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Program Overview

Located on the Lubbock and Abilene campuses and administered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, the Certificate in Public Health, and an MD/MPH dual-degree.

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.

For more information on the Certificate of Public Health, please view the certificate page. For information on the MD/MPH dual degree please contact John Baker

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Why a Master's Degree in 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 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.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission are flexible and there are no minimum GPA or test score requirements. All applications are reviewed in a holistic manner, with no single factor determining a student's admission. 

Application Information


Semester Application Deadline Campus
Fall June 1 - International Applicants Lubbock/Abilene/Online
July 1 - Domestic Applicants Lubbock/Abilene/Online
Spring October 15 Lubbock/Abilene/Online
Summer March 1 Lubbock/Abilene/Online

How to Apply

If you are applying for the Public Health program, you will need to complete the SOPHAS application found here. In addition, you will need to submit the following supplemental items in BioRaider:

Official GRE or MCAT score, taken within the last five (5) years

Oath of Residency

International students will need to submit an official IELTS or TOEFL score.

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General Contact

3601 4th Street MS 6206
Lubbock, TX 79430-6206

(806) 743-2556 | Email


Lubbock Campus

John Baker

(806) 743-2556 | Email

Abilene Campus

Patrick Lloyd

(325) 696-0413 | Email

Program Chair

Theresa Byrd


Admissions Director

Terri Lloyd

(806)-743-2556 | Email