Welcome to the School of Community and Rural Health at UT Health Northeast. Imagine being a professional in a field that is much more than just a job and a title. Can you see yourself in a career than will make a real and positive difference in your community, region, state, and even nationally? We exist to train you in the professions of public health, occupational health, health administration, and the clinical practice and management of health. If you want a meaningful profession that helps improve health, your training starts here. Our experienced faculty and staff provide ‘hands-on’ education, mentoring, and career training so you can make a difference in a variety of health-related fields, including:
- Social and behavioral health
- Health policy and administration
- Medical occupational health
- Environmental health and health analytics
Our Public Health Program is Unique
As the only academic health science center in Northeast Texas, UT Health Northeast is known for its comprehensive experience in public health, management expertise, successful collaborations, and consensus building. For many years, we have invested in actionable, real-world solutions to the region’s toughest public health challenges and have become a leader in community health. Our program will connect you with real and ongoing public health and healthcare delivery – actual patients and families with actual health needs – making your educational experience much more valuable than a traditional program would.
The School of Community and Rural Health also has a particular focus on the unique challenges that face rural and underserved populations. Our generalized master of public health (MPH) program specializes in rural community health and the unique needs posed by these vulnerable populations. The MPH courses are taught by individuals with notable leadership experience, not only in academia, but in state and local public health programs and solutions. Our exceptional graduate degree:
- Is designed to be accessible to and affordable for students from communities in East Texas and beyond
- Addresses critical community health workforce shortages
- Focuses on meeting the needs of rural communities utilizing evidence-based strategies
- Prepares students to solve local problems through public health practice experiences
- Cross-trains health care personnel including providers to become public health leaders in their communities
- Encourages graduates to serve this region
The mission of the MPH program is to positively impact health in Northeast Texas and beyond. Our diverse, multidisciplinary, and experienced faculty and staff stand ready to teach, provide hands-on experiences, mentor with a low faculty-to-student ratio, and assist you in achieving your academic goals.
Are you ready to start a professional career that is meaningful? We want to hear from you! Feel free to send us your questions, and let us know how we can propel you into a career that makes a real difference.
Gerald (Dr. Jerry) Ledlow, Ph.D., MHA, FACHE
Interim Dean, School of Community and Rural Health
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the UT Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health) provides students with marketable skills and qualifications in the core functions of public health, including research, assessment, policy development, and assurance. View or download the program brochure.
Graduates of the UT Health MPH program will:
- be able to explain and discuss the 10 essential public health services as they relate to each of the four core functions of public health
- achieve and demonstrate mastery in the five core knowledge areas of public health
- be a valuable asset to industry and other organizations requiring public health expertise
- attain a level of professional integrity and competency integral to any career in public health
- be prepared for careers in public health
- develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- hone their ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- be computer and technology literate
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
- The student will demonstrate mastery in each of the five core knowledge areas in public health, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Health Policy and Management, and Environmental Health Sciences
- The student will demonstrate proficiency in the four core functions of public health, as well as be able to explain the principles and interrelatedness of the ten essential public health services
- The student will demonstrate proficiency in using multiple informational resources to gather, analyze, apply and report solutions to public health problems with a special emphasis on rural community health
- The student will demonstrate proficiency in English communication in both oral (public speaking) and written forms as they pertain to conveying key concepts in public health
- The student will demonstrate proficiency in using computers and other forms of digital technology and media as they pertain to research, office management and public health issues
- The student will demonstrate independent and critical thinking
For more information, please contact:
David Lakey, MD, MS
Sr. VP, Population Health, Professor of Medicine
Karan Singh, PhD, FMSSANZ, FASA
Professor and Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Gerald Ledlow, PhD, FACHE
Professor and Chair, Healthcare Policy, Economics and Management
Paul McGaha, DO, MS
Deputy Director, Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventative Medicine
Jeffrey Levin, MD, MSPH
Sr. VP, Academic Affairs and Provost, Professor of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health Sciences
Michael Kennedy, PhD, MHA, FACHE
Associate Professor, Health Policy, Economics and Management
Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations
Executive Vice President
Agatha Borne, DVM, PhD
Vanessa Casanova, PhD
Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Sciences
Baqiyyah Conway, PhD
Shaadi Khademi, MD, MS
Dorothy Mandell, PhD
Anastasia (Anja) Miller, PhD
Harrison Ndetan, PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Eileen Nehme, PhD
Gabriela Orsak, PhD
Dalia Nessim, MD, MPH
Christiana Osuagwu, FNP, PhD
Assistant Professor Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Divya Patel, PhD
Paul Rountree, MD
David Rowlett, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Rena Saito, PhD
Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Sciences
Yordanos Tiruneh, PhD
Kate Starnes, JD
Terry Witter, JD
VP, Legal Affairs
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to cover all four core areas of knowledge to attain depth and breadth in all five of the core areas of public health knowledge as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH):
- Biostatistics. Collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis.
