MCRP/Public Health


The Master of Community and Regional Planning and Master of Public Health dual degree is at the forefront of a rapidly growing field. This 3-year program focuses on identifying and addressing issues for communities through an integrative emphasis on the connection between equity, health and wellness, and the constructional environment. Put simply, better community planning can go a long way toward counteracting many serious health issues in communities.

This pathway is intended to serve populations who experience issues such as affordable housing, public transportation, food deserts, air and water quality, health disparities, etc. Having an expert in both planning and public health involved in identifying and addressing concerns for new or existing communities ensures equitable treatment and access to health-related services.

Who should apply?

Students and professionals interested in health, nutrition, geography, social justice, community planning, political science, business, natural resources, conservation engineering, biology, and all other areas uniquely tied to sustainable, equitable community development.

How can I apply?

Dual degree programs follow a unique application process. You must apply to the UNL Master of Community and Regional Planning and the UNO Master of Public Health separately. When filling out your application, please select the opposite program as the “concurrent program” and include the intention on your dual degree. All applicants to the dual degree programs must apply and be accepted into each program separately.  Applicants are evaluated by each degree program in separate admissions processes. 


MCRP Courses

MPH Courses

Intro to Planning

Foundations of Public Health

Planning Theory

Epidemiology in Public Health

Legal Aspects of Planning

Biostatistics I

Qualitative Techniques for Planners

Planning and Evaluation

Planning with GIS

Public Health Leadership and Advocacy

Planning Methods and Analysis

Concentration Course (4 or 5)**

Professional Planning Practice

Applied Practice Experience

Planning Studio


Open Elective (2)*


Capstone Studio


*Students are able to choose elective courses in one degree program that count toward requirements in the other degree program

**Concentration options include: Biostatistics; Emergency Preparedness, Environmental and Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Promotion; Maternal and Child Health; and Public Health Administration Policy

MCRP Application Process

Applications for the MCRP program are accepted on a rolling basis. For priority consideration for financial assistance, applicants are urged to submit completed applications by February 1 for fall semester admission and November 1 for spring semester admission.

Application Process and Requirements

Application for admission to the MCRP degree program is initiated by submitting an online application form that is accessible in the “Admissions” section of the UNL Graduate Studies website. The online application form requests specific information about you and also includes instructions for submitting the following:

  • $50 application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Names and email addresses of three persons who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation digitally
  • One copy of all college/university official transcripts
  • (GRE scores are not required)
  • For international students: minimum test scores documenting English language proficiency are noted on the UNL Graduate Studies website at English proficiency scores

Click here to learn more about the MCRP program and how to apply.

MPH Application Process

The College of Public Health has the following deadlines to start in the fall:

  • International deadline: April 1
  • Domestic deadline: June 1

The College of Public Health application requirements include the following:

  • Completion of the SOPHAS Express Public Health application and submission of the application fee.
  • Official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.
    • All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by course evaluation service. The WES ICAP Evaluation should be submitted directly to:

                 UNMC, College of Public Health
                 Office of Educational Services 
                 984359 Nebraska Medical Center
                 Omaha, NE 68198-4359

  • The GRE is optional for all applicants, but it is highly recommended for any applicant with below a 3.0 GPA from their previous coursework.  
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (letters must be on professional/institutional letterhead and signed).
  • A one page personal statement describing the applicant’s:
    • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health
    • Career objectives
    • Self-assessment of computer, quantitative analysis, and personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health graduate program
  • A resume reflecting one or more years of work/volunteer history related to health and/or human services.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States.

Application Process

  • Apply online through SOPHAS Express
    • Create an account and then go into "My Application" 
    • Select "University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health" from the drop-down school list and then choose the appropriate Certificate, Non-Degree, or Dual Degree program option for the semester you are applying to. 
    • Under "My Application" complete all sections listed and upload your personal statement and resume/cv.
    • Under "Supporting Information" - "Evaluations" 
      • Enter the names and email addresses of two recommenders if applying to the Certificate or Non-degree program 
      • Enter the names and email addresses of three recommenders if applying to a dual degree MPH program. 

Note: SOPHAS Express will email the evaluation form directly to your recommender, who will then complete the form and submit it back to SOPHAS Express.

    • Pay the application fee online directly to SOPHAS Express and submit the application.
    • Submit all official college transcripts to:
      UNMC, College of Public Health
      Office of Educational Services
      984359 Nebraska Medical Center
      Omaha, NE 68198-4359
    • Send electronic transcripts to:
    • Submit official GRE & TOEFL test scores to UNMC institution code 6896. 

For questions about the admissions or application process, please contact our office at Email or 402-552-9867

Click here to learn more about the MPH program and how to apply.

For questions about the MCRP program, please contact Dr. Tang at

For questions about the MPH program, please contact Eric Brabb at


Contact Info

College of Architecture
210 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0107
( On-campus, 2-7943 )