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.

To request more information, please fill out this form or email mph@uga.edu.

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 (6 credit hours). To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience (3 credit hours). The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

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

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

    Biostatistics Core Requirements (15 credit hours)

    BIOS 7020 Introductory 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

    Biostatistics Electives: minimum 5 credit hours
    The following is a sample of suggested electives for an MPH concentration in Biostatistics. Other courses may be accepted with prior written approval from academic advisor.

    BIOS 7100 Biostatistical Applications for the Pharmaceutical & Biotech. Industries
    BIOS 7400 Research Data Management and Computing
    BIOS 8100 Case Studies in Nonlinear Biostatistics
    BIOS 8130 Multivariate Design for Public Health
    BIOS 8150 Spatial Epidemiology
    EPID 8150 Spatial Epidemiology
    BIOS 8200 Biostatistical Consulting I
    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 (6 credit hours). To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience (3 credit hours). The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

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

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

    Disaster Management Core Requirements (12 credit 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)
    The course is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism that helps develop knowledge and skills needed to critically assess and respond effectively to terrorism and terrorist incidents. This course begins with the history of terrorism to gain foundational understanding of the definition of the term, it then delves into the various typologies of terrorism, and culminates with addressing counterterrorism and counterintelligence strategies in the United States. As part of the course students will research terror cells from around the world to understand differences in how they form, are funded, their tactics, and how they are monitored.

    Disaster Management Electives (minimum 8 credit hours)
    The following is a list of recommended electives for an MPH concentration in Disaster Management. Other courses may be accepted with prior written approval from academic advisor.

    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 6610 Health Communication
    HPRB 7040 Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Health Education
    EHSC 6490 Environmental Toxicology
    EHSC 6400 Environmental Issues in the Developing World
    EHSC 7410 Global Environmental Health: Focus on Developing Countries
    EHSC 8110 Chemical and Microbial Risk Assessment
    EPID/HPAM 7700 Public Health Ethics
    EPID 8515/L 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 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
    SPCM/JRMC 8165 Public Health Communication
    MIBO/IDHIS/PHSI 8260 Global Perspectives on Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases (1hr)
    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 7
    SPCM 8610 Seminar in Health Communication
    SPCM/JRMC 8165 Public Health Communication
    EDES 4270E/6270E Online Environmental Geographic Information
    SPCM/JRMC 8165 Public Health Communication
    EDES 4270E/6270E Online Environmental Geographic Information

    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 (6 credit hours). To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience (3 credit hours). The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

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

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

    Environmental Health Science Core Requirements (12 hours) Choose one class from four of the six areas.

    Air Quality
    EHSC 7080 Advanced Environmental Air Quality

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

    Toxicology
    EHSC 7490 Principles of 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

    *EHSC Core Courses may be used as electives if not taken as part of 12 hour core requirement*

    Examples of Public Health Electives (minimum 8 hours)
    Other courses may be accepted with prior written approval from academic advisor.

    EHSC 7550 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
    EHSC 7410 Global Environmental Health
    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 8650 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
    EHSC 8800 Special Problems in Environmental Health
    DMAN 7100 Introduction to Disaster Management
    EPID 8070 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
    HPAM 7400 Public Health Law

    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.

    Course Substitution Policy

    Students with an undergraduate degree major in EHSC can waive the EHSC 7010 course and substitute the course with an upper level concentration within their current MPH concentration.

  • Epidemiology

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion of an internship (6 credit hours). To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience (3 credit hours). The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

    M.P.H. Core Course Requirements (15 credit hour)

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

    Epidemiology Core Requirements (10 hours)

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

    Electives (minimum 10 credit hours)
    Any regular 7000 or 8000 level EPID or BIOS course can be used to fulfill the elective requirements. Suitable 7000 and 8000 level courses outside the department can also be taken as elective. In general, other courses within CPH are acceptable and courses across the university are acceptable if they cover areas pertinent to Epidemiology. Before taking any such electives, discuss them with your advisor and departmental graduate coordinator to obtain approval.