- Epidemiology. Distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human populations; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations; and the natural history of disease and the biologic basis of health.
- Environmental Health Sciences. Environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.
- Health Services Administration. Planning, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health and public health programs.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences. Concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems.
The program requires each student to take 6 core courses. These courses are designed to give students the academic foundation necessary for more advanced studies in each of the five core areas. In addition to these core courses, a minimum of four electives are required. Typically, students in the general MPH program will choose one elective from four different areas. Several elective courses within one focus is possible with special permission from the Dean. In addition to didactic courses, students in the UTHSCT MPH program will gain working knowledge of public health issues in the context of internships and a Capstone project.
The degree plan can be downloaded here, and available courses with their descriptions are given below.
PBHL 5304 Environmental and Occupational Health (3 CH)This is an introduction to environmental and occupational health with an emphasis on various levels of prevention and the scientific application of regulatory principles. Evaluation methods and general aspects of control measures relative to human health will also be explored. At the end of the course the student will have been acquainted with the history and basic principles of occupational and environmental health programs and how they relate; be able to review relevant legal, ethical, and regulatory issues pertinent to occupational and environmental health; and be familiar with the basic tools utilized in the evaluation of occupational and environmental health issues such as epidemiology and statistics, industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, and toxicology.
PBHL 5317 Biostatistics I (3 CH)This course offers an in-depth practical and conceptual approach to fundamental statistics. The course consists of learning a variety of procedures commonly used for testing hypotheses, learning to examine and analyze the data accordingly, and learning to communicate the research results to others. By the end of the course the student will be able to create a database, properly code and screen data, and present results (SPSS or another statistical software package); determine and describe the strength of association and direction of relationships between two or more variables by identifying and computing appropriate statistical tests, such as chi-square statistics, correlation coefficients, and linear regression models, and by writing up results; examine and present significant mean differences between and within groups by identifying and computing appropriate statistical tests, such as t-tests and analysis of variance models (ANOVA), and by writing up results.
PBHL 5330 Health Policy, Administration and Management (3 CH)The course provides a comprehensive introduction and overview to public health management and administration. The course context is based on managerial decision making and the practical knowledge, tools, processes and strategies required by organizational management. This course overviews the basics of administration, including public health law, human resources management, budgeting and financing, health information management, performance measurement and improvement, ethics, leadership, communication, media relations, and legislative relations in public health; introduced as processes are strategic planning, program development and evaluation, budget preparation, and constituency building for collaboration. Emerging areas of public health policy and management are also discussed as contexts to apply practical knowledge, tools, and strategies.
OEHS 5340 Public Health in Rural Populations (3 CH)This course provides an overview of public health issues in rural populations and is designed to give students an understanding of the influence of rurality on health. Topics covered include rural health disparities, policy directions in rural health, and models of rural health service delivery. Practical public health strategies that lessen the severity of impact on rural populations related to lack of access to care, substance abuse, mental health, farm safety and unintentional injuries will be explored.
PBHL 5342 Epidemiology I (3 CH)Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health in populations and the application of this study to improve health outcomes. It is the basic science of public health. Epidemiology I is introductory level. By the end of this course, the student will be able to define the content, uses, and significance of epidemiology as a means of public health investigation; describe epidemiological approaches to defining and measuring health problems in defined populations; describe the strengths and limitations of epidemiological study designs; explain the contributions of epidemiological approaches to disease prevention, health promotion, and health policy; and describe the role of epidemiological approaches in evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of health care and preventive health services.
