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Joint Degree in Human Services

The UIS Departments of Public Health and Human Services have an articulation agreement that allows interested students to obtain a joint Master’s degree in Public Health and Human Services (MPH/HMS).
Note: Not all coursework for the HMS portion of this degree is available online. Please consult with the HMS program for specific information.

Admission to the MPH/HMS*

Students must apply to both programs to be eligible for the joint degree. All prerequisites of each program apply. Students who have been officially admitted into either program should discuss this option with their advisor.

Listed below are the specific courses required for the joint MPH/HMS degree. Students can complete the internship requirement for both programs with the same four credit hour course. All courses are 4 credit hours (C.H.) unless otherwise noted.

MPH/HMS Joint Degree Course Requirements

MPH Courses

HMS Courses

MPH Core (28)

HMS Core (16)

MPH 503     Biostatistics for the Health Professional    HMS 501     Critical Perspectives in Human Services    
MPH 506     Community Health Research     HMS 502    Interviewing and Assessing Skills    
MPH 511    Foundations of Epidemiology    HMS 511    Social Policy and Human Services   
MPH 521    Environmental and Occupational Health    HMS 516    Ethics and Professional Development    
MPH 531    Public Health Policy and Administration    

HMS Electives (12)

Chosen from one of four concentrations :

  1. Alcohol and Substance Abuse-blended curriculum
  2. Child and Family Studies-blended curriculum
  3. Gerontology-blended curriculum
  4. Social Service Administration-online curriculum
MPH 561    Community Health Education   
MPH 581   

Internship- (200 Contact Hours) Students may select either HMS 550 or MPH 581 to meet the MPH internship requirement.

MPH Electives (8)

NOTE: MPH 449-Environmental Toxicology and MPH 527- Environmental Risk Assessment comprise eight of the elective hours for EH concentration majors.

Closure Exercise (No C.H.)

Closure Exercise (4)

Students may select either HMS 550 or MPH 581 to meet the MPH internship requirement. (4 C.H.)

Comprehensive examination.     HMS579    Advanced Research Project    
Total MPH credit hours: 32     Total HMS Credit Hours: 32    
Total Internship Hours 4

Total joint degree credit hours: 68 (32 MPH, 32 HMS, 4 Internship)

* Students who were admitted before fall 2011 should consult the catalog requirements in place at the time of admission. Students who wish to update to the 2011-2012 catalog requirements must consult with their advisor.

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