MA in Anthropology/Master of Public Health

 Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the joint degree program, applicants must meet the admissions criteria of both programs and be admitted to each through separate applications. Consult the School of Public Health Catalog for information on the admission requirements of the MPH program. Joint degree students must take their MPH training in either Community Health Sciences (CHS) or Epidemiology.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 71–76.
  • Course Work
Required Courses
Anthropology and Global Heath Core (12 hours)
Foundations in Anthropology and Global Health I
Foundations in Anthropology and Global Health II
Anthropology and Global Health Integrative Seminar
Anthropology Core (18 hours) a
Social and Cultural Theory I
Social and Cultural Theory II
Theory and Method in Archaeology
Hominid, Phylogeny and Adaptations
Graduate Seminar in Anthropology
School of Public Health Core (20 hours)
Determinants of Population Health
Analytic and Research Methods in Public Health
Public Health Systems, Management and Community Health Methods
Applied Practice Experience
Integrative Learning Experience
6–8 hours chosen in consultation with graduate advisors

Students must complete ANTH 500, ANTH 501, ANTH 502, and ANTH 503 with grades of B or better and ANTH 595 with an S. Courses must be completed within the first two semesters of the program.

  • Students select one of two areas in Public Health:
  1. Community Health Sciences
  2. Epidemiology

 Community Health Sciences

Community Health Sciences Core (15 hours)
Community Health 1: Assessing, Promoting and Improving Community Health
Community Health 2: Evidence-Informed Community Health Interventions
Community Health 3: Professional Development for Public Health Practice
Select one of the following:
Public Health Policy and Advocacy
Critical Issues in Long Term Care Policy
MCH Policy and Advocacy


Epidemiology Core (18 hours)
Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
Epidemiologic Computing
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
Current Epidemiologic Literature
Biostatistics II

Other Requirements 

  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Field experience and capstone project required. No other options available.
  • Other Requirements Students in the joint program will have two advisors, one from the Department of Anthropology faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and one from the Community Health Sciences or Epidemiology program in the School of Public Health.