Public Health Program

The public health program provides these students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in careers that bridge medicine and public health. Graduates earn the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree. Medical students complete the public health degree as part of a five-year MD-MPH dual degree program. Graduate students may integrate public health training into their doctoral studies to complete the PhD-MPH dual degree program.

Mission & Goals 

Mission Statement

The mission of the public health program at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 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;
  • Preparing students to practice skillful and evidence-based preventive medicine and public health; 
  • Providing interdisciplinary expertise in the service of academic, professional, and community-based public health organizations.

Goals Statement

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  



The Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to offer the MPH degree.


The Public Health Program is an institutional member of the Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR).

Degree Requirements

The MPH degree plan includes a core set of requirements, but can be tailored to meet individual student’s interests and career goals.  Medical students earn the MPH as part of a five-year dual degree plan.  Medical residents and fellows can complete the curriculum in four academic terms of full-time study or may opt to complete the degree over two or more years of part-time study.  A single generalist, professional track is available.

The curriculum includes courses in the core disciplines of public health and in topics relevant to blending the practice of preventive medicine and public health.  Students complete integrative applied learning experiences through the practice experience and the capstone project and report. (MPH students in the Aerospace Medicine Residency Program complete a different set of required courses.


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. 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 United Health enrollees.  MPH faculty members also have expertise working with data from clinical records, emergency room visits, and the correctional health care system.


Master’s Students


  • Complete your final draft of your Thesis
  • After approved by your committee, submit to Dr. Peek as a word document so that she can run it through iThenticate.
  • Once approved, you will submit the document to Dr. Joan Nichols in word format.
  • Dr. Nichols will review the document and let you know if there are changes, or if you can go ahead and upload it to the Electronic Thesis Dissertation (ETD) website.
  • Present your research in a public forum before graduation
  • Complete the Graduation Packet. This can be found on the GSBS website,, by clicking Current Students, Ready for Graduation, Graduation Packet. You should make sure that all items on the checklist are complete and then turn them in to the Program Coordinator. They, in turn, will keep a copy for your file and turn it in to the GSBS for you


Each year we host a public health symposium during National Public Health Week. The symposium features a keynote speaker and research poster session, in which many of our students and faculty display and discuss their work.

2013 Symposium flyer
Winners of awards at the 2013 Public Health Symposium

Download the Program's Brochure

Brochure for Public Health program


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

p. (409) 772-6635

Christine M. Arcari, PhD, MPH

Christine M. Arcari, PhD, MPH
Director, Public Health Graduate Program

Briley, Richard

  Richard Briley, M.Ed.
  Admin Education Coordinator
  Public Health Graduate Program
  p. (409) 772-6635

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