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Due to recent developments during the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, all in-person SPH events have been cancelled until further notice.

SPH Admitted Student information sessions are offered by group webinar or one on one meetings for Fall 2021. Meeting links are provided in your admission decision communication. To have these resent or for the most recent dates please contact us at

UNTHSC New Student Orientation. All SPH students are required to register for and attend the university wide new student orientation. Orientation will take place approximately 1 week before the start of the fall semester. you may register for UNTHSC New Student Orientation by clicking here: New Student Orientation Registration.

SPH Common Reading

The Common Reading Program is a shared learning experience for all incoming students in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. The purpose of this program is to stimulate meaningful conversations about the professions that you are entering while learning about all possibilities to make a difference. This interprofessional educational (IPE) opportunity will provide your cohort with a shared learning experience about the fields of public health, health administration and leadership.

For Fall 2020 the selection was Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital written by Sheri Fink. Five Days at Memorial is a non-fiction book about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at a hospital in New Orleans. It details the course of events over five days at the hospital as thousands of people were trapped in the flooded hospital without power. Students are encouraged to complete the reading before classes begin in August. IPE will take place in October and faculty will include across curriculum throughout Fall term.

Academic Integrity, Policies & Procedures

UNTHSC School of Public Health students are expected to read, be familiar with, and abide by the general academic policies and procedures for both UNTHSC and SPH. It is the responsibility of the student to abide by university student code of conduct and follow all appropriate policies and procedures. Newly admitted students to the School of Public Health should review the following presentation on Academic integrity: Academic Integrity Presentation: Dr. Tracey Barnett, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health

Beyond the Classroom

UNTHSC School of Public Health requires cohort students to maintain involvement beyond the daily classroom.

Interludes: Students participate in weekly interlude meetings which consist of additional career and field prep programs. Programs range from alumni panels to networking, coaching, and guest speakers specific to concentration studies.

Inter-Professional Education: UNTHSC students of all programs are participate in Iinter-professional education activities. These activities bring together students from various disciplines to enable effective collaboration and improve health. IPE events are carried out on a semester basis.

Community Service: One of Public Health’s focus is to improve the community through various interventions. Here at UNTHSC we believe individuals should be involved and connected to their community. This is supported by the 6 hour community service requirement per semester. Volunteer opportunities are coordinated and published regularly by the Office of Academic Services. Students who have an ongoing service outlet are encouraged to continue those activities.

Journal Club: Students in the MS and PhD programs participate in regular journal club meetings. Facilitated by faculty this group helps research students hone their analytical reading skills and ability to effectively critique published studies.

Cohort Model & Work Policy

A cohort is a group of people gathered together for a purpose. In the School of Public Health our full-time, on-campus programs including the MPH, MS in Public Health and MHA programs admit students in cohorts. Student cohorts begin each program at the same time, complete a sequence of prescribed courses, and graduate at the same time. Our cohort programs place importance on student-student and student-faculty relationships. We seek to promote an academic community that engages students both in and outside the classroom, cultivating a strong team-based learning experience. Additional information on our cohort model can be found here: SPH Cohort Model

Students are prohibited from working outside of the University while classes are in session. During the MPH/MHA/MSPH program, your academic development should be the primary focus of your life. Students are expected to immerse themselves in their studies and consider their student role to be a full-time job. Students will be provided a weekly calendar of curricular and co-curricular activity that will occupy your time from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. In addition, you should expect to spend a considerable amount of time studying in the evenings and weekends.

Cohort students may seek part-time employment on campus which may include various assistant roles including office support, teaching or research. Pay and hours offered vary by position and office, a maximum hours of 19 hours. We will share job postings as they are available each summer. More often students seek and find positions on campus once the fall term has started. Securing assistantships and jobs on campus is competitive. Summer is the earliest you can apply for these positions. On Campus Work Portal

SPH 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:


Student Services & Resources

Financial Services

Paying for graduate or professional school can be overwhelming. UNTHSC Financial Services is available to all students to assist them with their various needs. More information on financial services and other student services can be located here: Financial Services and Student Services

Health Insurance

Degree-seeking domestic students enrolled in the School of Public Health are eligible to obtain school-sponsored coverage on a voluntary basis. Enrollment and payment will be the sole responsibility of the student.

