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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is the most widely recognized and highly regarded credential for public-health professionals. The MPH program at UTEP is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and prepares students for public-health careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. The program is directed toward individuals with previous health experience or who have a strong commitment to public health. The Hispanic and Border Health concentration prepares students for public-health practice in Hispanic and border communities.
Students in the 42-hour MPH program take core courses designed to develop knowledge, analytical, and technical skills in five fundamental public health competencies: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Health Services Administration and Policy, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and Biostatistics. The required practicum provides MPH students an opportunity to apply the public-health theory and skills they have learned in a practice setting. Students also learn through the completion of a “culminating experience” which requires a student to synthesize, integrate, and apply knowledge and skills gained through coursework and other learning experiences. The culminating project for the MPH Program at UTEP consists of a thesis or graduate research project.
Graduate students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing.
- Students must get a grad of B or higher in any course for which they are enrolled while they are graduate students in this program
- A student obtaining a C grade in a MPH core courses is required to retake that course and earn a grade of B or higher prior to enrolling in the Practicum curse (PUBH 5662).
- Students who receive a D, F or two C grades in their courses will be dismissed from the MPH program.
To be considered for admission into the MPH Program, prospective applicants must submit an application and the following documents to the UTEP Graduate School. The cohort program has fall-semester admission only.
- Completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or recognized foreign institution
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale for prior degree(s)
- GRE or MCAT scores in accordance with UTEP graduate admissions requirements
- Minimum UTEP TOEFL exam score (international applicants) 79 (internet-based); 550 (paper-based)
- Three letters of recommendation from professional references who have graduate degrees. At least one of these should be from an academic reference (e.g., a former professor).
- A 500-word essay describing prior health experience and reasons for pursuing the MPH
- Current curriculum vitae or professional resume
An application can be submitted by March 15 for fall enrollment. Go to graduate.utep.edu and select Apply Now under Quick Links in order to process the application.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to complete 42 credit hours of coursework: 15 credit hours of core courses, nine (9) credit hours in the Hispanic and Border Health Concentration, six (6) hours of practicum, and the remaining credit hours from a combination of course electives and a culminating experience (thesis or graduate project). Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check to complete the practicum requirement. Elective courses are chosen in conjunction with the faculty mentor with Graduate Advisor approval.
Required Credits: 42
|Master of Public Health (All courses require a grade of C or better)|
|All courses listed below are required:|
|PUBH 5302||Epidemiology for Pub Hlth Prof||3|
|PUBH 5304||Environmental Health||3|
|PUBH 5305||Biostatistics in Public Health||3|
|PUBH 5307||Health Services Admin & Policy||3|
|PUBH 5321||Resp to Chron, Infect Diseases||3|
|PUBH 5322||Eliminating Health Disparities||3|
|PUBH 5353||Social and Behavioral Approach||3|
|PUBH 5352||Public Health Eval & Research||3|
|PUBH 5662||Practicum in Public Health||6|
|Elective Course Menu - select two courses from list below||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|ANTH 4346||Global Health||3|
|COMM 5335||Sem./Intercul/Internat'l Comm.||3|
|COMM 5343||Seminar - Communication Theory||3|
|PSYC 5330||Social Behavior||3|
|PSYC 5351||Behavioral Medicine||3|
|PUBH 5357||Selected Topics-Public Health||3|
|Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences|
|BINF 5351||Intro. Bioinformatics I||3|
|BIOL 5346||Ecosystem Toxicology||3|
|Research Methods and Statistics|
|PSYC 5331||Cross-Cultural Rsrch Methods||3-6|
|SOCI 5320||Seminar in Research Methods||3|
|SOCI 5322||Seminar in Qualitative Methods||3|
|Health Services Administration and Policy|
|NURS 5338||Health Policy and Advocacy||3|
|NURS 5357||Perspectives on Border Health||3|
|NURS 5365||Managing Quality in Nurs Pract||3|
|PAD 5350||Organization Theory & Behavior||3|
|PAD 5365||Pol Anal & Decision Making||3|
& PUBH 5399
and Thesis II
|Select one from the following:||3|
|Graduate Project I|
|Graduate Research Project|