January 2019

While students create an ePortfolio to present their verified, real-world experience to employers, UNT program coordinators are able to track and present competencies to their accrediting body.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Faculty in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Masters in Health Services Administration Degree Program have found an innovative way to combine the tracking of degree accreditation competencies with student career-readiness. They are part of a pilot program with UNT Career Connect – a campus-wide initiative that works with every UNT department as well as community partners to improve UNT students' written and oral communication skills, teamwork and critical thinking. They worked with UNT Career Connect’s Meena Naik and Adam Wear to develop a customized, online platform that integrates Canvas – UNT’s learning management system – with Badgr, a digital credentialing system. Badgr also automatically tracks students’ coursework achievements in...

January 2019

Of their 180 volunteers and advocates for children in foster care in Denton County, only 28 are men, while 190 of the 346 children being served are male.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Students in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service hope a service learning project they completed with CASA of Denton County in their volunteer management course last semester has a lasting impact on the lives of Denton County foster children. They developed a strategy to support the recruitment of males and ethnically diverse volunteers.

“CASA of Denton County provides trained community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children. We strive to reflect the children that we serve and our community,” said Debbie Jensen, executive director for CASA of Denton County. “Over 50 percent of children in foster care are boys, while only 15 percent of advocates are men. If we are to truly reflect the...

January 2019

Students will not only earn college credit at UNT, but receive a meal plan and residence too.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation granted $40,000 to the University of North Texas Persevere UNTil Success Happens (PUSH) program, which helps young adults who age out of foster care achieve educational success at UNT by focusing on academic, financial and career success, as well as the social well-being, of each student. The generous grant will be used to fund the Summer Bridge Program, an initiative that provides housing, programming and college transition services to incoming freshmen and transfer students. Participants also get an early start on their coursework.

“Approximately 18 percent of foster care alumni attend college and of those, only 3 percent graduate,” said Brenda Sweeten, clinical social work professor, PUSH advisor and UNT foster care liaison. “This grant will allow us to...

January 2019


DENTON (UNT), Texas – Students in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Social Work Practice 3 class are celebrating their achievements from the fall semester. They combined skills they learned in their Social Work Practice 1 and 2 courses to create an organization that served Lewisville Independent School District's School Age Parent Program called UNT Advocates for...

December 2018

Parents say Dr. Theresa Kouri, with the help of Scottish Rite, is giving their children a second chance at success.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Andrew McCann struggled in every school subject. "He was truly a high-risk student who could have easily fallen through the cracks,” his mother Donna McCann said.  Jordan Yancey’s grades suddenly plummeted and he wasn’t reading at his level. His self-esteem was suffering and he was being bullied.  “He was at a second-grade level at 13-and-a-half,” his mother Stacy Rollins said.  His sister Kinslee Warren was also struggling. Rollins, a mother of five children with a variety of challenges, began homeschooling both children who were diagnosed with severe ADHD.

Madelynn Michaels was facing reading challenges of her own. The creative and...

December 2018

They brought together leaders of four North Texas municipalities for the first time in determining the next steps in their unique partnership.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dr. Bob Bland, Endowed Professor in Local Government and the faculty director of the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Center for Public Management, and city management graduate student Chris Byrd facilitated a planning retreat for executive leaders and department heads of the Lake Cities. Lake Cities consists of the cities of Corinth and Hickory Creek and the towns of Lake Dallas and Shady Shores.

“Lake Cities is unusual in that all four communities and their utility district, the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority, are geographically constrained by a large lake and a major interstate highway. Yet their proximity makes collaboration in service delivery a cost-effective alternative,” Dr. Bland said. “The four cities and authority also currently cooperate in providing fire protection...

November 2018

DENTON (UNT) – Kayla Castro, currently a junior at the University of North Texas who’s pursuing a major in music and a minor in the College of Health and Public Service’s nonprofit leadership studies program, has been awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Chapter Student Fellowship.

“The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro Chapter is thrilled to announce its first student fellow, Kayla Castro,” said Peyton Salvarria, executive director of Gill Children’s Services and member of the AFP. “AFP is committed to empowering individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy. The fellowship will allow Ms. Castro to learn more about the profession as she prepares to start a career.”

The fellowship includes a one-year scholarship for AFP membership, free...

November 2018

This is the first year SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher, has ranked online colleges based on degree-specific return on investment.

The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Criminal Justice program has been named to the 2019 SR Education Group list of “Most Affordable Master’s in Criminal Justice Online.” UNT’s degree ranks no. 15 of 25 colleges and universities that earned the designation, each costing less than $9,000 per year.

“Providing high-quality, affordable graduate education is a core value at the University of North Texas,” said Eric Fritsch, chair and professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. The methodology for these rankings employs median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates. UNT’s degree is offered 100 percent online and examines criminal justice from theoretical, practical and empirical perspectives.

October 2018

Dr. Jessica Craig was invited to attend the event presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

DENTON (UNT) – Dr. Jessica Craig, University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service assistant professor of Criminal Justice, took part in an event presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit regarding threat management issues pertaining to how they approach active shooter threats. Dr. Craig was invited to attend the event – called “Preventing Targeted Violence” – as a former FBI citizen’s academy participant.

 “The talk was presented by an FBI Special Agent who works in the Behavioral Analysis Unit and personally investigated the case of Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old male who committed mass homicide in 2014,” Dr. Craig said. “The SA had read all of Rodger’s journals, watched all videos that were posted...

