(MSPAS/MPH) Coordinated Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies / Master of Public Health Program 2016-17

Catalog 2016 - 2017

Program Description

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 Related 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 dual 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.


Program Requirements

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 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.


Program Admission Process

Students are admitted separately to the MPH and MSPAS programs. Upon acceptance to the MSPAS program, dual degree students will be accepted automatically to the MPH degree program.

In addition to meeting the stated requirements for each degree separately, to qualify for admission, students must also have completed a bachelor degree and all MSPAS prerequisites before December 30 in order to start the dual degree program in the following spring term.


Application Process

Students must apply separately to each program. To apply for the MSPAS, please click here for step-by-step instructions.  

To apply for the dual MPH, please apply through the Graduate School’s Apply Yourself online application. Select “MPH dual program” and then the MPH/MSPAS track.

Special instructions:

  • Test score field is required, so enter "GRE or MCAT" and a date to advance in the application.
  • The reference letter field is also required, so enter three names from the CASPA application and select ‘no’ when asked if they will be electronic submission.


Curriculum Planning

Click here for Coordinated Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPH/MSPAS) Curriculum Planning Sheet


Contact Information

For additional information concerning the coordinated MSPAS/MPH program contact the School of Public Health at soph@uab.edu or Kelley Swatzell in the School of Health Professions at ksw@uab.edu.