    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 (6 credit hours). To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience (3 credit hours). The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses:

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

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

    Gerontology Core Requirements (12 hours)

    All students must complete the following foundations course (3 credit hours):

    GRNT 7100/7100E Foundations of Aging

    Then choose one course in each of the three core tracks: biology, sociology, and psychology (9 credit hours total). Some courses contain content that is relevant to more than one track. Although these courses are cross-listed in more than one track, no individual course can count toward the completion of more than one track.

    Biology core course options (choose biology track)

    GRNT 6700/6700E Psychology of Aging
    GRNT 6750/6750E Mental Health and Aging
    GRNT 7400/7400E Cognition and the Aging Brain
    GRNT 8200/8200E Public Health and Aging

    Sociology core course options (choose sociology track)

    GRNT 6650/6650E Aging in Society
    GRNT 7266 Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    GRNT 7500/7500E Smart Technology in an Aging Society
    GRNT 7800E Sociology of the End of Life

    Psychology core course options (choose psychology track)

    GRNT 7400/7400E Cognition and the Aging Brain
    GRNT 7500/7500E Smart Technology in an Aging Society
    GRNT 8200/8200E Public Health and Aging
    GRNT/EPID 8300 Epidemiology of Aging

    Gerontology Electives (minimum 11 credit hour)
    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 7900/7900E Applied Aging Research
    GRNT 7266 Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    GRNT 7700E Resilience and Health
    SOWK 6142 Social Work With Older Adults
    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 6560/6560E Nutrition, Health, and Aging
    FDNS 8530-8550 Nutrition and Disease Processes I, II
    KINS 6320 Exercise and Aging

    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

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion of an internship (6 credit hours). To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience (3 credit hours). The curriculum comprises the following areas and courses.

    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.

    MPH Core Course Requirements (15 credit hours)

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

    Heath Policy and Management Core Requirements (13 hours)

    HPAM 7001 Foundations in Health Policy and Management
    HPAM 8400 Policy Analysis in Public Health
    HPAM 8600 Health Economics
    HPAM 8650 Healthcare Finance
    HPAM 8700 Management of Public Health Organizations

    Health Policy and Management Elective Courses (minimum of 9 hours)
    Health Policy and Management offers a variety of approved HPAM electives throughout the year. These include:

    HPAM 7050 Health Policy and Obesity
    HPAM 7400 Public Health, Law, and Society
    HPAM 7700 Public Health Ethics
    HPAM 8300 Research Methods in Health Policy
    HPAM 8410 Health Informatics I
    HPAM 8450 Policy Evaluation in Public Health
    HPAM 8750 Quality Improvement in Health
    HPAM 8800 Leadership in Public Health
    HPAM 8890 Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations

    In addition, graduate level electives in BIOS, DMAN, EHSC, EPID, and GRNT may be used as electives with the approval of your advisor. It is your responsibility to make sure the electives you choose will be approved by your advisor. Other courses may be accepted as 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.
  • Health Promotion & Behavior

    The M.P.H. requires a minimum of 44 semester hours of coursework, including the completion of an internship (6 credit hours). To graduate, students must pass a final culminating experience (3 credit hours). 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.

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

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

    Heath Promotion and Behavior Core Requirements (15 hours)

    HPRB 7270 Resource Development and Implementation
    HPRB 7470 Program Evaluation in Health Promotion and Health Education
    HPRB 7510 Health Promotion Research Methods
    HPRB 7920 Health Behavior
    HPRB 7990 Diversity and Social Justice in Public Health

    Health Promotion Elective Courses (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 HPRB Graduate Coordinator.

    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.

    Course Substitution Policy

    Students with an undergraduate degree major in Health Promotion can waive the HPRB 7010 course and substitute the course with an upper level concentration within their current MPH concentration.

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