Future Students

Sph Students

Welcome!

We are excited that you have taken the time to stop by our webpage and learn more about the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. For twenty years, the UNTHSC School of Public Health has been full-filling its missions statement and remaining true to its vision statement by seeking to be the team of choice for public health education, discovery, and science while creating solutions for a healthier community by advancing public health knowledge through research, service and the education of current and future public health professionals.

Our Programs

Master of Public Health

Pursue the Master of Public Health degree as an on-campus or online student. UNTHSC School of Public Health offers the Master of Public Health degree as both an on-campus or online program. The MPH cohort program is a 2-year, full-time, cohort style program that allows students to select one of four areas of concentration. Those areas of concentration are:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Public Health Leadership

The MPH Online program is a 100% online flexible program. With five different starting times, this program is designed with the working professional in mind. Applicants may qualify for either the 48 or 42 semester credit hour option based on prior training and work experience.

  • The MPH Online 48-hour option is best for recent graduates. Engage with a range of public health competencies, including community health and health policy management.
  • The MPH Online 42-hour option is designed for those with at least 3 years of work experience in public health or medical professions or applicants that already hold an advanced degree or are enrolled in a dual graduate program. Gain a strong foundation in public health core competencies as well as a focus in health management and policy.

Master of Health Administration

Become a leader who affects meaningful change to impact our health systems and outcomes. Pursue the Master of Health Administration program here at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. Complete this full-time, on-campus, cohort style program in 2 years. Learn more about our MHA program here: Master of Health Administration.

The MHA Online program is a 100% online flexible program. With Fall and Spring starts, this program is designed for working professionals. Applicants for the online MHA program must have at least two years of health-related work experience, in either a clinical or a management position and currently employed full-time in healthcare

Master of Science in Public Health Sciences

Are you seeking to begin a meaningful career of inquiries, analysis, and research? Are you ready to dive into the scholarly research or higher academics? Pursue the Master of Science in Public Health Sciences here at the UNTHSC School of Public Health and select from two areas of concentrations including, Health Behavior Research or Epidemiology. Click the following link to learn more about the Master of Science in Public Health Sciences.

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences

Research has the potential to change minds and the world, but it requires individuals with the right skills to bring it to realization. The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences prepares students for a future as academic researchers. Students will select from one of two areas of concentration to focus on during their studies as a PhD student here at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. Students will select either Epidemiology or Health Behavior Research as their area of concentration. Strong funding packages are available for this highly selective program.

For more information, please visit the Doctorate of Public Health (PhD) Program Page here: Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate

Advance your knowledge in public health through our Graduate Certificate program here at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. The Graduate Certificate consists of 15-credit hours. Upon completion of the certificate, students earning a grade of B or better in each course may apply all hours to their MPH degree. Learn more by visiting our Graduate Certificate Page.

Dual Degrees

The UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health offers various dual degree programs. UNTHSC partners with the UNT Denton campus for our MPH/MS Anthropology degree. Students to this degree must apply and be admitted by each campus and program.

The School of Public Health partners with other HSC divisions for the DO/MPH, PA/MPH and PharmD/MPH options. Students in these programs must first be admitted to the DO or PA program and may then apply to add the MPH to their course of study. Students take advantage of the MPH online delivery to allow for course completion during their regular course of study.

Review our dual degree programs online here: Dual Degrees

 

Research

Areas of Research

Biostatistical Application

  • Dr. Rajesh Nandy : Methods for neuroimaging data analysis, independent component analysis.
  • Dr. Justin M. Luningham (joining the SPH faculty in Fall 2021) : Computational statistics, machine learning approaches, and latent variable models to study the genetics of mental health disorders.
  • Dr. Andrew Yockey (joining the SPH faculty in Fall 2021) : Unique statistical methods and survey procedures to study substance use prevention and child/adolescent health risk behaviors.
  • Dr. Zhengyang Zhou : Statistical genetics, meta-analysis, alcohol outcome evaluation.

Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Health Disparities

  • Dr. Tracey Barnett : Health risk behaviors surrounding tobacco, smoking cessation and electronic cigarettes.
  • Dr. Uyen-Sa D. T. Nguyen : Women’s health, chronic diseases, aging, health disparities, epidemiological methods.
  • Dr. Menghua Tao : Cancer, chronic diseases, molecular biomarkers, lifestyle factors, health disparities.

