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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 – a graduate program administered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 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.

 

The 42 credit hour MPH 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. In addition, each MPH concentration includes a practicum and culminating experience as part of the school's practice based learning.

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Master of Public Health

Concentrations and focus areas of study


The Master of Public Health Program at TTUHSC 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.

 

Requirements of the MPH Degree are:

  • completion of a minimum of 42 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.
  • 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.
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 where students may select one of two majors: Social and Behavioral Sciences or Epidemiology. If desired, students may elect a general MPH without a specific major area.
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Program Curriculum

 

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
GSPH 5304: Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences (for Non-Majors)
GSPH 5305: Social and Behavioral Sciences (for SBS Majors)
GSPH 5307: Introduction to Epidemiology 
GSPH 5309: Basic Environmental Health Sciences
GSPH 5310: Management and Policy Sciences
GSPH 5411: Introduction to Biostatistics 
GSPH 5313: Introduction to Public Health (History and Current Trends)
GSBS 5101: Responsible Conduct of Research
GSPH 5320: Public Health Practicum
GSPH 5323: MPH Culminating Experience

 

Prescribed Elective Courses-Master of Public Health with major in Social and Behavior Sciences
GSPH 5306: Making Change at the Community Level 
GSPH 5314: Planning and Developing Health Promotion Interventions
GSPH 5321: Program Evaluation

 

Prescribed Elective Courses-Master of Public Health with major in Epidemiology
GSPH 5308: Advanced Epidemiology Methods

GSPH 5312: Intermediate Biostatistics 

GSPH 5322: Epidemiology Research Methods

 Master of Public Health program core competencies

 

Practice-based Learning

Practice-based learning combines the current and innovative educational curriculum of the school's academic degree programs with real world experiences. TTUHSC MPH students apply classroom lessons in the context of solving the current public health issues facing our communities. Throughout the program, students network with potential employers, develop essential career-building skills, and start the process of life-long learning and professional development.
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Careers

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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For more information, please contact Julia Nunez at (806) 743-2556 or email Julia.Nunez@ttuhsc.edu


Department of Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, STOP 9403
Lubbock, TX 79430
Tel: (806) 743-2556

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