Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

Help Communities Flourish

Turn your compassion and commitment into real-world impact. With a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas at Tyler, build your knowledge and experience in the discipline’s core areas to foster the physical, psychological and social well-being for communities in East Texas and beyond.

Complete your degree around your busy schedule with online classes. Graduate ready for leadership in health departments, clinics, service organizations, research institutions and other settings dedicated to community and public health and healthcare.

Why Earn a Master of Public Health at UT Tyler?

Driven to make a difference, you believe change comes through education, advocacy and well-designed programs. UT Tyler’s Master of Public Health equips you for leadership and to effectively promote community well-being.

Our program prepares you for greater impact through:

  • World-Class Faculty: Learn from faculty who are published scholars, have deep public health experience and are active researchers in areas like worker safety, the effectiveness of addiction treatment programs and the impact of policy on health.
  • Individualized Training: Through the MPH’s low faculty-to-student ratio, enjoy the benefits of personal interactions and supportive relationships with your peers and professors that last well beyond graduation.
  • Unique Resources: Find multiple internship opportunities to gain critical career experience in Tyler, a regional hub for medical and public health facilities and professionals.
  • Convenient Study Options: Fit your studies into your busy schedule with fully online evening classes designed for working professionals. Fast-track your degree and complete your studies in as little as 15 months, or work at a slower pace to balance the program with other responsibilities.
  • Value: Earn your degree from one of the most affordable programs in the state. In addition, students may apply for our Public Health Academic Scholarship to assist with our competitive tuition.


The MPH is a 42-credit-hour program most students complete in two years. The Department of Public Health strives to produce future leaders ready to address the health and safety needs of communities and workplaces, focusing on factors specific to rural communities.

A 10-course core establishes a foundation in the traditional public health service areas grounding the discipline.

Then, choose from a set of electives to deepen your expertise in these same areas.

MPH students develop practical experience through an applied practice experience in a public health setting and, in the final semesters, complete a capstone project that synthesizes and demonstrates competency in what they have learned.

Graduates of the program attain depth and breadth in public health, as defined in the foundational competency areas of:

  • Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  • Public Health & Healthcare Systems
  • Planning & Management to Promote Health
  • Policy in Public Health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interprofessional and/or Intersectoral Practice
  • Systems Thinking

Additionally, graduates of the UT Tyler MPH generalist program can proficiently:

  • Utilize community assessment and analysis tools to address factors that contribute to disparities in rural populations.
  • Develop a risk assessment and management plan relevant to PH programs and services.
  • Develop strategies for obtaining resources for PH programs, projects and services.
  • Evaluate major environmental laws and their effects on environmental factors in health.
  • Examine occupation as a social determinant of health.

See All MPH Degree Requirements

What Can You Do With a Master of Public Health?

Use your broad-based public health knowledge to impact local and state health departments, hospitals, clinics, social service organizations, educational institutions, disaster preparedness organizations, government agencies, occupational safety and health entities, health insurance companies and research institutions. MPH student may also influence and work in national and internation health programs.

Find your fit in positions such as:

  • State and Local Health Department Leadership and Program Management
  • Non-profit Leader and Manager
  • Community Leadership
  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Community Health and Preventive Program Project Manager or Director
  • Community Care Coordinator, Manager or Director
  • Disaster Relief Coordinator, Manager or Director
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Public Health Researcher
  • Healthcare or Public Health Policy Advisor or Analyst
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Infectious Disease Analyst
  • International Aid Worker
  • Public Health Manager
  • Social Service Manager
  • Academia
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator

How to Apply

To be eligible for admission, you must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution and have completed:

  • Two semesters of science (such as biology, chemistry, environmental science, anatomy, physiology and physics).
  • One semester of college algebra or an equivalent course.

To be considered for admission, please submit or provide proof of:

  • A completed online application.
  • A $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts for all prior college- or graduate-level work, submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all previous college-level work.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by former professors and/or employers and highlighting why you would do well in the MPH graduate program.
  • A cover letter.
  • A résumé or CV.
  • A personal statement addressing why you are interested in the program as well as your goals upon completion.
  • GRE is not required.

Please submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Review All Application Requirements

See General Graduate School Admissions Requirements

April 15

Application deadline for summer admission.

July 30

Application deadline for fall admission.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

November 15

Application deadline for spring admission.

Next Steps

Your future starts here. Advance your career in public health at UT Tyler.