Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual-degree program prepares health policy professionals as policy analysts and public managers in the increasingly important area of health care. Dual-degree MPA/MPH students develop a firm foundation in policy analysis and public management offered by La Follette faculty and substantive knowledge in public health through a program in the School of Medicine and Public Health. The dual degree requires 61 credits, requiring core courses from the MPA and MPH, and elective credits. The dual-degree program generally takes two and a half to three years to complete. 

MPA-MPH 2 Year Degree Plan

MPA-MPH 2.5 Year Degree Plan

Admissions

The MPA-MPH dual-degree requires that students apply and be admitted to the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Master of Public Health Program separately. Students can apply to both programs at the same time prior to matriculating at UW-Madison, or they can apply to one program while enrolled in the other. To maximize time spent in both programs, it is recommended that matriculated students be admitted to both programs in their first year on campus.

La Follette Application Materials

To apply for the MPA program students submit the following materials to the Graduate School:

  • Three academic references
  • Statement of purpose
  • English language test scores if applicable
  • Application fee paid to the Graduate School
  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Professional résumé

Applications received by January 1 will be considered for graduate fellowships for the upcoming fall semester. March 15 is the deadline for all other applications.

MPH Application Materials

  • Unnoficial transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Public Health experience is highly recommended
  • Three academic references (see MPH application checklist for details)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL results
  • MPH application checklist

The deadline for application to the MPH program is February 1.

For more information about the MPH, please contact: 

Mindy Schreiner
Student Services Coordinator
Master of Public Health Program
740A WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726
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Degree Requirements

Students in the dual-degree program must satisfy 30 credits toward the MPA or MIPA degree. They will receive 19 credits from 6 core courses worth 3 credits each, in addition to a 1 credit professional development seminar for public affairs. The remaining credit requirements for the La Follette degree are met with elective courses and 11 credits that count toward the MPA/MIPA can count toward the MPH degree. A total of 42 credits is required for the Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum. In total, a student must complete 61 credits to earn both degrees. In general, students in the program are expected to complete the majority of core requirements by the end of their second year of studies. This permits coursework in the additional semester or third year to focus primarily on electives. 

MPA Course Prerequisites

Students must take the following introductory prerequisite courses by the time they begin the MPA program:

  • A microeconomics course
  • A statistics course
  • An American government course

MPH Course Prerequisites

  • One semester of college-level mathematics such as algebra (equivalent to UW-Madison, MATH 112) or statistics (STATS 201)
  • One semester of science from the areas of biology, chemistry, or physics

Dual Degree Public Health & Public Affairs Alumni

Highlighted below are a few La Follette School and Public Health dual-degree alumni:

For more information on the dual MPA/MPH, please contact:

Mo O'Connor
Student Services Coordinator
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608-262-3582
La Follette School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706