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Catalog 2013 - 2014

MPH Concentrations

The Masters of Public Health degree program prepares students to address the following core competencies while advancing their knowledge of public health:

1. Public Health Knowledge and Skills: The MPH student will apply basic knowledge and skills of the core public health sciences that include: biostatistics, epidemiology, health management and policy, behavioral and community health, and environmental and occupational health, to the prevention of illness and injury and the promotion of population health.

2. Integration of Theory and Practice: The MPH student will demonstrate the effective integration of theory and practice related to public health issues that affect diverse populations, through a thesis or comprehensive examination and a practice experience.

3. Communication and Informatics: The MPH student will gather, organize, and manage data and information effectively to address public health issues through oral and written communications to diverse professionals and lay audiences.

4. Diversity and Culture: The MPH student will demonstrate the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.

5. Professionalism: The MPH student will apply ethical principles to the practice of public health in a variety of settings, demonstrating personal integrity while embracing diverse communities.

Department of Behavioral and Community Health (BACH)

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

MPH in Behavioral and Community Health

The community health concentration prepares students from a variety of undergraduate majors (nursing, medicine, dentistry, allied health, social work, health education, nutrition, psychology, anthropology, communication) for public health careers that focus on community change and empowerment. This multidisciplinary concentration addresses the behavioral, community, socio-cultural, and economic factors that protect and undermine human health. The concentration focuses on community engagement and assessment, and community program planning and evaluation. Students will learn to design, implement, and evaluate preventive interventions, and advocate for public policy that seeks to improve community health and reduce health disparities. Students will be prepared to critically appraise findings from community-based research, effectively communicate findings to the public and policymakers, and advocate for evidence-based community health programs and policies. Traditionally, program graduates have assumed positions in public health departments, health and human service agencies, and 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.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in the community health concentration will be able to:

  1. Identify theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in the solution of public health problems affecting the health of populations and individuals.
  2. Identify and apply methods from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in the solution of public health problems affecting the health of populations and individuals. These methods include qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  3. Identify needs and assets for social and behavioral science interventions, including analyses of relevant stakeholder and policymaker priorities.
  4. Analyze social and behavioral factors contributing to disparities in population health.
  5. Apply evidence-based approaches in planning, implementing, and evaluating community health programs and policies in culturally diverse settings and populations.
  6. Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for community health programs and policies.
  7. Interact sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, and professional backgrounds and with persons of all ages.
  8. Demonstrate communication skills necessary for public health advocacy, including the ability to describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions.
  9. Apply social justice and human rights principles and values when addressing community needs and use collaborative methods to achieve organizational and community health goals.

 

Core Courses 15
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
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
Required Courses 13
BACH 5197 MPH Portfolio 1
BACH 5310 Participatory Approaches to Improving Community Health 3
BACH 5312 Community Assessment and Program Planning  3
BACH 5314 Social and Behavioral Research Methods 3
BACH 5316 Community Program Evaluation and Interventions 3
Elective Courses (18 with comprehensive examination; 12 with thesis) 12-18
Practice Experience 2
BACH 5297 Public Health Practice Experience 2
Culminating Experience  0-6
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination (CPH Exam) 0
BACH 5001 Comprehensive Exam 0
OR
BACH 5395 
Thesis 6
  Total SCH 48

Upon approval by the Academic Advisor and the Department Chair, an MPH student may elect to complete a Thesis for the Culminating Experience. This requires the student to take 12 semester credit hours of "Elective" coursework and 6 semester credit hours of Thesis. An MPH student enrolled in the Thesis part of their degree plan must achieve satisfactory progress toward completion as determined by the Academic Advisor. 

Department of Biostatistics (BIOS)

Sharon Homan, PhD
Interim Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Building 708A
817-735-5162
Email: sharon.homan@unthsc.edu

MPH in Biostatistics

Biostatistics is designed to train students in data management, statistical analysis, interpretation, and presentation of analytical results using computing technology. The concentration focuses on the methodologies and procedures of statistical analysis and research design. 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 pharmaceutical industry, and consulting. Applicants to this program are expected to have a background in college algebra and calculus.

