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Dual Master of Arts in African Studies/Master of Public Health Indiana University Bloomington



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The College of Arts and Sciences’ African Studies Program and the School of Public Health (SPH) jointly offer a three-year program that qualifies students for a dual master’s degree (M.A./M.P.H). The program is a response to the growing need for public health personnel with Africa-specific knowledge and research experience in the humanities and social sciences. The dual M.A./M.P.H program requires completion of a minimum of 63 credit hours of graduate course work and the two degrees must be awarded simultaneously. Students will be assigned a mentor or an advisor from each unit. The student’s thesis committee must include a representative from each academic unit who will serve as Co-Chairs of the thesis project.

Degree Requirements (63 Credits)

Public Health Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • SPH-B 589 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health (3cr.)
  • SPH-E 651 Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-P 510 Organization and Administration of Public Health Programs (3 cr.)
  • SPH-Q 501 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-V 541 Environmental Health (3 cr.)

African Studies Core Courses (12-15 Credits)*

  • AFRI-A 731 African Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar (3-6 cr.)
  • AFRI-A 650 Interdisciplinary Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • AFRI-A 651 Independent Research/Directed Readings (3-6 cr.)

Public Health Required Courses (22 Credits)

  • SPH-B 501 Assessment & Planning in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 529 Health and Disease Disparities in Diverse Communities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 602 Intervention Design in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 696 M.P.H. Field Experience in Behavioral, Social, and Community Health (1-7 cr.) (prerequisite: GPA of at least 3.0)
  • SPH-B 698 M.P.H. Culminating Experience in Behavioral, Social, and Community Health (1-2 cr.)
  • SPH-H 562 Health Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
  • SPH-X 505 Foundations of Public Health (3 cr.)

Electives to complete a minimum total of 26 credits in African Studies*


  • African Studies Electives (9-12 Credits)
  • SPH Electives with Africa Focus (3-6 Credits) Or

African Studies Electives (12-15 Credits Minimum)

African Studies elective courses are to be selected from the range of cross-listed African Studies offerings in the College of Arts and Sciences and several professional schools, with the approval of the student’s major advisor. AFRI A-731 may be taken for up to six credits because the topic for the African Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar changes every year and is offered by different faculty members on a rotating basis. A student may take it for fewer than three credits after having it once for three credits. SPH elective courses may include any elective within the School of Public Health that complements an area of topical or methodological focus.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Dual Master of Arts in African Studies/Master of Public Health.

Full Time (Minimum of 60 credit hours)

Tuition fees

For MA: USD $26,723/year; For MPH: USD $24,898/year


13 Jan, 24 Aug


School of Public Health-Bloomington

1025 E. 7th Street, Suite 111,



47405, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants whose native language is not English should submit proof of such proficiency by the time they apply for admission. Normally this is done by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results of this test should be submitted as part of the application for admission.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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