Guide to theMBA/MPH Dual Degree ProgramUTSA COB and UTSPHIntroductionThe Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH) dual degree is a collaborativeprogram between The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Business (COB) and The University ofTexas School of Public Health (UTSPH). The MBA/MPH program will prepare students to integrate businessand public health skills in their professional lives as practitioners, researchers or administrators.The MBA and MPH degrees are widely recognized as valuable training for professionals pursuing careers inboth administration and management, and health-related fields. Combining the two degrees providesinvaluable training for persons pursuing leadership roles in health services organizations, public healthagencies, and health-related fields, as well as in conducting clinical or community-based research. Skillslearned in core business disciplines, such as accounting, business law, economics, finance, informationsystems, management, management science, marketing and others, are combined with skills learned in publichealth core disciplines such as biostatistics, epidemiology, health administration, and environmental sciences.The value of combining the two degrees is evident and prepares students to use the expertise gained towardsolving crucial public health and health-care needs while efficiently and effectively stewarding the public andprivate resources required.The dual degree program provides an avenue for students to concurrently enroll in both degree programs sothat duplication in course content is minimized, academic interactions are more efficient, and the time andcosts incurred are reduced compared to earning the degrees independently. Students in the MBA/MPHprogram are separately enrolled in both Universities. Shared crediting of some coursework makes it possiblefor students to complete both degrees within 3 years. Progress and academic standing in one program doesnot affect progress in the other program, although shared credit is only granted for courses completed with atleast a grade B, or P if the course is Pass/Fail. Students may choose to extend the program and take up to 5years to complete the MPH and up to 6 years to complete the MBA degree. If students complete the requiredpublic health core courses (typically 16 hours) and are unable to complete other program requirements, theymay opt to withdraw from the MPH program and earn the Certificate in Public Health.University Acronyms and LinksSPH – School of Public Health – UT San Antonio COB – UT San Antonio College of Business – UT Health Science Center at Houston – UT School of Public Health SARC – UT School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 1 of 20

TABLE OF CONTENTS:(CTRL click to follow link below)IntroductionUniversity Acronyms and LinksAdmissionsAdmission to UTSPH, UTSA COB, and the Dual Degree ProgramAdmission of Current StudentsKey ContactsUTSA COBUTSPHUTSA COB MBA DegreeMPH StudiesGeneral InformationRequirements for MPH StudentsPracticumCulminating Experience (Thesis and Other Options)Global Health Concentration InformationCertificate in Public HealthCourse LocationMPH Academic Advising – the Student Advisory CommitteeStudent EvaluationLeave of AbsenceGraduationMBA/MPH Dual Degree ProgramProgram OverviewShared Credit HoursRequired MBA Leveling CoursesSample Course SequencingFinancial Aid and ScholarshipsFinancial AidScholarshipsFinancial Aid ContactsMBA/MPH Program AdministrationCoordinating CommitteeUTSPH Dual Degree ApplicationChecklistSupporting DocumentsChecking the Status of the MPH ApplicationMPH Registration and New Student InformationRegistration ChecklistVersion 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 2 of 20

