MPA / MPH Degree

Joint MPA / MPH Degree Program

Under the MPA/MPH joint degree program, a student may complete two separate degrees, the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Public Health, in a shorter period of time than would be required if the degrees were taken consecutively. For admission requirements, see the MPA Program Admissions page.

The MPA/MPH joint degree program requires satisfactory completion of 42 semester credits. 

Students in the MPA/MPH track must complete 6 core courses (18 credits) from the MPH program:

  • PUBH 510 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • PUBH 520 Fundamentals of Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • PUBH 540 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credits)
  • PUBH 560 Environmental and Rural Health (3 credits)
  • Capstone 1 - PUBH 594 Integrative Learning Experience (3 credits)
  • Capstone 2 - PUBH 595 Applied Practice Experience (3 credits)

Students must also complete 6 core courses from the MPA program (18 credits):

  • PUAD 522 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • PUAD 504 Organization Theory (3 credits)
  • PUAD 505 Budgeting and Finance (3 credits)
  • PUAD 503 Policy Analysis (3 credits)
  • PUAD 501 Public Administration (3 credits)
  • Research Methods: PUAD 506 Applied Research Methods (3 credits)

An additional 2 classes of electives (6 credits) may be taken from either program: 

  • Ethics: PUAD 561 Ethics and Public Administration or PUBH 570 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3 credits)
  • 3 credit class from either program, approved by program advisors 

In a student's final semester, they send the MPA Director their portfolio and sign up for an exit interview. 

Total Required MPH credits: 18
Total Required MPA credits: 18
Elective credits taken from either program: 6
Total MPA/MPH credits: 42


For further information and application materials regarding the MPA program, contact:

Dr. Sara Rinfret
Department of Public Administration and Policy
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4702