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The coordinated Public Health/Environmental Engineering degree program is offered through the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) and the UAB School of Engineering (SOE). Earning these two advanced degrees prepares students for a broad range of careers in urban planning, urban sustainability, healthy and livable city design, the management of air, water, and land resources, and creating healthy communities.

Students in this coordinated program earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Population Health. In this 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 complete environmental health sciences courses focusing on urban health issues including air and water pollution, occupational safety, and assessing and managing environmental risks. In addition, in this coordinated degree program students earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) with a specialization in environmental engineering focusing green building and water supply design, drainage and stormwater runoff design, and energy resources. The program offers a broad curriculum covering health aspects of engineering designs, resilient and sustainable urban development, low carbon and renewable energy systems, green infrastructure, natural resource management, health and livability, transportation and mobility, big data analytics, and smart technologies.

Graduates of this coordinated degree program will shape our modern cities into human habitats that are safe, clean, and sustainable addressing issues such as the growing stressors of energy security, population growth and health, food supply, waste disposal, climate change, and future infrastructure demands.

This program is aimed at leaders and professionals in public and private sector organizations who seek to design, develop, and deliver smart, healthy and sustainable environmental solutions.


Students may complete the MPH portion of this coordinated degree program in class.

A total of 60-62 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated MSCE/MPH. Normally, 42-44 credit hours are required for the MPH and 33 credit hours for the MSCE; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree 12 credit hours from the MSCE curriculum are credited to the MPH and 3 credit hours from the MPH are credited to the MSCE. This allows students to earn both degrees in reduced time and at reduced cost. The curriculum planning grid and a breakdown of coursework by degree program is attached.

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To apply, students must have at least a bachelor’s degree. The GRE is not required for MPH applicants but may be required for admission into the MSCE program. For additional information, contact Kristina Barlow at kbarlow@uab.edu.

Students must apply separately to each program.

  • To apply for this degree, you will submit a supplemental application directly through the UAB Graduate School.
  • Learn how to apply to the School of Public Health. Students must apply through the UAB Graduate School.
    • Select "MPH dual program" and then the "MPH/MSCE" track. SOPH will accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE for students who wish to strengthen their application by including test scores.
  • Learn how to apply to the School of Engineering. To apply for the MSCE, students must apply through the UAB Graduate School.
    • Select "MSCE/MPH dual degree program" from the drop down menu. Select "MPH dual program" and then the MPH/MSCE track. The School of Engineering will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT.
  • 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.


For additional information concerning the coordinated MPH/MSCE program contact the School of Public Health at soph@uab.edu.

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