MCRP/MPH Dual Degree

MCRP/MPH (Master of Community and Regional Planning/Master of Public Health)


The MCRP/MPH dual degree program is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  This program offers interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of community and regional planning and public health leading to the master of community and regional planning and the master of public health degrees, generally in less time than it would take to obtain these degrees independently.

Decisions about land use, community design, the availability of transportation options, and other important aspects of community development can have direct effects on people’s health.  Environmental conditions such as poor air quality, deteriorated housing, inadequate infrastructure, ground and surface water contamination, and other environmental conditions have significant effects on public health.  All of these conditions are influenced by the ways in which communities are planned and developed.

  Research initiatives, programs, and projects connecting public health with the built environment are now being encouraged and supported by such entities as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Planning Association (APA), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Increasing numbers of planners and public health professionals today are collaborating to address these issues, but few policymakers, health officials, and planners are trained or have experience specifically in the intersection of community planning and public health.


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 The Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree requires 48 graduate credit hours if completed alone, including 24 credit hours of core courses, 24 credit hours of electives which including 6 credits of professional project or master thesis. 

 The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree requires 42 graduate credit hours if completed alone, including 15 credit hours of core courses, 12 or 15 credit hours of concentration courses (depending on concentration), 6 or 9 credit hours of electives, and 6 credit hours of experience projects. 

 The total number of credit hour students enroll in for the MPH-MCRP is 60-63, depending on MPH concentration.


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For more information see the UNL MCRP Website