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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

University of North Texas Health Science Center
at Fort Worth
Medical Education Building, 1-804
(817) 735-2560
Thomas Yorio, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Division Chairs

James Turner, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Ladislav Dory, Acting, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Rafael Alvarez-Gonzalez, Acting, Microbiology and Immunology

Harbans Lal, Pharmacology

Peter Raven, Physiology

Thomas J. Chester, Acting, Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Another UNTHSC-FW unit that participates in the graduate program includes the department of pathology (Steven Putthoff, Chair).

Graduate faculty of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth are also members of the graduate faculty of the University of North Texas and thus can serve as mentors or committee members of UNT graduate students appropriate to their graduate appointment. See the UNTHSC Graduate Catalog for UNTHSC graduate faculty listings.

Biomedical Sciences

Master's and doctoral degree programs in the biomedical sciences and master of public health degree program are available through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. For information on the programs available, please call (817) 735-2560.

University of North Texas Public Health Program

Program of Study

A student interested in graduate work in the public health program at the University of North Texas (UNT) may pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The MPH is a cooperative program with the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC-FW). This degree is awarded with a major in one of eight specialty tracks. Specialty tracks include environmental health, epidemiology, family health, health behavior, health economics, health services administration, health services research and occupational health.

The objectives of the Master of Public health program are to prepare students to meet the needs of the growing health care industry and the demand for trained public health workers in the public sector. Students in this program have the added benefit of interacting with health care providers and students in the osteopathic medical program at the Health Science Center, as well as faculty engaged in significant public health research at both the UNTHSC-FW and UNT.

The instructional program provides a strong foundation knowledge and skills in basic, applied and clinical sciences that focus on the promotion of community health; the preparation of a well-trained public health work force; and continuing education opportunities that assist public health practitioners to remain current in the field. Particular attention is given to developing attitudes, ethical practices and personal attributes that characterize a caring health professional.

Career Opportunities

There exists a critical need for professionally trained personnel in major areas of public health, i.e. administration and management, practice, research, policy and education. Public health professionals work for health maintenance organizations, hospitals and clinics, international agencies, pharmaceutical industries, and federal, state and local public health agencies. A growing demand exists for health professionals in public health nutrition, epidemiology, gerontology and long-term care administration. Environmental agencies, regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, insurance companies, research organizations, universities and health science centers offer career opportunities for public health professionals addressing key issues such as maternal and child health, access to care, the uninsured, environmental health, aging, violence, and ethics.

Degree Requirements

Two options are available in the MPH degree: a thesis or a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 42-48 graduate hours depending on the track, including 18 hours of core courses, 6 hours of thesis research, 9-12 hours of track requirements and 9-12 hours of electives. Students choosing the non-thesis option must take a 3 credit capstone course and a 3 hour special problem rather than
6 thesis research hours. Core courses required of all students include: Environmental Health, Principles of Epidemiology, Health Administration, Biostatistics and Behavioral Epidemiology. For information on additional course requirements of specific tracks, contact the appropriate director.


For application materials and general information about the Masters of Public Health Program, contact the Public Health Program Office at the UNTHSC (817)735-2401; email: spresley@hsc.unt.edu); or by mail at:

Public Health Program Office

UNT Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Specific information about requirements for the MPH tracks may be obtained by contacting the following directors.

Environmental Health

Dr. Ken Dickson
UNT Environmental Science Program
P.O. Box 13078
Denton, TX 76203
(817) 565-2694
Internet: dickson@cas.unt.edu


Dr. John Licciardone
UNT Health Science Center
PHPM 1-422
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 735-2401
Internet: jlicciar@molly.hsc.unt.edu

Family Health

Adela Gonzalez
UNT Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
(817) 735-2401
Internet: ang0001@jove.acs.unt.edu

Health Behavior

Dr. Joe Doster
UNT Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 13587
Denton, TX 76203
(817) 565-2671
Internet: dosterj@terrill.unt.edu

Health Economics

Dr. Kenneth Koelln
UNT Department of Economics
P.O. Box 13408
Denton, TX 76203
(817) 565-4542
Internet: koelln@econ.unt.edu

Health Services Administration

Dr. Al Bavon or Dr. Robert Bland
UNT Department of Public Administration
P.O. Box 13136
Denton, TX 76203
(817) 565-2165
Internet: abavon@scs.unt.edu
Internet: bbland@scs.unt.edu

Health Services Research

Dr. Susan Eve
UNT Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 13675
Denton, TX 76203
(817) 565-2054
Internet: eve@scs.unt.edu

Occupational Health

Dr. Scott Taylor
PHPM 1-426
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 735-2362


Dr. Muriel Marshall
UNT Health Science Center
PHPM 1-432E
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 735-5479
Internet: mmarshal@molly.hsc.unt.edu

Admission Requirements

Applicants should request admission forms from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences UNTHSC for the MPH degree program. Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, a competitive GPA in undergraduate work, and a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 1000. International students must have a TOEFL score of 550 or better.

Financial Support

Students seeking financial assistance should contact the UNT and/or UNTHSC Financial Aid Offices for the most current information on availability of scholarships and loans and eligibility requirements. For information on availability of teaching assistantships and research assistantships, contact designated directors in area of interest at UNT and/or UNTHSC.

UNT Graduate Catalog Table of Contents

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

UNT Home Page

Prospective Students

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