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, 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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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, the MPH program includes a practicum and culminating
experience as part of the school's practice based learning.
Applications are received online through the Merlin Online Admissions Application Wizard. (Click the "Start Session" button once connected to the Merlin page.)
Master of Public Health
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
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. Students will
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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
|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
|GSBS 5101: Responsible Conduct of Research
|GSPH 5229: Issues in Rural Health
|GSPH 5224: Public Health in Practice
|GSPH 5334: Community Based Research Methods
|GSPH 5320: Public Health Practicum
|GSPH 5323: MPH Culminating Experience
|Sample of Elective Courses
|GSPH 5306: Making Change at the Community Level
|GSPH 5314: Planning and Developing Health Promotion Interventions
|GSPH 5321: Program Evaluation
|GSPH 5308: Advanced Epidemiology Methods
|GSPH 5312 Intermediate Biostatistics
|GSPH 5322 Epidemiology Research Methods
Master of Public Health program core competencies
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
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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 Beverly Bowen at (806) 743-2556 or email Beverly.Bowen@ttuhsc.edu
Department of Public Health
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
3601 4th Street, STOP 9403
Lubbock, TX 79430
Tel: (806) 743-2556