Coordinated Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies / Master of Public Health Program

Coordinated Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program

The coordinated Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health (MSPAS/MPH) degree program, offered through the UAB School of Health Professions and UAB School of Public Health, provides students with important skills for dealing with population health issues. 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 a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

The coordinated graduate degree program provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and a public health practice experience with rural primary care clinical community partners. This innovative program enhances physician assistant education with integrated training in public health and primary care and thereby provides students with the information and skills needed to monitor and assess community health, develop and analyze programs and policies, coordinate and integrate care, and utilize appropriate population health measures in quality improvement strategies. 


Students must complete the MPH Core plus 7 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required MSPAS curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the MSPAS curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours. Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

MPH Core Requirements: (23 hours)
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
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 Department: (7 hours)
SOPH Electives:3
SOPH Electives:3
SOPH Electives:1
SOPH Coursework Credit:30
Credits from PA Curriculum: (12 hours)
PA 617Applied Behavioral Medicine3
PA 618Risk Management1
PA 619Fundamentals of Clinical Research3
PA 620Analysis of Professional Literature2
HCM 530Health Care Delivery and Reimbursement3
Total Credit Hours:42