Coordinated Master of Science in Health Administration/Master of Public Health Program

Coordinated Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Health Administration (MPH/MSHA) Program

The coordinated Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Public Health degree program is offered through the UAB School of Health Professions and the UAB School of Public Health. Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy or may select a combination of courses from different areas (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

The coordinated MSHA/MPH program results in two advanced degrees providing students with management and leadership skills necessary for a broad range of administrative positions in health services organizations. The addition of an MPH to the MSHA degree provides students with a fuller and richer perspective of population and global health issues including the epidemiology of disease, health behavior, the impact of environmental and occupational factors on patient health, disease progression, management of disease states, drug and insurance policy issues, patient access to health care, as well as social, legal and ethical issues. In addition the MPH degree broadens career opportunities, providing a foundation for positions in research, government, and international health as well as private industry.


A total of 92 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated MSPH/MPH. Courses typically include the Public Health Core plus 6 hours of Public Health focus course as well as the required HA courses. Normally, 42 credit hours are required for the MPH and 71 credit hours for the MSHA; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degrees, 12 credit hours from the HA curriculum are credited to the MPH and 9 hours from the MPH curriculum are credited to the MSHA. Students may complete the MPH program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. 

MPH Core Requirement: (24 hours)
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship3
MPH Elective Courses - From Any PUH Department: Minimum 6 hours
SOPH Coursework Total:30
Shared Hours with MSHA Program: (12 hours)
HA 605Health Policy and Politics in the U.S.3
HA 645Health Economics3
HA 612Essentials of Health and Human Disease3
HA 613Health Law3
Shared Hours/MPH Total:42