PBHL 5344 Social & Behavioral Aspects of Community Health (3 CH)This course focuses on health problems and issues and public health methods that have a major social or behavioral component. It is intended for the student with little background in the behavioral sciences. The course will enable students to describe one or two core theoretical perspectives from each of the social science disciplines of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, and their application to public health. The course will cover the major social and behavioral science models used in health promotion and disease prevention. The course will also cover existing social inequalities in health status related to race, social class, and gender, and the critical intersection between social risk factors, behavioral risk factors, and the development and implementation of public health interventions.
Required Experiential Courses
PBHL 5350 Internship/Practicum – I (3 CH)The first of two internships to provide an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. Each placement is different, but all depend upon completion of most concentration coursework, the ability to work with minimal supervision, and permission of the student’s faculty advisor. A total of 135 contact hours will have to be completed during the semester to satisfactorily complete the course.
PBHL 5360 Internship/Practicum – II (3 CH)The second of two internships to provide an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. Each placement is different, but all depend upon completion of most concentration coursework, the ability to work with minimal supervision, and permission of the student’s faculty advisor. A total of 135 contact hours will have to be completed during the semester to satisfactorily complete the course.
PBHL 6350 / PBHL 6360 Capstone Project – I and – II (3 CH each)The capstone project is a requirement for graduation for students in the MPH program. The capstone is an opportunity for students to work on public health practice projects that are of particular interest to them. The goal is for students to synthesize, integrate and apply the skills and competencies they have acquired to a public health problem that approximates a professional practice experience. Completion of the capstone project requires both written and oral components. The capstone is typically completed in the last two terms of the program. The project is done under the direction of a faculty member, the capstone advisor.
Available Electives in Community Health
COMH 5310 Foundations of Program Evaluation (3 CH)This course provides an overview of the principles of program evaluation. It explores the methods associated with systematic evaluation of public health education programs. Students will learn the skills needed to plan, conduct, and critique evaluation research. The content of the course includes: program logic models, formative, process, impact, outcome, and summative evaluation; theory driven evaluation; a review of validity issues as they relate to evaluation; sampling in a complex context; operationalizing variables; assessment of measurement instruments; and analysis of quantitative evaluation designs. In addition, issues that impact evaluation across the ecological model, specifically the importance of context and equity issues, will be examined. Qualitative methods used in program evaluation and mixed method designs for evaluation will be highlighted. Supporting the needs of stakeholders in the evaluation will be emphasized.
COMH 5320 Public Health Communication (3 CH)This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and current applications of health communication theory and strategies to public health practice and research. This course examines how to structure, develop and evaluate social marketing, media advocacy, risk communication and advocacy skills for change. In addition, systematic qualitative data collection processes such as interviewing skills, participant observation and focus groups will be developed. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills to help students analyze and utilize these skills in research and practice.
COMH 6310 Population Health (3 CH)Delivering care to meet the needs of the community, a health organization service requires a strategic approach and an organizational culture that attends to those healthcare needs. This course is designed to familiarize students with the current applications of social and behavioral sciences. It is an overview of healthcare and public health management and administration, managerial decision making and the practical knowledge, tools, processes and strategies required to operate successfully with a population health focus by the healthcare organization.
COMH 6320 Health Promotion Theory and Methods (3 CH)This course is designed to familiarize students with the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. It explores social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health, and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills to help students synthesize and utilize information in research and practice. An important contribution of this course is the emphasis on recognizing the contributions of social and behavioral science research and practice to enhance public health.
COMH 6330 Research Methods in Community & Behavioral Health (3 CH)This course introduces students to research methods in health science. Development and presentation of practicum and research proposals will be the course focus. Additional emphasis will be placed on writing skills that will contribute to research projects and grant applications.
COMH 6334 Community Health Analysis and Assessment (3 CH)This course familiarizes students with concepts and approaches for community health assessment and analysis. This includes discussion of social action, organizational development, policy advocacy, capacity building, community diagnosis (needs assessment), social networking and coalition formation to bring about health and quality of life improvement. Special focus will be placed on the application of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods and CBPR approaches for assessment.
