M.P.H/MALAS Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

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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.

For more information, please visit the University of Miami’s MALAS  site.

  • Average program duration: 2 years, 5 semesters
  • Total required credits: 54 credits or 60 credits (for non-native speakers)

MPH Curriculum

The total credit hours for the MPH portion of the MPH/MALAS joint degree are 33 credits. The credits must be completed to meet the core, electives, and capstone requirements.

The curriculum requirements for the MPH degree will change, effective Spring 2019, to include additional required courses and a decrease in elective credits. Students entering the MPH program January 2019 and beyond will complete the revised curriculum requirements.

  • MPH Core Courses (19 credits)
    EPH 600 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)
    EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics 1 (4 credits)
    EPH 617 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (3 credits) or EPH 620 Health Education and Behavior (3 credits)
    EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    EPH 631 Public Health Administration (3 credits) or EPH 632 U.S. Health Systems (3 credits)
    EPH 641 Aspects of Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH Electives (12 credits)
    Choose four courses from the following:
    EPH 612 Global Health
    EPH 614 Global Outbreak
    EPH 639 Ecology and Control of Vector-Borne Disease
    EPH 640 Urban Environment and Public Health
    EPH 644 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
    EPH 647 Community-based Participatory Research 
    EPH 650 Health Economics & Policy Evaluation
    EPH 671 Maternal and Child Health
    EPH 651 Research Methods

LAS Curriculum

The total credit hours for the LAS portion of the MPH/MALAS joint degree are 27 credits. The credits must be completed to meet the core, electives, language (for non-native speakers), and capstone requirements.

  • LAS Core Courses (12 credits)
    LAS 601 Interdisciplinary in Latin America and Caribbean (3 credits)
    LAS 602 Research Design in Latin American Studies (3 credits)
    Select two others LAS courses in consultation with the Academic Director
  • Regional Fundamentals in Latin America Electives (6 credits)
    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 LAS Academic Director may approve courses from other departments.
  • LAS Language Requirements (non-native speakers) (6 credits)
    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).

For curriculum information and course descriptions, please click on the right.

Reminder: Prospective students must apply to both schools to be accepted to the joint degree program.