Coordinated Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy

Coordinated Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Concentration in Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership

The coordinated MPH/MSN degree is designed to address the dynamic health care needs of women and children. This program prepares nurse practitioners to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative maternal and child health (MCH) programs and policies. This dual degree builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks. In this educational experience, advanced clinical skill is combined with expertise in program planning and evaluation.

Admissions: Students are admitted separately to the MPH and MSN degree programs and must meet admission requirements in both the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing at UAB.


Students in this track must complete 44 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, track requirements, electives and internship. The coordinated MPH/MSN degree can be completed in 2-3 years of full-time study. Normally, a minimum of 44 credit hours are required for the MPH; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree, 9 credit hours from the MSN curriculum are credited to the MPH degree. Students may complete the MPH totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

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 Focus Courses (15 hours):
HCO 604Health Economics and Public Health Policy3
HCO 605Foundations of Maternal and Child Health: Programs and Policies for Women, Children, and Families 3
HCO 609Public Health Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation3
HCO 618Management Concepts in Public Health Programs3
HCO 625Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership1
HCO 626Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy1
HCO 627ADV Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Experience1
Applied Practice Experience: (3 hours)
HCO 697Internship3
Integrative Learning Experience: (3 hours)
PUH 695Environment and Health: The MPH Capstone3
Total SOPH Hours:35
Electives shared with the School of Nursing (9 hours):
NUR 606Translating Evidence into Practice3
NUR 610Health Care Systems for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Nursing Course3
Total MPH Hours: 44