Master of Public Health Online

Public Health Leadership

You want to advance your role in the public health field while maintaining your career and family responsibilities. Complete your MPH in a 100% online setting or by blending the best of online and on-campus. Answer the calling to discover solutions to society’s challenges and make the community around you better than it was yesterday.

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Enter the MPH Public Health Leadership Online 48 credit hour program, which is best for recent graduates or career changers. Engage with a range of public health competencies and skills including health politics and policies, program evaluation, and more. Build the skills to play an adaptable role as the needs of your community change today, tomorrow and in the future. Enjoy customizing your program with 12 elective credits from a pre-approved list of courses.

MPH PHL Online 48 Hour
MPH Electives

Pursue your MPH Public Health Leadership Online 42 credit hour program, which is best suited 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 foundational knowledge and skill set rooted in planning, budgeting, management, policy, and ethics in public health. Enjoy customizing your program with 12 elective credits from a pre-approved list of courses.

MPH PHL Online 42 Hour
MPH Electives

Due to the unprecedented challenges created by the current Covid-19 pandemic the UNTHSC School of Public Health is amending its application requirements for the remainder of the Fall 2020 cycle. Students submitting applications to be considered for Summer 2020 online programs or Fall 2020 online and on-campus programs can review amendments to our admissions requirements by clicking on the button below:

COVID-19 Admission Policy Updates
Fall 2020 Course Delivery

About the Program

Full-time or part-time Choose the pace that’s right for you. Students balancing work, family and enrollment are encouraged to take 1 course each 8 week accelerated session. Students with no additional commitments may complete 2 courses each 8 week session. Part-time students complete the program in 3 years and Full-time students in about 2 years.

5 Starts a Year Online classes take place in 5 sessions of 8 weeks each year. Those sessions are:

  • Fall I
  • Fall II
  • Spring I
  • Spring II
  • Summer

Flexible Program Work is divided by week and students must keep in pace with the weekly schedule. Class activity – content review, discussion boards and written assignments – often require going online to participate in the class multiple times each week. We recommend students be prepared to spend 12-15 hours a week on each course due to the accelerated pace.
Make changes to your progress as needed. Our online program allows students to easily stop out for a term or two should work or life changes make it necessary.

Co-Curricular Programs Students are required to participate 4 hours of co-curricular programing each 8 week session. Events interlude opportunities in career preparation, cross discipline collaboration and self-care programs. Activities are coordinated and participation tracked by the SPH Office of Academic Services.

Community Service Students are encouraged to complete 2 hours of community service each month they are active in SPH classes. Faculty, staff and students in the School of Public Health regularly contribute their talents and skills to support solutions for a healthier community. Service work can be completed with current organization relationships or opportunities in the DFW area are regularly provided by the Office of Academic Services. The Associate Dean for Community Engagement will send communications for reporting and tracking of any volunteer activities each term.

Practicum experience is arranged by students and advised by graduate faculty. Students local to the Fort Worth and DFW area may take advantage of UNTHSC relationships in the local community. Students in other locations will be coached on how to connect with potential practicum sites, to develop their project goals and to gain the most from their practicum experience. Practicum experiences often last 6 months to 1 year and include about 600 hours from conception to completion.  Students who have substantial prior professional experience that aligns with MPH competencies may apply for a waiver of up to 300 of these hours.

Campus resources are available to you from Financial Aid to the Library, even Career Services to our Academic Services office. You are always welcome, but never have to come to our physical location.

On Campus Online students may elect to participate in on campus classes. Classes are delivered between 9am and 6pm, in 3 hour meetings, once a week. View our current course schedule to determine if on-campus meetings will fit your schedule.

Practice Experience

Practicum experience is advised by graduate faculty and arranged by students. Students local to the Fort Worth and DFW area may take advantage of HSC relationships in the local community. Students in other locations will be coached on how to connect with potential practicum sites, to develop their project goals and to gain the most from their practicum experience.

Students complete 600 hours over the course of multiple semesters, as fits with their program completion goals and availability.  Exception: Students who have substantial prior professional experience that aligns with MPH competencies may apply for a waiver of up to 300 of these hours. From this professional field experience, students gain a professional reference, interview discussion material and new confidence in their career path.

Admission Requirements

UNTHSC conducts holistic application reviews. A completed bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required. No minimum GPA or test score is required for consideration. No specific undergraduate courses are required for the School of Public Health Masters programs.

To Apply:

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

Submit the following:

  • Official transcripts. Transcripts from all schools attended. Even schools that didn’t ultimately award a degree, all are required.
  • Official graduate test scores. GRE or alternative graduate entrance exam is required. GRE institution code 6565 for SOPHAS applicants / 6128 for HAMPCAS applicants. Other accepted tests include GMAT, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT and DAT.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation. Ideal sources include academic professors, academic advisors and employment/internship supervisors. Physician shadowing letters are not recommended. Letters from friend or relative are never appropriate.
  • Personal Statement. Describe your interest in the field of study (degree and concentration) to which you are applying, your career goals, how the program will help you reach those goals and why you chose the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health for your graduate education.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Your resume should reflect your full history including volunteer activities, clubs, research, conference presentations and relevant work experience.

Application Deadlines and Timeline

Online only programs accept applications for the fall, spring and summer semesters, and can be completed on a part-time basis taking one class each session (recommended pace if you work full-time) or full-time taking two classes each session. Online courses are taught in an accelerated 8-week format with five sessions each academic year.

TermApplication DeadlineFirst Day of Class
Fall IJuly 15thAugust 17th
Fall IISeptember 15thOctober 12th
Spring IDecember 1stJanuary 11th
Spring IIFebruary 15thMarch 15th
SummerMay 1stJune 1st

International Students

International students may apply to UNTHSC online programs, however be aware that a student visa is not available for online studies.

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. . Applicants may waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement by providing documentation from one of the following accepted measures.

  • TOEFL score code is 6565
  • IELTS score reports must be physically mailed to:
    UNT Health Science Center
    Attn: School of Public Health Admissions
    3500 Camp Bowie Blvd
    Fort Worth, TX 76107

    International applicants should submit their application 6 weeks prior to the posted priority deadline. This will allow sufficient time for WES to process the transcript evaluation report.

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

Cost, Scholarship, and Financial Aid

Average tuition & fees for the total cost of the program:

MPH Online 42 HoursIn-State Resident $13,500Non-Residents $34,500
MPH Online 48 HoursIn-State Resident $16,000Non-Residents $39,000

Financial Aid is available to support tuition, fees and living expenses. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 hours in a traditional term in order to receive financial aid. This translates to one 3 hour course per online session. Scholarship opportunities are currently focused on School of Public Health’s in-person, full-time programs.

See additional general scholarship opportunities available for application via the office of Financial Aid. Average loans taken for UNTHSC School of Public Health MPH Professional Option students is $6,254. 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:


Average 2019 Admit Profile

MPH Online – 42 Hour

MPH Online – 48 Hour

UG GPA: 3.45 UG GPA: 3.36
GRE Verbal: 153 or 61% GRE Verbal: 152 or 56%
GRE Quantitative: 151 or 40% GRE Quantitative: 150 or 38%
GRE Analytical Writing: 4 or 59% GRE Analytical Writing: 3.5 or 41%




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.

This page was last modified on June 4, 2020