Master in Public Health
Welcome to the Master of Public Health Program
UTEP’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program prepares future health leaders through innovative teaching, research, and service by providing educational excellence and access. The program places a special emphasis on the promotion of health equity in Hispanic and border communities through the use of evidence-based approaches and the preparation of Hispanic health professionals. It is consistently recognized as one of the most affordable in the nation and is the only MPH program offering a concentration in Hispanic and Border Health.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that prepares students for careers in public health. It is the most widely recognized and highly regarded credential for public health professionals.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to complete 42 credit hours of coursework: 15 credit hours of core courses, nine (9) credit hours in the Hispanic and Border Health Concentration, six (6) hours of practicum, and the remaining credit hours from a combination of course electives and a culminating experience (thesis or graduate project). Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass the background check to complete the practicum requirement. Elective courses are chosen in conjunction with the faculty mentor with Graduate Advisor approval.
The MPH Graduate faculty are committed to the individual mentoring of each student. A faculty member usually has no more than 4-5 graduate students, allowing time for individualized attention to each. Students also get to know faculty and other graduate students who serve as informal mentors through attendance at seminars, informal research presentations, and social activities. Information on the MPH Graduate faculty and their research interests is available on the faculty link on this site.
To be considered for admission into the MPH Program, prospective applicants must submit an application and the following documents to the UTEP Graduate School. The cohort program has fall-semester admission only.
- Completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or recognized foreign institution
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale for prior degree(s)
- GRE and/or MCAT scores are optional
- English Proficiency: See Graduate School General Admission Requirements
- Three letters of recommendation from professional references who have graduate degrees. At least one of these should be from an academic reference (e.g., a former professor).
- A 500-word essay describing prior public health-related experience, and reasons for pursuing the MPH
- Current curriculum vitae or professional resume
- English language writing sample authored solely by the applicant (e.g., class paper or research report)
- Teleconference (Zoom or Skype) meeting with the Admissions Committee
Applications should be submitted by March 15 for fall enrollment. Go to the Graduate School website and select Apply Now under Quick Links in order to process the application. All requirements for the application can be submitted through the online portal.