Master Public Health: 42 Hours

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An MPH for Healthcare Leaders

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 9 elective credits from a pre-approved list of courses.

Additional Info

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.
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation. Ideal sources include academic professors, academic advisors and employment/internship supervisors. Physician shadowing letters are not recommended. Letters from a 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.
    • World Education Service (WES). ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and english-speaking Canada (if applicable). 
    • TOEFL language exam is required for international applicants.
    • The GRE exam is not required for the MPH program. 

    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.

    Term Application Deadline First Day of Class
    Fall I July 15th August 17th
    Fall II September 15th October 12th
    Spring I December 1st January 11th
    Spring II February 15th March 15th
    Summer May 1st June 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. Minimum requirements: TOEFL internet based = 85. Meeting minimum scores does not guarantee admission. 

    • TOEFL score code is #5688

      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 Hours In-State Resident $13,500 Non-Residents $34,500
    MPH Online 48 Hours In-State Resident $16,000 Non-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:

  • Phone: (817) 735-2505
  • E-mail:
  • Visit the financial aid webpage:
  • 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:



    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.