TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
HomeBiomedical SciencesMaster's of Public Health

Master of Public Health Degree

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.


Abilene Campus - New Building


Quick Links


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.

[back to top]


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 5308: Advanced Epidemiology Methods
GSPH 5312: Intermediate Biostatistics
GSPH 5315: Organizational Leadership and Management
GSPH 5322: Epidemiology Research Methods
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 applied learning 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.
[back to top]


External Public Health Education and Career Resources 

Public Health Online

[back to top]


For more information please contact:

Lubbock Campus
John Baker
(806) 743-4052
Abilene Campus
Patrick Lloyd
(325) 696-0413
Department of Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, STOP 9403
Lubbock, TX 79430
Department of Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center  
1650 Pine Street
Abilene, TX 79601