Master of Public Health (MPH)

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the basic professional degree in the field. Ours is ranked number one by the Healthcare Management Degree Guide.

The MPH degree is the fundamental professional degree, required by many supervisory and managerial positions in public health and recommended for others. Most full-time students take approximately 18-24 months to complete the degree program. Curricula for this degree are offered in the areas of Community Health Practice, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion/Health Education, Health Services Organizations, and Healthcare Management. Students may also pursue a customized or dual-degree program. The MPH degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours.

MPH Degree Programs and Degree Plans

Biostatistics

As of Spring 2020, new student enrollment in this program will be discontinued. Students enrolled in this degree program prior to and up to Fall 2019 will continue with the same program requirements per the catalog under which they were enrolled. 

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 Department web page.

Campus: Houston

Fall 2019 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2018 to Summer 2019 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner

Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner 
Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Biostatistics Degree Planner 

Environmental Health

The MPH degree program in Environmental Health 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 Environmental Health, please visit the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Department web page.

Campuses: Houston, El Paso, San Antonio

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020 MPH EOHS Degree Planner
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Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MPH EOHS Degree Planner
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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 program web page.

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

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
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Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
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Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Epidemiology Degree Planner

Health Promotion/Health Education

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 Health Promotion/Health Education, please visit the Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Department web page.

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

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020 MPH HP/HE Degree Planner
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Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH HP/HE Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH HP/HE Degree Planner 

Dietetic Internship Program
The concentration for the Dietetic Internship Program is public health nutrition. Dietetic Interns delve into this area of concentration through didactic work, supervised practice, and their final specialty practice rotation with staff relief in an area of public health nutrition selected by each intern. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Campus: Houston

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020 MPH HP/HE DI Degree Planner

For more information about the Dietetic Internship Program, click here

Management, Policy and Community Health (MPACH)

Community Health Practice
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 2019 to Summer 2020 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2018 to Summer 2019 MPH Community Health Degree Planner

Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Community Health Degree Planner
 

Health Services Organizations
The MPH in Health Services Organizations 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 2019 to Summer 2020 MPH Health Services Organizations Degree Planner
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Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MPH Health Services Organizations Degree Planner
Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 MPH Health Services Organizations Degree Planner
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Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Health Services Organizations Degree Planner
Fall 2012 to Summer 2013 MPH Health Services Organizations 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 2019 to Summer 2020 MPH Healthcare Management Degree Planner
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Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 MPH Healthcare Management Degree Planner
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Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 MPH Healthcare Management Degree Planner
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For more information on MPH degrees in MPACH, please visit the MPACH Department web page.

Customized MPH plans are available at all campuses and to Dual Degree students only

The Customized MPH program grants students the flexibility to select cross-disciplinary coursework relevant to their public health area(s) of interest. Students who matriculated fall 2018 or later are required to fulfill Advanced Public Health Coursework requirements. Advanced Public Health Coursework: Customized MPH students are required to select advanced public health coursework from a list of preapproved courses; students are required to fulfill five unique competencies through their 9 credit hours of selected coursework as indicated on the list of approved Advanced Public Health Coursework.

For more information on the campuses outside of Houston, which are Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, please visit the Campuses web page.

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020 General MPH Degree Planner
Fall 2018 to Summer 2019 General MPH Degree Planner
Fall 2017 to Summer 2018 General MPH Degree Planner
Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 General MPH Degree Planner
Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 General MPH Degree Planner
Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 General MPH Degree Planner
Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 General MPH Degree Planner
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Degree Requirements

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the basic professional degree in the field of public health. It is required for many supervisory and managerial positions in public health and is recommended for many others. The MPH degree is a minimum of 45 semester credit hours. Students are admitted to one of the departments or campuses through which they complete a series of courses covering the breadth of public health and 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.

MPH Degree Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of a defined course of study of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours (only three (3) credit hours of practicum and three (3) credit hours of integrative learning experience; therefore at least 39 credit hours of courses other than practicum and integrative learning experience must be successfully completed);
  • Satisfactory completion of PH 101 Foundations in Public Health (online, not-for-credit course that covers the Foundational Knowledge Competencies set forth by CEPH) within the first year of the student’s program;
  • Satisfactory completion of a planned, supervised, and evaluated applied practice experience (practicum); and
  • Satisfactory completion of the integrative learning experience (capstone course, independent ILE or traditional academic thesis), demonstrating a substantial knowledge of public health.

Putting Your Skills to Work

The applied practice experience, or practicum, is an essential part of the MPH curriculum and is required by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH, the accrediting body of all U.S. schools of public health) for completion of the MPH degree. The practicum consists of an organized internship at an extramural agency or organization engaged in work related to public health. The practicum experience requires that students demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, of which at least three must be MPH Foundational Competencies. Students are expected to spend of at least 12 hours per week at their practicum site (approximately 180-200 hours total). Students must produce two final products from their practicum experience.

Mentorship and Advising

Students are assigned a Faculty Advisor from the student's department at the time of admission. Master of Public Health (MPH) students who elect an applicable certificate will be required to add an additional member to their committee to represent the certificate(unless the Faculty Advisor also represents the certificate). If a student chooses to complete a Master's-level Thesis, a second member may be added from within or outside the School. Committee membership is approved by the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services. During each Fall and Spring semester the student is enrolled, they will meet with their Faculty Advisor/Advisory Committee to review their academic progression toward completion of the degree program.

For additional information on MPH committee structures and requirements, please refer to SPH Policy 104, MPH and MS Committee Structures and the MPH and MS Traditional Thesis Guide.

Committee Structures

MPH – Capstone or Independent Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)                                                        

  • * Advisor (same department/discipline)

MPH – Master's-level Thesis (ILE)

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

MPH Thesis Supervisor

Students can appoint an individual other than their Faculty Advisor as their MPH Thesis Supervisor. The Thesis Supervisor may already be an individual on their committee or someone that is on the SPH adjunct faculty list or at another academic or public health-related organization. A Thesis Supervisor from outside UTHealth SPH must be approved by the student's Advisory Committee.

If the Thesis Supervisor is not affiliated with UTHealth SPH, the student's Advisory Committee should review their credentials and qualifications. Please provide a resume/CV for our database. Note that UTHealth SPH adjunct faculty have been previously reviewed by the Disciplines and require no further documentation.

Please submit the completed MPH Thesis Supervisor Appointment Form to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services for final approval. Students will receive notification of approval via email.

If electing an Optional Member, students must submit the Optional Member Appointment - MPH Committee Form to the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Services for final approval.

NOTES:
*UTSPH Faculty
Academic Advisor = Chair of committee
Any Committee Member may serve as the supervisor for the project
Certificate(s) – if applicable, must be represented on committee

Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is a CEPH requirement for completion of a Master of Public Health degree. The ILE requires a student to synthesize and integrate knowledge and skills acquired in the degree program and apply those to an aspect of professional practice. The ILE may be satisfied through a Capstone Course, independent Integrative Learning Experience (high-quality written product) or a traditional academic master's-level thesis.

Detailed information for each ILE option is available in the MPH Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) Guide (here).

Core Courses

These courses satisfy the MPH core public health requirement. The core course designations have changed over the years. Select the appropriate list based on your starting term.

Fall 2018 to present (PDF)
Fall 2011 to Summer 2018 (PDF)
Fall 2007 to Summer 2010 (DOC)
Fall 2005 to Summer 2007 (PDF)