Master of Public Health Program (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.

Engage with a wide range of public health competencies including community health, health policy, environmental and behavioral health studies. Build the skills to play an adaptable role as the needs of your community change today, tomorrow and in the future. PHP Degree Plan

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. Epidemiology Degree Plan

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. MCH Degree Plan

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.

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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.

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 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


    Priority applicants are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities. We suggest submitting your application by February 15 to allow time for SOPHAS verification. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, space-available basis after the priority deadline until all spots are filled or June 1.

    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 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 SOPHAS, including recommendations and official transcripts/test scores.

    Upon final completion, SOPHAS will conduct an initial evaluation of the degree and transcript records.

    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.

    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. TOEFL or IELTS are accepted. Minimum requirements: TOEFL internet based = 85. 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 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 for Texas Residents is $14,900. For non-residents: $39,000.

    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.

    Additional teaching assistant and work opportunities are available to students throughout the year. Currently 40% of SPH students are employed on campus during their course of study.

    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.



    MPH Completion Rates

    MPH Employment Rates

    CPH Exam Pass Rate

    2015 – 2016 = 90% 2015 – 2016 = 98% 2015 – 2016 = 99%


    Average Fall 2019 Admit


    Maternal & Child Health

    Public Health Leadership

    UG GPA: 3.53 UG GPA: 3.46 UG GPA: 3.40
    GRE Verbal: 156 or 73% GRE Verbal: 151 or 53% GRE Verbal: 153 or 63%
    GRE Quantitative: 156 or 61% GRE Quantitative: 152 or 46% GRE Quantitative: 152 or 46%
    GRE Analytical Writing: 4 or 67% GRE Analytical Writing: 4 or 56% GRE Analytical Writing: 4 or 56%


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    This page was last modified on August 19, 2019