FAQ

What is the minimum GRE score requirements?
What is the minimum GPA requirements?
How do I apply?
How long does it take to get an admissions decision?
Do you offer online degree programs?
Do you offer night or weekend courses?
How long does it take to complete the MHA/ MPH/ DrPH/ PhD or Graduate Certificate in Public Health?
What are the application deadlines?
Are there any prerequisites required for the masters programs?
Will my application be considered after the priority application deadline?
Do I need to send official transcripts to UNTHSC School of Public Health?
How many students are currently enrolled in the school?
Can I apply to more than one concentration?
Once I have been accepted, can I change concentrations or degree programs?
What is a typical class size?
Do you offer on-campus housing?
What type of funding is available to new incoming master students?
What type of funding is available to new incoming doctoral students?
What is the approximate cost to attend UNTHSC School of Public Health?
Can I transfer credit for graduate level courses earned elsewhere?
What is the difference between the MHA and MPH in health management and policy programs?
What is the difference between the DrPH Practice and the PhD in Public Health Sciences programs?

What is the minimum GRE score requirements?

We do not have a minimum GRE score requirement, although the average scores for the fall 2015 class were 150 for the verbal, 152 for quantitative and 5.0 for the analytical writing section at the masters level. We encourage you to apply whether or not you meet these guidelines. Keep in mind that all components of the application are taken into consideration.


What is the minimum GPA requirements?

We do not have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) requirement. The mean undergraduate GPA of fall 2015 accepted applicants to the masters programs was 3.3.

Doctoral applicants must have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Although a minimum GPA is required, the mean graduate GPA of applicants offered admission in fall 2015 was 3.74.


How do I apply?

Masters of Health Administration (MHA) Apply through either www.sophas.org or www.hampcas.org
Masters of Public Health (MPH) Apply through www.sophas.org
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Practice Applications are not being accepted for fall 2016
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences Apply through www.sophas.org
Dual Degrees (MPH/MS in Applied Geography or MPH/MS Applied Anthropology) Apply through www.sophas.org
DO/MPH Download & submit application directly to the SPH Office of Admission & Academic Services
Graduate Certificates Download & submit application directly to the SPH Office of Admission & Academic Services
Non Degree Download & submit application directly to the SPH Office of Admission & Academic Services


How long does it take to get an admissions decision?

Once your application has been released to our university from the application service and all application materials have been received you can expect the following decision timelines:

MPH Applicants: 2-3 weeks

MHA Applicants: 2-3 weeks

Doctoral Applicants: Decisions are usually made in late February early March


Do you offer online degree programs?

We offer the Master of Public Health Professional Option and the MPH in Health Management & Policy degree programs online. Also, our graduate certificate programs can be completed online.



Do you offer classes at night or online?

Some courses are offered in the evening from 6-9pm. However, students will be required to complete their curriculum at various times of the day. We do offer a few online courses.


How long will it take to complete the MHA/MPH/DrPH/PhD or Graduate Certificate in Public Health?

Time to completion will vary depending on the course load students take. Students have a time limitation of 6 years for the master degrees and seven years for the doctoral degrees to complete.

Program Time to Completion
MHA (60 SCH) 5 semesters, programs begin in fall and require summer enrollment
MPH (42-SCH) Professional Option 1 (see sequential masters advantage), 2 & 3 years
MPH (48 SCH) Concentration Specific 5 semesters, programs begin in fall and require summer enrollment
MPH (54 SCH) Joint Concentration 5 semesters, programs begin in fall and require summer enrollment
DrPH (60 SCH) 3 to 4 years
PhD (90 SCH) 4 to 5 years
Graduate Certificate Programs (15 SCH) 1 year



What are the MHA & MPH application deadlines?

See application deadlines.

Are there any prerequisites required for the masters programs?

We do not require prerequisite courses for master programs.


Will my application be considered after the priority application deadline?

Master level on campus programs will accept applications after the priority date based on space availability.
Doctoral applications will not be considered after the January 15th application deadline. See more information about application deadlines.


Do I need to send official transcripts to UNTHSC-School of Public Health?

If you have submitted your official transcripts to either SOPHAS or HAMPCAS you will not need to send additional transcripts to our office. However, if you are offered admission and plan to enroll and did not submit your final transcript showing your degree or coursework completed, you will need to request an official final transcript to be sent to our office.


