Welcome to the School of Public Health!


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Download the Admitted Students Checklist below the get prepared for classes!

After reviewing the checklist, if you have questions about your next steps, please reach out to our Admissions Outreach Specialist, Alyssa Overbey, at SPHExplore@unthsc.edu or schedule an appointment here.

Accept Admissions Offer

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Congratulations on your acceptance to the School of Public Health! Make sure to accept your admissions offer in your MyHSC.

MyHSC Portal

Submit Seat Deposit

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To secure your seat there is a non-refundable $200.00 deposit fee that will be used toward your tuition upon enrollment.

Reserve Your Seat

Attend Orientation

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Orientation is mandatory for all incoming HSC students. To view dates and learn more, click the link below.

New Student Orientation

Course Advising

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The Academic Student Navigator is here to answer any questions you may have about courses.

Ask Course Questions

Course Payment

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Payment for Tuition & Fees is due the Sunday before classes begin. Payment plans may be available.

Learn more

Financial Services

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Financial Aid and Scholarships may be available to help fund your program. The Financial Aid Office is here to help.

Financial Aid Office

International Students

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Learn more about your next steps, including how to request your I-20 and pre-arrival resources.

International Students

SPH Research

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The School of Public Health is proud to be leading research initiatives in major areas such as Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities, and many more.

SPH Research Areas

Admitted Student Events

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View and register for upcoming events geared towards newly admitted students to help prepare for your first semester.

Upcoming Events

Helpful Resources

UNTHSC School of Public Health students are expected to read, be familiar with, and abide by the general academic policies and procedures for both UNTHSC and SPH. It is the responsibility of the student to abide by university student code of conduct and follow all appropriate policies and procedures. Newly admitted students to the School of Public Health should review the following presentation on Academic integrity: Academic Integrity Presentation: Dr. Tracey Barnett, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Public Health

Procedure Manual of The School of Public Health

The Common Reading Program is a shared learning experience for all incoming students in the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. It is an expectation that students read the appointed common reading, as students will engage in an online, asynchronous discussion board surrounding this topic. The purpose of this program is to stimulate meaningful conversations about the professions that you are entering while learning about all possibilities to make a difference. This will provide your cohort with a shared learning experience about the fields of public health, health administration, and leadership.  The Common Reading selection for Fall 2023 is Five Days at Memorial (2016) by Sheri Fink. Five Days at Memorial offers a stunning recreation of the Katrina storm, its aftermath, and the investigation that followed.  Fink’s best-selling novel explores controversial issues such as end-of-life care, medical rationing, team and communication breakdowns, class and race discrimination, and euthanasia.

2023 Fall Common Reading Letter                              2023 Fall Student Reading Guide – IPE Common Reading

UNTHSC School of Public Health requires students to maintain involvement beyond the daily classroom.

Professional Development: Students participate in regular professional development sessions.

Interprofessional Education: UNTHSC students of all programs are participating in interprofessional education activities. These activities bring together students from various disciplines to enable effective collaboration and improve health. IPE events are carried out on a semester basis.

Community Service: “Serve Others First” is one of the values of the UNT Health Science Center. As a school of public health, we strive to live this value and encourage our students to pursue the university’s vision to create solutions for a healthier community. Through community service, our students and staff can lend their time and expertise by promoting health in their respective communities.

Journal Club: Journal clubs are educational meetings where individuals meet regularly to critically evaluate recent articles in the scientific literature. They have often been cited as a bridge between research and practice; they encourage the application of research in practice. They have long been recognized as a means of keeping up to date with the literature, promoting evidence based practices and teaching critical appraisal skills. Critical appraisal is the process of systematically examining research evidence to assess its validity, results, and relevance before using it to inform a decision.  Additionally, journal clubs provide an educational space for students and faculty to discuss controversial issues and best practices. Common themes for successful journal clubs seem to be that they are question driven and appraisal focused.

Students will be responsible for sourcing and maintaining a laptop computer during the duration of their program.

The following laptop technology minimums will support your successful work in statistical software. Technology days for software uploading and testing will be scheduled before classes begin for software uploading and testing, in-person for cohort students and virtual (approximately two hours) for online students. Students will receive more information and additional details from SPH Academics (sphacademics@unthsc.edu). Your active participation in a test session during technology week will help ensure readiness for classes on day 1.

SPH Student Technology Minimum Configuration: 

  • Windows-based laptop (Should not be older than two years)
  • Minimum RAM 4 GB preferably 8 GB or up
  • Hard Drive 50 GB (free space)
  • Processor i3 (minimum)
  • Webcam
PC-based laptops are required. MAC’s are not acceptable as SAS does not work on the MAC operating system.

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, 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.

Courses and tutoring resources will be available through the Canvas Learning System. Access to your courses will be available during the week prior to the first day of class

If you have previously received academic accommodations, we suggest applying for those at the start of your program whether you plan to use while at UNTHSC or not.  This will allow for prompt activation should it be needed at a later date.

The SPH Office of Academic Services provides centralized comprehensive services to all students and alumni of the UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Public Health (SPH). These services include guidance related to degree requirements and academic deadlines; assistance with course registration, transfer credit, and advanced standing; scheduling and enrollment for the CPH examination; administration of the MPH public health practice experience; notification of school-wide information through the SPHFYI (school newsletter); professional development sessions; student development activities; and school-funded scholarship opportunities. Representatives from the office also serve as a liaison between other campus offices to ensure students have a successful experience at UNTHSC School of Public Health.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Office of Academic Services at 817-735-0489sphacademics@unthsc.edu or visit our office in the Carl E. Everett Education and Administration (EAD) building, 7th Floor, Room 716.

Explore Fort Worth

If your time at UNTHSC means relocation to Fort Worth, welcome to our vibrant hometown. We encourage our students to take some time to familiarize themselves with their new home. The city of Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the United States. Learn more about what the great city of Fort Worth has to offer.