Coordinated Ph.D. Civil Engineering/Master of Public Health

The coordinated Public Health/Civil Engineering degree program is offered through the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) and the UAB School of Engineering (SOE). Earning these two advanced degrees provides students with a foundation for positions in research, government, as well as private industry.

Curriculum

For students entering with an MSCE degree, a total of 81-83 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated PhD/MPH. Normally, 42-44 credit hours are required for the MPH; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree 12 credit hours from the PhD curriculum are credited to the MPH. This allows students to earn both degrees in reduced time and at reduced cost. The PhD program 27 credit hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree, plus a minimum of 24 credit hours of dissertation research.

For students entering without an MSCE degree, a total of 90-92 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated PhD/MPH.  Twelve credit hours from the MPH degree are used to meet PhD program requirements. The PhD program requires 48 credit hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree, plus a minimum of 24 credit hours of dissertation research.

Students may complete the MPH portion of this coordinated degree program totally online, in-class or through a mix of online and in-class experiences. Online students pay less than the out-of-state tuition rate for the MPH portion of this coordinated degree.

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements: 14 hours
PUH 601This is Public Health1
PUH 602Community Assessment3
PUH 603Quantitative Methods in Public Health3
PUH 604Programs and Policies3
PUH 605Public Health Management and Evaluation3
PUH 606Leadership for Evidence-Based Public Health1
MPH Degree Requirement: (1 hour)
ENH 690Environmental Health Perspectives1
Population Health Degree Requirement: (3 hours)
PUH 610Population Health3
Recommended Environmental Health Sciences Courses: (at least 7 hours required)7
Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science
Assessing & Managing Environmental Risks
Fundamentals of Air and Water Pollution
Applied Practice Experience: (3 hours)
PUH 688Public Health Internship3
Integrative Learning Experience: (2 hours)
HB 689Health Behavior Integrative Learning Experience2
or ENH 689 Environmental Health Sciences Integrative Learning Experience
or EPI 689 Epidemiology Integrative Learning Experience
or HB 689 Health Behavior Integrative Learning Experience
or HPO 689 HPO Integrative Learning Experience
Total SOPH Hours: (at least 30 hours are required)30
Shared Hours from PhD in Civil Engineering Curriculum: (12 hours)
CE 580Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment3
CE 530Water Supply/Drainage Design3
CE 608Green Building Design3
CE 685Engineering Hydrology3
Total Hours Earned for MPH Degree42
Total Hours Completed for PhD in Civil Engineering/MPH Degree90