College of Public Health Facts & Stats


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.

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

2006:  Dr. Phillip Williams selected as permanent dean after a national search.

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

2010:  Total enrollment reaches 900 after growing 20% 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.

2018:  Sponsored research awards for the year reach $10.3 million, the third highest at UGA.  Founding Dean Dr. Phillip Williams retires.

2019: Dr. Marsha Davis, who previously served as associate dean of outreach and engagement, selected as dean after a national search.


4 Departments – Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, Health Promotion and Behavior

3 Research Institutes – Global Health Institute, Institute for Disaster Management, Institute of Gerontology

2 Undergraduate Degree Programs – Environmental Health, Health Promotion

6 Undergraduate Minors – Public Health, Disaster Management, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Management, Gerontology, Global Health

4 Masters Degree Programs – MHA, MPH, 2 MS

4 Doctoral Programs – 1 DrPH, 3 PhD

9 Certificate Programs – 3 Undergraduate, 6 Graduate

6 Dual Degree Programs – DVM/MPH, JD/MPH, MBA/MPH, MD/MPH, MSW/MPH, PharmD/MPH

Double Dawgs (4+1) Program –

4,100+ alumni in 19 countries and 50 states, over 2,680 in Georgia


885 Total Enrollment

544 Undergraduate students

147 Master degree-seeking students – 138 MPH, 9 MS

123 Doctoral students – 47 DrPH, 76 PhD

80 Certificate students

Students over last five years have come from 37 U.S. states and 40 countries

16% of students come from outside of Georgia

Prestigious national scholarships won by CPH undergraduates include the Udall, Schwarzman, Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Mitchell, and Boren Scholarships


34% Minority students; 5% international – 2nd most diverse college at UGA

26% Minority faculty members


100 Full-time faculty; over 240 employees

9 Faculty members jointly appointed in other UGA Schools and Colleges

110 Adjunct faculty members, 68 of which are members of the CPH Faculty of Medical Sciences

9 Endowed professorships supporting 12% of the College’s total faculty lines

Prestigious state and national honors awarded to faculty include the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, the APHA Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service, Society of Toxicology Translational Impact Award, ASTHO Georgia Giants in Public Health, and ASPPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence.


$18 million in new research funding (FY23)

$30 million in total active research awards

Ranked 3rd at UGA in indirect cost generation in FY18


96% placement after graduation for Class of 2022

31% of CPH alumni work in Atlanta and Georgia

Sources: Census Data (OIR/FACT ADC, DAR, CPH Academic Affairs), Research Reporting (SPA, CPH Research Office), Career Outcomes (UGA Career Center)