What will I learn?

The Master of Public Health/Master of Urban Planning (MPH/MUP) dual degree is designed for individuals who envision a career that combines urban planning and public health disciplines. This dual degree combines the knowledge of urban planning with an understanding of health from a population perspective. It will provide training for planning, evaluating and guiding healthy community and urban development, and will enable graduates who seek to be agents of change within the profession to assume leadership roles in planning and in public health at the local, state and national levels. The degree requires 32 MUP units and 34 MPH units for a total of 66 units required for the dual degree.

Urban Planning Requirements

PPD 522 Planning Theory and History for a Just Society Units: 4
PPD 523 Urban and International Development Units: 4
PPD 528 Physical Planning: Urban and Community Design Units: 2
PPD 529 Planning Law and Legal Frameworks of Planning Units: 2
PPD 531L Planning Studio Units: 4, 8, 12 (4 units required)
PPD 534 Data, Evidence, and Communication of the Public Good Units: 4
PPD 629 Capstone in Urban Planning Units: 4


There are six concentrations available in the Master of Urban Planning program. They are as follows: Arts and Culture, Design of the Built Environment, Environmental Planning and Analysis, Housing and Real Estate Development, Economic Development, and Mobility and Transportation Planning. Students must select a concentration gateway and methodology course (4 units each, 8 units total).

MPH Core Requirements

PM 502 Foundations of Public Health Units: 4
PM 503 Practice of Public Health Units: 4
PM 510L Principles of Biostatistics Units: 4
PM 512 Principles of Epidemiology Units: 4
PM 596 Practicum in Public Health Units: 1
PM 597 Capstone in Public Health Units: 1

MPH Concentration Core Requirements

Students may choose one of two concentrations in the MPH program: Community Health Promotion and Health Services and Policy. Students are required to complete the concentration core requirements (16 units) specific to their chosen concentration of study. Relevant courses taken in the Price School of Public Policy will be counted toward the MPH concentration elective requirement required by non-dual degree students.

Students will complete a total of 34 units specific to the MPH program.

MPH Practicum Requirement

For PM 596, students will complete an internship specific to meet the competencies of the students' chosen concentration. Dual degree students will enroll in this 1-unit course and complete a 150-hour placement. The other 150 hours would be waived because students will spend 200 hours during their planning internship, acquiring additional relevant practical experience. (Note: This is consistent with the established dual degree programs with medicine, pharmacy, social work and clinical psychology).

Units required to complete program: 66

Which department am I in?

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Study options

Full Time (The degree requires 32 MUP units and 34 MPH units for a total of 66 units required for the dual degree.)

Tuition fees
USD $57,256 /year for MPH/MUP
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree earned at an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to master's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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