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Master of Public Health(MPH, MD/MPH, PhD/MPH)

The Graduate Program in Public Health has been fully accredited since 2002 by the national accrediting body, the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH). The program also offers opportunities for students interested in pursuing dual degrees (MD/MPH and PhD/MPH) and a non-degree certificate. 

The mission of the Public Health Program at the UTMB is to contribute to the protection and promotion of health in human populations by:

  • Preparing students to practice skillful and evidence-based preventive medicine and public health;
  • Conducting and communicating research that informs the diverse fields within public health; and
  • Providing interdisciplinary expertise in the service of academic, professional, and community-based public health organizations.

Our established values, goals and objectives guide us in our efforts to accomplish our stated mission. We have developed broad goals and measurable objectives for the program and for each of its major functions: instruction, research, and service, as well as workforce development, resources and administration, and diversity.

Degrees & Other Programs

Application Deadlines:

  • May 1st for Fall entry
  • October 1st for Spring entry

For more information on the application process, please click here.


  • A minimum of 42 credit hours
  • Core courses in public health
    • Principles of Public Health (PHS 6289)
    • Public Health Assessment, Planning, & Evaluation (PHS 6324)
    • Public Health Professionalism & Leadership (PHS 6338)
    • Introduction to Epidemiology (PHS 6330)
    • Social Determinants of Health (PHS 6241)
    • MPH Biostatistics & Data Management (PHS 6496-003)
    • Survey & Qualitative Methods (PHS 6296-13)
    • Health Policy and Management (PHS 6384)
    • Public Health Ethics (PHS 6137)
  • Curricular track and elective courses
  • Completion of Applied Practice Experience (PHS 6070)
  • Completion of Integrative Learning Experience (PHS 6016)

Accreditation & Affiliations

The Public Health Program at UTMB is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a proud member of the Association for Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

CEPH Accredited Master's Doctoral


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The MPH Program involves faculty from several clinical and basic science departments providing students access to research facilities across the campus. Adjunct faculty members in the MPH Program are primarily public health professionals who provide students research and practice opportunities in community and occupational settings. Key community partners include: Galveston County Health District, St. Vincent’s Clinic, The Jesse Tree, and Frontera de Salud.

In addition to working with data from clinical records and the correctional health care system, MPH faculty members have access to and experience with a wide range of population health data sets including: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), the Hispanic Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly (H-EPESE), cancer data from the SEER Program, the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), Medicare data, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), mortality data for the Department of Energy nuclear workers, and health insurance claims data on approximately 36 million private health insurance and enrollees.


Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Phone: (409) 772-6635


small_pennelCara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Public Health Graduate Program
Phone: (409) 772-2288


Leslie Stalnaker, MPHLeslie Stalnaker, MPH
Program Manager
Public Health Graduate Program
(409) 772-5271