DO/MPH Professional Option (Online)

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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.

This 42 semester credit hour program 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. Ultimately, graduates of this program will contribute to the expansion and enhancement of a competent public health workforce that is advancing the well-being of Texas’ citizens and beyond. Students in the Professional Option will specifically strengthen their knowledge and skills in public health through the following areas:

Health Policy and Management

Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.


Apply basic principles of ethical analysis (e.g., the Public Health Code of Ethics, human rights framework, other moral theories) to issues of public health practice and policy.
Distinguish between population and individual ethical considerations in relation to the benefits, costs, and burdens of public health programs.


Recognize the attributes of leadership in public health.
Describe the alternative strategies for collaboration and partnership among organizations, focused on public health goals.

Applicants to the DO/MPH program must first be offered admission to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medical School prior to submitting an application for the MPH Professional Option Online program.

Submit the following to the School of Public Health Office of Admissions (Student Service Center-120):

*Completed Application
*Statement of Professional Goals
*Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (request copies of official transcripts from the UNTHSC    Registrar to be sent to our office)
*MCAT scores (on record with TCOM)
*Three letters or recommendation (recommenders may submit their letters via email to
*$40 application fee
*Resume or CV

Application Deadlines:
Fall I – July 1
Fall II – September 1
Spring I – November 15
Spring II – February 1
Summer – April 15

2017-2018 Curriculum (42 SCH)
Core MPH Competencies (see below) / Course Descriptions / Sequence of Coursework
Required Courses: 25 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health (3 SCH)
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics (3 SCH)
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health (3 SCH)
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology (3 SCH)
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy (3 SCH)
HMAP 5320 Health Services Management (3 SCH)
HMAP 6320 Leadership for Public Health (3 SCH)
HMAP 6360 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3 SCH)
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (0 SCH)
PHED 5197 Professional and Academic Development (1 SCH)

Practice Experience: 2 SCH
PHED 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (2 SCH)

Elective Courses: 12 SCH
(TCOM recognized courses will meet elective requirements)
Contact Dr. Matt Nolan Adrignola for more information

Culminating Experience: 3 SCH
PHED 5302 MPH Professional Option Capstone (3 SCH)

The Master of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:

Public Health Knowledge & Skills-The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.
Integration of Theory and Practice-The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience.
Communication and Informatics-The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.
Diversity and Culture-The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
Professionalism-The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities.

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