Public Health, MPH & Social Work, PhD

for the joint programs of Masters of Public Health in Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work

school office: 1010 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL 61801

director of graduate studies: Associate Dean Min Zahn


phone: (217) 244-5246

school website:

school faculty: School of Social Work Faculty

overview of school admissions & requirements: School of Social Work

The MPH can be earned jointly with the PhD in Social Work. In the joint program up to 12 hours of coursework may be applied to both degrees, and the degrees are conferred simultaneously at the completion of the program.

CHLH 410Public Health Practice4
CHLH 469Environmental Health4
CHLH 540Health Behavior: Theory4
CHLH 550Health Policy: United States4
CHLH 572Principles of Epidemiology4
CHLH 573Biostatistics in Public Health4
CHLH 575Chronic Disease Prevention4
CHLH 577Health Program Evaluation4
CHLH 594Special Topics (Cultural Competence and Health Promotion)4
CHLH 587MPH Applied Practice Experience4
CHLH 589MPH Integrative Learning Experience2
Area of concentration coursework from approved list, min 3 (may be met by PhD core courses)
Electives and seminars, min 3 (may be met by PhD core courses)
SOCW 579Social Work Practice Theories4
SOCW 585National Social Welfare Policy4
SOCW 593Applied Qualitative Research4
SOCW 595Quantitative Research Designs4
SOCW 575Social Work Teaching Seminar4
SOCW 594Individual Research (2 semesters of enrollment)8
PhD Focus Area (outside of Social Work-may be met by MPH core courses)12
3 courses in statistics and research methodology, outside of Social Work (may be met by MPH core courses)12
SOCW 599Dissertation Research (min applied toward degree)12
Total Hours100

Other Requirements1

Masters Degree Required for Admission? No
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0