Available Electives in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
EPBI 5331 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3CH)This course is designed to introduce the student to the ever-expanding area of chronic disease epidemiology. Students will be introduced to the current status of chronic disease and control programs, methods used in chronic disease surveillance, intervention methods, and modifiable risk factors. Some of the major chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes and arthritis will be discussed in detail.
EPBI 5332 Survival Analysis (3 CH)This course introduces statistical methods for analyzing data collected on the time to an event, referred to as survival data, in medical research and other health-related fields. Emphasis will be placed on the application of the methodology and computational aspects rather than theory. The students will learn how to apply SAS procedures to data and interpret the results.
EPBI 5340 Regression Analysis in Biostatistics (3 CH)This course introduces the methods for analyzing biomedical and health related data using linear regression models. The course will introduce the student to matrix algebra as used in linear models. The course will involve model selection, diagnosis and remedial techniques to correct for assumption violations. The students will learn how to apply SAS procedures PROC REG, PROC CORR, and PROC GLM and interpret the results of analysis. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of critical thinking skills.
PBHL 6317 Biostatistics II – Advanced Regression Models (3 CH)This is a graduate level course in advanced regression models, one of the most important statistical analysis tools. Students should already be familiar with computation of elementary statistics and such concepts as sampling distributions and statistical hypothesis testing. The course will focus more on the computer application of statistical techniques rather than mathematical computations.
EPBI 6332 Experimental Design in Biostatistics (3 CH)This course introduces the methods for analyzing biomedical and health related data using ANOVA methods. The course will involve one-way and two-way ANOVA with fixed or/and random effects and sample size/power calculation. And Logistic and Poisson regression models will also be addressed. The students will learn how to apply SAS procedures PROC POWER, PROC GLM, PROC MIXED, PROC GENMOD, PROC LOGISTIC and PROC GLIMMIX and interpret the results of analysis. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of critical thinking skills.
EPBI 6333 Public Health Surveillance Methods (3 CH)This course will provide students with a strong foundation in public health surveillance of both health conditions and risk factors. The course will teach the theory and practice of surveillance supported by many examples of surveillance systems from the developed and developing world. The class will build on and reinforce basic epidemiologic concepts. Students will be given the opportunity to design and evaluate a surveillance system.
EPBI 6334 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods (3 CH)This course provides instruction and hands-on experience in the analysis and interpretation of data from epidemiologic studies. Topics to be covered include epidemiology research questions that can be addressed by case-control and cohort studies, the rationale underlying the major techniques used to analyze data from case-control and cohort studies, the conditions under which these methods are appropriate and their relative advantages and disadvantages. Attention will be given to how interactions, confounders and nonlinear relationships among variables can be addressed along with interpretation of statistical software output from epidemiologic studies employing these designs and analytical methods.
EPBI 6335 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (3 CH)This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the principles and practices of infectious diseases epidemiology with focus on how the presence and control of communicable diseases affects public health locally, nationally and internationally. Topics to be covered include: 1) general principles of infectious diseases epidemiology, including outbreak investigation, surveillance, analysis of infectious diseases data, and laboratory testing of specimens; 2) major modes of infectious disease transmission, including airborne, food and water, zoonotic, insect vector, blood, and sexual transmission; 3) different control strategies for infectious diseases, including infection control, antimicrobial management, immunization, risk factor modification, and screening; 4) the practical application of epidemiologic tools for the understanding and control of infectious diseases.
EPBI 6344 Data Management for Biostatistics (3 CH)This course emphasizes data management and software applications using the SAS (Statistical Analysis System) software package. It will introduce the student to SAS codes for: inputting and outputting data, creating temporary and permanent data sets, creating formatted and labeled SAS data sets, merging and connecting SAS data sets, creating output using the TABULATE and REPORT procedures, debugging a SAS program that includes the TABULATE, REPORT and SQL procedures, using characteristic functions in SAS, using a random number generator, probability distributions, arrays, and date and time functions. Students will also write a simple and complex query using the SQL procedure; create, populate and modify a set of tables/views using the SQL procedure; and create a SAS program which includes one or more macros. This course will cover basic relational database design and descriptive statistics in SAS. Particular focus is placed on applications pertaining to public health and biomedical research.
