Public Health Program

The Public Health Program at UTMB has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 2002. CEPH is recognized by the United States Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health that prepare students for careers in the field of public health.

UTMB's Public Health Program is dedicated to protecting and promoting health in human populations by equipping students with the knowledge and skills to be effective public health practitioners and researchers. The program includes three degrees: Master of Public Health (MPH), PhD in Population Health Sciences, and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences.

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a multi-disciplinary degree that focuses on equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to practice public health in a professional setting.

Three tracks are currently offered: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Aerospace Medicine.

The program also offers combined MD-MPH and combined PhD-MPH degrees.

Click here to learn more about the tracks and degree requirements.

The Population Health Sciences (PHS) Graduate Program prepares students to conduct, communicate, and apply research aimed at the protection, promotion, and restoration of health in human populations. Curricula within the program share a population health perspective that explores the interplay of individual biological and behavioral factors with aspects of the physical, social, and policy environments.

This program requires a minimum of 66 credit hours, written & oral qualifying exams, and the completion and defense of an original dissertation.

For more information, please click here.

Students who complete this program are provided with advanced training in rehabilitation sciences, including assessment, development, restoration, and maintenance of independent function in persons with physical and cognitive impairments, through a solid theoretical and methodological foundation in clinical and community health-related rehabilitation services.

This degrees requires a minimum of 60-65 credit hours, as well as the completion of qualifying exams and dissertation.

For more information about admissions and the program, please click here.


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University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Phone: (409) 772-6635


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Public Health Graduate Program
Phone: (409) 772-2288


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