Dual M.A. LAS/Public Health

Earn a Master of Public Health and a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies at the same time. This is an ideal option for any student wishing to go into the public health field, but with a focus on Latin America.

Overall Requirements

This dual degree program offers you the opportunity for interdisciplinary study by allowing you to customize your dual degree by selecting any one of eight MPH concentration areas and by taking electives addressing issues relevant to Latin American populations.

The minimum number of required units varies based on the MPH concentration. A minimum of 50% of credit hours must be unique to each degree and cannot be used for dual credit. 

Latin American Studies Requirements (36 units)

  • LAS 500: Introduction to Latin American Studies (3 units)
  • LAS 550: Research Methods (required for students completing thesis), or an Interdisciplinary Seminar Course approved by LAS advisor (3 units)
  • Courses from primary discipline or thematic area (identified by student with LAS advisor approval) for a total of 15 units.
  • International public health courses with assignments focusing on Latin America or U.S.-Mexico border (9 units)
  • Thesis or Public Health/LAS Internship (6 units). To be completed through:  
    • 6 unit thesis, or
    • 3-6 units Public Health/LAS Master’s Report “Internship” and/or approved elective course work
  • Language requirement met by Spanish 330 and Portuguese 305 or Spanish 251 and Portuguese 325 or equivalency exam

Master in Public Health Requirements (42-47 units)

Core Courses (15 units)

  • CPH 573A: Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • CPH 574: Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • CPH 575: Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • CPH 576A: Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • CPH 577: Sociocultural and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop (required; non-credit)


  • CPH 909: Master’s Report “Internship” (3-6 units)*

Required Concentration Courses (12 - 27 units)*

The list of required courses can be found in this catalog listed under each of the MPH disciplines. These requirements may change from year to year and are specific to the year of acceptance into the MPH program.

Electives (6-12 units)*

Electives must be approved by your faculty mentor

*The number of units and prerequisite courses varies based on the MPH concentration.  A minimum of 50% of credit hours must be unique to each degree and cannot be used for dual credit.

Contact Us

With further questions, contact Colin Deeds (LAS Director of Graduate Studies) colind@email.arizona.edu or Health Recruitment and Admissions coordinator: coph-admit@email.arizona.edu