Future Students

Sph Students


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



Areas of Research

Biostatistical Application

  • Dr. R. Nandy : Methods for neuroimaging data analysis, independent component analysis
  • Dr. Suzuki : Application of statistical methods to public health surveillance, sequential analysis
  • Dr. Zhou : Statistical genetics, meta-analysis, alcohol outcome evaluation

Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Health Disparities

  • Dr. Nguyen : Women’s health, chronic diseases, aging, health disparities, epidemiological methods
  • Dr. Tao : Cancer, chronic diseases, molecular biomarkers, lifestyle factors, health disparities

Environmental Epidemiology

  • Dr. Haque : Arbovirus, climate change, heat waves, landslides, and spatial epidemiology
  • Dr. Lee : Vector-borne diseases, environmental infectious diseases and their interventions

Health Behavior Research

  • Dr. Barnett: Health risk behaviors surrounding tobacco, smoking cessation and electronic cigarettes
  • Dr. Litt: Health risk behaviors, including substance use and social media use, among adolescents and young adults
  • Dr. Lewis: Alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors among adolescents and young adults
  • Dr. Mun : Prevention & intervention of alcohol misuse/use disorders among young adults
  • Dr. Spears : the role of intersectional stressors in health behaviors and health disparities observed in historically marginalized communities
  • Dr. Walters : Motivational interviewing & technology in behavioral health interventions

Health Services Research

  • Dr. Miller : Resource allocation and burden of disease, tuberculosis
  • Dr. Rasu : Health analytics, outcomes research, economic eval of healthcare interventions
  • Dr. Stockbridge : Mental health, healthcare quality, latent tuberculosis infection, oral health



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, vaccination programming, disaster preparedness, zoonosis, vector-borne diseases, and air pollution, as well as in the development of novel statistical methods applied to clinical trials, neuroimaging, survey sampling, genetics, and environmental monitoring. Their efforts have led to numerous high impact publications and external funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Justice, and the city of Fort Worth.


Plan a Campus Visit

Due to recent developments during the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, all in-person campus visit opportunities have been cancelled until further notice. The SPH Office of Admissions will offer virtual visits until further notice. Additional information on a Virtual Preview Day will be shared at a later date. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us at the UNTHSC School of Public Health Office of Admissions at (817) 735-2401 or via e-mail at sph@unthsc.edu.

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.



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.



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 August 27, 2020