The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree was developed to address the critical need for highly trained public health professionals.

Through coursework and field learning experiences, MPH students receive training to provide service and leadership in public health in the state of Georgia, for the nation, and around the globe. The two-year MPH program at the University of Georgia College of Public Health is designed for health professionals who wish to expand their skills, knowledge, and expertise, and for students who wish to build a career in public health.

Students can choose one of seven concentrations areas: Biostatistics, Disaster Management, Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Gerontology, Health Policy and Management, and Health Promotion and Behavior.  The College also offers a number of dual degree options allowing students to pair the MPH with an undergraduate or graduate degree in another field of interest.

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The Program

The heart and soul of any school of public health is the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, offering those who already have an undergraduate degree two years of study to understand the field widely while also focusing their interest in one of the main core disciplines.

Students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the UGA College of Public Health complete five courses related to the five areas of public health, courses in the area of concentration, plus a number of elective courses. Core courses are Social and Behavioral Foundations, Introduction to Epidemiology, Introduction to Biostatistics, Fundamentals of Environmental Health, and Introduction to Health Policy and Management.

All students must complete a 300-hour internship in a public health-related organization supervised by a public health professional.  Students must also pass a culminating experience in their last semester to graduate from the program.

The MPH program is administrated by the College’s Office of Academic Affairs.  Students are admitted into the program each Fall semester, and classes are offered on UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens, Georgia.

Course Work

The MPH degree requires a minimum of 44 credit hours in the following areas:

  • Core MPH Courses (15 hours)
  • Degree Concentration Courses (12-15 hours, depending on concentration)
  • Electives (5-12 hours)
  • Public Health Field Experience (6 hours)

To graduate, students must also complete a Capstone Paper and pass a final culminating competency exam.

Certificates and Dual Degree Opportunities

The College of Public Health offers certificate programs that can be obtained in conjunction with an MPH degree. Areas of specialization include gerontology, global health, and disaster management. Dual degree opportunities are also available for students who desire to add a public health specialization to their career pursuits in business, law, pharmacy, medicine, social work, and veterinary medicine.

Admissions Information

All students must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. A minimum GPH of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and GRE scores at the 60th percentile rank or above are recommended for consideration during the admissions process. Information about the new scores and concordance table can be found at http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/scores.

How to Apply

Applicants to the MPH Program at the UGA College of Public Health must apply to the Schools of Public Health Application service (SOPHAS) at www.sophas.org and must pay a supplemental fee to the UGA Graduate School.

The complete MPH degree program application process can be found here.  Please check out some of the MPH Program’s most Frequently Asked Questions or contact the MPH Program Coordinator or MPH Admissions Coordinator with any questions.

Field Experience

The professional field experience is one of the important and unique parts of the MPH degree program. The course of study and the field experience are designed to contribute to the basic objective of providing opportunities for the student to develop the competencies necessary to assume professional responsibilities in the public health field.

Field experiences consist of a total of 300 contact hours in a variety of settings such as local, state, and federal public health agencies as well as private sector and non-governmental agencies. Students will be assisted in finding a field placement site that will contribute to their goals for professional growth.  Please refer the the MPH Field Placement Checklist for more detailed information.

Career Opportunities

The MPH program prepares students for employment in a variety of local, state, national and international settings.  Our program boasts an 87 percent placement rate for the 2014-15 graduating class. While 19 percent of MPH graduate respondents indicated moving on to obtain additional education credentials (including medical and nursing school, business programs, and terminal degrees), the majority of our graduates were placed in full-time employment.

Employers of our graduates include local and state health departments, non-for-profit organizations, for-profit corporations, federal and national public health agencies, just to names a few.

In addition, the College of Public Health provides a number of avenues to learn more about MPH career options and public health career development opportunities.

Concentrations

  • Biostatistics

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion of an internship. To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience. The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    M.P.H. Core Course Requirements (15 hours)

    BIOS 7010 Introduction to Biostatistics I
    EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
    EPID 7010 Introduction to Epidemiology I
    HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
    HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations

    BIOS Concentration Core Requirements (15 hours)

    BIOS 7020 Introduction to Biostatistics II
    EPID 7020 Introduction to Epidemiology II
    BIOS 8050 Intermediate Mathematical Statistics
    Choose two out of the three courses below:

    BIOS 6380 Survival Analysis
    BIOS 8110 Categorical Data Analysis
    BIOS 8220 Clinical Trials

    Electives: 5 hours minimum
    The following is a sample of suggested electives for an MPH concentration in Biostatistics:

