Joint Degree

Joint Degree Option – MPA/MPH

The MPA Department and the UIS Department of Public Health have established a joint degree in accordance with university policy. Students interested in this joint degree can contact either the MPA or MPH office. This joint degree requires two separate program applications. Students must meet entrance requirements for each. Students may complete a joint degree with a total of 66 credit hours, compared to a total of 88 for the two degrees separately. Students pursuing this joint degree will be required to complete an appropriate closure exercise in each of the two degree organizations. Upon completion, one diploma will be granted.

MPA Degree Requirements

Core Requirements

Core Requirements
PAD 501 Introduction to the Profession 3
PAD 502 Organization Dynamics 3
PAD 504 Budget And Finance 3
PAD 505 Human Resource Management 3
PAD 506 Public Policy for Managers 3
PAD 507 Information for Decision Making 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Policy Analysis
Program Evaluation
Community Planning and Policy
Select six hours of 400- or 500- level PAD courses 1 6
Closure Exercise
PAD 571 Capstone Seminar 3
Total Hours 30

Note that if PAD 531, PAD 533, or PAD 553 was taken to satisfy the quantitative core requirement elective, it cannot count in this elective category.

MPH Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
MPH 503 Biostatistics for the Health Professional 4
MPH 506 Community Health Research 4
MPH 511 Foundations Of Epidemiology 4
MPH 521 Environmental and Occupational Health 4
MPH 531 Public Health Policy and Administration 4
MPH 561 Community Health Education 4
MPH 581 Internship 4
Select eight hours of electives in MPH 2 8
Closure Exercise
MPH Comprehensive Examination 3 0
Total Hours 36

The eight hours of electives in MPH may be selected from any MPH 500-level course in consultation with and approval by the academic advisor. The student’s career path should be considered for the best selection of these electives.


 Students complete the MPH comprehensive examination. No credit hours are awarded for completion of the exam. Students who do not complete the examination during their final semester of study must enroll in MPH 583 (zero credit hours, one billable credit hour) each regular semester (fall/spring) until they pass the exam.