Master of Public Health

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In the decade since Georgia State admitted its first Master of Public Health students, we have drawn a talented pool of students from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, including international students from more than 40 countries. GSU is the only public university with a School of Public Health in Atlanta. The MPH program, accredited since 2007, distinguishes itself in areas such as urban health disparities, chronic diseases and determinants, and violence prevention.


Master of Public Health February 15 (Priority Deadline)
March 15     (Regular Deadline)
October 1


General Admission Information


Currently, there is no required pre-requisite coursework for the Master of Public Health program. Applicants with a variety of educational backgrounds are admitted. Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States (or international equivalent) to be considered for admission.

Deadlines & Decision Notifications

Master of Public Health and Certificate in Public Health Applicants who submit completed applications by the Spring deadline will be notified of their admission decision no later than November 15; MPH applicants who submit a completed application by the Fall deadline (February 15) will be notified of their admission decision no later than May 1.

Test Scores and GPA Requirements

Applicants for the MPH and Certificate of Public Health are admitted for fall and spring semester enrollment. A larger number of students are accepted during the fall admission cycle. Most applicants are required to take either the GRE or GMAT and to supply their cumulative GPA.  While no minimum GRE scores or GPA are required for admission, applicants who score below the 50th percentile on the GRE and/or have a GPA below a 2.75 will be unlikely to be admitted into the Master of Public Health or Certificate in Public Health programs. Applications will still be reviewed individually and holistically by the Admission Committee. The committee will take into account academic preparation, academic and professional focus, professional experience and references.

Reapplying to the School of Public Health

If you were previously denied admission into the Master of Public Health or Certificate in Public Health programs, you should contact the Office of Academic Assistance & Graduate Admissions at 404-413-1452 or  about the process for re-applying. At a minimum, re-applicants will need to submit a new application, an updated resume and a new Statement of Interest and Professional Intent. Re-applicants are also encouraged to submit updated test scores, transcripts and letters of reference if available.

All Master of Public Health applicants must complete an application through SOPHAS.

Please do not submit supporting documents to the School of Public Health. All components of the MPH application must be submitted directly through SOPHAS, with exception to the Residency Form.

After applying, you can check your admissions status here. Please allow two weeks after you have submitted your application for the system to update.

The following is a list of requirements for a complete application:

Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • One official transcript from each college and/or university attended (including Georgia State University, if you attended GSU while earning a different degree). Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript.
Statement of Interest and Professional Intent
    The following issues should be addressed in your Statement of Interest:

  • Your previous academic and professional experiences as well as any work in the area of health or health care
  • Your career and personal goals and how you believe the degree you are seeking will help you achieve these goals
  • Your specific interest in the Georgia State University program
Reference Letters
  • When completing the online application in SOPHAS, you will submit the names and email addresses for three individuals knowledgeable of your academic and/or professional abilities. Your recommenders will automatically be sent instructions via email on how to submit their recommendations through the secured application server.
  • It is strongly recommended that at least one reference letter is an academic reference, especially if your college graduation has occurred in the last three years. However, three professional references will be acceptable if you are unable to obtain an academic reference.
GRE or GMAT scores
  • To submit your GRE scores to SOPHAS, use the code 3750 for Georgia State University. A departmental code is not used. Please note that GRE scores over five years old cannot be accepted.
  • Students submitting GMAT scores cannot submit through SOPHAS at this time. GMAT scores should be sent from the GMAT website directly to Georgia State University’s School of Public Health.
  • For information on the GRE, visit their website at or call 1-800-GRE-CALL. For GMAT information, visit their website at
  • We recommend that you take the test no later than two months prior to the application deadline to ensure that your scores arrive in time.
  • Applicants with an earned doctorate (including an M.D. or J.D.) from an accredited institution in the U.S. do not need to take either examination.
Residency Form
  • Applicants must submit the Residency Form at the time of admission. This document should be sent directly to the Office of Academic Assistance & Career Admissions. You can e-mail the completed form to
International Applicants
  • Official TOEFL score (for applicants whose native language is not English). If available, please include a copy of your TOEFL score in your application packet.
  • International credential evaluation (for applicants who have completed any education outside the U.S.). See International Applicants document.
  • Foreign Student Financial Statement (for international applicants seeking a student visa).
Certificate of Immunization
  • This is required for accepted applicants who have never attended Georgia State University. If admitted, you must submit this form to Georgia State University Health Services prior to registration. The form can be printed from the Student Health Clinic’s Immunization Page.
Citizenship Verification
  • The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that any student applying to Georgia State University will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States before their admission to the university can be finalized. Learn more about the documents accepted.

