Degree Programs

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Academic Programs
Master of Health Administration
Master of Public Health Program

Master of Public Health Professional Program  (Now Available Online beginning fall 2012)
Doctor of Public Health Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences
Dual Degrees
Graduate Certificate in Public Health (New Fall 2012)

UNTHSC-School of Public Health Ongoing Research

Department of Health Management and Policy
Jose Pagan, Ph.D., Chair


Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) Program
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The master of health administration program is designed to prepare students with competencies needed to assume management positions in health services organizations throughout the world. The 60 credit hour program is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interested in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals, managed care organizations, medical group practices, ambulatory, long-term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, government agencies, for profit, and nonprofit sector organizations. Emphasis is placed on theoretical bases in three areas: organization and operations, economics and finance, and policy analysis. Through an internship and a final integrative experience, students are asked to incorporate, synthesize, and apply their knowledge within both an operational and a community context. The result is an organizational perspective that encourages students to integrate knowledge from a range of management disciplines while emphasizing accountability for effective performance.

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program
Concentrations: Biostatistics / Community Health / Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences / Epidemiology / Health Management & Policy

The goal of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is to prepare students to be effective public health professionals. You will be trained in a variety of disciplines related to the development and provision of public health services; learn to recognize the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that affect the health of the public; have the knowledge to take a leading role in developing social policies that encourage and foster healthy group and individual behaviors in a community. Public health professionals work in a variety of organizations and agencies to contribute to the common aim of promoting and protecting health in human populations. Students in the M.P.H. program elect a concentration in one of five areas. The areas of concentration include biostatistics, community health, environmental & occupational health sciences, epidemiology, and health management and policy.

Department of Public Health Education
Christine Moranetz, Ph.D., Department Chair

Master of Public Health Professional Option: 42 semester credit hour (SCH) Masters in Public Health (MPH) Professional Option is an interdisciplinary degree that provides education and training for professionals in any field who want to strengthen their general knowledge and skills in public health. Students in this "generalist," practice-oriented curriculum will complete a common set of required courses and then have the opportunity to tailor their electives to meet their individual career goals. Students will gain knowledge, skills and approaches that emphasize the core functions of public health, including the assessment of health risks and current levels of disease; the development of public health policies; the assurance of health improvement through health promotion, disease prevention and health services; and the management of health systems and settings.

Department of Biostatistics
Karan Singh, Ph.D., Department Chair

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Biometry 2011-2012 Clinical Research 2011-2012
Biometry Emphasis: The biometry emphasis is designed to train students in data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. This emphasis focuses on the methodologies and procedure of statistical analysis and research design.

Clinical Research Emphasis: The clinical research emphasis is primarily designed for those who are currently working in the health care professions. The program is for professionals who wish to prepare for roles in clinical research, health care research, medical database management, or statistical consulting in medical or public health settings. The emphasis is oriented toward applied clinical research, outcome measurement, and applied biostatistics.

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
David A. Sterling , Ph.D., Department Chair

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
See Curriculum2011-2012
Natural environmental processes and human interaction affect the micro and macro environment in which we live, and directly effects or influences health. The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences prepares present and future public health scientists and practitioners to assess and evaluate physical, chemical and biological stressors in the environments people live and work, and identify and develop effective intervention and control methodologies. Interaction with a diverse faculty and competency-based curriculum exposes students to sound scientific theory and methodology in several disciplines and integrates their application to the field of environmental and occupational health. Students in this concentration are provided with the unique opportunity to translate knowledge acquired in the classroom and laboratory into practical applications in the real world through participation in faculty research; internships in industry, state or national agencies; and visits to these organizations. In addition to required courses such as environmental data analysis, human health toxicology, and hazard recognition, evaluation and control, coursework can be taken for additional focus in areas such as occupational health practice/industrial hygiene; exposure and risk assessment; environmental epidemiology; global environmental health; policy; and air pollution. For professionals already in the field of environmental and occupational health, this MPH concentration provides students with an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge and expertise in specific areas of interest by working alongside faculty researchers and environmental and occupational professionals at the local, state, national and international level.

Department of Epidemiology
David Sterling, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair


See Curriculum: 2011-2012
The epidemiology concentration is designed for students seeking to acquire skills in the fundamental methods of epidemiologic investigation and prevention in populations. Concentration courses emphasize basic and advanced epidemiologic principles and their application to current problems in public health and related disciplines. Students in the epidemiology concentration are expected to use appropriate methods to plan, implement, and conduct epidemiologic research. Students are also expected to critically evaluate research methodology to assess validity and potential sources of bias. Skills in computer use and statistics acquired in the public health program are used to analyze, interpret, and disseminate the results of epidemiologic investigations.

Department of Health Management and Policy
Jose Pagan, Ph.D., Chair


Health Management & Policy
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The health management and policy concentration is designed to prepare students with competencies needed for careers in policy development, policy analysis and health management. The curriculum addresses health systems, quantitative methods, health economics and finance, managed care, private and public sector management, state and national policy, and health law. The concentration provides instruction in professional competencies commonly found in schools of public policy, public administration, business and management.

