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Sph Students

The Admissions team is ready to help you learn more about the School of Public Health application process and answer your questions. Attend an upcoming admissions event, sign-up for a campus tour or schedule a virtual advising session. After reviewing the information below, if you have additional questions, please reach out to our admissions office at admissions@unthsc.edu.


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 over 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 areas of concentration include:

  • Biostatistics and Data Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Public Health Leadership (offered in both cohort and online delivery)

The MPH cohort program is a 2-year, full-time, cohort style program

The MPH Online program in Public Health Leadership is a 100% online flexible program. With five different starting times, this online delivery 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-PHL Online 48-hour option is best for recent graduates. The MPH-PHL 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.

Master of Health Administration

Become a leader who affects meaningful change to impact our health systems and communities. Pursue the Master of Health Administration (MHA) as an on-campus or online student.. UNTHSC School of Public Health offers the MHA degree as both an on-campus or online program.

Complete the full-time, on-campus MHA degree in 2 years. Learn more about our residential 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

Do you intend to pursue a PhD degree and hope to become a university-faculty member in a school or college of public health? Are you ready to dive into public health research? 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences

Scholarly research has the potential to transform the field of public health, but it requires principal investigators with highly developed skill sets to bring it to realization. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences prepares students to become research-focused, faculty members in schools and colleges of public health. 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: Doctor 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

Overall Program Cost

Cost of Attendance / Tuition and Fees

Cost of attendance is available in a variety of formats. UNTHSC publishes tuition and fees details online.

Overall estimated tuition and fees to earn the entire degree are:

MPH (Cohort Program) In-State Resident $14,500 Non-Residents $37,500
MHA (Cohort Program) In-State Resident $12,500 Non-Residents $36,000
MS in Public Health In-State Resident $12,800 Non-Residents $33,000
PhD in Public Health In-State Resident $24,500 Non-Residents $55,000
MPH Online 42 Hours In-State Resident $13,500 Non-Residents $34,500
MPH Online 48 Hours In-State Resident $16,000 Non-Residents $39,000
MHA Online In-State Resident $14,600 Non-Residents $37,000

Need help with determining costs of comparable programs? Contact SPHExplore@unthsc.edu

Texas Residency is established at the time of admission to UNT Health Science Center. We encourage you to review the details for the residency status requirements posted by the Registrar’s Office.


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 are 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.


Areas of Research

Biostatistical Application

  • Dr. Rajesh Nandy : Methods for neuroimaging data analysis, independent component analysis.
  • Dr. Justin M. Luningham : Computational statistics, machine learning approaches, and latent variable models to study the genetics of mental health disorders.
  • Dr. Andrew Yockey : 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.

Environmental Epidemiology

  • Dr. Ubydul Haque : Arbovirus, climate change, heat waves, landslides, and spatial epidemiology.
  • Dr. Malinee Neelamegam : 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 : 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. Scott Walters : Motivational interviewing & technology in behavioral health interventions.

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.


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.