At the University of Georgia College of Public Health, we are dedicated to promoting health in human populations and preventing disease and injury within the state and around the world through innovative research, exemplary education, and engaged service.
The College is one of 59 schools of public health and one of 15 schools of public health within a land-grant university.
The College of Public Health, founded in 2005, is comprised of more than 70 full-time faculty. It was awarded full accreditation in June 2009 and was reaccredited for seven more years in 2014. Since its founding, the College has doubled its enrollment with more than 900 students; it has graduated more than 1,600 doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students; and, it has moved six of the College’s seven units to the UGA Health Sciences Campus.
The need for public health education in Georgia is great, the average age of public health workers in the state is near 50, and there are insufficient numbers of students in the pipeline to replace these workers as they enter retirement.
As a fully-accredited College of Public Health, we are helping to ensure that a well-trained workforce will be available to protect our state and that ground breaking research can be conducted to prevent and better control the costs of issues such as high rates of premature death, infant mortality, infectious disease, heart disease and substance abuse.
With more than 20 degree programs, including the Master of Public Health (M.P.H), we are fulfilling UGA’s mission as the state’s land-grant university to train future leaders responsible for the public health and well-being of Georgians.
The College is home to four academic departments and four institutes, comprised of more than 70 full-time faculty members:
- Environmental Health Science
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Health Policy and Management
- Health Promotion and Behavior
- Global Health Institute
- Health Informatics Institute
- Institute for Disaster Management
- Institute of Gerontology
By bringing together many of UGA’s research, teaching and outreach programs in the areas of health and medicine, the College of Public Health allows UGA to better address the serious disease and health problems that affect populations around the state, country and world.
I invite you to reach out to our admissions staff and faculty members to learn more about degree programs and other opportunities that wait you at UGA and within a career in public health
Phillip L. Williams, Ph.D.