Available Electives in Healthcare Policy, Economics and Management
HPEM 5310 Public Health Policy & Ethics (3 CH)The course prepares learners to understand complex health and human service-related systems in order to inform effective practice-based ethical decision-making. The primary focus of the course relates to public health policy and practice with an emphasis on population health. Major content areas include health policy institutions, the health policy process, ethical political considerations, social determinants of health, workforce, health care financing, medical technology, health care organizations, the public health system, primary care systems, and other health-related issues impacting the health of the public. Strategies of implementing change through policy making and the legislative process are covered.
HPEM 5320 Public Health Policy Development & Evaluation (3 CH)This course introduces students to health policy development, analysis and management by examining issues in the health sector. It fosters an appreciation of the complexity of policy problems and provides the basic tools used in public health policy design, implementation and evaluation.
HPEM 5340 Health Informatics (3 CH)This course presents the knowledge, infrastructure, functions, and tools of health informatics. It explores technology, planning and management and applications in public health and health care. The emphasis is on conceptual frameworks as well as a deeper level of engagement on system applications. It focuses on the application of health technology, with a particular emphasis on the private/public sector of health management. It is designed to familiarize students with core concepts and issues confronting managers in the health sector associated with planning, implementation and evaluation of information systems. The course provides an overview of the theory, processes and applications of information systems and how they relate to health policy and management. It also provides a basic understanding of data standards and requirements, and the critical concepts and practice in mapping and interpreting health information.
HPEM 5350 Healthcare Human Resources (3 CH)This course focuses on functions and concepts required for managing human resources in organizations. It combines traditional human resource management (HRM) functions with concepts from organization behavior. Course content includes selection, training and development, compensation, performance appraisal, motivation, organizational development, union activity, and modes of conflict resolution.
HPEM 5360 Quality Improvement and Efficacy in Health (3 CH)This course will develop the foundations of quality and process improvement that lead to higher levels of efficacy, efficiency and effectiveness in health organizations and programs. This course will explore the basis of Quality Improvement (QI) consisting of systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in health care services and the health status of targeted patient groups. The methodology of the course will begin with “how things are done now,” considering health care performance as defined by an organization’s efficiency and outcome of care, and level of patient satisfaction. Quality is directly linked to an organization’s service delivery approach or underlying systems of care throughout the continuum of care. The student will understand that to achieve a different level of performance (i.e., results) and improve quality and efficacy, an organization’s current system needs to change. Lastly, this course will focus on a successful QI culture that incorporates the following four key principles: QI work as systems and processes; Focus on patients and community groups, especially rural areas; Focus on being part of the team; and Focus on use of the data and analyses of information.
HPEM 6310 Public Health Finance (3 CH)This course examines the structure and functioning of the finance components of the public health system. Public health organizations will be discussed within the context of the financial environment that includes financial management, managerial accounting, revenue cycle management, and funding and financial management of grants/contracts. The course also examines key financial tools and analyses for financially related decision making within the principles of strategic management applied to public health organizations amid a dynamic changing environment.
HPEM 6330 The Healthcare Supply Chain (3 CH)The healthcare supply chain is a vital core business component of the health organization with the mission of delivering the technological elements of the patient care process to the providers of care. From strategic sourcing and purchasing, acquisition, logistics, inventory management, to point of use applications, this course provides understanding, knowledge and evaluation models to operate and manage an organization’s enterprise resource planning and management system, specifically with regard to the supply chain system and the management of that system as evaluated from a strategic, operations management and financial perspective.
HPEM 6340 Leadership Foundations and Strategies for Health Organizations (3 CH)This course examines the dynamic nature of leadership in the healthcare and public health context utilizing organizational theory and behavior models. This course uses foundational leadership concepts to develop leadership applications and processes, such as leadership assessment (individual and team), communication improvement, strategic planning, decision making alignment, employee enhancement and knowledge management for use in creating and maintaining an organizational culture that can thrive within its external environment while improving organizational efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy within moral parameters.
