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Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program

Transforming health for individuals, families, and communities to thrive

Whether you are embarking on the initial steps of your public health journey or are a seasoned professional aiming to enhance your expertise, OSPH is the school for you. Our comprehensive offerings include a full-time two-year M.P.H pathway and an extended three-year M.P.H. pathway, ensuring that individuals at varying stages of their careers have the ability to achieve their academic goals.

Students in our M.P.H. program:

  • Gain strong methodological skills through cross-cutting programs in quantitative and data sciences, health systems sciences, implementation science, and health promotion
  • Disseminate new methodologies and scientific knowledge to inform health care delivery and enhance community health
  • Learn to engage diverse stakeholders in health care systems and communities to identify and prioritize public health challenges and create and implement effective solutions
  • Educate these stakeholders to improve health at multiple levels, from individuals, families, and neighborhoods to employers, agencies, and health systems

M.P.H. Pathways

Program Type Two-Year Path Three-Year Path
Program Length 2 years, Starting in Fall Semester 3 years, Starting in Summer Semester
Program Classification Full-time (for graduate school, 9 or more hours per fall/spring semester and 6 hours per summer semester) Part-time (for graduate school, fewer than 9 hours per fall/spring semester and fewer than 6 hours per summer semester)
Location In-person at our Dallas campus In-person at our Dallas campus

The students in the two-year path and the three-year path receive the same M.P.H. degree. The three-year path has a lighter course load each semester over a three-year period. Students in the three-year path take all the same classes as the full-time students, collaborate with them, and are fully-integrated into the life of the school. The three-year path is a great option for students who would benefit from a lighter course load due to outside of school responsibilities. All students work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators to select a concentration and develop an individualized degree plan.

M.P.H. Courseload by Semester

Year One
Fall 11 Credits
Spring 10 Credits
Year Two
Summer 6 Credits
Fall 9-10 Credits
Spring 8-9 Credits
Total 45 Credits
Year One
Summer 4 Credits
Fall 7 Credits
Spring 5 Credits
Year Two
Summer 6 Credits
Fall 6 Credits
Spring 4-5 Credits
Year Three
Summer 3 Credits
Fall 5-6 Credits
Spring 3 Credits
Total 45 Credits


Concentrations are the foundation of our M.P.H. program, equipping the future public health workforce with innovative degree pathways. At the Peter O'Donnell Jr. School of Public Health, you gain practical skills, preparing you to develop, use, interpret, and communicate scientific data. These skills are in high demand and careers in these domains remain among the fastest-growing and most rewarding professional opportunities in public health.

Students choose from one of three multidisciplinary options:

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Quantitative Data Sciences

The practice of public health is driven by scientific evidence obtained from a variety of sources. This evidence is generated by researchers working in interdisciplinary professional domains, including biostatisticians, epidemiologists, clinical and public health informaticians, computer scientists, health geographers, and health economists.

Students learn about:

  • Various types of data used in public health research and practice
  • How these data are collected, managed, analyzed, and reported
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Health Promotion, Structure, and Agency

Students following this concentration build the skills necessary to drive transformative change in health and health equity. They design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based programs to empower individuals and communities with the agency needed to change health behaviors and transform the social and structural conditions shaping health and health equity.

Students in this concentration:

  • Promote the health of individuals, communities, and populations and achieve health equity via program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Inform and advance theories and their application to public health practice using quantitative and qualitative data
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Health Systems Science

Students in the Health Systems Science concentration acquire knowledge and skills about the economics of health decisions, how health care is delivered, how health professionals work together to address public health needs, and how the health system can improve patient care and health care delivery.

In addition, they develop evidence-based platforms and frameworks to drive the necessary transformation for improved health care delivery and population health.

Students learn how to:

  • Conduct and understand health services and health policy research
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate health interventions and policies within the context of the health system
  • Assess population health from an economic perspective that acknowledges the role of community, family, social, and policy factors in health care choices

Practicum Requirement / Applied Practice Experience (APE)

All M.P.H. students complete three credit hours of a community service-learning experience toward their degree.

Students work with their advisors to connect with UT Southwestern mentors and community partners for experiences focused on community engagement and practice.

Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

The ILE represents the culmination of the M.P.H. program in which students demonstrate mastery of the concepts taught throughout the entire program.

Students work with their advisors to choose foundational and concentration-specific aims that align with their professional and educational goals.

The ILE can take many forms, including:

  • Practice-based project
  • Essay-based comprehensive exam
  • Capstone course
  • Integrative seminar

All students produce a scholarly paper as part of the ILE requirement.

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Learn more about how to apply for an M.P.H. at UT Southwestern.

M.P.H. Fall 2023 Class ScheduleM.P.H. Spring 2024 Class Schedule

The program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.