Department of Behavioral & Community Health
Dennis Thombs, Ph.D., Department Chair

Community Health
See Curriculum: 2011-2012

The community health concentration prepares professionals from a variety of backgrounds (nursing, medicine, dentistry, allied health, social work, health education, nutrition, psychology, anthropology, sociology) for public health careers. This concentration uses a multidisciplinary approach to identify community, family, social, and behavioral factors in both the onset of and solution to public health problems through disease prevention, health promotion, or health care. Community health contributes to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that promote healthy environments and healthy lives for individuals and populations. Students will learn social and behavioral theories and methodologies that are used to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs and interventions. Students will also be prepared to perform community-based research, communicate findings to the public and policymakers, and advocate for evidence-based programs and policies. Traditionally, program graduates have assumed positions in public health departments, health and human service agencies, and other health care settings.

Department of Public Health Education
Christine A. Moranetz, PhD, FAWHP, Chair

Doctor in Public Health (Dr.PH.) in Public Health Practice
See Curriculum: 2011-2012

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in Public Health Practice is an indication of distinguished scholarly accomplishment in the professional field.  The goal of the DrPH program is to provide advanced training in public health leadership for individuals who will serve in a variety of roles within government, private and not-for-profit organizations.  The DrPH program requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours (SCH) and is offered on a full time or part-time basis.

The DrPH curriculum will serve to integrate the five core areas of public health, emphasizing work experience relevant to this advanced degree and addressing learning methods in the context of public health practice.  To develop leadership skills, students will interact and collaborate with senior public health practitioners through a variety of courses and the residency.  Program content and learning experiences will address the public health competencies identified by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences
Karan P. Singh, PhD, Director

The PhD program in Public Health Sciences prepares pro­fessionals for research, teaching, and service with the overall objective of improving the health of populations. To meet this objective, all students in the program pursue excellence in con­ducting research and disseminating knowledge. The primary focus is on research that advances knowledge and facilitates discovery regarding etiology, interventions, and policies that pro­mote health at the individual, population, societal, and/or global levels.

The PhD curriculum will provide a strong foundation in research methodology and biostatistics necessary for the public health sciences. Advanced training with the specialized fields will be addressed within the five concentrations:

Environmental Health Sciences
Behavioral and Community Health
Health Services and Policy

Dual Degree Programs
D.O./M.P.H.    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine/Master in Public Health 

M.S./M.P.H.  Master in Science-Applied Anthropology/Master in Public Health-Community Health

M.S.N./M.P.H.  Masters of Science in Nursing/Masters in Public Health-Health Management & Policy

The UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health offers three dual degree programs: M.S.N./M.P.H. in Health Management & Policy, M.S. in Applied Anthropology/M.P.H. in Community Health, and the D.O./M.P.H.. The students in these programs are evaluated and admitted separately to each school and must meet all requirements for each degree separately. Admission to one program does not assure admission to the other. Students completing a dual degree program receive diplomas and transcripts from each of the participating schools. Thus, they are not joint degree programs where one diploma lists both schools, but rather dual degree programs.

In each of the following programs, students must complete the M.P.H. core curriculum, which includes a course in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health management and policy and social and behavioral sciences. With the use of transfer credit and dual credit, students are required to complete 45 semester credit hours, which includes 3 SCH of practice experience and 6 semester credit hours of a culminating experience (thesis or non-thesis option).

D.O./M.P.H. Dual Degree
The primary goal of the D.O./M.P.H. program is to provide clinical professionals with specialized public health training to develop, integrate, and apply culturally competent social, psychological, and biomedical approaches to the promotion and preservation of health. Physicians with training in public health may work in a wide range of positions in public, private, or academic settings. The M.P.H. degree offers the physician a significant advantage when seeking jobs which involve planning and managing health systems, performing clinical research, determining the causes of disease, or planning and implementing disease control strategies. Physicians with the M.P.H. degree work in health departments, federal agencies, managed care and other health provider organizations, schools of public health and medicine, in the private practice arena, and in many other federal and international agencies.

M.S. in Applied Anthropology/M.P.H. in Community Health
The School of Public Health and the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas have developed a cooperative agreement that allows students to pursue the M.P.H. and a graduate degree in anthropology. The dual degree program in Applied Anthropology and Public Health offers an opportunity to strengthen collaboration in public health, anthropology and social science research and practice. 

M.S.N./M.P.H. in Health Management & Policy
The M.P.H./M.S.N. is a 57 semester credit hour cooperative program offered by the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health and the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing (UTA-SON). The Health Management & Policy concentration is oriented toward nursing professionals who want to supplement their training with practical public health experience specifically geared toward management and policy. 

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This page last updated 21st Nov 2013