MPH/HMS Joint Degree

The MPH/HMS joint degree is a 68 credit hour master degree option that requires students to take 32 credit hours from both departments, plus a four hour internship from one of the departments. Students take core classes from both MPH and HMS, as well as elective courses. Closure exercises from both departments are required. Students must apply to both graduate departments to be eligible for the joint degree. All prerequisites from each department apply. Students are assigned an academic advisor in both departments.

Core Requirements
MPH Core Courses
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
HMS Core Courses
HMS 501 Critical Perspectives in Human Services 4
HMS 502 Interviewing and Assessment Skills in Human Services 4
HMS 511 Social Policy and Human Services 4
HMS 516 Ethics and Professional Development 4
Internship Requirement
MPH 581 Internship 1 4
or HMS 550 Internship
Elective Courses
MPH Electives 8
Select any MPH 500-level course 2
HMS Electives 12
Select three courses from one of the following concentrations:
Alcohol and Substance Abuse (blended curriculum)
Advanced Interviewing and Intervention
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse
Dual Diagnosis and Relapse Prevention
Child and Family Studies (blended curriculum)
Advanced Interviewing and Intervention
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Child Abuse And Neglect
Treating Children from Diverse Populations
Family Dynamics and Intervention
Gerontology (blended curriculum)
Psychology Of Aging
Perspectives on Aging
Social Services Administration
Sociology of Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Aging And The Human Services
Grant Writing in Human Services
Social Service Administration (online curriculum)
Organizational Behavior
Staff Development and Supervision
Social Services Administration
Introduction to Nonprofit Management
Grant Writing in Human Services
Organization Dynamics
Human Resource Management
Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Fund Raising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Closure Requirement
MPH Closure 3 0
HMS Closure
HMS 585 HMS Capstone 4
Total Hours 68

 Students in the joint MPH/HMS degree are required to complete 400 contact hours for the internship.


The eight hours of electives in MPH may be selected from any MPH 500-level course in consultation with an 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.