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The coordinated Public Health/Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree program is offered through the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) and the UAB School of Health Professions (SHP). 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.


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.

Students must complete a total of 32 MPH credit hours in addition to the required MSPAS curriculum requirements. Ten credit hours from the MSPAS curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree, for a total of 42 MPH credit hours. This 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.

Download Sample Curriculum Planning Sheet (pdf)


Students must apply separately to the MPH and MSPAS programs. Upon acceptance to the MSPAS program, dual degree students will be accepted automatically to the MPH degree program.

  • To apply for this degree, you will submit a supplemental application directly through the UAB Graduate School.
  • Learn how to apply to the MSPAS program.
  • Learn how to apply to the School of Public Health. Students must apply to the MPH program through the UAB Graduate School. Select "MPH dual program" and then the MPH/MSPAS track.
    • Test score field is required, so enter GRE or MCAT and a date to advance in the application.
    • The reference letter field is also required, so enter three names from the CASPA application and select no when asked if they will be electronic submission.
    • Once the student is admitted to the MSPAS program, they will be automatically accepted to the MPH portion of the coordinated degree once they submit their application to the UAB Graduate School.
  • 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.

Application Deadline: December 15th


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

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