Public health issues such as chronic disease, addiction, and obesity are just a few of the concerns addressed by public health professionals. Dealing with the economic and social conditions that impact the public's health requires knowledge and skills that are taught in public health graduate programs.
Texas Graduate Programs in Public Health
Public health graduate programs in Texas offer opportunities for students to develop advanced skills that will position them to be effective public health practitioners, researchers, and teachers. Core courses taken by students in graduate public health programs include behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, planning, policy, and evaluation.
Baylor University in Waco offers a 42-credit-hour Master of Public Health (MPH) with a community health concentration. In addition to the public health core courses common to MPH programs, students may also take 15 hours of coursework for a global health emphasis. A unique feature of this program is a study abroad opportunity in Brazil. Degree candidates must complete a practicum and either an internship or thesis. The program also offers a limited number of graduate assistantships.
Texas A & M University
The Master of Public Health at Texas A & M University in College Station requires 45 credit hours and has six concentrations: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, health promotion and community health sciences, and occupational health and safety. Other master's degrees under the TAMU public health program include a 55-credit-hour Master of Health Administration (MHA) program and an executive track MHA that requires 48 credit hours and is taught one weekend per month at the TAMU Health Sciences Center in Houston.
The school offers Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degrees with concentrations in epidemiology and environmental health which require 66 credit hours, including doctoral capstone research. Students can also choose a DrPH in health promotion and health sciences concentration that requires 54 credit hours, including a dissertation. Applicants interested in research and teaching may enroll in the PhD in Health Services Research program with an emphasis on statistics, research, and health economic; the program requires 62 credit hours and a dissertation. TAMU also has a graduate 12-credit-hour health coaching graduate certificate and a 15-credit-hour global health certificate.
Texas Tech University
With campuses in Lubbock and Abilene, Texas Tech University offers a Master of Public Health degree, a certificate in public health and a dual MD/MPH degree. The MPH requires 45 credit hours of coursework. The graduate certificate requires 15 credit hours for completion. Certificate graduates may use the 15 hours toward the MPH degree, but they must meet all admission criteria for the MPH program. Individuals who are interested in the dual MD/MPH program are encouraged to contact the department for specific requirements.
The University of Texas-El Paso
The University of Texas-El Paso offers a Master of Public Health degree with a Hispanic and border health concentration. The MPH program requires 42 credit hours for completion. Students participate in a practicum and must complete a thesis or research project prior to graduation. UTEP also offers a 15 credit hour graduate certificate in public health where students focus on core public health concepts. Full-time students can complete the certificate in two semesters.
The University of Texas-Houston
The School of Public Health at the University of Texas-Houston offers four public health degree programs. The Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health are practice-based degrees for individuals who will work in the community or in organizational settings. The Master of Science in Public Health and the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health focus on teaching and research. MPH degrees require 45 credit hours and are available in five concentration areas: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health promotion/health education, and management, policy and community health. Students in other disciplines have the opportunity to combine a graduate degree with an MPH for a customized dual degree, however, study plans for these degrees must be approved by the appropriate departmental approval.
The DrPH degree requires a minimum of 48 credit hours, including a supervised practicum and a dissertation. With a focus on teaching and research, the MS in Public Health requires 36 credit hours, including a thesis and practicum. MSPH students can choose a concentration in biostatistics or epidemiology. The PhD in Public Health also has a scholarly focus and requires a minimum of 48 credit hours. Concentrations in the PhD program include behavioral sciences and health promotion, biostatistics, environmental sciences, epidemiology, and management, policy and health services research. UT-Houston also offers public health graduate programs in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio, but not all concentrations are offered at all locations.
Admission requirements for graduate programs in public health are usually consistent with general graduate school admissions criteria. Students will need to submit an application, official transcripts, and GRE or MAT scores; international students may be required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores. Additionally, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose will need to be included in the application packet.
Individuals with an interest in public health practice or teaching and research will find that public health graduate programs in Texas offer a wide breadth of learning experiences. Students can gain skills for advanced practice by studying for a graduate certificate, master's degree or doctoral degree.