HPEM 6350 Healthcare Economics and Policy (3 CH)This course examines the dynamic nature of health economics and policy in addition to understanding the political process in the healthcare and public health context. This course uses foundational economic concepts to develop health economic applications and processes. The course will review important studies in medical research, epidemiology, public health and other fields as they relate to the economics of health care. An overview of the process of policymaking with excerpts from congressional testimony, proposed rules, and executive orders will be covered.
HPEM 6360 Healthcare Marketing and Strategic Planning (3 CH)The course offers an introduction to strategic planning and management in health services organizations. Processes and formats employed in strategic planning and marketing are presented and applied in case studies and a final project. Elements of market assessment, environmental analysis and strategy development are presented and applied to course practices.
HPEM 6370 Healthcare Law and Ethics (3 CH)The purpose of this course is to introduce students to legal issues in public health and healthcare. Basic legal principles underlying the legal system, governmental regulation, development of legal rules, and how to interact effectively with the legal system as a public health practitioner will be explored. This course has two main purposes: first, to examine the legal context of the relationship between the individual and the community; and second, to understand public health regulation in the context of a market-driven system.
HPEM 6380 Integrative Health Enterprise Analytics and Decision Making (3 CH)Given the integration of data, community needs and regulation and policy, this course incorporates the elements of healthcare, public health, health information technology and the health insurance sub-industries to develop a framework and analytic methods to improve efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy of the health industry as a whole. The course will establish an analytic framework, based on data from patients, populations, processes and profitability (4 P’s of Health Analytics) utilizing industry, healthcare enterprise and ‘community health data with appropriate tools, methods and approaches to answer community health needs and status, operational, financial and healthcare delivery outcomes questions to support leadership decisions. The course will also include an integrated platform of appropriate analytical and predictive/estimation methods, tools and techniques for enhanced decision making at the strategic and operational levels of the health enterprise for enhanced health status and improved health outcomes of communities served.
HPEM 6390 Organizational & Inter-Personal Communication for Population Health (3 CH)This course examines the structure and functioning of the communication process in health organizations. Health organizations including public health, hospitals, long-term care, ambulatory care, managed care, private and public insurance, integrated delivery systems, and other health care organization providers will be discussed within the context of the communication environment that includes communication models, climate, culture, and interpersonal conflict. The course also examines key communication challenges and analyses related to decision making within the principles of management processes and how they are applied to public health organizations amid a dynamic/changing environment.
HPEM 6392 Health Operations Management (3 CH)This course examines operational issues in health care management. Topics include systems analysis, continuous quality improvement and re-engineering, demand forecasting, facility location and design models, decision analysis techniques, linear programming, queuing and waiting models, inventory control models, and statistical quality control. The goal is to instill an understanding of the language applications, and limitations of quantitative models with regard to decision making and problem solving in health care organizations.
Available Electives in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
OEHS 5300 Survey of Environmental Toxicology (3 CH)An intensive survey course covering the essentials of toxicology including the metabolic breakdown of xenobiotic materials, acute and chronic toxicity studies mandated by the EPA in TSCA and FIFRA, and the regulatory environment that these studies impact.
OEHS 5310 Environmental Risk Assessment (3 CH)The principles of risk assessment and the process of risk analyses as they pertain to Environmental Health. Risk assessment can be defined as the process of assigning magnitudes and probabilities to the adverse effects of human activities or natural catastrophes. This course will describe procedures for assessing risk presented by various risk factors. These risk factors can be physical, chemical, biological, cultural and/or socioeconomic in nature. The students will learn techniques for assessing risk given a group of alternatives.
OEHS 5320 Industrial Hygiene and Safety (3 CH)Concepts and methodology for the recognition, evaluation, and control occupational hazards and environmental stresses that may lead to occupational disease, injuries and illness. Furthermore, this course will include field experiences and exercises to provide a realistic experience in industrial hygiene.
OEHS 5346 Health Services Management and Administration (3 CH)This course is an overview of the structure of various health care organizations. Principles of effective management and administration, including strategic decision making and policy development are also covered.
