MACS/MPH Combined Degree Program
Communication as it relates to public health is a rapidly growing field of practice, research, and education. The MACS/MPH combined degree program provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of how communication operates in everyday life, with a focus on culture, transformation and change, renewal and crisis, and experiential learning. Students develop communication skills that can be applied to public health problems in a variety of professional and organizational contexts. Graduates of this program are able to use the science of public health to research and identify public health issues and apply communication theory to develop effective public health communications for different audiences. This program prepares students with a multidisciplinary perspective for work in public health agencies, healthcare organizations (public and private), community-based organizations, health insurance and healthcare related industries.
The MACS/MPH degree program exists because of a partnership between the UALR Department of Speech Communication (UALR) and the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) and offers an accelerated, coordinated course of study. Several courses at each school satisfy requirements for both degree programs; as a result, the combined degree program saves a student time and money.
Completion of all MACS/MPH course requirements, including the two final projects (preceptorship and culminating experience), ensures that graduates have attained the MPH core competencies and the MACS/MPH competencies:
Application for admission to the MACS/MPH program must be made separately to the MACS program and the MPH program. Applicants must file a Declaration of Intent to Pursue Combined Degrees form – PDF (25 KB) with both colleges.
Biology Competency Requirement: Students are required to pass all 3 exams or successfully complete the courses prior to or within the first semester of coursework. Courses do NOT count toward the minimum 42 credit hours for the MPH degree. View more information on Public Health Biology Competency exam.
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Kristy Caldwell, MPH
Office of Student Services
4301 West Markham, Mail Slot #820
Little Rock, AR 72205