MPH Core Competencies
Upon completion of the MPH degree, all students will have a mastery of appropriate theory, knowledge and skills in applied public health and public health research as evidenced by the graduate’s ability to:

    1. Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of public health and the function of ethics in biostatistics practice.
    2. Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
    3. Apply basic (univariate and bivariate) descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used with public health data.
    4. Critically evaluate the application, presentation, and interpretation of statistical analyses in the public health studies.
    5. Describe major environmental and occupational contaminants including biological, chemical and physical agents and discuss effects of exposure to these contaminants on human health.
    6. Identify important susceptible human sub-populations with respect to environmental exposures and the sources of variability.
    7. Analyze approaches to assessing, preventing and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health.
    8. Calculate and interpret common epidemiologic measures to draw appropriate inferences.
    9. Critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of epidemiologic methods.
    10. Communicate epidemiologic concepts in both technical and lay language by explaining trends and patterns of health-related events and the importance of epidemiology in health policy, disease prevention, and health promotion.
    11. Identify and critically discuss the organization and financing of the health services and public health systems in the United States, with emphasis on the consequences for vulnerable populations.
    12. Apply evidence-based principles to critically evaluate current policies and practices in healthcare delivery and in public health systems including present and future healthcare reform proposals to address the quality, accessibility and cost of our health systems.
    13. Describe how social and behavioral risk factors contribute to individual and public health outcomes.
    14. Develop and evaluate social and behavior interventions, especially through community participatory research in diverse communities.
    15. Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.

The MPH program includes a minimum of 42 credit hours of study at the master’s level beyond the bachelor’s degree.

  • Core Courses: 16 credit hours
  • Concentration Courses: 18 credit hours (Required & Elective Courses)
  • Research Methods: 3 credit hours
  • Public Health Practicum: 2 credit hours
  • Thesis or Capstone Project: 3 credit hours

MPH Core Requirements, 16 credit hours

PH7011 Epidemiology for Public Health 3
PH7017 Biostatistics for Public Health 4
PH7140 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health 3
PH7150 Environmental Health 3
PH7160 Introduction to the Healthcare System 3


Additional Required Courses, 8 credit hours

PH7019 Public Health Research Methods 3
PH7960 Public Health Practicum 2
PH7990 Public Health Thesis (or Capstone) 3


Practicum (2 credit hours):

Students will take two (2) credit hours of a required practicum in the students’ specialty field of study. Students will develop a practicum with the support of School of Public Health staff. Students will need to complete 240 hours of field work.

Thesis or Capstone Project (3 credit hours):

Following completion of all coursework, students must complete at least three (3) credit hours for a master’s thesis or capstone project meeting established program guidelines.

Concentration-Specific MPH Requirements

Eighteen (18) hours of required coursework and electives have been established to ensure that students achieve proficiency in the core competencies and skills related to each concentration. The elective(s) may come from public health course offerings or from other courses offered by the University, based on consultation with the student’s faculty advisor, the Graduate Coordinator, or the lead faculty member in each concentration. Prior to degree completion, students may take additional electives to expand their knowledge base or enhance special skills.


