Master of Science

Welcome to the Master of Science in Public Health Sciences, where you can begin your career into meaningful inquiry and expert analysis of challenges facing the public health field. The MSPH is the first step toward a career in research and higher academics, with the goal to grow future research faculty in the field of Public Health.

Specialize in Epidemiology to bring your logic and analysis skills to bear on research opportunities. Through advanced epidemiological studies, gain intensive research, writing and publishing experience, starting the road toward your PhD in Epidemiology.

Focus on Health Behavior Research to achieve insights into the psychological, social and cultural factors that affect human health and health behavior. Develop research that advances policy, improves program planning and delivers improved outcomes.

 

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About the Program

Program Purpose. Candidates aspire to be research-focused professors in schools and colleges of public health. The MS degree is the first step in that career pathway. Successful completion of the degree program prepares students for applying to the PhD degree program in Public Health Sciences. The MS program is not a terminal degree. Candidates who do not plan to pursue the PhD immediately after completing master's degree requirements should apply to the MPH degree program instead.

MS to PhD Pathway. The MS degree is the appropriate pathway for candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree and not yet studied at the masters level. Students admitted to the MS track are expected to apply to UNTHSC's PhD program in their second year and progress to the doctoral track immediately following completion of the MS program.

Discovery-Based Paper. MS students will complete significant research, writing, and publishing activities during their 2 years of study at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. The summer semester will be dedicated to developing their paper proposal with a final discovery-based paper completed by May of the second year. The paper will meet journal standards and be submitted for publication.

Full-time. Students take 9 hours each semester. This program carries a heavy research and publication expectation as well as professional development hours. Therefore, employment outside the university is prohibited during classes.

On-campus. Students will complete their courses on-campus at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas

2 Years. Students complete the program in 5 semesters, including the summer.

Fall entrance. New students begin the program each Fall semester. There are no Spring or Summer start options.

Small class size. Core classes range from 15-30 enrolled. Concentration classes range from 6-12 students.

Cohort Format. Students complete the program in a pre-determined sequence and pace. This is shown to improve student success and completion rates, offer strong networking opportunities between students, and develop quality relationships with program faculty.

SPH interlude & IPE programs. 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. IPE (Interprofessional Education) activities bring students from across university schools together for cross-disciplinary training. Students gain experience in collaborative work with medical professionals in real-life scenarios.

Admission Requirements

UNTHSC conducts holistic application reviews. A completed bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required. No specific degree or prerequisite coursework is required. Furthermore, there are no specific score requirements for GPA or GRE scores.

Applications are reviewed once they have been completed and verified by SOPHAS. UNTHSC does not offer conditional or provisional admission. All items must be received in order for an application to be reviewed and a decision rendered. 

Well qualified candidates with strong research match potential will be invited to interview between January and March. 

To Apply:

  • Create an account in SOPHAS online application portal.sophas pic

In addition to the SOPHAS required documentation of official U.S./Canadian transcripts and C.V./Resume, please provide the following additional documentation with your application.

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement).

    Your statement is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a tailored narrative which will describe your education, experience and professional career objectives. It should include:

      • Why are you interested in pursuing your chosen degree and concentration?
      • What are your career goals and how will this program prepare you for your career?
      • Highlight your relevant experience in prior coursework, professional or volunteer work.
      • Reasons for interest in UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
      • Address any areas of weakness in your application.

There are no formal word count or page limitations; however, we recommend that you limit your statement to two pages or less.

Please note your specific area of interest in regards to research and identify 2-3 faculty at UNTHSC in this area who could potentially serve as mentors.

Your statement should be original and unique to each program you are applying to.

Furnishing false or incomplete information, including plagiarism on any part of your statement or in any related application materials, will result in an automatic rejection of your application. (Brief quotes are permissible if accompanied by quotation marks and a reference to the source of the quote.) 

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. Ideal sources include academic professors, advisors and professional supervisors. Physician shadowing letters are not recommended. Letters from peer-colleagues, friends or relatives are never appropriate.
  • World Education Service (WES). ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada (if applicable). 
  • Standardized Test Scores are waived for applicants to Fall 2021. 

Program Candidate Profile

Well Qualified Candidate Profile:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
    • Average GPA of 2020 Admit = 3.7
  • 9+ hours in Math/Stats with a 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Average GPA of 2020 Admit = 3.6
  • At least 1 Research Project Experience (volunteer or student worker)
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation from Research Supervisor/PI recommended

Application Deadlines and Timeline

Upon submission of your SOPHAS application, there is between 4-8 weeks before you can anticipate a response to your application. In that time, all requested items must reach the application service. This includes recommendations and official transcripts/test scores.

Upon final completion, SOPHAS will conduct an initial evaluation of the degree and transcript records.

Priority Deadline-January 15th. All applications that have been completed, submitted, and verified by the application service will be considered for scholarship opportunities, no additional application is required. We suggest submitting your application by February 15th to allow time for SOPHAS verification.

MS Applicants Deadline-March 15th. Application reviews will conclude on March 15th unless program seats fill earlier in the admissions cycle.

Once verified, application materials will be sent on to UNTHSC. You will receive an automated email when your application reaches our system.

UNTHSC Admissions will then process and review the application before presenting it to our Faculty Admission Committee. We appreciate your patience as your application is taken through this process.

UNTHSC School of Public Health recommends allowing up to 4 weeks for SOPHAS or HAMPCAS to complete coursework verification and processing. Consider your goal to "submit" your application 1 month prior to the deadline listed.

International Applicants

Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside the U.S. must submit a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). We require the iCAP WES This will be submitted to the SOPHAS system for your final application.

International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being considered for admission. TOEFL or IELTS are accepted. Minimum requirements: TOEFL internet based = 85 or IELTS = 6.5. Meeting minimum scores does not guarantee admission.

International applicants should submit their application 6 weeks prior to the international applicant deadline. This will allow sufficient time for WES to process the transcript evaluation report and adequate time for visa processing.

Visit our International Student Office site to learn more about the I-20 process, estimated Cost of Attendance and other key factors.

Funding & Expectations

Students admitted to this highly selective program are offered a generous package from the university. This package includes:

  • Full tuition & fees for two (2) years
  • A laptop computer

MS candidates are expected to conduct significant research, a thesis project, participation in journal club and co-curricular activities. 

MS students are expected to apply to the PhD program during year two of the MS program. Successful applicants will advance to the PhD program directly after the MS program. Upon completion of the PhD program graduates are expected to enter into a career as a research faculty member. 

Early application is recommended for this competitive program. The January 15th priority deadline is the preferred time to receive MSPH applications. Offers will be made until seats are filled. Seat count changes year to year based on currently active students. Teaching assistantships and on campus work are available to students throughout the year. About 35% of SPH students are employed on campus during their course of study.

UNTHSC is a graduate only campus and has limited GA, RA & TA positions. MPH, MHA & MS students may apply for positions following admission. Work hours are capped at 19 hours a week. Available positions do not carry tuition/fee waivers.

Financial Aid is available to support tuition, fees and living expenses. If you have specific questions, please contact the UNT Health Science Center Financial Aid Office via:

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.

 

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This page was last modified on October 29, 2020