College of Health Sciences / Department of Public Health Sciences at University of Texas - El Paso

Why you should consider this program

If you are interested in living on the US-Mexico border, enjoy speaking Spanish, are searching for a place with warm weather year round, then consider the UTEP Fellows Program.

The UTEP Coverdell Fellows Program offers a number of benefits when admitted to our Master of Public Health. We are a well-respected, Council for Education in Public Health accredited program with excellent faculty and exciting practicum possibilities. Students enroll full-time for two calendar years. The curriculum covers five core courses in public health, three courses in Hispanic and border health, a six credit hour practicum experience working with local health and community-based agencies, two elective courses, and a culminating experience of either a thesis or graduate research project.

Our student body comes primarily from the Paso del Norte region of El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and Las Cruces, New Mexico.  We also have students from around the United States and international students from many countries. Our faculty have many topical areas of research, but most focus on Hispanic and border health-related studies. Our Minority Health International Research Training Program offers research opportunities in Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 41,651 $ 3,495 $ 38,156
Out of state $ 57,509 $ 19,353 $ 38,156
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The dollar amounts above are an approximation of costs including books, housing, and transportation.  They are not reflective of actual costs which must be determined on individual basis at time of application. Out of state Fellows cost savings come from in state tuition, housing discount, and waiving of application fee.  In state (Texas) Fellows cost savings come from housing discount and waiving of application fee.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

All accepted Coverdell Fellows will be given priority access to Teaching and Research Assistantships within the Department of Public Health Sciences.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 29,797

Application fee waived?



UTEP's MPH program has an internship experience that we call the practicum. It is a six credit hour (240 clock hours) course that the student completes during the second summer after program entry. This is where students work with a health or community-based agency to carry out hands-on, real public health practice. It is a culminating experience in that students use all the knowledge and skills learned from their coursework to tackle public health problems and devise solutions. There is also some classwork and the students reflect on their experience in a journal format.

Part of the coursework involves development as a public health professional and leader. The students create a poster and present at a special session for this purpose, where they will summarize their practicum experience. Recent students have done their practicums with the University of Houston School of Public Health, El Paso City Department of Public Health, El Paso YMCA, and Institute for Health Living with Paso del Norte Foundation.

Jobs for program alumni

Our alumni are out in the community practicing public health in a variety of settings every day! Several of our MPH graduates are now working in various departments within the El Paso City Department of Public Health. Another alumna is working with Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso coordinating activities for their Southwest Center on Pediatric Environmental Health.  One recent graduate is working in the zoological diseases unit of the Texas Department of State Health Services, another is working in their epidemiology unit, while another graduate is coordinating the work of the Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP.

Other examples of alumni jobs include working as a health educator for the El Paso Diabetes Association, as a clinical educator for Del Sol Medical Center, as program director for a crisis center, teaching at a local community college, and working as a research associate for the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Tech.

Two of our recent graduates have decided to pursue higher education and are studying for a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences which is offered through the UTEP College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

Application form, official GRE scores, official college transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation with at least one from a professor, curriculum vitae or resume, and a 500-word statement clearly describing prior health experience, reasons for pursuing the MPH, and future career plans.

Admissions process

Completion of Application requirements at the online graduate school application site.  Include that you are a Coverdell Fellow applicant in the 500-word statement.

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

  • Minority-serving institution

All of our classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. (None are offered online).

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Christina Sobin, Professor and Director, Master of Public Health Program

Department of Public Health Sciences, Room 408
500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968