Response FormCriminal Background CheckImmunization FormResidency Status FormVerification of Health Insurance StatusRegister for ClassesPay Tuition and FeesActivate UTSPH Email AddressAccessing Classes on BlackboardUTSPH New-Student OrientationComplete MBA/MPH Dual Degree Program Enrollment FormAdmissionsAdmission to UTSPH, UTSA COB, and the Dual Degree ProgramApplicants are reviewed independently by each school according to the admission schedule and policies of therespective schools. Although admission forms for the two schools may acknowledge dual degree programs,applicants must submit all admission materials to each admission office independently and on time. Theapplicant should not assume that admission materials will be shared between admission offices or thatadmission to one program ensures admission to the other program or its dual degree program. Studentsadmitted to both schools will be reviewed for enrollment into the dual degree program by the CoordinatingCommittee if interest in the dual degree program was indicated on the application.The UTSPH application includes a one-page goal statement. It is very important that this essay specificallyaddress the applicant’s experience and interest in combining public health and business administration.Students accepted into the program will receive separate letters of admission from the UTSPH, one to theMPH program and a second to the dual degree program.Although they are not required for all applicants, the following documents provide information that theAdmissions Committee often finds helpful in evaluating an applicant's potential for success at the UTSPH: Curriculum Vitae or ResumeCopies (not originals) of published papers, reports, etc. to serve as a writing sampleAdmission of Current StudentsCurrent MBA or MPH students may decide to add the dual degree option to their educational plan and applyto the dual degree program. As long as the student is still in the first half of their home program, they willreceive the shared credits. First half is defined by completion of up to 22 credit hours in the MPH program orup to 18 credit hours in the MBA program. It should be noted that academic credits earned at otherinstitutions prior to enrollment at the School of Public Health will not count toward the MPH.Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 3 of 20

Key ContactsUTSA COBHelpful Websites:General Information COB: Information for prospective students: ial Aid: Information: student computer access and assistance: student health information: Personnel:UTSA College of Business DeanLynda da la Viña, Ph.D.Dean and Peter Flawn Professor of EconomicsCollege of BusinessUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA CircleSan Antonio, TX 78249Phone: (210) [email protected] College of Business Program CoordinatorDana A. Forgione, Ph.D.Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in the Business of HealthCollege of BusinessUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA CircleSan Antonio, TX 78248Phone: (210) [email protected] Admissions OfficerDiane B. Walz, Ph.D.Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and ResearchCollege of BusinessUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA CircleSan Antonio, TX 78249Phone: (210) [email protected] 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 4 of 20

UTSA COB RegistrarJoseph R. DeCristoforo, Ph.D.Assistant Vice PresidentOffice of the RegistrarUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA CircleSan Antonio, TX 78249-0608Phone: (210) [email protected] COB RegistrarSally C. BenchDirector, Registration and RecordsOffice of the RegistrarUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA CircleSan Antonio, TX 78249-0608Phone: (210) [email protected] COB Graduate Student ServicesKatherine A. PopeDirector of Graduate Student ServicesOffice of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and ResearchUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA CircleBuilding: BB 4.01.18San Antonio, TX 78249Phone: (210) [email protected] COB Financial Aid DirectorJan L. Carey-McDonaldDirector of Student Financial AidOffice of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment ServicesUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA CircleSan Antonio, TX 78249-1644Phone: (210) [email protected] COB International Office DirectorCharles F. CraneDirector of International ProgramsOffice of International ProgramsUniversity of Texas at San AntonioVersion 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 5 of 20

One UTSA CircleSan Antonio, TX 78249-1644Phone: (210) [email protected] San Antonio Regional Dean, UTSPH San Antonio Regional Campus Program CoordinatorSharon Cooper, Ph.D.Professor and Regional DeanUT-Houston School of Public HealthSan Antonio Regional Campus8550 Data Point, Suite 200San Antonio, TX 78229Phone: (210) [email protected] San Antonio Regional Campus Student Affairs RepresentativeMelissa E. GarciaAdministrative CoordinatorSchool of Public Health8550 Datapoint Dr., Suite 200San Antonio, TX 78229Ph: (210)562-5516Fax: (210)[email protected] San Antonio Regional Campus Systems and Applications Specialist (IT go-to person)Mark AhlesSystems and Applications SpecialistSchool of Public Health8550 Datapoint Dr., Suite 200San Antonio, TX 78229Ph: (210)[email protected] Admissions OfficerMary Ann Smith, Ph.D.Associate Dean for Student AffairsUT School of Public Health1200 Herman Pressler Drive, Suite W214Houston, TX 77030Phone: (713) [email protected] 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 6 of 20

