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: 54 (+6 for non-native speakers)

Curriculum Requirements

EPH 600Introduction to Public Health3
EPH 601Medical Biostatistics I3
EPH 620Health Education and Behavior3
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
EPH 631Public Health Administration3
EPH 641Aspects of Environmental Health3
Language Requirement 16
Select four of the following:12
Global Health
Global Outbreak
Ecology and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases
Urban Environment and Public Health
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
Community-based Participatory Research
Health Economics for Evaluation and Policy
Research Methods
Maternal and Child Health
LAS 601Interdisciplinary In Latin American And Caribbean3
LAS 602Research Design in Latin American Studies3
Select two additional LAS courses in consultation with the Academic Director.6
Regional Fundamentals in Latin America Electives 26
Select one of the following:6
Practical Field Experience
and Pre-candidacy thesis credits
Readings for the Comprehensive Exam
Total Credit Hours60

 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).


Six credits worth of Regional Fundamentals in Latin America must be taken. These electives may be chosen from appropriate offerings in LAS, INS, POL, HIS,APY, or GEG. 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.