Rice-UT Public Health Scholars
“How it Works”
APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM
Start academic planning early, ideally during sophomore
year, to ensure space in your schedule senior year.
First application for the program is through Rice in
your junior year. Admission is selective and requires good academic standing with
ability to complete Rice degree and graduation requirements by taking only 1-2
courses at Rice per semester in senior year.
The Rice-UTSPH application deadline is in late January/early February of your
junior year to begin program in August of your senior year.
The Rice-UTSPH application also requires one letter of
recommendation from a faculty member/major adviser and a signature from the
office of Academic Advising.
AFTER ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
Upon admission to Rice-UTSPH program, you will formally
apply to UTSPH Certificate Program (not the MPH program) via the SOPHAS online
application in late spring of your junior year.
You cannot apply directly to the MPH program until your
senior year (more on this below).
Upon admission to UTSPH, you must complete all
necessary paperwork during the summer before beginning the program. Start early
as clearing immunization, in-state residency, background check and other forms
can take several weeks or more. See the information for newly admitted students
for more details: https://sph.uth.edu/current-students/newly-admitted-students/
You must complete in-state tuition form by the UTSPH
In the fall of your senior year, you will register
separately for Rice classes and UTSPH classes.
You will take 2-3 courses at UTSPH per semester senior
At Rice, you will register for “placeholder” courses, which
will ensure that you receive Rice credit for the courses you take at UTSPH. You
can find these course numbers by searching the Registrar’s Course Schedule
using keyword “UTSPH” or Instructor “Ostherr”
Your first year at UTSPH will be paid by Rice, but you
must be enrolled at Rice full-time for your entire senior year.
FROM THE CERTIFICATE TO THE MPH PROGRAM
During late fall of your first year (your senior year
at Rice) you will apply to transfer from the certificate program to MPH
program. This application requires a GRE score for the second SOPHAS
application, as well as two letters of recommendation (one can come from the
Rice faculty member who originally recommended you to the program; one can come
from a co-director of the Rice-UT program, Dr. Iammarino or Dr. Ostherr).
The deadline for application to the MPH program with
scholarship eligibility is December 1; deadline without scholarship eligibility
is March 1. Dates may vary year-to-year, so check the UTSPH calendar.
Seek information and make plans to complete your
practicum early, especially if you are interested in going abroad for this part
of your training during the summer between year one and year two of the MPH