UTSPH RegistrarRobert JenkinsUT Health Science Center7000 Fannin Street, Suite 2250Houston, TX 77030Phone: (713) [email protected] Financial Aid DirectorWanda WilliamsUT Health Science Center7000 Fannin Street, Suite 2220Houston, TX 77030Phone: (713) [email protected] International Office DirectorMaria Arevalo-SanchezUT Health Science Center7000 Fannin Street, Suite 130Houston, TX 77030Phone: (713) [email protected] COB MBA DegreeGeneral Information regarding the UTSA COB MBA Degree may be found at for prospective students is found at StudiesGeneral InformationThe MPH portion of the MBA/MPH program consists of 33 semester credit hours from the UTSPH plus 12hours of specified shared course credits from UTSA COB. Students must complete one core course in each ofthe five disciplines in addition to other electives, a practicum, and culminating experience. To find out moreabout resources available at the San Antonio Regional Campus (SARC), visit Learn More About the San AntonioRegional Campus.Requirements for MPH StudentsStudents should refer to the SPH Catalog in effect at the time of matriculation for a listing of core courses andother graduation requirements mation/catalogs/).Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 7 of 20

PracticumStudents should review practicum requirements ( soon aftermatriculation. The practicum requires an online practicum orientation, identification of a facultysponsor/advisor and completion of a learning contract signed by the faculty sponsor and the site preceptor.Students registering for practicum hours should manually enter the desired number of hours since theregistration program may default to 9 hours, resulting in incorrect registration and increased tuition.The culminating experience may also be built upon the practicum experience or a similar practice-basedexperience. For information on using the practicum as the culminating experience, view: CulminatingExperience Options.Culminating Experience (Thesis and Other Options)Students are required to complete one of five culminating experience options as part of the requirements forgraduation Students in the MBA/MPH program must have at least three (3) committee members –two (2)from UTSPH and one (1) from UTSA COB. View information on the Culminating Experience Services/Culminating experience guide version1.pdf.Global Health Concentration InformationStudents interested in issues related to Global Health Studies (i.e. access to health care, malnutrition inchildren, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB; vaccinations, disease eradication programs, health andpolitics, refugee health, poverty, globalization, energy security, etc) and students interestedin understanding the ways global health affects everyone, are encouraged to join the Global HealthConcentration (GHC) early in the program to maximize efficiency in their course selection. It is important toperiodically check the following UTSPH websites for updates:Main GH website: 12387GH courses: 12387 (Courses tab)GH Faculty: 12387 (Faculty tab)Admissions Policy for Global Health ConcentrationStudents at any SPH campus (Houston, Dallas, Brownsville, San Antonio, El Paso or Austin) may elect to addthe concentration to their degree plan.Election of the concentration requires the following:(1) Admission Request for Global Health Concentration form*** which stipulates approval of the student’sadvisor and a member of the Global Health Concentration faculty.(2) The Global Health Concentration Directors reviews request for consideration and approval;(3) A copy of the signed admissions request document is forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs. Copy isavailable on student records.***you need to do this very soonVersion 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 8 of 20

