Master of Public Administration/Master of Public Health (MPA/MPH) Joint Degree

The MPA/MPH program is designed for students who seek advanced training in health policy analysis and program evaluation, as well as public health administration. Health issues are an area of priority within the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Students pursuing the MPA/MPH joint degree will acquire the skills needed to work in all three sectors. These skills include health policy analysis and program evaluation, government contracting with health agencies and nonprofits, aspects of managing health organizations and law and ethics of health fields. Students will also be educated in the political and institutional processes of making public health policy.

The MPA/MPH joint degree program is a joint effort between the College of Social and Behavioral Science and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Division of Public Health; this joint degree gives students the option of earning an MPA degree in addition to a Master of Public Health, two master’s degrees with approximately 63 credit hours. On average the joint degree will take students three years of full-time coursework; part-time students take an average of four years to complete the joint degree.


The MPA/MPH joint degree was approved by the Board of Regents in Spring 2009.

The MPH program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1978. The MPA program has been continuously accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Program comparison for Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy at the University of Utah

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MPH Program

Kelsey Townsend
Academic Advisor
Phone: 801-587-7896
Email: kelsey.townsend@utah.edu

MPA Program

Erin Moore
MPA Program Manager
Phone: 801-585-7985
Email: erin.moore@mpa.utah.edu

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