The University of Georgia requires advising appointments prior to registration for each semester. At the College of Public Health, our academic advisors in the CPH Office of Academic Affairs assist students in planning class schedules, registering for courses, and becoming familiar with their program of study.

Drop-In Hours for Spring 2024

Advisors will be available for 2 hours per week to answer quick questions only (typically 5-10 minutes). If this is your first time connecting with an advisor or if you anticipate a longer discussion, you should make an appointment in SAGE rather than attend drop-ins. We will be using Zoom sessions with a waiting room feature. Please be patient as your advisor will allow you in the session as soon as the student(s) in front of you is finished. Hours will begin the week of the first week of classes.


How do I declare a major in environmental health or health promotion?

Currently enrolled students who would like to declare a major in environmental health or an intended major in health promotion should login to Athena. From Athena’s “My Programs” tab, you will be able to add/delete majors, emphasis areas, minors, and certificates.

  • When adding the Environmental Health major, please choose one of two areas of emphasis (advanced science/pre-med or public health practitioner).
  • When adding the intended Health Promotion major, please choose one of three areas of emphasis (behavioral medicine, health promotion or health services). Please note, an application is required for admittance into the Health Promotion major. All students should declare “Intended Health Promotion” first.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

How do I add a certificate or minor?

Login to Athena. From Athena’s “My Programs” tab, you will be able to add/delete majors, emphasis areas, minors, and certificates.

Click to learn more:

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Who is my CPH advisor?

All students in a public health major are assigned a staff advisor in the UGA advising system, SAGE. You can find your “Primary Advisor” listed in your network.

How do I make an advising appointment?

Each semester your advisor will let you know when you can log into SAGE and schedule your appointment with them.

To schedule an appointment with your advisor, go to and log in with your MyID and password.  Once you’re logged in, click the “My Success Network” option in the left menu, find your primary advisor, and  then click “Schedule an Appointment.”

If you encounter difficulties or your advisor does not appear to have any open appointments, please email your advisor. Students who need to cancel or reschedule an appointment must do so 24 hours in advance.

What happens when I miss an appointment?

The CPH Advising Office has a No Show policy.   You are considered a “No Show” if you are more than 15 minutes late to your scheduled appointment, you do not show up to your scheduled appointment, or you cancel your appointment less than 24 hours in advance of your scheduled time. Students are allowed one “No Show” per semester. After the second “No Show”, you will no longer be able to make an appointment with your advisor until registration has started.

If you are sick, have an emergency on the day of your appointment, or are otherwise unable to keep your appointment please let your advisor know as opposed to just not showing up for your appointment.  Communication is always important.

Where are CPH advisement offices located?

The offices of our CPH advisors are located in the Ramsey Student Center on Main Campus. Please reference the CPH Advising Center contact list for office locations.

How do I apply for Graduation?

Applying For Graduation

To apply to graduate:

  • Log into Athena (
  • Select the “Student” tab > click “Graduation” > click “Apply to Graduate”
  • Follow the directions provided and see more detailed instructions here.
  • For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar’s page.

Graduating with a double major or certificate:

If you are completing multiple majors or a certificate program, you should contact each advising unit to verify requirements for each program. You will need to apply for graduation for each major and certificate you are completing.

Will I be graduating with honors?

Graduating seniors will be recommended for graduation with honors on the basis of their overall grade point average for all college-level work attempted.

Honors designations are:

  • Summa cum laude 3.90
  • Magna cum laude 3.75
  • Cum laude 3.60


Commencement ceremonies for the university are held at the end of Spring and Fall semesters. Commencement details are handled by the Registrar’s Office.

The College of Public Health hosts a ceremony each Spring semester.   Please visit the CPH Graduation Celebration page for more information.

Will my name appear in the commencement program?

Your name is scheduled to appear in the commencement program for the term you have applied to graduate unless you have placed a FERPA restriction on your information.

FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students’ education records. FERPA authorizes the release of “Directory Information” without a student’s prior written consent under certain conditions set forth in the Act. Directory information includes student’s name, address, phone number, email, major/fields of study, dates of attendance, and degrees and awards received.

Students who wish to restrict access to their directory information may do so, but this restriction may prevent a student’s name from being included in the Commencement program. Students may add or remove the FERPA restriction in-person at the Registrar’s Office or by emailing this form from the student’s UGA email along with a scan of the student’s UGA ID.


Diplomas are normally mailed within 6 to 8 weeks after the official graduation date. For more information regarding your diploma, go to Diplomas are NOT given out at the commencement ceremony.


Please email [email protected].

Public Health Graduation Certification Office

Heather McEachern
Undergraduate Student Services
[email protected]

Who do I contact with additional questions?

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Heather McEachern at

CPH Advising Office Contacts

Heather McEachern, Office of Student Services
[email protected]
302 Ramsey Center (Mondays & Wednesdays)
706-542-6704 (office)

Caroline Bloodworth, Academic Advisor
[email protected]
304 Ramsey Center
706-542-8380 (office)

Crystal Cooper, Academic Advisor
[email protected]
306 Ramsey Center
706-542-7045 (office)

305 Ramsey Center
706-542-4380 (office)

105M Rhodes Hall
706-542-1104 (office)