Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics Dual Degree Program
2011-2012 Student Handbook

Program Description and Goals Dual Degree Application Process Sample Curriculum

Program Description and Goals

The MPH/PhD dual degree programs combine the M.P.H. from The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston with the Ph.D. degree from The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston. The training and curriculum in the dual degree program will provide students and future leaders in public health the necessary skills to be leaders in the field of Public Health Informatics. The dual degree program provides an integrated curriculum that includes a number of shared courses as well as a practicum experience and/or the thesis topic in the area of public health informatics. The selection of specific academic programs, and scheduling of specific courses, fieldwork, and practica for individual students is guided by an Advising Committee, which includes faculty from both institutions.

Students in the dual degree program must satisfy admission requirements of and be admitted separately to each program. Students must meet the requirements of each program for its respective degree. Admission to one program does not assure admission to the other. Students in the dual degree program will receive a diploma from each degree program after meeting the individual requirements of each program.

Contact:
Keith Burau, Ph.D.
1200 Herman Pressler Dr., RAS-W1042
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-9472
Keith.E.Burau@uth.tmc.edu
Ed Hsu, Ph.D.
7000 Fannin, Ste 840
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-3969
Chiehwen.E.Hsu@uth.tmc.edu

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Dual Degree Application Process

The application process is the same for the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics. The application process for the Master of Public Health is determined by the School of Public Health.

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Sample Curriculum: Full-Time MPH/MS Student

Basic courses

  • Foundations of Health Information Science I
  • Principles of Public Health Informatics
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Community Health

Research courses

  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Grant Writing
  • Cognitive Engineering I
  • 6 hours from the list of approved courses

Advanced courses

  • Health Data Display
  • Knowledge Acquisition
  • Datamining in Bioinformatics
  • Health Services Delivery and Performance
  • 6 hours from the list of approved courses

Support courses

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Population and Environment Assessment
  • Practicum in Public Health
  • Preceptorship in HI
  • Research in HI
  • Research Seminar
  • Dissertation

Requirements for MPH/PhD in Informatics

  • 6 hours must be in basic HI courses
  • 6 hours must be in research HI courses
  • 12 hours must be in advanced HI courses
  • 15 hours must satisfy the core courses in the MPH Discipline requirement. MPH Core courses must be a letter grade.
  • Specified HI courses may be substituted with other HI courses with the approval of their advising committee.
For Public Health Information, contact:
Keith Burau, Ph.D.
1200 Herman Pressler Dr., RAS-W1042
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-9472
Keith.E.Burau@uth.tmc.edu
Ed Hsu, Ph.D.
7000 Fannin, Ste 840
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-3969
Chiehwen.E.Hsu@uth.tmc.edu

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