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.