Masters in Public Health
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Candidates must satisfy the necessary undergraduate prerequisites as prescribed for a particular area of specialization.
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.
Course Start Dates
Praphul Joshi, Ph.D., MPH, BDS
Department of Health & Kinesiology
(409) 880-8944 Office