Dual Masters of Arts Degree Latin American Studies and Public Health

Miami is the gateway to Latin America. As such we recognize an urgent need for public health professionals with the training and expertise needed to meet the growing public health challenges both in Latin America and the Caribbean. This program is designed to train students for a career in public health with a focus on social policy, health management and health care in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as expatriate communities in the United States.

Average Program Duration: 2 years, 5 semesters

Number of required credits: 55 (+6 for non-native speakers)

The Curriculum

The total requirements for the MPH/MALAS program are 61 credits. These requirements include at least 30 MPH credits, 12 MA in LAS credits, 6 elective credits, 6 culminating/capstone credits and 6 language credits (for non-native speakers):

Language Requirements (6 credits)

Students must demonstrate advanced language competency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole. Students may establish proficiency by passing two courses taught in the target language at the 500-level or above, or by passing a language competency exam. A major indigenous language of Latin America may be substituted for either Spanish or Portuguese. Students may petition for a waiver of examination if they have gained language competency in another manner (i.e. native speaker, upper division coursework in target language, Peace Corps service, IB credits or Defense Language Proficiency Test).

MPH Core Courses (19 credits)

EPH 600

Introduction to Public Health


EPH 601

Medical Biostatistics I


EPH 620

Health Education and Behavior


EPH 621

Fundamentals of Epidemiology


EPH 631

Public Health Administration


EPH 641

Integrated Aspects of Environmental Health


MPH Electives (12 credits)

Select 4 from the following:


EPH 612

Global Health


EPH 614

Global Outbreak


EPH 639

Ecology and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases


EPH 640

Urban Environment and Public Health


EPH 644

Fundamentals of Program Evaluation


EPH 647

Community-based Participatory Research


EPH 650

Health Economics for Evaluation and Policy


EPH 671

Maternal and Child Health


EPH 651

Research Methods


LAS Core Courses (12 credits)

LAS 601

Interdisciplinary In Latin American And Caribbean


LAS 602

Research Design in Latin American Studies


Select two other LAS courses in consultation with the Academic Director.


Regional Fundamentals in Latin America Electives (6 credits)

Regional Fundamentals are those courses that have a clear regional or sub-regional focus (e.g. Andean Region; the Caribbean; South America; Central America; Southern Cone; Brazil; South Florida) rather than a specific country focus. For this joint degree, we will require that the six credits of electives in POL, LAS, INS, APY, GEG, or HIS be used to meet this requirement. The LASAcademic Director may approve courses from other departments.

Culminating Experience (6 credits)

EPH 680

Practical Field Experience


LAS 810

Pre-candidacy thesis credits




LAS 697

Readings for the Comprehensive Exam


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