Master of Public Health (MPH)

You want to do more than just have a job. You want to make an impact. You want a career that helps bring positive change to the community around you and the world at large.

Welcome to public health, where you can answer the call to discover solutions to society’s challenges and make the community around you better than it was yesterday.

MPH Public Health Leadership: Whether pursuing public health work in a governmental, non-governmental, profit or non-profit capacity, our graduates will be equipped with a skill-set that will enable them to emerge as prominent leaders in the field. The MPH in Public Health Leadership will equip graduates with a set of interdisciplinary skills to tackle issues at the heart of population health, community health, health equity, and a host of other public health issues.

MPH Biostatistics: Dive deep into Biostatistics and see how your passion for math and statistics can lead to powerful insights and analysis. Play a pivotal role in healthcare or public health teams through data management, statistical analysis and analytical results. Applicants are expected to have a background in college algebra and calculus.

MPH Epidemiology: Be the detective and follow the data to discover the cause of today’s latest outbreaks. With opportunities in hospitals, government and non-government organizations, these data scientists are in high demand to manage and offer insights into today’s data rich world.

MPH Maternal & Child Health: Create and implement programs to bring healthy choices to the foundation of our communities, mothers and their children. Dedicate your efforts to this high needs population in the local Fort Worth area or around the world. In our intentionally small program you will find attentive faculty who challenge you, as well as classmates who will support your professional growth every day.





About the Program

Full-time. Students take 12 hours each semester. Students are expected to be on campus from about 9:00 – 6:00 Monday through Friday for classes and to spend additional time outside the classroom for professional development opportunities. This is a heavier than average load for graduate students, therefore employment outside the university is prohibited during classes.

On-campus. UNTHSC is located 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 20-35 enrolled, concentration classes from 10-20 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.

Looking for a flexible program for full-time working adults? Learn about our MPH Professional Option format.

Practice Experience

MPH students complete an intensive hands-on experience with local public health non-profits, governmental institutions or health systems.

UNTHSC places students with organizations based on their field passions and career goals.

Students complete 600 hours over the course of 3 semesters, starting the summer semester following year 1 in the program.

Through this experience, students complete a significant project on behalf of the organization. This could entail designing and delivering a new education program, supporting and analyzing a deep data set or managing policy analysis and development.

Through this professional field experience, you will gain  a professional reference, interview discussion materials and new confidence in your career path.

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. 

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.

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, academic advisors and employment/internship supervisors. Physician shadowing letters are not recommended. Letters from friend or relative 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). 
  • The GRE exam is no longer required for our MPH programs.

Program Candidate Profiles

MPH Public Health Leadership

Competitive Candidate Profile

MPH Maternal & Child Health

Well Qualified Candidate Profile

UG GPA: 3.0 or higherUG GPA: 3.0 or higher

6+ hours in math/stats

with a GPA of 2.75 or higher

(Avg GPA of 2020 Admit = 3.5)

6+ hours in math/stats

With a GPA of 2.75 or higher

(Avg GPA of 2020 Admit = 3.2)

MPH Epidemiology

Well Qualified Candidate Profile

MPH Biostatistics

Competitive Candidate Profile

UG GPA: 3.0 or higher

(Avg GPA of 2020 Admit = 3.5)

UG GPA 3.0 or higher

(Avg GPA of 2020 admit = 3.6)

9+ hours in math/stats

With a GPA of 2.75 or higher

(Avg GPA of 2020 Admit = 3.5)

12+ hours in math/stats

With a GPA of 3.0 or higher

(Avg GPA of 2020 Admit = 3.8)

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-March 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.

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

Domestic/US Applicants Deadline-July 1st. Application reviews of domestic/US applicants will conclude on June 1st 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. Minimum requirements: TOEFL internet based = 85. 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.

Cost, Scholarship & Financial Aid

Total program tuition and fees cost estimate:.

MPH (Cohort Program)In-State Resident $12,800 Non-Residents $36,800

Scholarship opportunities are available for cohort applicants. All applications complete and verified in SOPHAS or HAMPCAS by March 15 (priority deadline) will be considered, no additional application is required.   We suggest submitting your application by February 15 to allow time for SOPHAS verification.

Students with outstanding academic achievements may qualify for the Dean, President or Chancellor’s awards of $2,000 or more awarded over the 2 year program. 40% of students offered admission to the Fall 2018 class received a scholarship offer. This award may qualify non-resident students for in-state tuition.

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. Average loans taken for UNTHSC School of Public Health MPH students is $16,780. Loans taken may extend beyond the actual cost of the program to include living expense assistance. Contact Financial Aid for specific questions and counseling.

International students are automatically billed for student insurance coverage at a current cost of $997 per semester or $2600 per year.  Full insurance details and requirements.

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: