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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences

Office of the Dean

Karan P. Singh, PhD
Director – PhD Program in Public Health Sciences
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Center for BioHealth, 334
Email: karan.singh@unthsc.edu

The School of Public Health has received Preliminary Authority from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to offer a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences degree and is awaiting final approval. The school is currently accepting applications for the PhD in Public Health Sciences program for Fall 2011, pending final approval from the state.

The PhD curriculum will provide a strong foundation in research methodology and biostatistics necessary for the public health sciences. Course requirements for the PhD program are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu. Advanced training with the specialized fields will be addressed within the five concentrations:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services and Policy

The School of Public Health is a member of SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). Students may apply online at www.sophas.org. The School of Public Health admits DrPH students during the fall semester only. The admissions application deadline to SOPHAS is January 15th.  Applicants to the PhD program will fall under one of the following admissions categories:

  1. Full Admission: Accepted without reservation to the PhD program.
  2. Denied: Not admitted to the program because application as not competitive.
  3. Non-review: Not reviewed due to an incomplete application file.

PhD Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a MA, MS, MPH or a related master's degree(s) from an accredited college or university is preferred
  • Submit an application to the School of Public Health via SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) at www.sophas.org
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit official scores from one of the following graduate admissions examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or Pharmacy School Admissions Test (PCAT). The examination requirement is waived for applicants possessing a professional doctoral degree with a license to practice in the United States
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional work
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) addressing the applicant's career goals and how the DrPH will assist career aspirations
  • International applicants must include an official WES or ECE evaluation report listing course-by-course U.S. grade point equivalency and official TOEFL scores (minimum scores: written = 550; computer-based = 213; internet-based = 79). The TOEFL is waived if the applicant has earned a high school diploma or a bachelor or master degree from an accredited institution within the United States or Canada
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.2. Although a minimum GPA has been established, admission to the program is highly competitive
  • Applicants will be reviewed for best fit with concentrations and faculty mentors
  • If invited for an interview, applicants are expected to participate in either an on-campus interview or a technology-assisted interview. Interviews on campus or by telephone at the student's request are always welcome.

Admission Decisions and Deferments for PhD Students

Applicants will be furnished written notification regarding their admission status by the SPH Office of Student and Academic Services. Statements by other Health Science Center personnel concerning the applicant's admissibility are not valid until confirmed in writing by the Office of Student and Academic Services.

Students who are admitted to a degree program and plan to enroll are required to submit an Admissions Decision Form along with a non-refundable $200 assurance fee that will be used toward tuition upon arrival. Applicants admitted to a degree program that do not intend to enroll in the semester for which they applied must contact the Office of Student and Academic Services to request deferment. Deferments must be made in writing and cannot exceed one year from the original acceptance date. There is a deferment fee of $300; the deferment fee is due at the time the request is made.

Information submitted in the application materials must be complete and correct. Prospective and current students must notify the proper institution officials regarding any changes in the information provided on their application. Falsification or omission of any information on the application documents will void a student's admission, cancel their enrollment, and/or result in appropriate disciplinary action.

All materials submitted during the application process become the property of the Health Science Center and cannot be returned.

PhD Competencies and Learning Objectives

To develop research skills, students interact and collaborate with researchers through a variety of courses and research experiences. Six competencies are addressed throughout the educational experiences within the PhD degree program. Upon completion of the PhD program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Understand and use historical, contemporary, and emerging theories and paradigms in developing research aims and applying research methods that address topics of significance to public health. (Research Theories & Applications)
  2. Critically analyze research from the literature for appropriateness of the study design, sample, measures, data analysis, results, interpretation and dissemination. (Critical Analysis)
  3. Select and apply appropriate research methods and statistical techniques for answering research questions of significance to the public's health. (Research Methodology)
  4. Develop professional skills in scientific writing, oral communication, grant writing, and teaching. (Scientific Communications)
  5. Uphold the highest ethical standards in planning, conducting, and analyzing research involving human subjects. (Professional Ethics)
  6. Comprehend and perform research that facilitates the translation of discovery to practice. (Discovery & Translational Research)

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