Requirements for the Global Health ConcentrationTo successfully complete the Concentration in Global Health, students must:(a) Complete of a minimum of 12 credits in qualified courses:- 4 credits come from required Global Health courses and- the remaining 8 planned with global health advisor in conjunction with student main degree program.(The PH Seminar class taught in the spring of MS1 counts as a 1 hour elective)(b) Carry out a practicum dealing with issues commonly seen within different global setting. Note - you do notneed to travel abroad to fulfill these requirement, but the program does offer opportunities outside theUnited States(c) Construct a thesis or dissertation topic revolving around a relevant global health issue of interest to thestudent and guided by the global health concentration advisor.Note that the students’ advisory committee, and in particular the faculty representing the Global HealthConcentration, will determine if the student has met the requirements. Your Global Health concentrationadvisor can also approve courses not on this list to count toward the requirement. Please refer to "Courseslink" to view a list of preapproved courses.Global Health Concentration Graduation RequirementsIf you are planning on graduating, make sure that you have completed the GHC Graduation Checklist.Certificate in Public HealthThe Certificate in Public Health is awarded for successful completion of core coursework in the five core publichealth disciplines totaling 16 hours. This same core is required for the MPH, and it is recommended that thecore is completed before taking other public health classes. Classes taken in the Certificate Program can betransferred to the MBA/MPH, if the grade was an ‘A’ or ‘B’. Conversely, core classes taken in the MBA/MPHprogram can be applied to the Certificate if the student opts to withdraw from the MPH degree program.Course LocationMPH courses are offered at the SARC campus, via ITV, and online.MPH Academic Advising – the Student Advisory CommitteeStudents newly admitted to the dual degree program are assigned two advisors from the UTSPH and oneadvisor from the UTSA COB which make up the Student Advisory Committee.The role of the Student Advisory Committee is to help the student select coursework, a practicum site, and aculminating experience topic. The Student Advisory Committee might also serve to identify appropriateadditional shared credit courses and may expand to include a faculty member with further expertise tosupervise the culminating experience/thesis research work. The committee also works with students whohave chosen to pursue the Global Health Concentration and assists all MBA/MPH students in getting the mostout of their MPH experience.Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 9 of 20

Student EvaluationA student evaluation meeting (required attendance) is held at the end of the fall and spring semesters.Students track academic progress by adding to the MPH Competencies Form and updating the goal statementprior to the evaluation meeting. Students keep a copy of the updated form and provide a copy to the advisorycommittee for review and placement in the student file. The MPH Competencies Form can be downloadedfrom MPH Competencies Form.Leave of AbsenceStudents must complete the MPH within five years and the MBA within six years of matriculation. Studentsmay, however, apply for a leave of absence from the MPH program for one year, and, in exceptional cases, asecond year of leave may be granted. A leave of absence may be requested separately through the UTSA COBfor the MBA degree. Students continue to earn shared credits toward the MPH for their satisfactorilycompleted MPH coursework, but extend the amount of time to complete their degrees. This may allow somestudents to “take a break” from the MPH if their business school coursework or schedule is too demanding orfor other personal reasons. Planning ahead is crucial because the SPH does not grant retroactive Leave ofAbsences. To take a leave of absence, you will need to:1) Notify Sharon Cooper at [email protected] and she will let the SPH staff know.2) *Write a note about your plans, sign it, scan it, and email to your advisor for their signature. Anexample of what you need to state in the note is “I would like to formally request a leave of absencefrom the School of Public Health for semesters. The primary reason for my request is toconcentrate on my business school courses (or for medical reasons). Thank you for your time.Sincerely, . ”Advisor’s Signature3) Fax or scan and email this signed note to Dr. Kay Bartholomew, Associate Dean for EducationalPrograms, at [email protected] a week before this semester begins (for the oneyou are starting the LOA).*you cannot send a regular email with this note as they will need the hand-written signaturesGraduationGraduation is separate for each school. Students who are within one semester of graduation (preferablysooner) should refer to for important deadlines and stepby-step instructions. To receive the shared credits, students will have to submit official UTSA COB transcriptsto UT Houston Registrar’s office when they are within one semester of graduation. Each institution will sendone transcript per semester, free of charge, to the partner institution to evidence the completion of courses atthe other institution. Contact Melissa Garcia [email protected] for questions concerninggraduation.Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 10 of 20

