaluation of health service systems, services, technologies, and policy. The curriculum includes health economics, decision analysis, health services research, public health and legislative processes, survey research, outcomes research, quantitative methods, evaluation research, health disparities and vulnerable populations, health administration, economic and social determinants of health, utilization of health services, and ethical and legal aspects of public health.

Campus: Houston

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Health Services Organization Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Health Services Organization Degree Planner
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 MPH Health Services Organization Degree Planner
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 MPH Health Services Organization Degree Planner

Healthcare Management
The MPH in Healthcare Management is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in management in an interdisciplinary public health environment and a basis for understanding key managerial functions within the broad spectrum of public health systems. A distinctive characteristic of this healthcare management degree program is recognition of the importance of linking private-sector healthcare institutional management with public-sector healthcare management and related community initiatives.

Campus: Houston

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Healthcare Management Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Healthcare Management Degree Planner
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 MPH Healthcare Management Degree Planner
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 MPH Healthcare Management Degree Planner

For more information on MPH degrees in MPACH, please visit the MPACH division web page.

General/Customized MPH Degrees available at all Regional Campuses and to Dual Degree Students Only

For more information on the Customized MPH Degree Program, click here, Customized MPH Policy Instructions

For more information on the Regional Campuses: Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, please visit the Campuses web page.

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 General MPH Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 General MPH Degree Planner 
Fall 2011 to Summer 2012 General MPH Degree Planner 
Fall 2010 to Summer 2011 General MPH Degree Planner

For Degree Planners prior to Fall 2010, please contact: Nesh Aqrawi

Requirements

Degree Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a prescribed course of study of at least one academic year, a minimum of 45 semester credit hours (a maximum of six combined credit hours of practicum, thesis or culminating experience count toward the minimum of 45 credit hours; therefore, at least 39 credit hours of courses must be taken other than practicum, thesis or culminating experience), and demonstration of a breadth of knowledge in the disciplines basic to public health; Satisfactory completion of PHM 5010 Ethics in Public Health; Satisfactory completion of a planned, supervised, and evaluated practice experience (practicum) that includes the application of public health science and theory; Satisfactory completion of the Capstone Course or culminating experience paper, written in English, demonstrating a substantial knowledge of public health. The culminating experience may take the form of a thesis or report that meets criteria set forth by the School.

For more information on the written culminating experience and thesis, please see the Student Research webpage.

With the approval of the Advisory Committee, a student may elect to include an article of publishable quality consistent with the standards of a peer-reviewed journal. The article is a part of the final submission to the Office of Research and contains all supporting elements of an acceptable culminating experience; and All MPH students must give an oral presentation of their culminating experience projects at the School prior to graduation. All completed written culminating experience documents will be made available to the public.

Practicum

Putting Your Skills to Work

The practicum experience is an essential part of the curriculum and is a requirement of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH, the accrediting body of all U.S. schools of public health) for completion of a Master of Public Health degree. The practicum is designed specifically for MPH and DrPH students. It consists of an organized internship at an agency or organization located outside the UTSPH that is engaged in work related to public health. Alternatively, the practicum may be done in a UTSPH Center or project that interacts with practice agencies. The student is expected to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week (approximately 180-200 hours total) at the practicum site. Registration for the practicum seminar is required during the semester of the practicum.

Committees

Mentorship and Advising

An academic advisor (either the Divisional or Regional Campus centralized advisor or a Divisional or Regional Campus faculty member) is assigned to students at the time of admission. MPH students who elect a concentration will be required to add one additional member to their committee to represent the concentration (unless the advisor also represents the concentration). If a student chooses to complete a written culminating experience (e.g., thesis), a second member may be added from within or outside the School. Committee membership is approved by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. During evaluation week at the end of each Fall and Spring semesters, each MPH student meets with his or her advisory committee to review the academic plan and the student s progress toward completion of the degree program.

MPH – Capstone                                                       

* Advisor (same division/discipline)
* 2nd member (optional)

 MPH – Written culminating experience (CE)

* Advisor (same division/discipline)
2nd member required (internal or external person)

NOTES:
*UTSPH Faculty
Academic Advisor = Chair of committee
Any Committee Member may serve as the supervisor for the project
Concentration(s) – if applicable, must be represented on committee
Minor = 9 credit hours and at least 3 courses beyond the core

Culminating Experience

Wrapping It Up

The culminating experience (CE) is a CEPH requirement for completion of a Master of Public Health degree. The CE requires a student to synthesize and integrate knowledge and skills acquired in the degree program and apply those to some aspect of professional practice. The CE may be the Capstone Course or a written paper. In both options students will analyze public health issues, perform written work and give an oral presentation of his or her findings.