MPH/MS in Geography

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The dual Master of Public Health offered at UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Public Health (SPH) and Master of Science in 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.

The dual program is comprised of 60 credit hours. Students complete 24 credit hours in Public Health, 18 credit hours in Geography, and 18 credit hours of shared coursework. Shared courses, although dual-listed, have the same competencies. A maximum of 18 of these shared credit hours may be transferred to the student’s MPH or MS degree program to satisfy degree requirements. In addition to the thesis (EOHS 5395/GEOG 5950) as a culminating experience, students also complete the Public Health Practice Experience (EOHS 5297) and Certificate in Public Health (PHED 5000) exam.

By the conclusion of the MPH/MS Geography Dual Degree, a student will be able to:

Understand geographic information science principles in the context of public health.
Know the methods of geospatial analysis of public health information.
Apply appropriate geospatial methods to public health research, practice, and policy.
Use GIS software and geodatabse design to access, manage, and analyze spatial health data.

Applicants to the MPH/MS in Geography must follow both universities admissions requirements.

2017-2018 Curriculum: 60 SCH
Core MPH Competencies (see below) / Course Descriptions / Sequence of Coursework
UNTHSC SPH-Required Courses: 24 SCH 
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individuals & Community Health
BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics
EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy
PHED 5197 Professional & Academic Development
EOHS 5297 Public Health Practice Experience
Electives: 6 SCH taken at UNTHSC SPH

Shared/Transfer Courses: 18 SCH  (UNTHSC or *UNT Denton)
BACH 5314 Research Methods in Public Health or *GEOG 5800 Research Design and Geographic Applications
BIOS 5310 Intermediate Biostatistics or *GEOG 5190 Advanced Quantitative Methods
EOHS 5362 GIS and Health (online only) or *GEOG 5960 Health GIS
EOHS 5364 Medical Geography (online only) or *GEOG 5140 Medical Geography
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination
EOHS 5395 or *GEOG 5950 Thesis (6 SCH)

UNT Denton-Required Courses: 18 SCH
GEOG 5160 Foundations of Geographic Thought
GEOG 5145 Epidemiological Research Methods in Spatial Perspective
GEOG 5510 GIS for Applied Research
GEOG 5520 Intermediate GIS
GEOG 5550 Advanced GIS
Elective: 3 SCH taken at UNT Denton

*Courses offered on the UNT Denton campus in the Department of Geography

CORE MPH COMPETENCIES
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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