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USC Catalogue 2016-2017 
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Planning/Master of Public Health (MPl/MPH)

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The Master of Planning/Master of Public Health (MPl/MPH) 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. A total of 79 units are required for the dual degree.

Concentration and Planning Studios


Students must select 16 units in a concentration from one of the five concentrations in the planning program. Students are required to complete the gateway course and methodology course related to their concentration as part of their preparation for their comprehensive examination. The student's concentration must contain a 4-unit methodology course, a 4-unit gateway course and 8 other units. See further details on the concentrations in the Master of Planning section of the catalogue.

Planning Studios

Students will complete a total of 8 units of domestic or international planning studios under PPD 531L (4) to satisfy this requirement.

Dual degree students, like all other MPl students, must take a comprehensive examination and fulfill an internship requirement. Students will take 200 hours of planning internship placement in addition to 2 units in PM 596   and 2 units in PM 597 . See below for further internship details for this dual degree.


*PM 593  is a variable unit course, 4 or 8 units. Students are required to take 4 units for this dual degree.

Health Promotion Track Requirements (19 Units)

Additional Requirements

All students admitted into the dual degree program must complete all requirements for each program.

Students in the dual degree may substitute two MPl core courses with PM courses. PPD 525  may be substituted with PM 510  and PPD 526  may be substituted with PM 563 . Students enrolled in the dual degree are not required to take PPD 525  (as opposed to the stand alone MPl degree students) because they develop the necessary proficiencies in statistics in PM 510 , which provides them the opportunity to learn biostatistics, health statistics and the application of statistics necessary for success in this dual degree and for their future career. Dual degree students are not required to take PPD 526  and may take PM 563  as this course covers global health and international issues and will provide students with the information needed for success in their career.

Students may substitute 4 units of the health promotion track electives with relevant courses from the Price School of Public Policy. Relevant courses would include PPDE 630 Community Health Planning , PPD 511 , PPD 513 , and PPD 514 .

In addition, for PM 596 , students complete an internship specific to meet the competencies of the health promotion track. Dual degree students would enroll in this 2-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).

The skeleton curriculum is described by these requirements. In fact, students will tend to take additional courses specific to their planning concentration and will enroll in additional units.

Units required to complete program: 79

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