Master of Public Health (MPH)


The Graduate Program in Public Health at was first accredited in 2002 by the national accrediting body, the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

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 belonging.

The UTMB School of Public and Population Health ensures that all students are grounded in the following Foundational Public Health Knowledge:


Profession & Science of Public Health
  1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
Factors Related to Human Health
  1. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  2. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  3. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  4. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  5. Explain how globalization affects global burden of disease
  6. Explain an ecological perspective the connections among human health, animal health ecosystem health (e.g., One Health)

SPPH Graduate Programs | University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1150 | (409) 772-1128

Denny Fe Agana, PhD, MPH, CPH
Program Director, Master of Public Health Program
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Christina Johnson, MBA
Program Manager, Student Affairs
Student Recruitment and Admissions
(409) 747-7584