    BIOS 7100 Biostatistical Applications for the Pharmaceutical & Biotech. Industries
    BIOS 7400 Research Data Management and Computing
    BIOS 8100 Case Studies in Nonlinear Biostatistics
    BIOS 8110 Categorical Data Analysis
    BIOS 8120 Applied Nonparametric Biostatistical Methods
    STAT 6230 Applied Regression Analysis
    STAT 6240 Sampling and Survey Methods
    STAT 6290 Nonparametric Methods
    STAT 6520 Mathematical Statistics II
    STAT 6630 Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics I
    STAT 6640 Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics II

    Other Required Courses

    • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
    • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.
  • Disaster Management

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion of an internship. To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience. The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    M.P.H. Core Course Requirements (15 hours)

    BIOS 7010 Introduction to Biostatistics I
    EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
    EPID 7010 Introduction to Epidemiology I
    HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
    HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations

    Disaster Management Core Requirements (12 hours)

    DMAN 7100 Introduction to Disaster Management (Disaster Management I)
    Provide an in-depth overview of the principles of disaster management. This will include the history of disaster management, examination of the four phases of disaster management, introduction to Federal emergency management functions, and learning basic disaster terminology.

    DMAN 7200 Disaster Management for Health Professionals (Disaster Management II)
    This course will provide students with the theory and hands-on experience needed to perform as a Public Health Professional in disaster management drills and exercises and real-world emergencies. This course will include development of discussion and operations based disaster exercises following the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program framework, Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS) and Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) training and certification, and American Red Cross basic First Aid certification.

    DMAN 7400 Public Health Crises and Disaster Management (Disaster Management III)
    Students will receive case study analysis, historical perspective, and modern risk assessment for the analysis and management of man-made and natural disasters that have occurred nationally and internationally. Students will gauge the response efforts by considering the strengths of the response and lessons learned that can be applied to future disasters. There will also be a hands-on introduction to the modeling and simulation software that allow disaster managers to predict affected populations and infrastructure-based response to specific events.

    DMAN 7500 Understanding Terrorism and Homeland Security (Disaster Management IV)
    This course will analyze more critical and advanced aspects of disaster management: crisis communications and decision support. The course will address various methods of data collection and information sharing for effective disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery, as well as the decision making process based on ethics in a disaster, available resources, and whether a State or Federal declaration of emergency has been issued. Course topics will include decision and information management in a crisis; event management; surge capacity; emergency and public health risk communications; media communications; and amateur radio technician class license.

    Disaster Management Electives: minimum 8 credit hours
    The following is a list of recommended electives for an MPH concentration in Disaster Management

    DMAN 8900 Special Topics in Disaster Management
    DMAN 8910 Problems in Disaster Management
    HPAM 8500 Comparative Global Health
    HPAM 7400 Public Health Law
    HPAM 8400 Policy and Economic Analysis in Public Health
    HPAM 8550 Comparative Global – Nation
    HPAM 8820 Global Health Policy
    HPAM 8700: Management of Public Health Organizations
    HPAM 8800: Leadership in Public Health
    HPRB/SPCM 6610: Health Communication
    HPRB 7040: Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Health Education
    EPID 7700 Public Health Ethics
    EPID 8515/8515L: Modeling Infectious Diseases
    EPID 8610 Principles and Practices in Global Epidemiology
    INTL 8280 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
    INTL 8290 Strategic Intelligence
    INTL 8200: Special Topics in International Relations
    INTL 8210: International Organizations
    INTL 8230: International Conflict
    GEOG 6370 Geographic Information Science
    JRMC 7355: Health and Medical Journalism
    JRMC 7356: Advanced Health and Medical Journalism
    JRMC/SPCM 7611: Health Advocacy in a Multicultural Society
    JRMC/SPCM 7612: Medical Interviewing and Information Dissemination
    JRMC 8160: Special Topics in Public Relations (usually Media and Public Health)
    JRMC/SPCM/PBHL 8165: Public Health Communication
    JRMC 8170: Risk Communication
    PADP 7360: Managing Government Performance
    PADP 7500: Local Government Management
    PADP 7540: Productivity Improvement in Local Government
    PADP 7900: Managing Volunteers in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
    PBHL 8100: Current Topics in Public Health
    PBHL/SPCM/JRMC 8165: Public Health Communication
    PBHL/MIBO/IDHIS/PHSI 8260: Global Perspectives on Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases (1 hr)
    POLS 9200: Intelligence and National Security
    SPCM 6310: Communication Strategies in Government
    SPCM/HPRB 6610: Health Communication
    SPCM/JRMC 7611: Health Advocacy in a Multicultural Society
    SPCM/JRMC 7612: Medical Interviewing and Information Dissemination
    SPCM 8610: Seminar in Health Communication
    SPCM/PBHL /JRMC 8165: Public Health Communication
    EDES 4270E/6270E: Online Environmental Geographic Information Systems

    Other Required Courses

    • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
    • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.
  • Environmental Health Science

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion
    of an internship. To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience. The
    curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    Pre-requisites
    Applicants to the EHS concentration must have successfully completed undergraduate courses in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.

