Public Administration/Public Health (MPA/MPH) Joint Degree

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 74 credit hours, compared to a total of 84 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.  Students must submit a graduation application for each degree by the applicable deadline and will earn two separate degrees. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Learning outcomes are important components for all academic programs at the University of Illinois Springfield and are required by the Higher Learning Commission. Questions related to the learning outcomes for this program should be addressed to the applicable department/school.


PAD Degree 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
MPH 501Introduction to Public Health4
MPH 503Biostatistics4
MPH 506Research Methods in Public Health4
MPH 511Epidemiology4
MPH 521Introduction to Environmental Health4
MPH 531Public Health Policy4
MPH 561Public Health Education4
MPH 581Internship 24
Concentration Courses
Social Determinants of Health (Required)4
Social Determinants of Health
Advanced Epidemiology (Select one course from the following)4
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Analytical Epidemiology
Advanced Public Health Policy (Select one course from the following)4
Program Evaluation for Public Health
Health Economics
Introduction to Health Services and Administration
Closure Exercise
MPH Comprehensive Examination 3
Total Hours44