University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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Master of Public Health

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.

Admission Requirements

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 and/or MCAT scores are optional
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to demonstrate English proficiency. Please consult the graduate school website for required scores.
  • 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 public health-related experience, and reasons for pursuing the MPH
  • Current curriculum vitae or professional resume
  • English language writing sample authored solely by the applicant (e.g., class paper or research report)
  • Teleconference (Zoom or Skype) meeting with the Admissions Committee

Application Process

An application can be submitted by March 15 for fall enrollment. Go to Graduate School website and select Apply Now under Quick Links in order to process the application.

Degree Requirements

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.

Degree Plan

Master of Public Health with a concentration in Hispanic and Border Health

Required Credits: 42

Master of Public Health (All courses require a grade of C or better)
All courses listed below are required:
PUBH 5302Epidemiology for Pub Hlth Prof3
PUBH 5304Environmental Health3
PUBH 5305Biostatistics in Public Health3
PUBH 5307Health Services Admin & Policy3
PUBH 5321Resp to Chron, Infect Diseases3
PUBH 5322Eliminating Health Disparities3
PUBH 5353Social and Behavioral Approach3
PUBH 5352Public Health Eval & Research3
PUBH 5662Practicum in Public Health6
Elective Course Menu - select two courses from list below6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ANTH 4346Global Health3
COMM 5343Seminar - Communication Theory3
PSYC 5351Behavioral Medicine3
PUBH 5357Selected Topics-Public Health3
Bioinformatics and Biological Sciences
BINF 5351Intro. Bioinformatics I3
BIOL 5360Aquatic Ecology3
Research Methods and Statistics
SOCI 5320Seminar in Research Methods3
SOCI 5322Seminar in Qualitative Methods3
Health Services Administration and Policy
NURS 5338Health Policy and Advocacy3
NURS 5365Managing Quality in Nurs Pract3
PAD 5350Public and Nonprofit Manage.3
PAD 5365Pol Anal & Decision Making3

Research Thesis Option

PUBH 5398
PUBH 5399
Thesis I
and Thesis II
Total Hours6

Project Thesis Option

Select one from the following:3
Graduate Project I
Graduate Project II
Total Hours3