UNTHSC School of Public Health announces new PhD program

Posted Date: April 24, 2011

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a new Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences degree program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s (UNTHSC) School of Public Health, Fort Worth, Texas.

Six new students have been admitted to the PhD program which will begin in the fall semester, August 2011.

The program is designed to prepare pro­fessionals for research, teaching and service with the overall objective of improving the health of populations. The program’s primary focus is on research that advances knowledge and facilitates discovery regarding interventions and policies that pro­mote health at the individual, community, societal and/or global levels.

The public health sciences doctoral curriculum will provide a strong foundation in research theories, applications and methodology; critical analysis; scientific communications; professional ethics; and discovery and translational research.  Students will be able to select advanced training in one of the following specialized concentrations: Behavioral and Community Health; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health Sciences; and Health Services and Policy.

The program was developed under the leadership of Dr. Christine A. Moranetz, Chair of the Department of Public Health Education and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Public Health.  The program director is Dr. Karan P. Singh, Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics.

“This new program is an important step in helping to prepare UNTHSC students to become the next generation of public health scientists in academic, research and other professional roles.  We are pleased to now be able to offer this opportunity to our public health students,” said Dr. Richard S. Kurz, Dean of the School of Public Health at UNTHSC.

In addition to the new PhD, UNTHSC also offers a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in Public Health Practice, which prepares seasoned practitioners for advanced leadership roles in a variety of work environments. The DrPH degree focuses on training in advocacy, critical analysis, community and cultural orientation, professionalism and ethics, communication, management and leadership.

For more information on these two doctoral programs, please call the UNTHSC School of Public Health, Office of Student & Academic Services, at 817-735-2401; email the school at mailto:sph@unthsc.edu; or visit the School of Public Health website at https://www.unthsc.edu/school-of-public-health