Environmental Epidemiology

  • Dr. Ubydul Haque : Arbovirus, climate change, heat waves, landslides, and spatial epidemiology.
  • Dr. Malinee Neelamegam (joining the SPH faculty in Fall 2021) : Aging and its related comorbidities, with a focus on neuropsychological outcomes, in particular vulnerable populations impacted by health disparities.

Health Behavior Research

  • Dr. Nolan Kline (joining the SPH faculty in Fall 2021): Health-related consequences of immigration enforcement policies and intersectional LGBTQ+ Latinx social movements to advance social justice and health equity.
  • Dr. Dana Litt : Health risk behaviors, including substance use and social media use, among adolescents and young adults.
  • Dr. Melissa Lewis : Alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors among adolescents and young adults.
  • Dr. Eun-young Mun : Prevention & intervention of alcohol misuse/use disorders among young adults.
  • Dr. Erica Spears : the role of intersectional stressors in health behaviors and health disparities observed in historically marginalized communities.
  • Dr. Scott Walters : Motivational interviewing & technology in behavioral health interventions.

Health Services Research

Maternal and Child Health

  • Dr. Erika Thompson : Maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Dr. Stacey Griner : Sexual health, women’s health, oral health, dissemination and implementation science.

 

Departments

Health Behavior and Health Systems

Consisting of 12 full-time and 15 affiliated faculty, Department of Health Behavior & Health Systems is one of two departments in the UNTHSC School of Public Health. The goal of the HBHS department is to help communities and health systems improve policy, management, and public health practice. Graduates of our MPH, MHA, MS and PhD programs assume positions in healthcare, business, human services, research, and academic settings. Our faculty are widely recognized for their innovative teaching and impactful research. Their work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, National Science Foundation, and many other national, state and local agencies. Faculty are widely published in the areas of patient safety, disease control, health disparities and underserved populations, women’s and children’s health, participatory research, substance abuse prevention, and online/m-health interventions. HBHS faculty have received national and international awards for their work bridging teaching, research and practice.

Biostatistics and Epidemiology

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology strives to become a model for innovative research, educational excellence, and high impact public health practice that positively affects health issues locally, nationally, and globally. Our goal is to provide a collegial interdisciplinary learning environment that produces strong researchers and public health practitioners who use biostatistics, epidemiology, and environmental health theories, principles, and methods to significantly improve health at the population level. Graduates from our masters and doctoral programs have found employment in academia, public health departments, research organizations, and industry. The faculty in the Department have diverse expertise in areas such as healthy aging, cancer, quasi-experimental trial methodology, surveillance, and vaccination programming, as well as in the development of novel statistical methods applied to clinical trials, neuroimaging, and survey sampling, genetics. Their efforts have led to numerous high impact publications and external funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and State of Texas agencies.

 

Plan a Campus Visit

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HSC has temporarily transitioned many of our events and classes to online delivery, however, our campus is still open for business. Our staff members are working from home to limit their risk of exposure. Therefore, to expedite our response to inquiries, we ask that you send an e-mail to the appropriate Admissions Team (provided in the links below) with any questions and concerns you may have regarding your application.

Please visit the HSC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website for more information. For assistance contact our team at Admissions@unthsc.edu for assistance or take advantage of our virtual visit options below.

 

Attend a Preview Day

Enjoy an in-depth look at the graduate school experience of public health and health administration through Preview Day. This event offers the chance to hear from our dean for an introduction to the field, faculty about the various programs and experiential learning and gain insights from our current students about their experience. The admissions presentation will include advice to help you make your graduate school plans a reality. This event also serves as an opportunity to learn about the campus and campus life at UNTHSC.

REGISTER FOR PREVIEW DAY

 

Schedule a One-on-One Virtual Visit

Prefer a one-on-one opportunity, we’ve got you covered. Sign up for a campus visit opportunity and enjoy a personal meeting with our admissions staff, a professor in your academic area of interest, and a campus tour with a current student. This is a great opportunity for those students who are confident in their program choice and have specific questions to address with admissions and program advisors.

REGISTER FOR A VIRTUAL VISIT

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

We’re glad you have questions. Graduate school is a big step and requires careful consideration. You’re always welcome to email or call us for answers, but for your convenience, we’ve curated our responses to the most common questions from our applicants. You may view our "Frequently Asked Questions" page by following this link: www.unthsc.edu/school-of-public-health/faq.

This page was last modified on April 15, 2021