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The School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH) Professional Option. This degree is seen as interdisciplinary, and will strengthen the skills and general knowledge of professionals working in any field of public health.
This degree option is open only to professionals with advanced degrees, health professionals with at least three years work experience, or students currently enrolled in a doctoral or master’s program excluding an MPH. This particular University of North Texas MPH program requires 42 credit hours and usually takes about two years. The focus of the program is three-tiered and as such, it concentrates on health policy and management, professionalism, and leadership.
Ultimately the degree has been designed to produce leaders in the public health workforce who will be able to determine alternative strategies that may be used to encourage partnership and collaboration of organizations that have varied public health goals. Study focuses include ways of using a health policy process to improve the health within various populations, as well as ways to work in managerial positions within the public health sector applying proven principles. These relate to the planning and development of programs as well as budgeting and management and evaluation of initiatives within organizations and communities.
Professional MPH students learn how to apply basic but vital principles that relate to ethical analysis and human rights as these apply to public health policy and practice. They are also taught how to distinguish between individual and population-based ethical considerations that relate to costs and benefits, as well as “burdens” of public health policies and programs.
The admissions process is the same for the MPH Professional Option as for other on-campus MPH degrees offered at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s School of Public Health. Official transcripts from previous universities or colleges are required, as well as three letters of recommendation, an up-to-date resume, and a statement of purpose that should be one or two pages long. Official scores are required for one graduate admissions examination unless the student has a professional doctoral degree and a license to practice in the USA. Acceptable examinations include the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), and the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
The University of North Texas MPH program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and it has applied for “periodic reaccreditation” with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
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|Avg # of Acceptances||36%|
|Program Length||about 2 years|
|GRE Information||Required within last 5 years. Check waiver requirements. International students: TOEFL scores required, other requirements include a full caseload and no more than one online course per semester.|
|Tuition||See for full tuition information|
|Admission Deadlines||Spring Term: October 1st;
Summer Term: April 1st;
Priority Fall Term: June 1st;
Fall – II: August 1st.
|Available Tracks||General Masters In Public Health|
|Field Education Requirements||1.5 credits|
|Number of Credits Required||42 credit hours|
|Disclaimers and Notes||Students will progress through the program in a cohort model. The program takes 5 semesters to complete in the accelerated 8-week, five sessions per academic year course format. 42 Credit Program is geared to Healthcare Professionals with advanced degrees (PhD, DO, MD, JD, MSN, MBA, PA, PharmaD), or currently enrolled in a master’s program, doctoral program or three year health professional experience.|
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