Coordinated M.S. Civil Engineering/Master of Public Health

The coordinated Public Health and 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 prepares students for a broad range of careers in urban planning, urban sustainability, healthy and livable city design, the management of air, water, and land resources, and creating healthy communities.

Students in this coordinated program earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Population Health. Students gain a solid foundation in public health through completion of the MPH core (based on the Evidence-based Public Health framework), an Applied Practice Experience (Internship), and an Integrative Learning Experience (Capstone). Students also complete environmental health sciences courses focusing on urban health issues including air and water pollution, occupational safety, and assessing and managing environmental risks. In addition, students earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) with a specialization in environmental engineering focusing on green building and water supply design, drainage and stormwater runoff design, and energy resources.


A total of 60-62 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated MSCE/MPH. Normally, 42-44 credit hours are required for the MPH and 33 credit hours for the MSCE; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree 12 credit hours from the MSCE
curriculum are credited to the MPH and 3 credit hours from the MPH are credited to the MSCE. This allows students to earn both degrees in reduced time and at reduced cost. 

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.

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: (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 HPO 689 HPO Integrative Learning Experience
Total Unique SOPH Hours (at least 30 hours are required)30
MPH Shared Hours from MSCE Curriculum: (12 hours)
CE 580Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment3
CE 585Engineering Hydrology3
CE 530Water Supply/Drainage Design3
CE 608Green Building Design3
Total Hours Earned for MPH Degree42
Total Hours Completed for MPH/MSCE Degree60-62