October 2018

The students will attend the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action conference in Austin this November.

DENTON (UNT) – Czarina Muñoz and Aries Nuño, nonprofit leadership studies students in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service, were awarded the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship to attend the 47th annual conference in Austin November 15 to 17, 2018. The ARNOVA Conference is meant to create a public conversation on, as well as opportunities for, presenting research about pressing issues and vital...

October 2018

The degree is one of the most highly recognized degrees in health and human services.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The need for skilled social workers is expected to rise by 16 percent by 2026, much faster than average job growth. Graduates of the Texas Woman’s University – University of North Texas Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program, which was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in March of 2017, will be ready to fill those jobs in health care, child and family services, mental health and other fast-growing areas.

“The program’s concentration is ‘Advanced Generalist Practice’ which, in essence, prepares students to work in any social work setting,” said Dr. Mahasin Saleh, associate professor and JMSW Program founding director. “The JMSW students are placed in a variety of field internships in the region. They benefit from the opportunity to apply their classroom learning and further hone their...

October 2018

The degree sits at number seven on the 2018 list of Best Counseling Degrees “Top 10 Affordable Online Degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling.”

DENTON (UNT), Texas – BestCounselingDegrees.net, a website that helps people who want to pursue a degree in counseling choose the college that best fits their needs, selected the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service online degree because it offers flexible modes of study, gives students the opportunity to work with faculty who are highly respected in the field and exposes students to innovative research.

“The program in rehabilitation counseling at UNT is invested in preparing competent professionals,” said Dr. Chandra Carey, associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services. “Our increased efforts to provide high-quality online courses Involved rigorous course redesign and achieving Quality Matters...

October 2018

The 2018 Comeback Trail 5K will be held in Frisco in partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP) is partnering with Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation – Frisco – to bring the National Stroke Association’s (NSA) Comeback Trail 5K to Texas. The event, which will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Warren Sports Complex, located at 7599 Eldorado Parkway in Frisco, honors stroke survivors and their caregivers.

 “Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. and is the fifth leading cause of death,” said Stacy Nunnelee, audiology and speech-language pathology lecturer and...

October 2018

New master’s degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science to help meet rising demand for disaster experts

The degree will prepare students to work collaboratively across all phases of disasters, including preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.


DENTON (UNT), Texas – The images from recent hurricanes are hard to look at – destruction, displacement and untold human suffering – and a large number of professionals are needed to help the areas hardest hit recover. The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s new Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Disaster Science will equip the next generation of emergency managers with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the growing complexities of all types of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological and man-made. 

“Catastrophic disasters are on the rise, and the demand for knowledgeable emergency managers has...

September 2018

Behavior Analysis, Public Administration and Social Work are all under new leadership.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service is welcoming three new chairs for this semester – all of whom are involved in research that’s changing lives.

Manish Vaidya, Department of Behavior Analysis

Manish Vaidya is an associate professor who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida . He is interested in issues related to stimulus control, and his current research involves behavioral health and medicine, technology-infused contingency management, health technologies and generative learning. Dr. Vaidya has developed an alternative to anesthesia used when children receive radiation treatments for cancer. The process involves teaching young patients to stay mostly motionless while awake for the sessions by pausing a cartoon they are watching if they move.

Dr. Vaidya aims to make behavior analysis more relevant to community and society...

September 2018

The degree will prepare students for an influx of jobs in DFW – the fastest growing region in the United States.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The North Central Texas Council of Governments projects an additional four million people will be moving to North Texas by 2030 – which is more than the population of the entire state of Oklahoma.

“City officials are aware that this growth is coming and are becoming proactive to better plan for the next 20-30 years,” said Doug McDonald, president of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter.

With a projected 13 percent increase in demand for urban and regional planners over the next 10 years, the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service’s new bachelors of arts degree in urban policy and planning is addressing the need for skilled workers.


September 2018

Dr. Gary Webb, professor and chair of UNT Emergency Management and Disaster Science, has been in the news lately talking about hurricane recovery.

Check out this feature on CNNhttp...

August 2018

The International Symposium on the History of Crime is a forum for international university students to explore the understanding of issues surrounding the history of crime. The annual symposium was created to bring together doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students as well as early career academics in a friendly academic environment that facilitates discussion around history of crime issues.

Over the past two years the symposium has been attended by students and academics from the USA, UK and France. For the 3rd symposium it is expected there will also be contributions from students and faculty from Spain and Portugal. The symposium is deliberately broad in reach and we make every effort to draw together wide and diverse topics in order that contributors feel encouraged to participate and present their research inprogress as well as engaging and informative short papers.

Proposals for inclusion should be email to :

Peter Johnstone • Peter.Pinceminjohnstone@unt.edu

Laure De Saint Pern • laure.montillet@...

July 2018

Fly into your future!

Most of your classmates have locked in their schedules – don’t get left behind!

2018 Fall Schedule

Fall registration remains open!

  • Last day to register: Aug 20
  • Late registration: Aug 24-29
  • First day of class: Aug 27

July 2018

Residents of Puerto Rico are expressing relief that Hurricane Beryl has weakened as it sweeps over the island. But Puerto Rico is still recovering from last year’s hurricanes as more crop up in the Caribbean. One suggestion for how the island should prepare and react to natural disasters? Incorporate the private sector.

UNT Emergency Management & Disaster Science Professor Gary Webb discusses Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery on NPR’s Marektplace.

Click the audio player below to hear the full story. 

May 2018