Coordinated Doctor of Optometry/Master of Public Health Program

Coordinated Master of Public Health and Doctor of Optometry (MPH/OD) Program

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Optometry 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 a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.


Students must complete the MPH Core plus 6 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required OD curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the OD 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 (21 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
Public Health Electives:6
Credit from OD Curriculum (12 hours):
OPT 223Clinical Ophthalmic Optics1
OPT 324Business Aspects of Optometry2
CLN 222Community Eye Care II2
CLN 233Community Eye Care II2
Total Hours: 42