MBA/MPH Dual Degree ProgramProgram OverviewUTSA College of Business (COB)School of Public Health (SPH)Leveling courses:SPH Courses in each of 5 core areas: Biostatistics Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences Public Health Policy/Management Specific COB courses and certain pre-approved SPHcourses may be used to fulfill these requirementsreducing actual leveling courses in the program to(9) credit hoursCore CoursesPublic Health Practicum ExperienceCollege of Business Capstone CourseCulminating Experience Project or ExamElectives (up to 12 credit hours shared)Electives (up to 12 credit hours shared)Total: (36) credit hours any needed leveling courses(up to 15 additional credit hours)Total: (45) credit hoursTotal credit hours for dual degree plan: (57) credit hours* any needed COB leveling courses.The Dual Degree program reduces completion time for both degrees by one year.*Dual degree plan allows for a total of up to 24 shared credit hours between the COB and SPH programsShared Credit HoursAdmission to MBA/MPH program confers eligibility for shared credits. The UTSPH will count up to twelvesemester credit hours in approved shared credit courses taken in the UTSA College of Business curriculum.The Memorandum of Understanding between the UTSPH and UTSA COB schools allows each institution tosend one transcript per semester, free of charge, to the Collaborating Institution to evidence the completionof the courses at the Host Institution.Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 11 of 20

The following courses have been approved as shared credit courses:Course #Course titleSemester CreditHoursCollege of Business courses that can be applied to theMPH elective courses*:MKT 5003Introduction to MarketingACC 5003Financial Accounting ConceptsMKT 5023Marketing ManagementMGT 5043Management and Behavior in OrganizationsFIN 5023Financial ManagementECO 5023Managerial Economics333333School of Public Health courses that can be applied to theMBA in lieu of Leveling courses:PH 1690Foundations of BiostatisticsPH 3710Administration and Public HealthPH 3910Health EconomicsPH 3825Public Health Law4333School of Public Health courses that can be applied to theMBA Business of Health Directed Concentration courses**PH 3710Administration and Public Health (if not used above)PH 3825Public Health Law (if not used above)33School of Public Health courses that can be applied to theMBA Business of Health Elective Concentration course**PH 9997Public Health Practicum ExperiencePH 3715Introduction to Management and Policy SciencesPHD 3830Ethics and PolicyPH 3910Health Economics (if not used above)3333* Up to 12 semester credit hours of courses from the College of Business can be applied to a student’s MPH degree program.**Up to 12 semester credit hours of courses from the School of Public Health can be applied to a student’s MBA degreeprogram beyond the Leveling courses.Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 12 of 20

Required MBA Leveling Courses (if no Pre-existing Business Background):The following eight courses should be completed before taking the MBA Foundations of Knowledge (Core)courses and are required for graduation. SPH courses listed below are considered equivalent and may besubstituted for the corresponding UTSA COB courses displayed in the same row.UTSA COBCourseACC 5003DESCRIPTIONUTSPHCourseDESCRIPTIONUTSPH Equivalent CourseFinancial Accounting ConceptsBLW 5003*Legal Environment of BusinessPH 3825Public Health LawECO 5003Economic Theory and PolicyPH 3910Health EconomicsIS 5003Introduction to Information SystemsMGT 6123Healthcare ManagementPH 3710Administration and Public HealthMS 5003Quantitative Methods of Business AnalysisPH 1700Intermediate Biostatistics*Students may request a review for potential waiver of the BLW 5003 Legal Environment of Business leveling courseSample Course SequencingTwo samples of course sequencing are provided for each of two potential types of applicants to the program.If a student begins the dual degree program without a business background, the student would likely followthe MBA/MPH Course Sequencing if Leveling is Needed sample course schedule. For those students enteringthe program with a strong business background, the MBA/MPH Course Sequencing Without Leveling courseschedule may be appropriate.It is advisable that each student be in contact with the UTSA COB before starting the program to determinethe leveling courses, if any that will be necessary for them to begin the program. After determining which ifany leveling classes must be incorporated, an appropriate individualized course schedule can then be plannedwith the assistance of a student’s advisors.Financial Aid and ScholarshipsFinancial AidTuition is billed and paid separately for the MBA and MPH programs since the dual degree program involvestwo separate schools. Financial aid is available to degree seeking students at both schools however FederalLaw limits the annual amount. Any financial aid received from one school must be considered whendetermining financial aid eligibility for the other, and it is essential that both schools be named in theapplication process when applying each academic year.Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 13 of 20