PH7028 Topics of Inference in Biostatistics 3 Required
PH7029 Categorical Data Analysis 3 Required
PH8027 Biostatistics II (Experimental
Design/ANOVA methods)
3 Required
PH8170 Applied Correlation and Regression 3 Required
Select 1 of the following 3 courses:

  • PH7037 Biostatistics (SAS) Computing Lab
  • PH7525 Intro to Data & Stat Packages
  • STAT8678 SAS Programming

(2 credit course requires at least one more credit hour)

3 Required
One additional three (3) credit hour course focused on quantitative methods should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. There are a number of departments at the university that offer quantitative methods courses including but not limited to Math/Statistics, Decision Sciences, Marketing, Sociology, Policy Studies, and Education. 3 Elective


PH7021 Epidemiologic Methods I 3 Required
PH7031 Epidemiologic Methods II 3 Required
PH7525 Intro to Data Analysis & Statistical Packages 3 Required

Select 1:

  • PH7290 Case Studies in Epidemiology
  • PH7355 Prevention Methods
3 Required

Select 2 courses from the following elective courses:

  • PH7014 Epidemiology of HIV/STD
  • PH7041 Epidemiology Methods III
  • PH7265 Epidemiology and the Prevention of Violence
  • PH7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • PH7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH7285 Social Determinants of Public Health
  • PH7365 Epidemiology of Young Adult & Adolescent Risk Behaviors
6 Electives


PH7294 Exposure Assessment 3 Required
PH7293 Environmental Health Toxicology 3 Required
PH7345 Intro to Risk Assessment 3 Required
 Select 3 courses from the following list of elective courses: 9 Electives
  • PH7155 Air Quality and the Environment
  • PH 7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH7297 Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • PH7299 Sampling of the Environment (lab course)
  • PH7300 Urban Health
  • PH7325 Urban Health Seminar
  • PH7340 Built Environment and Health
  • PH7540 Introduction to Public Health Laboratories
  • PH7025 Health Disparities
  • PH7525 Introduction to Data & Statistical Packages
  • PH7600 Global Health
  • PH8350 Biological Basis for Disease
  • GEOS6532 Introduction to Geographic Info Systems
  • GEOS6538 Urban Health Geographic Info Systems
  • GEOS6644 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOS6784 Climatic Change
  • BIO6451 Aquatic Pollution and Toxicology
  • BIO6480 Principles of Toxicology
  • BIO6484 Laboratory Techniques in Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • BIO6428 Medical Microbiology
  • NUTR6170 Food Safety


PH7016 Introduction to Health Promotion 3 Required
PH7022 Health Behavior Theory for Public Health 3 Required
PH7521 Evaluation Research 3 Required
PH7522 Qualitative Research 3 Required
PH7023 Applied Quantitative Research Methods
for Health Promotion
3 Required
Select 1 course from the following list of courses:
  • PH7014 Intro to HIV/STD Public Health
  • PH7020 Principles of Tobacco Control
  • PH7025 Health Disparities
  • PH7265 Epi & the Prevention of Violence
  • PH7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • PH7285 Social Determinants of Public Health
  • PH7300 Urban Health
  • PH7340 Built Environment & Health
  • PH7535 Intervention/Implementation Research
  • PH7555 Disabilities & Public Health
  • PH7600 Global Health


PH7130 Leadership & Public Health 3 Required
PH7170 Public Health Policy 3 Required
PH7250 Health Care Finance 3 Required
Select 2 courses from the following list of elective courses:
  • PH7012 Hlth. Prog. Planning, Implementation & Eval.
  • PH 7300 Urban Health
  • PH7340 Built Environment and Health
  • PH7521 Evaluation Research
  • PH7535 Intervention/Implementation Research
  • PH7600 Global Health
6 Required

Select 1 course from the following list of elective courses:

  • PH7013 Health Care Quality
  • PH7018 Advanced Analytics
  • PH7030 Disparities in Sexual Health
  • PH7325 Urban Health Seminar (1 credit)
  • PH7522 Qualitative Research
  • PH7525 Introduction to Data Analysis & Statistical Packages
  • PH7555 Disability & Public Health
  • PH7565 Disability Policy
  • HA8190 Health Policy and Ethics
  • HA8250 Health Economics and Financing
  • HA8700 Health Services Research & Eval. Methods
  • HHS8000 Trends Affecting Hlth. Policies, Practices, Laws
  • LAW7244 Public Health Law
  • PMAP8010 Social Policy
  • PMAP8431 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • PMAP8531 Policy Analysis
  • SOC7110 Aging Policy and Services
3 Elective

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