Master of Public Health

Health and Kinesiology

Program Overview

The M.P.H. (Master of Public Health), specializing in Health Disparities is an exclusively online program requiring a total of 42 credit hours. The program requires 27 hours in core and required courses; 9 hours of advisor-approved electives and 6 hours of culminating experience (capstone)
Southeast Texas has a very high rate of chronic conditions including obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and several forms of cancers. Unfortunately, the burden of these chronic conditions is very high among low socioeconomic populations. Addressing these chronic diseases through culturally appropriate interventions is very critical in bridging the gap. Currently, no university in Texas or Louisiana offers a MPH program specializing in health disparities. There is an unmet need in these states for public health professionals who are trained in addressing health disparities.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates for admission to the Master of Public Health program must meet all of the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies. 

  1. Candidates must have a 2.5 or greater GPA on a 4.0 scale overall or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree program.
  2. Candidates must satisfy the necessary undergraduate prerequisites as prescribed for a particular area of specialization. All students desiring entrance to the Master programs will receive a review of their prior coursework. In some instances, leveling course work may be required before full admittance to the program of study is granted. Leveling courses may be required if undergraduate course transcripts do not provide sufficient evidence for successful mastery of cognitive and/or practical applied skills and abilities as related to the program of study.
  3. GRE is not required for MPH admissions.

Degree Requirements:

  • Candidates for the Master of Public Health in Health Disparities must meet all of the College of Graduate Studies general degree requirements.
  • Twenty-seven semester hours of required curriculum core courses.
  • Nine semester hours of Health elective courses.
  • Six semester hours of Capstone.

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