Master of Arts in the Field of International Affairs and Master of Public Health

SPH Program Coordinator E. Uretsky

The Elliott School of International Affairs and Milken Institute School of Public Health collaborate in offering a dual degree program leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Master of Arts (MA) for the following academic programs:

MA/MPH Area of Combined Study

  • Milken Institute School of Public Health 
    Master of Public Health 
    • Global Health Communication
    • Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Global Health Policy
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
    Master of Arts (any program)

The dual degree requires a total of 67 credits. Students electing Global Health as their Elliott School M.A. major field can use the 12 major field credits (taken in the Department of Global Health) to fulfill both the M.A. and MPH requirements. Six additional credits of coursework in the Elliott School may also be applied toward the MPH as electives. 

Students applying to the MA/MPH program must submit application materials to both the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Milken Institute School of Public Health and be accepted by both schools. A full-time student (taking an average of 10 credits per semester) may be able to complete both degrees within three years by attending summer sessions. Students accepted into the dual degree program may complete each degree separately.

Visit the program website for additional information.


The requirements for each program are found in the program information on the Milken Institute SPH website and Elliot School of International Affairs website.

Dual Degree Rules and Regulations

Students in the dual degree program must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. Students are expected to work with program directors or advisors in each School to insure that all requirements are completed. Approval by program directors or advisors in both Schools is required for any overlap courses designated as meeting the requirements of both degree programs.


Students completing the requirements of one degree program may apply to graduate with that degree prior to completing the second degree. Students may also formally request withdrawal from either program at any time to pursue a single degree in the other program.  All work on each degree must be completed within five years from the student’s entry into that degree program.