UPDATED FAQ as of November 30 2015:
Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program FAQs
to the Rice-UT Program
Q: I am
in my sophomore year at Rice, but with AP credits I am technically a junior.
Can I apply to the Rice-UT program even though I plan on staying at Rice for
two more years?
A: No. The program is designed to accommodate
students who are within one year of graduating from Rice, as they will spend
part of their final year at Rice taking classes at UTSPH, with the second year
of the MPH program completed after they graduate from Rice.
currently in my second year at Rice, but I have enough credits to graduate in three
years, so next academic year will be my last year at Rice. Am I therefore
eligible to apply for this program?
See above answer.
Q: I'm an international student. Am I eligible
the purpose of the recommendation letter only to ensure that I am able to
complete my degree in time while taking courses at UTSPH, or is it also to let
the committee know more about me as a person?
A: The letter should both confirm your eligibility
and serve as a recommendation. You can use the personal statement to provide
more information about yourself.
Q: Do I
only need one letter for this program, or can I submit more than one?
A: Please only submit one letter.
admission to the Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program guarantee that I will
receive an MPH?
A: No. In order to complete the MPH, you must
complete your undergraduate degree at Rice, be formally accepted into the MPH
program at UTSPH, and complete all UTSPH requirements.
- Applying to Year Two of
the Program/Transition from Certificate Program to MPH Program
Q: Can I
start this program at Rice and then wait to finish the MPH at a later date (or
at a different school of public health), so I can go straight to medical school
after I graduate?
A: No. The intent of this program, and the reason
Rice has agreed to provide scholarships, is to enable a select group of Rice
students to complete two degrees in five years, with the MPH degree being
completed at UTSPH. Our partnership with UTSPH hinges on the continuation of
our students there, rather than at another school of public health. Starting
with the cohort admitted for 2016, we require students to sign an agreement to
comply with the intent of this program as a condition of accepting the
Q: Can I
complete my final year (the MPH year) of the program at whichever UTSPH campus
I choose, or do I have to stay in Houston?
A: The committee prefers that students stay in
Houston, but if necessary you may move to another UTSPH campus in Texas.
UTSPH accept the MCAT as a substitute for the GRE?
A: Generally, no, the MCAT cannot be substituted
for the GRE, and you should plan to have your GRE scores available for the MPH
application deadline, which will occur in early December of your senior year.
The only exception is for MD/MPH applicants. If you plan to pursue an MD/MPH
through UT, please be sure to mention that you are making this substitution in
Q: Can I
take UTSPH classes online?
A: No. This program is designed for in-person
class attendance. Only in exceptional circumstances and with the advance,
written permission of one of the Rice-UT program directors, will students be
permitted to take classes online.
this program cost extra, or is it included in my tuition?
A: The first year of the program is taken while
you are still a Rice student. You register at Rice for these courses, pay your
usual tuition at Rice, and the UTSPH tuition for the first year of the program
is covered by your Rice tuition. You will be responsible for certain mandatory
fees required by UTSPH. The second year of the program
is taken after you graduate from Rice, and the tuition for the second year
would be your obligation.
the courses taken at UTSPH count towards graduation at Rice?
A: Yes. In the first year of the program, you
will register for Rice specially designed placeholder courses, which carry full
Rice credit and count towards your degree requirements as other Rice courses
do. Typically, they will be free elective, upper division credits. You
will receive a grade for each course, which will appear on your transcript at
Rice, just as with any other Rice course.
the classes we take at UTSPH be counted as upper-level credit courses at Rice?
A: Yes, the classes will all be counted as 300 or
400 level courses at Rice.
do I register for courses at UTSPH?
A: You will receive information from UTSPH
admissions on how to register. See the web page for newly admitted students for
do I get Rice credit for UTSPH courses?
A: In addition to registering for any other
courses you may take at Rice, you will also register for “placeholder” courses
at Rice that will enable the Registrar to enter your UTSPH course grades on
your Rice transcript. Registration for these courses is only open to students
in the Rice-UT program and requires a Special Registration form.
you know the UTSPH course schedule yet? How can I find out when the courses
A: Please check this UTSPH website for the most
up-to-date schedule: https://sph.uth.edu/academics/course-information/