Accelerated Degree

BS/MPH – Public Health Policy & Administration


The accelerated MPH program allows high achieving undergraduate students in the Public Health major the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in public health in five years, rather than the usual six. The 5-year program consists of 3.5 years in undergraduate status and 1.5 years in graduate status. Graduates of the accelerated MPH in Public Health Policy and Administration track meet nationally-accredited core competencies covering knowledge and skills required of public health professionals plus have credits of specialized graduate training in public health.

These students curriculum with emphasize the social, political, and economic determinants of health, students in the PHPA track gain foundational understanding of social and policy theories, and their relevance to public health practice and policymaking in various contexts. At the Zilber School, students will learn a broad inter-sectoral view that includes a “Health in All Policies’ framework approach.

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The BSPH requires a minimum of 120 credits. The MPH Public Health Policy and Administration track requires 48 credits. Up to 30 graduate course credits may be double counted towards the BSPH.


General Education and Foundations Courses (at least 33 credits)

Public Health Major Required Courses (48 credits)
PH 101: Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
PH 142: Exploring Global Environmental Health (3 credits)
PH 201: Public Health from Cells to Society I (3 credits)
PH 202: Public Health from Cells to Society II (3 creditS)
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions or other statistics course approved by public health major advisor (3 credits)
HCA 307: Epidemiology for the Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 302: Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts (3 credits)
PH 303: Climate Change, the Environment & Human Health (3 credits)
PH 319: Introduction to Health Disparities (3 credits)
PH 327: Foundations for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 346: Environmental Health and Disease (3 credits)
PH 355: Public Health Research Methods I (3 credits)
PH 410: True Lies – Consuming & Communicating Quantitative Information (3 credits)
PH 427: Strategies for Action in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 428: Project Implementation & Evaluation for a Healthy Society (3 credits)
PH 455: Public Health Research Methods II (3 credits)
Elective credits – (up to 9 credit hours to reach 120 credits)


MPH Required Common Core Courses (24 credits)
PH 702: Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits)
PH 703: Environmental Health Sciences (3 credits)
PH 704: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PH 705: Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 706: Perspectives in Community and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
PH 708: Health Systems and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 790: Field Experience in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 791: Leadership in Public Health (1 credit)
PH 800: Capstone in Public Health (2 credits)

Required PHPA Track Courses (15 credits)
PH 776: Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PH 777: Quantitative Research Methods for PH Policy and Administration (3 credits) OR PH 759: Intro to Regression for Understanding SDOH (3 credits)
PH 779: Public Health Policymaking and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
PH 781: Public Health Administration (3 credits)
PH 785: Principles of Public Health Economics (3 credits)

Content Elective – choose one (3 credits minimum)
PH 700 Structures of Inequality and Population Health (3 credits)
PH 769: Critical Perspectives on Nutritional Epidemiology and the Food System (3 credits)
PH 774: Violence and Health
PH 784: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (3 credits)
PH 820: Maternal and Child Health Foundations, Policy and Practice (3 credits)
PH 859: Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities in the United States (3 credits)
Other classes as approved by MPH faculty advisor.

Methods and Practice Electives – Choose two (6 credits minimum)
PH 726: Community Assessment (3 credits)
PH 727: Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 728: Program Evaluation in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 729: Survey Research Methods in Public Health (3 credits)
PH 763: Epidemiology for Equity (3 credits)
ED POL 601: Foundations of Community-Based Organizations (3 credits)
ED POL 602: Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations (3 credits)
ED POL 711: Community Change and Engagement Strategies: (3 credits)
NONPROF 791: Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy (3 credits)
PUB ADM 630: Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector (3 credits)
URBPLAN 791: Intro to Urban GIS for Planning (3 credits)
BUSMGMT 766: Marketing for Non-profit Organizations (3 credits)


PHPA graduates can work for state and local health departments, nonprofits, policy think tanks, advocacy organizations, or with elected officials to analyze, develop, and implement health-related policies at the city, state, or national level, among other opportunities.

Job placements for recent PHPA graduates include:
Wisconsin Population Health Fellowship (Wood County Health Department)
National Cancer Institute Health Communications Internship
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin
Health research consulting firms
Other non-profit organizations


profile photoKurt Svoboda, PhDAssociate Professor, Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health414-382-1707svobodak@uwm.eduSchool of Freshwater Sciences, GLRF Main 111


Research expertise of individual PHPA faculty include:
D. Phuong (Phoenix) Do, PhD: Socioeconomic health policies; racial/ethnic segregation and neighborhood effects; racial/ethnic health disparities; quantitative methodologies

Mustafa Hussein, PhD: Public policy effects on health inequalities; comparative political economy of health care systems; econometric and epidemiologic methods; contextual and psychosocial mechanisms of health inequalities

Linnea Laestadius, PhD, MPP: Public health and technology; social media communication; commercial determinants of health; tobacco regulatory science; qualitative methods

Yang Wang, PhD: Health Care Utilization and Quality; Immigrant Health; E-Cigarette Use

More information on PHPA faculty research, including descriptions of specific projects can be found on our PHPA Research page.

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