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The coordinated Public Health/Public Administration (MPA) degree program is offered through the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) and the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Students in this coordinated program earn an MPH with a concentration in Population Health.

In this individualized concentration, students gain a solid foundation in public health through completion of the MPH core (based on the Evidence-based Public Health framework), an Applied Practice Experience (Internship), and an Integrative Learning Experience (Capstone). Students also select from among all master’s-level Public Health courses (e.g., maternal and child health, global health, health policy) to build a unique curriculum that supports their career goals. Specialized advising is provided to assist students in designing their individualized curriculum. This coordinated degree program provides students with the knowledge base of public health and the skills required to work effectively in a responsible, administrative position in the public sector.


Students may complete the MPH portion of this coordinated degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in-class experiences.

The MPA/MPH program requires the satisfactory completion of 65 credit hours. Students must complete both MPA and MPH core requirements. This is a coordinated dual degree track and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent upon completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program as some credits are shared between programs. This credit sharing allows students to earn both degrees in reduced time and at reduced cost.

Online students pay less than the out-of-state tuition rate for the MPH portion of this coordinated degree.

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Students must apply separately to each program.

  • To apply for this degree, you will submit a supplemental application directly through the UAB Graduate School.
  • To apply for the MPA, students must apply through the UAB Graduate School. Select "Public Administration (MPA)" under the drop-down menu for your intended program of study and select the term you wish to apply. Please note your intent to apply to the coordinated MPH/MPA program in your statement of purpose.
  • Learn how to apply to the School of Public Health. Students must apply through the UAB Graduate School. Select "Public Health (MPH)" under the drop-down menu for your intended program of study. Then, select the “Public Health and Public Administration MPH/MPA" concentration for the term you wish to apply. The test score field is required, so enter "GRE" and a date to advance in the application.
  • Students should note that the Population Health program curriculum has been updated. If a student is submitting to switch from a different degree program or department into a Coordinated Degree or the General MPH in Population Health Degree, the student will be responsible for completing the current Population Health program requirements. Students should meet with the current program manager prior to submitting a petition to switch programs.

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For additional information concerning the coordinated MPH/MPA program, contact the School of Public Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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