Students in biostatistics will complete a minimum of 48 semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in will be able to:

1. Translate mathematical and statistical foundations to biostatistics.

2. Design and critically evaluate study protocols in the health sciences.

3. Design and apply comprehensive data management strategies for health related studies.

4. Identify and apply suitable statistical methods for data analyses.

5. Effectively communicate statistical information to health practitioners and professionals.

6. Understand and abide by strict ethical standards in health related studies.

Core Courses  15
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Community Health 3
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
Required Courses  10
BIOS 5197 MPH Portfolio 1
BIOS 5310 Biostatistics for Public Health 2 3
BIOS 5312 Regression Analysis 3
BIOS 5314 Introduction to Statistical Packages 3
Elective Courses (21 with comprehensive examination; 15 with thesis) 15-21
Practice Experience  2
BIOS 5297 Public Health Practice Experience 2
Culminating Experience   0-6
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination  0
BIOS 5001 Comprehensive Examination  0

OR
BIOS 5395

Thesis 6
  Total SCH 48

Upon approval by the Academic Advisor and the Department Chair, an MPH student may elect to complete a Thesis for the Culminating Experience. This requires the student to take 15 semester credit hours of "Elective" coursework and 6 semester credit hours of Thesis. An MPH student enrolled in the Thesis part of their degree plan must achieve satisfactory progress toward completion as determined by the Academic Advisor. 

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS)

David A. Sterling, PhD, CIH
Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Building 601A
817-735-5098
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, psychosocial, 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 and occupational toxicology, hazard recognition, and evaluation and control, coursework can be taken for additional focus in areas such as occupational health practice/industrial hygiene; exposure and risk assessment; geographic information systems (GIS), 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. For the culminating experience, students may choose between the thesis option or comprehensive examination option. Students selecting the comprehensive examination option will complete 15 semester credit hours of elective courses and students selecting the thesis option will complete 12 semester credit hours of elective courses to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in the environmental and occupational health science concentration will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and discuss health, safety, and ecological impacts of environmental agents.
  2. Recognize and describe factors that modify exposures to environmental hazards.
  3. Perform the processes of recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazards.
  4. Identify and understand environmental and occupational health policies, regulations and standards/guidelines.
  5. Develop, apply and evaluate programs in environmental and occupational health.
Core Courses  15
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
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
Required Courses 16
EOHS 5197 MPH Portfolio 1
BIOS 5310 Biostatistics for Public Health 2 3
EOHS 5310 Evaluation and Control of Biological Agents & Infectious Disease 3
EOHS 5330 Recognition, Evaluation & Control of Environmental Hazards 3
EOHS 5331 Environmental & Occupational Sampling and Analytical Methods 3
EOHS 5350 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology 3
Elective Courses (15 with comprehensive exam; 9 with thesis) 9-15
Practice Experience 2
EOHS 5397 Public Health Practice Experience 2
Culminating Experience (Non Thesis) 0-6
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination 0
EOHS 5001  Comprehensive Examination 0

 Or
EOHS 5395

Thesis 6
  Total SCH 48

Upon approval by the Academic Advisor and the Department Chair, an MPH student may elect to complete a Thesis for the Culminating Experience. This requires the student to take 9 semester credit hours of "Elective" coursework and 6 semester credit hours of Thesis. An MPH student enrolled in the Thesis part of their degree plan must achieve satisfactory progress toward completion as determined by the Academic Advisor.  

Department of Epidemiology (EPID)

David A. Sterling, PhD, CIH
Interim Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Building 601A
817-735-5098
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 15 semester credit hours of elective courses and 48 total semester credit hours. Students selecting the thesis option will complete 12 semester credit hours of elective courses and 51 total semester credit hours to earn the MPH degree. Course requirements are available on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in the epidemiology concentration will be able to:

