The Master of Science in Applied Anthropology and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree program provides a solid foundation in both applied anthropology and public health. This program equips graduates to analyze public health problems using mixed research methods and frameworks unique to the field of anthropology. Applied anthropologists who are MPH-trained often work in government and non-governmental organizations as socio-behavioral researchers, health analysts, program coordinators/evaluators where they manage public health programs and advise policymakers on a range of health issues.
- The MPH-trained applied anthropologist will have in-depth knowledge and competencies in: culture and health, health inequities and marginalized populations, health policy, behavior and community change strategies, and public health leadership.
- The MPH-trained applied anthropologists will have expanded professional opportunities, particularly in federal, state, and local government agencies as well as international non-governmental organizations.
- The MPH-trained applied anthropologists will have the ability to engage effectively with policymakers to improve health and address social justice issues.
- The MPH-trained applied anthropologists will have the ability to effectively engage communities as partners to strengthen their capacity to change social and environmental conditions that undermine public health and maintain health disparities.
- The MPH-trained applied anthropologists will have the ability to merge anthropological theory with a population health perspective that focuses on economic, racial, and environmental determinants of health.
Potential career paths
- Federal, state, and local government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, state health departments, and county and city health departments
- International non-governmental organizations carrying out health programming around the world, including program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
- Policy and advocacy for vulnerable and underserved communities
- Addressing the needs of specific priority populations, such as children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, mental illness, or drug addiction, tribal communities, etc.
- Environmental health advocacy and regulation
The MS/MPH dual degree program in Applied Anthropology and Public Health is jointly supported by the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas in Denton and the HSC School of Public Health. Applicants must apply for admission to both universities.
For more information and to apply to the MS in Applied Anthropology, visit: UNT Department of Anthropology.
Charlotte Noble, PhD
School of Public Health
Doug Henry, PhD
Department of Anthropology