Joint Degree in Human Services

The UIS Departments of Public Health and Human Services have an articulation agreement that allows interested students to obtain a joint Master’s degree in Public Health and Human Services (MPH/HMS). ¬†While the joint MPH/HMS with a concentration in Social Services Administration can be completed completely online, the other three HMS concentrations are not¬†available online. Please consult with the HMS program for specific information

Admission to the MPH/HMS*

Students must apply to both programs to be eligible for the joint degree. All prerequisites of each program apply. Students who have been officially admitted into either program should discuss this option with their advisor.

Listed below are the specific courses required for the joint MPH/HMS degree. Students can complete the internship requirement for both programs with the same four credit hour course. All courses are 4 credit hours (C.H.) unless otherwise noted.

MPH/HMS Joint Degree Course Requirements

MPH Courses

HMS Courses

MPH Core (28)

HMS Core (16)

MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional HMS 501 Critical Perspectives in Human Services
MPH 506 Community Health Research HMS 502 Interviewing and Assessing Skills
MPH 511 Foundations of Epidemiology HMS 511 Social Policy and Human Services
MPH 521 Environmental and Occupational Health HMS 516 Ethics and Professional Development
MPH 531 Public Health Policy and Administration

HMS Electives (12)

Chosen from one of four concentrations :

  1. Alcohol and Substance Abuse-blended curriculum
  2. Child and Family Studies-blended curriculum
  3. Gerontology-blended curriculum
  4. Social Service Administration-online curriculum
MPH 561 Community Health Education
MPH 581 Internship- (200 Contact Hours) Students may select either HMS 550 or MPH 581 to meet the MPH internship requirement.

MPH Electives (8)

NOTE: MPH 449-Environmental Toxicology and MPH 527- Environmental Risk Assessment comprise eight of the elective hours for EH concentration majors.

Closure Exercise (No C.H.)

Closure Exercise (4)

Students may select either HMS 550 or MPH 581 to meet the MPH internship requirement. (4 C.H.)

Comprehensive examination. HMS579 Advanced Research Project
Total MPH credit hours: 32 Total HMS Credit Hours: 32
Total Internship Hours 4

Total joint degree credit hours: 68 (32 MPH, 32 HMS, 4 Internship)


* Students who were admitted before fall 2014 should consult the catalog requirements in place at the time of admission.