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 Management and Policy

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.


Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent form a recognized institution
  • Admission to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medical School must be received prior to submitting an application to the DO/MPH Professional Option degree option
  • Create an account and application in SOPHAS Express online application portal.

To Apply:

Submit the following to SOPHAS Express:

  • Unofficial UNTHSC transcripts. Transcripts from all schools attended. Even schools that didn’t ultimately award a degree, all are required.
  • Official graduate test scores. GRE is recommended, institution code 6565. Other accepted tests include GMAT, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT and
  • 1 Letters of Recommendation. From TCOM faculty or advisor. If applying summer before TCOM courses begin a faculty from your bachelors degree is also appropriate.
  • Personal Statement. Describe your interest in the field of study (degree and concentration) to which you are applying, your career goals, how the program will help you reach those goals and why you chose the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health for your graduate education.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Your resume should reflect your full history including volunteer activities, clubs, research, conference presentations and relevant work experience.
  • $50 application fee due to SOPHAS Express.

Submit the following to HSC School of Public Health, Office of Admissions:

  • Official transcripts. Contact HSC Registrar’s office and request that your transcripts be shared with the School of Public Health Admissions.
  • Official MCAT scores. Contact HSC Registrar’s office and request that your test scores be shared with the School of Public Health Admissions.

FAQ Online Courses


Important dates for 2018 – 2019 Academic Year.

Online Terms
Application Deadline
Start Date
Fall I
July 15
August 20
October 8 – 12
Fall II
September 15
October 15
December 3 – 7
Spring I
December 1
January 7
February 25 – March 1
Spring II
February 15
March 18
May 6 – 10
May 1
May 28
July 15 – 19


2018-2019 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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