MPH/MPA Joint Degree

Joint Degree Option - MPH/MPA

The MPH Department and the UIS Public Administration Department 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 501Introduction to the Profession3
PAD 502Organization Dynamics3
PAD 504Budget And Finance3
PAD 505Human Resource Management3
PAD 506Public Policy for Managers3
PAD 507Information for Decision Making3
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 16
Closure Exercise
PAD 571Capstone Seminar3
Total Hours30

MPH Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
MPH 503Biostatistics for the Health Professional4
MPH 506Community Health Research4
MPH 511Foundations Of Epidemiology4
MPH 521Environmental and Occupational Health4
MPH 531Public Health Policy and Administration4
MPH 561Community Health Education4
MPH 581Internship4
Select eight hours of electives in MPH 28
Closure Exercise
MPH Comprehensive Examination 30
Total Hours36

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


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.