Master of Public Health


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed to prepare high-quality public health professionals to integrate knowledge and skills, critique research, and appraise leadership and advocacy to effect positive and sustainable change in improving population health in rural environments. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Appropriately integrate knowledge and skills to appraise evidence-based approaches to public health.
  2. Effectively critique research for assessment, planning, and management of policy and programs to promote health.
  3. Appropriately appraise principles of leadership, governance, and management to foster collaborations, coalitions, and partnerships to advocate for health improvement of diverse populations.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills from the profession and science of public health to improve rural health.
  2. Explain how behavioral, biological, environmental, genetic, and psychological factors affect a population's health. 
  3. Apply evidence-based approaches and methods to improve rural health in Texas.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

42 semester credit hours (SCH).

Public Health Core
PUBH 5123Biostatistics3
PUBH 5163Social and Behavioral Health3
PUBH 5173Environmental Health3
PUBH 5213Applied Research Methods3
PUBH 6163Epidemiology3
PUBH 6223Health Advocacy and Leadership3
Health Promotion and Behavior in Rural Communities Concentration
PUBH 5113Racial and Ethnic Disparities3
PUBH 6133Theoretical Foundations of Public Health3
PUBH 6143Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation I3
PUBH 6153Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation II3
PUBH 6183Health Communication3
HSC 6803Grant Writing3
Practicum/Field Experience
PUBH 6973Public Health Practicum3
Select one of the following3
Aging and Health
Consumer Health
Qualitative Research Methods in Health Promotion
Social Epidemiology
Global Health
Growth and Perceptual Motor Development for Individuals with Low Incidence Disabilities
Exercise Evaluation and Prescription
APA I: Disability Sport and Fitness
Total SCHs42