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MPH Concentrations

Department of Biostatistics (BIOS)

Karan P. Singh, PhD
Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Center for BioHealth 334
817-735-2173
Email: karan.singh@unthsc.edu

MPH in Biostatistics

The MPH in Biostatistics curriculum is constructed so students are able to choose either an emphasis in biometry or clinical research depending on the students' interests. There are excellent career opportunities for students wishing to pursue positions in local, state and federal health agencies, health and medical centers, health care and clinical research institutions, the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry, and consulting. Applicants to this program are expected to have a background in college algebra and calculus.

Biometry Emphasis

The biometry emphasis is designed to train students in data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. This emphasis focuses on methodologies and procedures of statistical analysis and research design. Students in the biometry emphasis will complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

Core Courses  15
BIOS 5300  Biostatistics for Public Health           3
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health 3
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management and Policy 3
SABS 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Community Health 3
Required Courses  9
BIOS 5310 Biostatistics for Public Health 2 3
BIOS 5312 Regression Analysis 3
BIOS 5314 Introduction to Statistical Packages 3
Elective Courses 21
Practice Experience  3
BIOS 5397 Public Health Practice Experience 3
Culminating Experience   0
BIOS 5000 Comprehensive Exam  0
  Total SCH 48

 Clinical Research

The clinical research emphasis is primarily designed for those who are currently working in the health care professions. The program is for professionals who wish to prepare for roles in clinical research, health care research, medical database management, or statistical consulting in medical or public health settings. The emphasis is oriented toward applied clinical research, outcome measurement, and applied biostatistics. Students in the clinical research emphasis will complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

Core Courses  15
BIOS 5300 Biostatistics for Public Health 1         3
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health  3
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology   3
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management and Policy  3
SABS 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health   3
Required Courses  9
BIOS 5310 Biostatistics for Public Health 2  3
BIOS 5312 Regression Analysis   3
BIOS 6318 Clinical Trials and Survival Analysis   3
Non-Biostatistics Lower-Level Elective Courses   6
(Choose 2 from the following list)   
EOHS 5340 Exposure and Risk Assessment   3
EPID 5312  Survey Research & Questionnaire Design  3
EPID 5318  Chronic Disease Epidemiology   3
EPID 5320 Infectious Disease Epidemiology   3
Non-Biostatistics Upper-Level Elective Courses  3
(Choose 1 from the following list)   
EPID 6314  Experimental Methods in Epidemiology   3
HMAP 6380  Health Service Research 1   3
SABS 6310  Qualitative Research Methods   3
Biostatistics Electives 12
Practice Experience  3
BIOS 5397  Public Health Practice Experience  3
Culminating Experience  0
BIOS 5000 Comprehensive Exam  0
  Total SCH 48

 Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS)

David A. Sterling, PhD, CIH
Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Center for BioHealth 345
817-735-2362
Email: david.sterling@unthsc.edu

MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Natural environmental processes and human interaction affect the micro and macro environment we live in, and directly effects or influences health. The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Science prepares present and future public health scientists and practitioners to recognize and evaluate physical, chemical, biological, and ergonomic stressors in the environments people live and work, and identify and develop effective intervention and control methodologies. Interaction with a diverse faculty and competency-based curriculum exposes students to sound scientific theory and methodology in several disciplines and applies them to the field of environmental and occupational health. Students in this concentration are provided with the unique opportunity to translate knowledge acquired in the classroom and laboratory into practical applications in the real world through participation in faculty research; internships in industry, state or national agencies; and visits to these organizations. In addition to required courses such as environmental data analysis, environmental and occupational toxicology, and hazard recognition, evaluation and control, coursework can be taken for additional focus in areas such as occupational health practice/industrial hygiene; exposure and risk assessment; environmental epidemiology; global environmental health; policy; and air pollution. For professionals already in the field of environmental and occupational health, this MPH concentration provides students with an excellent opportunity to enhance their knowledge and expertise in specific areas of interest by working alongside faculty researchers and environmental and occupational professionals at the local, state, national and international level.

Students in the environmental and occupational health concentration take an average of two years to complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

Core Courses  15
BIOS 5300   Biostatistics for Public Health 1 3
EOHS 5300   Environmental Health 3
EPID 5300     Principles of Epidemiology 3
HMAP 5300   Introduction to Health Management and Policy 3
SABS 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
Required Courses 15
EOHS 5310 Evaluation and Control of Biological Agents & Infectious Disease 3
EOHS 5330 Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Environmental Hazards 3
EOHS 5331 Environmental & Occupational Sampling and Analytical Methods 3
EOHS 5350 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology 3
EOHS 5360 Environmental Data Analysis 3
Elective Courses  15
Practice Experience 3
EOHS 5397 Public Health Practice Experience 3
Culminating Experience  0
EOHS 5000  Comprehensive Exam 0
  Total SCH 48

 Department of Epidemiology (EPID)

David A. Sterling, PhD, CIH
Interim Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Center for BioHealth 345
817-735-2362
Email: david.sterling@unthsc.edu

