The College of Public Health at the University of Georgia was established in 2005 in response to the compelling need to address important health concerns in Georgia.

During its first decade, the College has experienced the establishment of a highly productive research culture with total active research funding in excess of $30 million and continuous creation of new academic programs that now serve 900 students. Originally housed in seven different locations on the UGA campus, the College is the largest program located at the UGA Health Sciences Campus (HSC) in terms of enrollment, funding for research and actual space occupied by its faculty and students.

In addition to the Dean’s Office and Health Informatics Institute in Rhodes Hall, CPH units that call the HSC home include: the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Miller Hall; the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, Department of Health Policy and Management, and Global Health Institute in Wright Hall; the Institute of Gerontology in Hudson Hall; and the Institute for Disaster Management in the Commissary Building.  The Department of Environmental Health Science is located in the Environmental Health Building on South Campus.

Timeline

2001:  Division of Public Health established in the UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute.

2004:  UGA Master of Public Health Degree approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

2005:  College of Public Health formed with Dr. Phillip Williams as Interim Dean.

2006:  After a national search, Dr. Williams is selected as permanent Dean.

2009:  Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) awards five-year accreditation to CPH.

2010:  Total enrollment reaches 900 after growing 20 percent per year for five years.

2012:  CPH departments and programs begin moving to the Health Sciences Campus (HSC).

2014:  CPH is reaccredited by CEPH for seven years.

2015:  All CPH programs except Environmental Health Sciences are located at the HSC.

2017:  Sponsored research awards for the year reach $11.5 million, the third highest at UGA.