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Dual Degree Programs

The School of Public Health offers three dual degree programs: MSN/MPH in Health Management & Policy offered through the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing and the School of Public Health; MS in Applied Anthropology/MPH in Community Health offered through the University of North Texas Department of Anthropology and the School of Public Health; and the DO/MPH offered through the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Public Health. The applicants in these programs are evaluated and admitted separately to each school and must meet all requirements for each degree separately. Admission to one program does not assure admission to the other. Students completing a dual degree program receive diplomas and transcripts from each of the participating schools. Thus, they are not joint degree programs where one diploma lists both schools, but rather dual degree programs.

In each of the following programs, students must complete the MPH core curriculum, which includes a course in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health management and policy and social and behavioral sciences. With the use of transfer credit and dual credit, students are required to complete 45-48 semester credit hours, which includes 3 SCH of practice experience and 6 SCH of a culminating experience (thesis or comprehensive examination/2 additional electives).

The School of Public Health admits dual degree students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The deadlines are as follows:

Semester Admission Deadline Classes Begin
Fall 2011 March 15, 2011 August 22, 2011
Spring 2012 June 1, 2011        
Summer 2012 February 1, 2012  
Session I:    
Session II:    
Summer Institute June 1, 2012  
Fall 2012 March 15, 2012  

It is recommended that non-U.S. citizens apply well in advance of these deadlines to allow for the preparation of immigration documents.

Applicants to the dual degree programs will fall under one of the following admissions categories:

  1. Full Admission: Accepted without reservation to the dual degree program.
  2. Denied: Not admitted to the program because application was not competitive.
  3. Non-review: Not reviewed due to an incomplete application file.
  4. Provisional Admissions: In rare instances, the SPH may admit a student on a provisional basis where one of the credentials is below the average of the applicant pool, providing that all other admission criteria are met or exceeded. This admittance requires the approval of the Master's Admissions Committee, the Department Chair and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Upon successful completion of the provisional requirements, the student may be granted full admission into the School. A student admitted previously must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA during the first semester of study. An additional semester of study may be permitted under the provisional status, should these requirements not be met in one semester. This would require approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Dual Degree Admission Requirements for MSN/MPH Applicants

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Submit an application to SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service) at www.sophas.org; applicants should designate their concentration as Health Management & Policy.
  • Students in the MSN program must apply to the MPH program prior to the completion of 24 SCH in the MSN program. Conversely, students in the MPH program must apply to the MSN program prior to the completion of 24 SCH in the MPH program.
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges or 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.
  • Applicants with foreign transcripts must also include an official WES or ECE transcript evaluation report listing course-by-course U.S. grade point equivalencies.
  • International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being granted admission. Minimum TOEFL exam requirements: 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.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • 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.

Once an offer of admissions has been extended to a student, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be re-submitted directly to the SPH Office of Student and Academic Services, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699.

Once an offer of admissions has been extended to an international applicant, the Health Science Center will not issue immigration papers for student visas until the following documents have been received and approved by the Health Science Center:

  • Proof of financial resources
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended should be re-submitted both in English and the student's native language

Dual Degree Admission Requirements for MS-Applied Anthropology/MPH- Community Health Applicants

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit an application to SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service) at www.sophas.org; applicants should designate their concentration as Community Health concentration.
  • New students are encouraged to apply simultaneously to both programs for the fall semester. Application deadlines for Anthropology are Feb. 15th and May 1st. However, a student may decide to apply at any time prior to the18 SCH cut-off (see below).
  • For students currently enrolled in the MPH or Anthropology program, they have 18 SCH to decide if they would like to complete the dual degree program. If a current MPH student, they must apply to the anthropology program for the fall semester. If a current anthropology student, they can apply to the School of Public Health during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
  • Students are not given dual degree status until they have been successfully admitted to both the MPH and the MS in Applied Anthropology programs.
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges or 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.
  • Applicants with foreign transcripts must also include an official WES or ECE transcript evaluation report listing course-by-course U.S. grade point equivalencies.
  • International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being granted admission. Minimum TOEFL exam requirements: 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.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • 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.

Once an offer of admissions has been extended to a student, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be re-submitted directly to the SPH Office of Student and Academic Services, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699.

Once an offer of admissions has been extended to an international applicant, the Health Science Center will not issue immigration papers for student visas until the following documents have been received and approved by the Health Science Center:

  • Proof of financial resources
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended should be re-submitted both in English and the student's native language.

Dual Degree Admission Requirements for DO/MPH Applicants

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
  • Download an application from the School of Public Health at www.hsc.unt.edu and submit all required admissions materials to the Office of Student & Academic Services; applicants may apply to any MPH concentration.
  • Submit an application fee
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges or 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).
  • Applicants with foreign transcripts must also include an official WES or ECE transcript evaluation report listing course-by-course U.S. grade point equivalencies.
  • International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being granted admission. Minimum TOEFL exam requirements: 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.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • 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.

Applicants that are currently enrolled in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) should submit a letter to the University of North Texas Health Science Center Office of the Registrar granting permission to release copies of official transcripts and MCAT score reports to the SPH Office of Student and Academic Services.

Applicants that are not enrolled in TCOM must request that graduate admissions examination scores and official transcripts from all college or university attended be sent to the SPH Office of Student and Academic Services.

Once an offer of admissions has been extended to an international applicant, the Health Science Center will not issue immigration papers for student visas until the following documents have been received and approved by the Health Science Center:

  • Proof of financial resources
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended should be re-submitted both in English and the student's native language.

Admissions Decisions and Deferments for Dual Degree Applicants

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 non-refundable 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.

Financial Assistance

To be eligible for scholarships and assistantships offered by the School of Public Health, applicants must complete the admissions application by March 15, 2011. For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services 817-735-2401. 

This page last modified January 27, 2011

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