Students may wish to go into work to promote health through the improvement of the places where people live in a wide range of ways. For example, to name just a few of the ways that public health and urban planning intersect, students may be interested in the provision of safer shelter, in community-based initiatives for water supply and waste disposal systems, in reducing sprawl development and the traffic congestion that accompanies it, in planning for parks and recreation that offer more fitness opportunities, in implementing truck routing around low-income neighborhoods to reduce air pollution and increase pedestrian safety. Students may want to work for a nonprofit in a big city, for a planning department or a public health department, for a regional rural services agency, or for an NGO or a community-based initiative in a developing country.
Course of Study
Students admitted to the combined program are required to complete the first year courses in one school during the first year and to complete the first year courses at the other school in the second year. Students may begin at either school. During the third year of the program, students are permitted to elect courses in either school and are generally not restricted in their choices beyond fulfilling the required course work.
The M.U.P./M.P.H. is a 90-credit-hour program for students without relevant health education experience or advanced degrees. Students take 60 credits for the M.P.H. and 48 credits for the M.U.P. Eighteen of these credits may be counted in both programs. Students take at least 30 credits in the Urban and Regional Planning Program. Students normally complete the dual degree in three years of full-time study.
Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application. Each school will apply its own deferred admission standards to students who elect to take the first year at the other school. Students enrolled in either program can apply to the other during the first year of study, but not later.