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Format: Online, In-Class

The coordinated MPH/MSW: Public Health/Social Work degree program is offered through the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health and the University of Alabama (UA) School of Social Work. 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, program evaluation, health policy) to build a unique curriculum that supports their career goals. Specialized advising is provided to assist students in designing their individualized curriculum.

The coordinated MPH/MSW program results in two advanced degrees providing students with management and leadership skills necessary for a broad range of administrative positions; this coordinated degree program also addresses the pressing need for professionally trained social workers. The addition of the MPH degree prepares students for careers specifically focused on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities, and populations, both locally and globally.


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.

A total of 90 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated MPH/MSW program. Normally, 42 credit hours are required for the MPH and 60 credit hours for the MSW; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degrees, 12 credit hours from the MSW curriculum are credited to the MPH 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 - Traditional (pdf)

Download Sample Curriculum Planning Sheet - Advanced (pdf)


To apply, students must have at least a bachelor's degree. Students are admitted separately to the MSW and MPH programs. The GRE is not required of MPH or MSW applicants.

  • 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 to the MPH program through the UAB Graduate School. Select "MPH dual degree program" from the drop-down menu. Select "MPH dual program" and then the MSW/MPH track. 
  • Students also apply to the MSW program through the UA 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.

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