All registered international students scholars, or other persons with a current passport and student visa engaged in educational activities at the HSC are required to enroll in the university-sponsored plan or provide documentation of comparable coverage through the online waiver management system.

Degree-seeking students in ONLINE ONLY programs are exempt from this requirement.

PhD students receive health insurance coverage as part of their award package. Specific instructions for PhD students regarding their health insurance coverage will come from SPH Admissions.

For additional information on the university-sponsored health insurance should contact the division of student affairs at

International Students

The International Services Office (ISO) provides immigration and advising services to the diverse UNT Health Science Center campus. The office assists students, scholars, and employment-based visa holders to navigate complex immigration regulations. Through individual consultations, workshops, and written information, the ISO helps over 200 foreign nationals maintain compliance with their individual visa requirements. For specific questions about international student visas, immigration regulations, or international student resources, please visit the Office of International Services webpage or contact them directly at

Lewis Library

The Lewis Library is an active hub for students from all university programs. The 2nd floor, and main level, is a Social Studying floor that houses a coffee spot, IT services, research services and computer labs. The 3rd floor is a collaborative space that includes study rooms and collaborative learning commons. The 4th floor is a quiet study floor with study rooms and with innovative learning spaces. The library offers healthy community activities including a reflection room and regular Paws for Wellness visits from therapy animals. School of Public Health Library Resources

Class Schedules & Book Lists

SPH Academic Services staff posts a summary of book requirements each term within our course schedule page .

UNTHSC does not host a physical bookstore on our campus. Students may purchase books from their preferred retailer. Booklists are posted on the course schedule page .

Parking & Off-Campus Housing

A parking permit issued by the UNT Health Science Center Parking Office is required to be properly displayed on any vehicle parked on the University campus. These permits are issued to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Any vehicle that does not have a valid permit properly displayed risks being issued a parking citation. To purchase a parking permit, click the following link: UNTHSC Parking Permit.

The UNT Health Science Center does not provide on-campus housing. However, we have developed a partnership to help our incoming student locate apartments, condos, and houses. Please visit the UNTHSC portal powered by for more information at:

UNTHSC hosts a roommate finding site where students may post rooms available for rent and notices for those seeking roommates. Roomie

Technology Package

Students will be responsible for sourcing and maintaining a laptop computer during the duration of their program.

The following laptop technology minimums will support your successful work in statistical software. There will be a technology week, August 2nd-5th 2021, for software uploading and testing. Students will receive more information and additional details from SPH Academics ( Your active participation in a test session during technology week will help ensure readiness for classes on day 1.

SPH Student Technology Minimum Configuration:

  • Windows based laptop (Should not be older than two years)
  • Minimum RAM 4 GB preferably 8 GB or up
  • Hard Drive 50 GB (free space)
  • Processor i3 (minimum)
  • Webcammer

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SPH Departments & Research

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.


Explore the expertise of scholars, researchers and healthcare providers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Our rich UNTHSC Expert Portal aids in the search of ongoing research projects, existing collaborative partnerships and our extensive subject matter experts. We invite you search our database by key word, field of expertise or last name using the search panel. Alternatively, you can browse for experts in the Profiles tab or for teams in the Research Units tab.


Explore Fort Worth

If your time at UNTHSC means relocation to Fort Worth, welcome to our vibrant hometown. We encourage our students to take some time to familiarize themselves with their new home.The city of Fort Worth is the 13th largest city in the United States. Learn more about what the great city of Fort Worth has to offer.

Fort Worth


Life After SPH

Today, public health and health administration are ever evolving fields. Here at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health, we are preparing the next generation of students to efficiently and effectively handle a multitude of issues. After completion of their programs, our students will be equipped for what lies ahead in a life after SPH. Below you will find some links to SPH alumni, internship/fellowship opportunities, and employment opportunities relevant to all future UNTHSC School of Public Health graduates.

Careers in Public Health and Health Administration


Internships & Fellowships


This page was last modified on February 12, 2021