MPH Epidemiology

The epidemiology concentration is designed for students seeking to acquire skills in the fundamental methods of epidemiologic investigation and prevention in populations. Concentration courses emphasize basic and advanced epidemiologic principles and their application to current problems in public health and related disciplines. Students in the epidemiology concentration are expected to use appropriate methods to plan, implement, and conduct epidemiologic research. Students are also expected to critically evaluate research methodology to assess validity and potential sources of bias. Skills in computer use and statistics acquired in the public health program are used to analyze, interpret, and disseminate the results of epidemiologic investigations. For the culminating experience, students may choose between the thesis option or comprehensive examination option. Students selecting the comprehensive examination option will complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours and students selecting the thesis option will complete a minimum of 51 semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

Core Courses    15
BIOS 5300
Biostatistics for Public Health 1 
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health 
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology 
HMAP 5300
Introduction to Health Management and Policy 
SABS 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health     
Required Courses       15
BIOS 5310  Biostatistics for Public Health 2                                   
EPID 5313  Database Management and SAS Programming                             
EPID 5310  Intermediate Epidemiology 
EPID 5312     Survey Research and Questionnaire Design
EPID 5314 Applied Data Analysis in Epidemiology 
Elective Courses      12-15
12 SCH - Thesis; 15 SCH - Comprehensive Exam  
(Students select from a list of identified courses. Courses not on this list must be approved by their advisor.)   
EPID 5318  Chronic Disease Epidemiology 
EPID 5320  Infectious Disease Epidemiology 
(Choose 3 from the following list if completing the Thesis or 4 from the  
following list if completing the Comprehensive Exam)   
BIOS 5324  Data Management 
EPID 5399  Independent Study in Epidemiology  1-3 
EPID 6310  Advanced Methods in Epidemiology 1 
EPID 6312  Advanced Methods in Epidemiology 2
EPID 6314  Experimental Methods in Epidemiology 
EPID 6316  Molecular Epidemiology 
EPID 6318  Epidemiologic Surveillance 
EPID 6320  Social Epidemiology 
EPID 6322  Nutritional Epidemiology 
EPID 6324  Cancer Epidemiology 
EPID 6326  Occupational Epidemiology 
Practice Experience 
EPID 5397  Public Health Practice Experience 
Culminating Experience (Non Thesis) 0
EPID 5000  Comprehensive Exam  0
  Total SCH  48-51

 Department of Health Management and Policy (HMAP)

José A. Pagán, PhD
Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Education and Administration Building 709
817-735-2242
Email: jose.pagan@unthsc.edu

MPH in Health Management and Policy

The health management and policy concentration is designed to prepare students with competencies needed for careers in policy development, policy analysis and health management. The curriculum addresses health systems, quantitative methods, health economics and finance, managed care, private and public sector management, state and national policy, and health law. The concentration provides instruction in professional competencies commonly found in schools of public policy, public administration, business and management. Students in the health management and policy concentration will complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

Core Courses 15
BIOS 5300   Biostatistics for Public Health 1 3
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health 3
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management and Policy 3
SABS 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
Required Courses 18
HMAP 5310 Health Politics and Policy 3
HMAP 5320 Health Services Management 3
HMAP 5326 Public Health Program Planning & Evaluation 3
HMAP 5330 Health Finance 1 3
HMAP 5340 Public Health Law 3
HMAP 5350 Health Economics 3
Elective Courses  12
Practice Experience 3
HMAP 5397 Public Health Practice Experience 3
Culminating Experience  0
HMAP 5000  Comprehensive Exam 0
  Total SCH 48

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SABS)

Dennis Thombs, PhD
Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Education and Administration Building 711F
817-735-5439
Email: dennis.thombs@unthsc.edu

MPH in Community Health

The community health concentration prepares professionals from a variety of backgrounds (nursing, medicine, dentistry, allied health, social work, health education, nutrition, psychology, anthropology, sociology) for public health careers. This concentration uses a multidisciplinary approach to identify community, family, social, and behavioral factors in both the onset of and solution to public health problems through disease prevention, health promotion, or health care. Community health contributes to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that promote healthy environments and healthy lives for individuals and populations. Students will learn social and behavioral theories and methodologies that are used to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs and interventions. Students will also be prepared to perform community-based research, communicate findings to the public and policymakers, advocate for evidence-based research programs and policies. This concentration also prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) exam. Traditionally, program graduates have assumed positions in public health departments, health and human service agencies, and other health care settings. Students in the community health concentration will complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

Core Courses 15
BIOS 5300    Biostatistics for Public Health 1 3
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health 3
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management and Policy 3
SABS 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
Required Courses 12
SABS 5310 Community Assessment 3
SABS 5312 Community Program Planning 3
SABS 5314 Social and Behavioral Research Methods 3
SABS 5316 Community Health, Program Evaluation and Interventions 3
Elective Courses  18
Practice Experience 3
SABS 5397 Public Health Practice Experience 3
Culminating Experience  0
SABS 5000 Comprehensive Exam 0
  Total SCH 48

 

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