Master in Public Health, M.P.H./Urban Planning, MURP
The Environmental Health Sciences Department in the School of Public Health and the Department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs offer a concurrent plan of study providing an integrated curriculum for students interested in interdisciplinary training on the public health consequences of urban planning. Students in this program study how public health intersects with urban design and land use patterns, location choices and activity participation, economic factors, equity and social justice, governance and institutional management and planning for sustainability.
Concurrent students pursue studies in both schools/departments and earn both a MPH in Public Health with an emphasis in Environmental Health Sciences and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) following three years of full time study.
The concurrent degree program requires completion of 110 units (as opposed to 128 units if the two degree programs were completed sequentially). Students are required to complete 86 units of required courses, 20 units of Urban Planning Stream electives and 4 units of Environmental Health Sciences/Public Health Electives. Concurrent degree program students are required to separately satisfy the capstone requirements for each program (i.e. the comprehensive examination option in Public Health and the comprehensive examination or thesis options in Urban Planning).
Concurrent degree program students must apply and be admitted to both the MPH program in Public Health and the Masters program in UP. Students who are already enrolled in either program may apply for admission to the concurrent degree program during the first year of residence.
Further details regarding coursework and program structure may be obtained from the admissions officer or graduate adviser in either the Department of Environmental Health Sciences or the Department of Urban Planning.