PA/MPH – Dual Degree Option

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Joining Hands TogetherYou look forward to making an impact with your individual patients in your future clinical career. Public Health can help you expand your impact to a larger population, improving health at the community level. Best of all this can be completed through online courses during your PA program.

Why add the MPH to your PA studies?

  • Broaden your perspective in how to bring healthcare to a community.
  • Increase your training in evaluating medical literature.
  • Advance your skills in assessing community factors that affect your patients’ health.
  • Enhance your expertise in healthcare administration and policy.
  • Improve your prospects as a future PA faculty member.

Dual Degree Balance

The streamlined MPH Professional Option that’s typically 42 credit hours is reduced to only 30 credit hours, leading you on a path to connect your current field with the newest opportunities in Public Health.

PA students can begin the MPH once they are admitted to the PA program and completed their bachelor’s degree. PA faculty advisors assist in maintaining the enrollment balance and primary focus on medical classes. Timing allows students to complete the MPH during their PA studies or complete the MPH following the PA program.

Online Course Format

  • Courses are delivered in an 8 week accelerated format.
  • Coursework can be completed any time of day.
  • Students can start any of the 5 semesters.
  • Canvas software utilized for online courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution
  • Admission/Enrollment in UNTHSC’s Physician Assistant program

Application Deadline

Online Terms Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall I July 15 August 17, 2020
Fall II September 15 October 12, 2020
Spring I December 1 January 11, 2021
Spring II February 15 March 15, 2021
Summer May 1 June 1, 2021


How to Apply

Complete the SOPHAS Express application for the PA/MPH Professional Option program.

SOPHAS Express submission includes:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • 1 Letters of Recommendation

Current students should also request the UNTHSC Registrar send official copies of your transcripts and test scores with the School of Public Health Admissions office.  Newly admitted students should request the PA Admissions team share transcripts and test scores with the School of Public Health Admissions office.


Based on Fall 2017 tuition & fees current estimated cost for Texas Residents is $13,500 for the normal 42 hour program and only $8,800 for 30 credit hours.

Financial Support

UNTHSC administers federal, state and institutional financial aid programs including scholarships, loans and college work study. Contact the office of Financial Aid at: or 817-735-2505

Coursework includes:

  • Foundational Public Health (15 Hrs)
    • BIOS 5300 Principles of Biostatistics
    • EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology
    • EOHS 5300 Environmental Determinants of Health
    • BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health
    • HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management & Policy


  • Advanced Health Management & Policy Courses (9 Hrs)
    • HMAP 5320 Health Services Management
    • HMAP 6320 Leadership for Public Health
    • HMAP 6360 Ethical Issues in Public Health


  • Elective Courses (12 Hrs) — Opportunity to apply PA credits


  • PHED 5302 MPH Professional Option Capstone (3 Hrs)
  • PHED 5300 CPH Comprehensive Exam (0 hrs)
  • PHED 5297 Public Health Practice Experience (3 hrs)



The Master of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:

Public Health Knowledge & Skills-The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.

Integration of Theory and Practice-The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience.

Communication and Informatics-The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.

Diversity and Culture-The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.

Professionalism-The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities.

This page was last modified on June 24, 2020