    M.P.H. Core Course Requirements (15 hours)

    BIOS 7010 Introduction to Biostatistics I
    EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
    EPID 7010 Introduction to Epidemiology I
    HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
    HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations
    EHS Concentration Core Requirements (12 hours)
    (pick one class from 4 of the 6 areas = 12 hours)

    Air Quality

    EHSC 7080 Environmental Air Quality

    Water Quality

    EHSC 7650 Water Quality: Protection, Monitoring, and Management for Health

    Toxicology

    EHSC 7490 Advanced Environmental Air Quality
    EHSC 6910 Introductory Toxicology

    Risk Assessment

    EHSC 8110  Fundamentals of Chemical and Microbial Risk Assessment

    Environmental Microbiology

    EHSC 7310 Public Health Microbiology
    EHSC 8310 Advanced Topics in Aquatic Microbiology, Health & Environment

    Occupational Health

    EHSC 7150/L Occupational Hygiene and Safety
    EHSC 8400 Occupational and Environmental Disease
    *Courses listed above in the EHS Core section may be used as electives if not taken as part of the 12 hour requirement.*

    List of elective courses for a concentration in Environmental Health Science: (9 hours)

    EHSC 7410 Global Environmental Health: Focus on Developing Countries
    EHSC 7550 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
    EHSC 7900 Integrative Global Environmental and Public Health Issues
    EHSC 8210 Cancer Etiology and Prevention
    EHSC 8250 Biomarkers: Public Health, Clinical and Environmental Tox Applications
    EHSC 8460/L Environmental Genomics
    EHSC 8550 Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
    EHSC 8630/L Quantitative Ecological Toxicology
    EHSC 8650 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
    EHSC 8800 Special Problems in Environmental Health
    DMAN 7350 Disaster Management for Public Health Professionals
    EPID 8070 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
    *Other courses may be accepted as EHS electives with prior written approval from academic advisor.*

    Other Required Courses

    • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
    • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.
  • Epidemiology

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion
    of an internship. To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience. The
    curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    M.P.H. Core Course Requirements (15 hours)

    BIOS 7010 Introduction to Biostatistics I
    EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
    EPID 7010 Introduction to Epidemiology I
    HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
    HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations

    Epidemiology Concentration Core Requirements (11 hours)

    EPID 7020 Introduction to Epidemiology II
    BIOS 7020 Introduction to Biostatistics II
    EPID 7100 Current Topics in Epidemiology (1 credit hour x2)
    EPID 7410 Advanced Field Epidemiology and Surveillance

    Electives: minimum 9 credit hours

    The following is a list of recommended electives for an MPH concentration in Epidemiology:

    EPID 7040 Nutritional Epidemiology
    EPID 8010 Cohort Study Design, Implementation, and Analysis
    EPID 8020 Case Control Design, Implementation, and Analysis
    EPID 8040 Clinical Trials Design, Implementation, and Analysis
    EPID 8050 Integrating Research Designs
    EPID 8070 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
    EPID 8100 Clinical Epidemiology
    EPID 8120 Screening and Prevention
    EPID 8130 Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
    EPID 8200 Molecular Epidemiology
    EPID 8250 Biomarkers: Public Health, Clinical, & Env. Tox Apps.
    EPID 8300 Epidemiology of Aging
    EPID 8400 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    EPID 8410 Cancer Epidemiology
    EPID 8500 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    EPID 8515 Modeling Infectious Diseases
    EPID 8520 Food Safety Epidemiology
    EPID 8550 HIV Epidemic: A Global Perspective
    EPID 8610 Applied Epidemiology in Global Health
    BIOS 6380 Survival Analysis
    BIOS 7400 Research Data Management and Computing
    BIOS 8110 Categorical Data Analysis
    BIOS 8220 Clinical Trials

    Other Required Courses

    • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
    • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.
  • Gerontology

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion of an internship. To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience. The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    M.P.H. Core Course Requirements (15 hours)

    BIOS 7010 Introduction to Biostatistics I
    EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
    EPID 7010 Introduction to Epidemiology I
    HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
    HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations

    Gerontology Core Requirements (12 hours)

    GRNT 6000 Perspectives in Aging
    GRNT 8200 Public Health and Aging OR GRNT/EPID 8300 Epidemiology of Aging
    GRNT 6700 Psychology of Aging
    GRNT 6650 Aging in Society

    Gerontology Related Electives: minimum 8 credit hours

    The following is a list of recommended electives for an MPH concentration in Gerontology. Other courses may be approved with the permission of the Graduate Coordinator

    GRNT 7266 Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    GRNT/EPID 8400 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
    HPAM 8400 Policy and Economic Analysis in Public Health
    HPAM 8700 Management of Public Health Organizations
    HPRB 7470 Program Evaluation in Health Promotion
    ECHD 8380 Optimal Experience, Adaptation, and Aging
    FDNS 6560 Nutrition, Health, and Aging
    FDNS 8530 Nutrition and Disease Processes I
    FDNS 8550 Nutrition and Disease Processes II
    KINS 6320 Exercise and Aging
    SOWK 6142 Social Work With Older Adults

    Other Required Courses

    • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
    • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.
  • Health Policy & Management

    Preferred Background:

    A background in business, management, political science and/or health sciences and public health experience is preferred for applicants to the HPAM concentration.  The department is now offering focus areas within the concentration in either health policy or health management.  Please see the requirements below.