  1. Describe a public health problem in terms or magnitude, person, time and place.
  2. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  3. Use data collection methods appropriate for epidemiologic research.
  4. Design appropriate epidemiologic studies.
  5. Apply analytic methods to answer epidemiologic questions.
  6. Design and use survey tools.
  7. Identify the principles and limitations of public health screening programs.
  8. Critically evaluate epidemiologic evidence.
  9. Communicate epidemiologic information to lay and professional audiences.
  10. Comprehend basic ethical principles pertaining to the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of epidemiologic data.
  11. Demonstrate proficiency in using statistical software to manage and analyze health related data.
Core Courses    15
BACH 5300         Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
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
Required Courses       17
EPID 5197 MPH Portfolio 1
BIOS 5310 Biostatistics for Public Health 2                                 
    3
EPID 5310 Intermediate Epidemiology 3
EPID 5312 Survey Research & Questionnaire Design 3
EPID 5313  Database Management and SAS Programming                              3
EPID 5314 Applied Data Analysis in Epidemiology  3
Elective Courses (15 with comprehensive examination; 12 with thesis)  12-15
Elective courses must be approved by the advisor, and must include one of the two courses below.  
EPID 5318  Chronic Disease Epidemiology  3
EPID 5320  Infectious Disease Epidemiology  3
(Choose three from the following list if completing the Thesis or four from the following list if completing the Comprehensive Examination)  
Practice Experience  2
EPID 5397  Public Health Practice Experience  2
Culminating Experience (Non Thesis) 0-6
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination 0
EPID 5001  Comprehensive Examination 0

Or
EPID 5395

Thesis 6
  Total SCH  48-51

Upon approval by the Academic Advisor and the Department Chair, an MPH student may elect to complete a Thesis for the Culminating Experience. This requires the student to take 12 semester credit hours of "Elective" coursework and 6 semester credit hours of Thesis. An MPH student enrolled in the Thesis part of their degree plan must achieve satisfactory progress toward completion as determined by the Academic Advisor. 

 Department of Health Management and Policy (HMAP)

José A. Pagán, PhD
Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building 601B
817-735-0150
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.

By the conclusion of the MPH program, a student in the health management and policy concentration will be able to:

  1. Identify the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the US.
  2. Describe the legal and ethical bases for public health and health services.
  3. Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
  4. Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
  5. Apply quality and performance improvement concepts to address organizational performance issues.
Core Courses 15
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
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
Required Courses 19
HMAP 5197 MPH Portfolio 1
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 with comprehensive examination; 6 with thesis) 6-12
Practice Experience 2
HMAP 5397 Public Health Practice Experience 2
Culminating Experience  0
PHED 5000 Certified in Public Health Examination 0
HMAP 5001  Comprehensive Examination 0

OR
HMAP 5395

Thesis 6
  Total SCH 48

Upon approval by the Academic Advisor and the Department Chair, an MPH student may elect to complete a Thesis for the Culminating Experience. This requires the student to take 6 semester credit hours of "Elective" coursework and 6 semester credit hours of Thesis. An MPH student enrolled in the Thesis part of their degree plan must achieve satisfactory progress toward completion as determined by the Academic Advisor.

Department of Public Health Education (PHED)

Christine Moranetz, PhD, FAWHP
Department Chair
PhD Program Director
DrPH Program Director
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building 747
817-735-5074
Email: christine.moranetz@unthsc.edu

MPH Professional Option

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Professional Option is an interdisciplinary degree that provides education and training for professionals in any field who want to strengthen their general knowledge and skills in public health. Students in this “generalist,” practice-oriented curriculum will complete a common set of required courses and then have the opportunity to tailor their electives to meet their individual career goals. Students will gain knowledge, skills and approaches that emphasize the core functions of public health, including the assessment of health risks and current levels of disease; the development of public health policies; the assurance of health improvement through health promotion, disease prevention and health services; and the management of health systems and settings. Ultimately, graduates of this program will contribute to the expansion and enhancement of a competent public health workforce that is advancing the well-being of Texas’ citizens and beyond.

Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants with an advanced degree e.g., PhD, DO, MD, JD, MSN, MBA, PA; or
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a master’s degree program other than an MPH; or
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program; or
  • Three years of work experience in the health professions
Core Courses 15
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individual & Community Health 3
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
Required Courses

10 

PHED 5197 MPH Portfolio 1
HMAP 5320 Health Services Management 3
HMAP 6320 Leadership for Public Health 3
PHED 6360 Ethical Issues in Public Health 3
Elective Courses  12 
Practice Experience 2
PHED 5397 Public Health Practice Experience 2
Culminating Experience  0
PHED 5000 Comprehensive Examination - 
Certified in Public Health (CPH) Examination
0
PHED 53xx Public Health Capstone 3
 

Total SCH

42

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