How many students are currently enrolled at UNTHSC/School of Public Health?

UNTHSC has a student population of approximately 2230 students. This encompasses students enrolled in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Health Professions and the UNT System College of Pharmacy. The student population in the School of Public Health is 490.


Can I apply to more than one concentration?

Applicants must apply to one concentration. The concentration should be referenced in the applicants Personal Statement and should align with applicants career goals.

Once I have been accepted, can I change concentrations or degree programs?

Students must be in academic good standing at the time they request a change of concentration and there will need to be seats available in the desired concentration. Current students applying for a change of concentration will be reviewed by the faculty and Department Chairs for consideration.



What is a typical class size?

Classes are typically larger in the fall semesters due to the large number of new students that begin their programs. Core master level courses can range between 25-80 students, required courses average 20-30 students, electives average 10-30 depending on the elective.



Do you offer on-campus housing?

We do not offer campus housing but we are located near many apartments. You may contact our office for a list of apartments in the area or use an online apartment locator.



What type of funding is available for master students?

The Dean offers competitive scholarships & graduate assistantships (GA) to new incoming students each fall semester. These awards are given out based on prior academic performance. To be considered for the scholarships & GA positions applicants must have submitted and completed their fall application through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS by the March 15th priority application deadline to be considered. That means all application materials must be received by the application service well enough in advance for the service to complete the coursework verification and release the verified application to the university.

The GA positions are part-time hourly paid positions with a limited amount of funding for the first academic year. These positions do not qualify for an out-of-state residency waiver for tuition.


What type of funding is available for new doctoral students?

The School offers limited competitive multi-year funding packages to doctoral students.



What is the approximate cost to attend UNTHSC School of Public Health?

Approximate costs below are to complete the entire program which includes tuition & fees, course fees, transcript, matriculation, laptop with software if required and graduation fees included. These costs are subject to change.

Degree Program (SCH) Texas Resident Tuition Non-Texas Resident Tuition
MHA (60 SCH) (2 yr) $14,255 $42,575
MPH (42 SCH) Professional Option (2 yr) On Campus $10,803 $33,605
MPH (42 SCH) Online Professional Option (2 yr) $13,834 $35,131
MPH (48 SCH) Concentration Specific (2 Yr) $14,012 $36,668
MPH (48 SCH) Online Health Management & Policy (2 yr) $16,774 $39,430
MPH (54 SCH) Joint Concentration Programs $15,276 $40,864
DrPH (60 SCH) Practice $13,964 $34,928
PhD (90 SCH) $17,993 $52,553
Online Graduate Certificate Programs $4,966 $12,046



Can I transfer credits for graduate level courses taken elsewhere?

We will accept up to 12 semester credit hours of graduate course work taken elsewhere with approval from appropriate faculty members for courses deemed relevant. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be considered.


What is the difference between the MHA and MPH in health management and policy programs?

The MPH in Health Management & Policy program prepares students with competencies needed for careers in policy development, policy analysis and health management. The 48 credit hour curriculum addresses health systems, quantitative methods, health economics and finance, managed care, private and public sector management, state and national policy, and health law.

The MHA program prepares students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence based practices needed to become exceptional managers and leaders in health care organizations. The 60 credit hour curriculum is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interest in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long-term care,
insurance and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms; government agencies; for-profit and nonprofit sector organizations.



What is the difference between the DrPH Practice and the PhD in Public Health Sciences programs?

The School of Public Health offers two doctoral degrees. Both advanced degree programs are designed to prepare leaders to advance the field of public health.

The DrPH is a practice-focused degree emphasizing the scholarship of application. DrPH students focus on optimizing public health practice through the application of existing research. During the program, students develop skills in translating research findings into evidence–based practice in real-world community and health system settings. Courses focus on theory, research methods, organizational management, policy, advocacy, implementation science, program planning and evaluation, and community engagement. Employment opportunities would be in academic public health (teaching-intensive positions), foundations, state and national government agencies, nonprofit agencies, and local health departments.

The PhD is a research-focused degree emphasizing the scholarship of discovery and integration. PhD students focus on the creation of new knowledge through the testing of hypotheses. During the program, students develop skills in research design, grant proposal development, collection and analysis of data, and communication of scientific findings. Courses focus on theory, research methods, statistics, and scientific writing. Possible employment would be in academic public health (research-intensive positions), state and national government agencies, and private research organizations.

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