The UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health offers three dual degree programs: DO/MPH, MPH/M.S. in Applied Anthropology, and MPH/MS Applied Geography. 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 MPH core curriculum, which includes the five core public health courses. With the use of transfer credit and dual credit, students are required to complete 42-48 semester credit hours.
The primary goal of the DO/MPH 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 MPH 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 MPH 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.
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 simultaneously pursue the Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology degrees. 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. Medical anthropology is a field that uses anthropological theories as a framework to understand public health issues. Its emphasis on social and cultural influences on health, illness, and healing are central to the shared goals of improving health and social justice to eliminate local and global disparities.
The dual Master of Public Health offered at UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Public Health (SPH) and Master of Science in Applied Geography offered at UNT Denton Department of Geography involves the application of geospatial analysis and technology to the study of public health. Applications include disease surveillance, health risk analysis, health access and planning, policy development, and community health profiling, of relevance to all fields in public health. Students in this program will apply methods of geospatial analysis to public health research, practice, and policy, for example, utilizing geospatial tools and predictive modeling to explore changes in morbidity and mortality based upon environmental influences (such as air quality, water quality, and climate change) and socioeconomic indicators (such as healthcare access, income, and education). Students will learn the application of GIS software and geodatabase design to access, manage, and analyze health data from a spatial perspective.