Master of Public Health Degree
Master of Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Public Health offers the
Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. This graduate program is administered
by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and students may attend classes on either
the Abilene or Lubbock campus. The training emphasizes the knowledge and skills of
core public health fields and the integration and application of those fields to public
health practice. The MPH will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values
needed to succeed in careers that bridge medicine and public health.
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Areas of study
Pursuing a Master of Public Health enables you to approach complex issues from a population
perspective, using evidence-based solutions to improve health outcomes for communities
and individuals. By choosing the Master of Public Health program at Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center, you gain comprehensive public health training. Students will
earn a general MPH degree without a specific major area.
The MPH program will prepare health professionals to practice skillful and evidence-based
preventive public health; conduct and communicate research that informs the diverse
fields within public health; and provide interdisciplinary expertise in the service
of academic, professional and community-based public health organizations.
The MPH degree plan includes a core set of requirements that focus on the five (5) Core Disciplines in Public Health: Biostatistics; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Health Policy
Management; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
MPH Degree Requirements
- Completion of a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of required coursework - all graduate
professional public health degree students must complete sufficient coursework to
attain depth and breadth in the five core areas of public health knowledge. The program
is designed to be completed in two years, depending upon a student's course selection;
with a maximum of 15 credits per semester and lasting no more than 5 years.
- Planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience - all graduate professional
public health degree students must develop skills in basic public health concepts
and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a practice experience that
is relevant to students' areas of specialization.
- Culminating experience demonstrating a substantial knowledge of public health.
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Program Curriculum (Effective Fall 2017)
General MPH curriculum provides all students a foundational understanding of the five core disciplines of public health as well as extensive practice-based learning opportunities.
|Required Courses-Master of Public Health
|GSBS 5101: Responsible Conduct of Research
|GSPH 5110: Seminar in Leadership and Management (beginning Fall 2018)
|GSPH 5229: Issues in Rural Health
|GSPH 5230: Scientific Writing and Communication in Public Health
|GSPH 5304: Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences
|GSPH 5307: Introduction to Epidemiology
|GSPH 5309: Basic Environmental Health Sciences
|GSPH 5310: Management and Policy Sciences
|GSPH 5311: Introduction to Biostatistics
|GSPH 5313: Introduction to Public Health
|GSPH 5319: Applied Practice Experience
|GSPH 5334: Community Based Research Methods
|GSPH 5399: Integrated Learning Experience
|Sample of Elective Courses
|GSPH 5306: Making Change at the Community Level
|GSPH 5308: Advanced Epidemiology Methods
|GSPH 5312: Intermediate Biostatistics
|GSPH 5321: Program Evaluation
|GSPH 5327: Social Epidemiology/Social Justice
|GSPH 5331: Global Health Issues
The Master of Public Health program provides students with the professional training
necessary to enter the public health or health care professions. Many students pursue
career options based on their practicum experience, but others elect to pursue new
opportunities. Public Health careers offer a dynamic set of choices and paths. Epidemiology
and Biostatistics involve mathematics, modeling, and informatics. Environmental Health
includes a wide range of laboratory and ecology sciences. Health Administration incorporates
business and management practices. Health Education involves skills required to develop
community-wide prevention programs, community engagement and empowerment. Health Policy
includes an understanding of law-making processes and advocacy. Most experts agree
that major advances in improvement of health over the next decades will not come from
new medical findings or cures, but rather the broader development and application
of population-based prevention programs. Health services delivery systems are undergoing
rapid change. Greater emphasis is being placed on health promotion and disease prevention
as a means to reduce the costs of care by improving the health of our populations.
These changes have created a broad array of new opportunities for professionals with
advanced training in public health.
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External Public Health Education and Career Resources
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For more information please contact:
Lubbock Campus Abilene Campus
Department of Public Health Department of Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, STOP 9403 1650
Lubbock, TX 79430
Abilene, TX 79601