Doctorate and Public Health Dual Degree (PhD/MPH)

PhD students at UTMB have the opportunity to earn the Master of Public Health degree while enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. MPH training provides select students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to succeed in public health research and practice careers. 

Our MPH Program includes coursework and learning experiences that prepare graduates to contribute to and apply the evidence base supporting population and public health. 

Dual degree students must meet the core requirements of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, as well as the requirements of their chosen curricular track.

Up to 12 credits in the student's doctoral curriculum may be counted as dual credits for the MPH degree.

The student's advisory committee will include members of the Public Health Program, as well as the student's doctoral advisor.

UTMB doctoral students may apply to the program through the UTMB Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Doctoral students must have completed PhD qualifying exams prior to beginning the Master of Public Health Program.

To apply:

  • Complete GSBS application at http://www.utmb.edu/OnlineApp/
  • Provide three (3) letters of reference
  • Submit current UTMB Health transcript
  • Pay application fee

The application essay and letters of reference should specifically address the student's interest in public health and his or her ability to complete the degree. One of the letters of reference should be from the student's doctoral advisor, and he or she must state that the student will be allowed the time necessary to complete the Public Health coursework and requirements.

The MPH Admissions Committee will also schedule personal interviews with candidates.

Contacts

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

p. (409) 772-6635

Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH

Cara Pennel, DrPH, MPH
Director, Public Health Graduate Program

(409) 772-2288
clpennel@utmb.edu

Leslie Stalnaker

Leslie Stalnaker, MPH
Coordinator II, Public Health Graduate Program

(409) 772-5271
lastalna@utmb.edu