San Antonio Public Health Universities with Degree Summaries

Dec 31, 2018

There are five schools within about 20 miles of downtown San Antonio, Texas, that offer public health degree programs. Learn about three schools and their program requirements to make an informed education decision.

Public Health Schools in San Antonio

Prospective public health students can reach training programs in this field within 25 minutes of downtown San Antonio. Read about the coursework and internship opportunities for the degree options at three colleges. This article includes a table of school statistics and facts as well.

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, which is located approximately eight miles from the city center, offers a bachelor's degree program public health and a bachelor's degree in health with a specialization in community health and preventative services. The university also offers a dual master's degree public health and business administration program in public health in conjunction with the University of Texas School of Public Health.
  • Situated approximately eight miles from central San Antonio, Northwest Vista College offers an associate's degree program that prepares students for positions as community health workers.
  • The University of Texas School of Public Health, part of the University of Texas Health Science Center, offers a master's and a doctoral degree program in public health. This university, which is situated about three miles from downtown San Antonio, also offers a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy for research and teaching positions in public health and a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health dual degree program.

Comparison of Schools

There are many factors to consider when deciding where to study public health. Use this table to compare tuition, campus environments, graduation rates and more for the profiled institutions.

University of Texas at San Antonio Northwest Vista College University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
School Type* 4-year, public 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 30,768* 16,752* 1,288** (for School of Public Health)
Campus Setting* Large city Large city N/A
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $7,969 for in-state and $19,168 for out-of-state undergraduate students // $7,410 for in-state and $23,853 for out-of-state graduate students* $2,760 for in-district, $7,170 for in-state and $13,770 for out-of-state students* $4,028 for in-state and $12,560 for out-of-state graduate students*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 83% 56% 58% (grant or scholarship aid), 53% (federal student loans)
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 79% Open admissions N/A
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 74% of full-time students 70% of full-time students N/A
Graduation Rate* 37% (For students who began their studies in Fall 2011) 29% (For students who began their studies in Fall 2014) N/A

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

The University of Texas at San Antonio

This university's public health bachelor's degree program is offered through the University College. The university's bachelor's degree program in health is offered through the Department of Health and Kinesiology, a division of the College of Education and Human Development. The dual degree graduate program is offered jointly by the university's School of Business and the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Students in this 120-credit-hour program complete courses in the biosciences, theories of health behavior, global health, statistics, data management in public health and population dynamics. Students must also complete 18 credit hours of study in the health promotion and behavioral science concentration. An internship is included in the program's curriculum.

Bachelor of Science in Health

This program is designed for individuals interested in working in public health, health promotion or community health. To that end, its curriculum includes a specialization in community health and preventive services. Students in the program complete 120-credit hours of required classes covering topics such as consumer health, community health, theories of health behavior and nutrition. Students also complete an internship.

Dual Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration

This program requires completion of 45 course credit hours in public health-related coursework and 36 course credit hours in business-related coursework. The program's curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to assume managerial, leadership or administrative positions in public health organizations or health care facilities.

Northwest Vista College

The Texas State Department of Health certifies Northwest Vista College's associate's degree program with a concentration in community health worker as an official training site for community health workers.

Associate of Applied Science With a Concentration in Community Health Worker

This 60-credit-hour program prepares students to work in social service agencies, health care insurance organizations or in the field of public health. Classes cover subjects like community health advocacy, general psychology, human anatomy and social problems. Students in the program also complete a clinical experience.

University of Texas School of Public Health

The University of Texas School of Public Health is part of the University of Texas Health Science Center. Both institutions operate campuses in San Antonio. The San Antonio regional campus is located near the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Master of Public Health

This program requires the completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours of study and can take up to two years to finish. In addition to coursework, students complete a practicum and a culminating experience. Students attending the program in San Antonio may elect to concentrate their studies on epidemiology. The University of Texas School of Public Health also offers a Master of Science that is similar to the Master of Public Health and focuses on preparing students for careers in teaching and research.

Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health

This program is offered in conjunction with the University of Texas Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine. Applicants must be confirmed to the MD program before being admitted into this dual degree program. Students pursue a customized MPH program totaling 45 credits. Students develop skills in areas of biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health promotion, management and community health.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health

In this 48-credit program, students must complete a practicum, a dissertation and 39 credits of courses outside the practicum. Minors in epidemiology and environmental sciences are offered at the San Antonio campus. The environmental science minor offers two tracks of study: environmental disease prevention or total worker health.

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