School of Public Health

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approves Master of Public Health program

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has been granted approval to launch the Master of Public Health (MPH) program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), marking a significant step in public health education.

The MPH program will be delivered on the vibrant main campus and is strategically designed to address the unique and growing public health challenges faced by the Bexar County and South Texas population, ranging from infectious diseases to mental health and substance use disorders.

As a Hispanic-serving institution, the University reflects the rich diversity of the communities it serves, with a focus on restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the health of South Texans.

The demand for public health professionals is on the rise, and the program is geared towards meeting this demand headfirst. With over 50,000 public and private sector public health positions posted nationally, MPH graduates from UT Health San Antonio are poised for success in a field projected to grow by over 43,000 new positions in Texas by 2030.

The MPH curriculum, developed by a dedicated committee of faculty and community leaders, emphasizes systems thinking and precision public health concepts. As the program gears up for the launch, there are active recruitment efforts for top-tier faculty and academic leaders who share a passion for making a difference in public health.

To be a part of this groundbreaking program, applicants will undergo a holistic review, considering academic performance, work experiences, community service, and potential contributions to the field of public health. MPH Program Director Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe, PhD will ensure high standards, and faculty will engage students through individual projects, case studies, and coursework to ensure a rich learning experience.

With the approval from the University of Texas System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the MPH program is set to kick off in style. The school invites South Texas leaders to apply and collaborate in shaping the future of public health—where evidence-based education meets real-world impact.

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