Eligibility requirements at UTSPH for student financial aid include: at least half time enrollment status (5 hoursin summer, 6 hours in fall and spring); US citizen or eligible non-citizen; good academic standing; satisfactoryprogress as defined by SPH; and not be in default on a student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant.Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis as determined by the federal compute date ofthe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a needs-based analysis used by the U.S.Department of Education to determine financial aid eligibility. Students can also apply to UTSPH foremergency loans to help pay for tuition. This loan is short term and must be paid back within 90 days.For additional information on all student financial aid options, please al-assistance/.ScholarshipsStudents with outstanding academic credentials will automatically compete for a limited number ofscholarships during the UTSPH admissions process. The applicant does not need to do anything beyond theMBA/MPH application to be considered for these scholarships. Scholarship recipients are notified of theaward with their letter of admission. The Office of Student Affairs receives the list of scholarship recipientsand applies tuition and fees charges to the scholarship account.Financial Aid Contacts:UTSPH Financial Aid DirectorWanda WilliamsDirector, Financial ServicesUT Health Science Center7000 Fannin Street, Suite 2220, Houston, TX 77030Phone: (713) [email protected] COB Financial Aid DirectorJan L. Carey-McDonaldDirector of Student Financial AidOffice of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment ServicesUniversity of Texas at San AntonioOne UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249-1644Phone: (210) [email protected] 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 14 of 20

MBA/MPH Program AdministrationCoordinating CommitteeThe Coordinating Committee consists of at least two faculty representatives from each institution and therespective Associate Deans of Academic Affairs. The Committee will also include student representatives andkey faculty and program coordinators from each of the participating campuses as consulting (non-voting)members.The Committee will be the mechanism to ensure that policies for the MBA/MPH Dual Degree Program retainthe academic integrity of both degrees and promote a variety of inter-institutional exchanges, includingadjunct faculty appointments, shared teaching, collaborative research, and faculty enrichment. Specifically,the Coordinating Committee will be charged with the tasks of ensuring that: Students admitted to each school and wishing to be enrolled in the dual degree program will be evaluatedfor the dual degree program Problems or issues related to the program will be addressed and any ensuing recommended changes willbe requested An annual evaluation of the program will be conducted at the end of each academic year, and A report will be submitted to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for each Party who, in turn, willreport to the Party’s respective Deans.Coordinating Committee Members:Sharon Cooper, Ph.D.Professor and Regional Dean, UTSPHTBDAssociate Professor, UTSPHDana A. Forgione, Ph.D.Janey S. Briscoe Endowed Chair in the Business of Health, College of Business, UTSALinda E. Lloyd, Ph.D. (UTSPH, ex officio)Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, UTSPH, ex officioPamela C. Smith, Ph.D.Associate Professor and Dayton Schrader Scholar in Accounting, College of Business, UTSALynda de la Viña, Ph.D.Dean and Peter Flawn Professor of Economics, College of Business, UTSA, ex officioCoordinating Committee Consulting Members:(To be determined from students, key faculty and program coordinators)Version 10-28-10Back to Table of ContentsPage 15 of 20

UTSPH Dual Degree ApplicationAll documents must be received by the Registrar's Office before the application deadline. To apply, studentsshould use the following link to the MPH using the dual degree MPH application pformslist.htm#SPHMBA/MPH students should NOT use the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) applicationprocess! Also, both primary and secondary email accounts should be listed to ensure timely communication.Checklist Contact UTSPH SARC : Melissa Garcia, Senior Staff Assistant at [email protected](210- 562-5516) or Rebekka Tremblay at [email protected] with any questionsabout the program. Application Form: Complete the application form (including a public health goal statement)found on the registrar’s website st.htm#SPH.Pay attention to any special instructions or browser note information that may be located at thetop of the Application Forms and Instructions web page. Transcripts: We strongly advise that you wait to submit your transcripts and supportingdocumentation until your application has been submitted—the re

MBA/MPH Dual Degree Program . UTSA COB and UTSPH . Introduction . The Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH) dual degree is a collaborative program between The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Business (COB) and