OEHS 6324 Toxicology and Global Health (3 CH)This course is an introductory graduate course that focuses on the impact of chemicals in the environment on global health, including global climate change, energy issues, and the impact on special populations including children, those living in border communities and underserved populations. The impact of global environmental changes on human health will be the focus.
OEHS 6340 Advanced Occupational and Environmental Health (3 CH)This course focuses on disease by organ systems, toxicology, and physical and biological hazards. The course includes discussion questions on a Learning Management System and a case scenario.
- Students must complete the graduate program application for admission into a graduate program.
- Applicants must submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended, including community colleges to the program office.
- Applicants should have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a 3.0 in their field of study.
- If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements, it is possible to be admitted on a probationary status. You should contact the program advisor to see if your GRE scores and/or combination of other factors might meet the requirements for admission.
- Typically revised GRE scores should be a minimum of 295 (combined verbal and quantitative), with no less than a 150 on the verbal section and no less than 145 on quantitative section. This requirement varies by program. See specific requirements for biotechnology and public health – coming soon.
- You can sign up for the GRE online as well as find out about testing centers and dates. If you have already taken the GRE, this site will allow you to request an official copy of your scores. Be sure to have it sent to: UT Health Northeast; DI Code 0578.
- All Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation. These letters should be written by persons as a means to highlight why you would do well in the graduate program.
- An applicant whose native language is not English must also present satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants need to score at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer based TOEFL, and 80 on the internet-based TOEFL.
How to ApplyComplete the graduate program application for admission. At least 30 days prior to entering, all application material and official transcripts from each college/university attended should be sent to:
Office of Academic Administration, B629
UT Health Northeast
11937 US Highway 271
Tyler, TX 75708
An applicant for admission to graduate study must either: (1) be in the final year of undergraduate work, or (2) hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. An applicant admitted to a graduate program at UT Health Northeast must enroll within one calendar year of admission. Thereafter, the applicant must reapply for admission.
The application process will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Admission and Scholarship Policies for Graduate and Professional Programs, which was adopted by the 77th Session of the Texas Legislature, and which amends Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code.
Application FeesA $25 application fee is to be included with the application materials. A fee of $50 must accompany the application of all foreign applicants, except those under university-sponsored exchange programs.
Transfer of CreditUnder certain circumstances, a graduate student may transfer from 6 to 12 semester hours of graduate course work taken at accredited institutions. The student pursuing a master’s degree with thesis may transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours; a student pursuing a master’s Degree without thesis may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours. To transfer any credit from other institutions, however, the student must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and have the approval of the appropriate academic department and academic dean. The work must have been taken not earlier than six years prior to the student’s first graduate enrollment at UT Health Northeast. Moreover, if the student fails to complete work on the graduate degree at UT Health Northeast before the expiration of the six years, the transfer credit will not be applicable toward a degree here. Any course accepted by transfer will carry credit but not grade point value. Moreover, to transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of B or higher on the course.
UT Health Northeast offers a limited academic scholarship for degree-seeking graduate students admitted into the MPH program. Awards are based on availability of funds, number of applicants, and the academic merit of the student. Download the complete overview.
In order to be initially considered for this scholarship, a student must:
- be admitted to the UT Health Northeast MPH degree program (clear or provisional
admission as defined in the General Academic Catalog)
- be actively pursuing the MPH degree (neither on academic leave of absence nor in absentia)
- have met all program prerequisite requirements; and
- be enrolled in and maintain at least 4 CH in the MPH program during the award semester
To be awarded a continuing scholarship, the student must additionally:
- have satisfactorily completed all previous coursework in the program (“B” or better); and
- have a current, approved degree plan (on file in the program office)
- have maintained the requisite course load for the previous award semester
To be considered for a scholarship, students must send required documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students need to include the following:
- A cover letter stating their request and containing a brief statement (no more than a single paragraph) of why they feel they should be awarded this scholarship
- A completed Application for Financial Award
- Current curriculum vitae (or resume)
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- be admitted to the UT Health Northeast MPH degree program (clear or provisional