Master of Public Health

Program Length

42 hours

Program Description

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.


  1. Candidates for admissions to the Master Public Health and Master of Science in Kinesiology must meet all the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and specific departmental requirements and approval.
  2. Candidates must also have a 2.5 or greater GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree program.
  3. Candidates must satisfy the necessary undergraduate prerequisites as prescribed for a particular area of specialization.

Course Listing

Core Public Health Courses 
HLTH 5303 Biostatistics 
HLTH 5308 Social Epidemiology 
HLTH 5310 Theories in Social and Behavioral Sciences 
HLTH 5309 Environmental Health Sciences 
HLTH 5331 Health Program Administration 

Required Courses in Health Disparities 
HLTH 5337 US and International Health Disparities 
HLTH 5304 Foundations of Health Promotion in Diverse Communities 
HLTH 5323 Health Program Planning and Evaluation in Diverse Communities 
HLTH 5320 Research Methods in Diverse Populations 

Prescribed Elective Courses 
HLTH 5332 Current Issues in Health Promotion 
HLTH 5344 Workplace Health and Disparities 
HLTH 5380 Human Diseases 
HLTH 5372 Health Promotion Strategies in Diverse Populations 
HLTH 5313 Health Literacy in Diverse Populations 
HLTH 5314 Economics and Financing of Healthcare 
HLTH 5315 Public Health Surveillance and Emergency Preparedness 
HLTH 5316 Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions 

* Note: Electives are offered based on student demand and program needs. Students can also enroll in independent studies to gain experience in specialized areas.

HLTH 5190, 5191, 5192 Capstone-I, II, III (Seminar and Proposal) 
HLTH 5392 Capstone-IV (Culminating Experience) 

* Every student must register for a 1-credit Capstone for at least three terms

Note: Students can complete their degree earlier by enrolling into Summer courses. Course offerings are subject to change.

Program Director

Praphul Joshi, Ph.D., MPH, BDS
(409) 880-8944 

Additional Program Information