    The M.P.H. degree requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of course credit, including successful completion of the following: 36 hours of coursework, an internship (6 hours), and passing a final culminating experience known as the capstone (3 hours).  Students may choose either the Policy Track or the Management Track.  All students are required to take 15 hours of core classes, regardless of the track they choose.  In addition to the core requirements, students must complete 12 hours of course requisites, depending on the chosen track.  Students must also choose a minimum of 9 hours worth of electives, again, depending on the track.  The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    MPH Core Requirement Courses:  15 hours

    BIOS 7010 Intro to Biostatistics I
    EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
    EPID 7010 Intro to Epidemiology I
    HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
    HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations

    Health Policy or Health Management Core Courses: 12 hours

    HPAM 8400  Policy and Economic Analysis in Public Health
    HPAM 8600  Health Economics
    HPAM 8650  Healthcare Finance
    HPAM 8700  Management of Public Health Organizations

    Electives: minimum 9 hours

    Policy Track

    HPAM 7400  Public Health Law or EPID 7700  Public Health Ethics
    HPAM 8300 Research Methods
    HPAM 8500 Comparative Global Health
    HPAM 8550  Comparative Global – Nation
    HPAM 8820 Global Health Policy
    HPAM 8850 Cost Effective. Analysis in Health and Medicine
    HPAM 8101S  Advanced Service-Learning
    HPAM 8650  Healthcare Finance
    HPAM 8700  Intro to Management of Public Health Orgs
    HPAM 8800  Foundations of Leadership
    HPAM 8890  Strategic Management
    HPAM 8920  Healthcare Consulting Management
    DMAN XXXX  Disaster Management Certificate Series
    GRNT XXXX Gerontology Certificate Series
    GLOB XXXX Global Health Certificate Series

    Management Track

    HPAM 8101S  Advanced Service-Learning
    HPAM 8300 Research Methods
    HPAM 8500 Comparative Global Health
    HPAM 8600  Health Economics
    HPAM 8750 Quality Improvement in Health
    HPAM 8920  Healthcare Consulting Management
    HPAM 7400  Public Health Law
    HPAM 8400  Policy and Economic Analysis in Public Health
    HPAM 8450  Policy Evaluation
    HPAM 8550  Comparative Global – Nation
    HPAM 8820 Global Health Policy
    HPAM 8850 Cost Effective. Analysis in Health and Medicine
    EPID 7700  Public Health Ethics
    DMAN XXXX  Disaster Management Certificate Series
    GRNT XXXX Gerontology Certificate Series
    GLOB XXXX Global Health Certificate Series

    Other Required Courses

    • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
    • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.
  • Health Promotion & Behavior

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion
    of an internship. To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience. The
    curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    Preferred Background

    A background in the social, behavioral and/or health sciences and public health experience is preferred for applicants to the HPB concentration.

    MPH Core Course Requirements (15 hours)

    BIOS 7010 Introduction to Biostatistics I
    EHSC 7010 Foundations of Environmental Health
    EPID 7010 Introduction to Epidemiology I
    HPAM 7010 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
    HPRB 7010 Social and Behavioral Foundations

    HPB Concentration Core Requirements (15 hours)

    HPRB 7160 Special Topics in Cultural Competence
    HPRB 7270 Resource Development & Program Implementation
    HPRB 7370 Social Marketing of Health: Theory and Process
    HPRB 7470 Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Education
    HPRB 7920 Health Behavior and Theory

    Public Health Elective Courses: Choose minimum of 5 hours

    Health Promotion and Behavior offers a variety of approved electives throughout the year. Please contact your advisor for assistance in choosing electives offered in both the Department and throughout the University. It is your responsibility to make sure the electives you choose will be approved by your advisor and the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Jessica Muilenburg.

    Other Required Courses

    • Culminating Experience (PBHL 7800, 3 hrs): The culminating experience is a capstone paper completed under the direction of a faculty advisor in the final semester of the program.
    • Internship (PBHL 7560, 6 hours): The internship requires 300 clock hours in an appropriate public health setting. Students choose the site for their internship, with the assistance of the academic advisor and Internship Coordinator.
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