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. The MPH/LAS joint degree 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: 2.5 years, (5 semesters)

Number of required credits: 60

M.P.H. Admission Requirements

·       Application - Applicants must submit their application online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). All application materials, including transcripts, test scores, statement of purpose/personal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendations, must be submitted directly through SOPHAS.  Applicants to the MPH/MLAS joint degree must apply to both, the Department of Public Health Sciences MPH program and the College of Arts and Sciences Master of Arts in Latin America Studies program separately. Joint degree applicants should check with each program regarding admissions requirements.

·       Transcripts – Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. All foreign transcripts must be official and submitted in the original language. If the original language is not English, an official translation must be submitted along with the transcript. All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using ICAP course-by-course evaluation service.

·       Standardized Test Scores - The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for the MPH program.

·       English Proficiency Exam - International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If English is not a student’s native language, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if the applicant holds an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-teaching academic institution within the United States or from an English-speaking country.

·       Resume/Curriculum Vitae – Applicants must include a detailed resume including employment, public health experiences, community service, research, and academic or professional honors. Prior public health experience is not required in order to be considered for admission

·       Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement – Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose that details their academic interest in the program. The statement should discuss any experiences in public health including field experience, research, training, education or other related qualifications. Applicants should discuss how earning the degree will contribute to their future professional and career goals, as well as to the future of public health. Applicants should also address any academic deficiencies, if applicable.

·       Letters of Recommendation– Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation from individuals who are best able to assess their ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field. Letters should be signed and on letterhead. Applicants will be asked to include the contact information of their recommenders on the SOPHAS application and recommenders will be sent an online form to complete via email.

For more information about our application process, please click here. To obtain detailed curricula on all our program offerings, please visit our website.

For further information, please contact:

Andria L. Williams, MBA
Director of Admissions
Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
1120 N.W. 14 Street, Room 905 (R-669)
Miami, Florida 33136
Tel: 305-243-0291

Curriculum Requirements 

MA in Latin American Studies
Core LAS courses
LAS 601Politics, Societies, and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean3
LAS 602Research Design in Latin American Studies3
Select 2 other LAS courses in consultation with the Academic Director6
Language Requirements 16
Regional Fundamentals in Latin America Electives 26
LAS Culminating Experience
LAS 697Readings for the Comprehensive Exam3
or LAS 810 Pre-candidacy thesis credits
Master of Public Health
Core Courses
EPH 600Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health3
EPH 601Medical Biostatistics I4
EPH 617Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3
or EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior
EPH 621Fundamentals of Epidemiology3
EPH 631Public Health Administration3
or EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems
EPH 641Environmental Health3
Generalist Concentration
EPH 607Interdisciplinary Health Communication3
EPH 602Biostatistics II3
or BST 625 Survey of Statistical Computing
EPH 644Fundamentals of Program Evaluation3
or EPH 656 Qualitative Research Methods
or EPH 647 Community Based Participatory Research and Social Network Analysis
Required Public Health Electives2
EPH-600, 700 level courses not already listed
BST-600, 700 level coures
Joint Culminating Experience
Students complete EPH 680 in fulfillment of both degrees.
EPH 680Practical Field Experience3
Total Credit Hours60

1 Students must demonstrate advanced language competency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole. Students may establish proficiency by passing one course taught in the target language at the 600-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).  Please note: The language waiver does not reduce the total number of credits required for the program, but it does allow the students to take 6 elective credits in lieu of 6 language credits.

2 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, among others. 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), or a cross-cutting thematic focus (e.g. Caribbean religions, Latin American Social Movements) rather than a specific country focus. The LAS Academic Director may approve courses from other departments.

Sample Plan of Study

The MPH/LAS joint degree 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

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
LAS 601 Politics, Societies, and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean 3
EPH 600 Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health 3
EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 3
Regional Fundamentals in Latin America 3
 Credit Hours12
LAS 602 Research Design in Latin American Studies 3
EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems 3
EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I 4
LAS Language Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Year Two
EPH 607 Interdisciplinary Health Communication 3
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
EPH 641 Environmental Health 3
Regional Latin America course 3
 Credit Hours12
EPH 602 Biostatistics II 3
EPH 644, 644,
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
or Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
or Qualitative Research Methods
EPH 680 Practical Field Experience 3
Regional Fundamentals in LA 3
 Credit Hours12
Year Three
LAS 697 or 810 Readings for the Comprehensive Exam
or Pre-candidacy thesis credits
Electives in LAS 6
Electives in Public Health 2
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours60