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.

Deadlines

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

 

General Admission Information

Eligibility

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 publichealthadvising@gsu.edu  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
Transcripts
  • 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 www.gre.org or call 1-800-GRE-CALL. For GMAT information, visit their website at www.gmac.org.
  • 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 sphadmissions@gsu.edu.
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

COURSES REQUIRED BY ALL MPH STUDENTS
MPH Core Requirements, 16 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
  • PH 7011 or
  • PH 7711
  • Epidemiology for Public Health (required for Environmental Health, Health Management & Policy, and Health Promotion & Behavior concentrations)
  • Epidemiologic Methods I (required for Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentrations)
3
PH 7017 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I 4
PH 7140 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3
PH 7150 Environmental Health 3
PH 7160 Introduction to the Health Care System 3

 

Additional Required Courses, 8 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PH 7019 Public Health Research Methods 3
PH 7960 Public Health Practicum 2
  • PH 7990 or
  • PH 7991
  • Public Health Thesis
  • Public Health 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.

BIOSTATISTICS CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
PH 7027 Fundamentals of Biostatistics II 3 Required
PH 7525 Statistical Computing 3 Required
PH 8820 Generalized Linear Models 3 Required
PH 8830 Advanced Statistical Topics 3 Required
Select two pre-approved courses focusing on advanced statistical techniques and quantitative research methods. Pre-approved courses include:

  • PH 7028 – Introduction to Probability Theory and Statistical Inference
  • PH 8721 – Epidemiologic Methods II
  • PH 8885 – Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
  • PH 8890 – Special Topics in Biostatistics (may be repeated)

This is not an exhaustive list of options. Students should seek written pre-approval of any courses(s) beyond the above listed pre-approved BSTP elective courses. Approval must come from both the Division Director and OAA.

6 Elective

EPIDEMIOLOGY CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
PH 8721 Epidemiologic Methods II 3 Required
PH 7027 Fundamentals of Biostatistics II 3 Required
PH 7525 Statistical Computing 3 Required

Select 3 courses from the following elective courses:

  • PH 7014 Epidemiology of STDs and HIV
  • PH 7265 Epidemiology and the Prevention of Violence
  • PH 7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 7290 Case Studies in Epidemiology
    PH 7355 Prevention Methods
  • PH 7365 Epidemiology of Adolescent and Young Adult Health Risk Behaviors
  • PH 8285 Social Determinants of Public Health
  • PH 8790 Special Topics in Epidemiology
9 Electives

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
PH 7293 Environmental Health Toxicology 3 Required
PH 7294 Exposure Assessment 3 Required
PH7345 Introduction to Risk Assessment 3 Required
 Select 3 courses from the following list of EVHT approved elective courses:

  • PH 7025 Health Disparities
  • PH 7155 Air Quality and the Environment
  • PH 7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 7297 Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • PH 7299 Sampling of the Environment (lab course)
  • PH 7300 Urban Health
  • PH 7325 Urban Health Seminar (1-hour course that may be taken 3 times to count as a 3-hour elective)
  • PH 7340 Built Environment and Health
  • PH 7525 Statistical Computing
  • PH 7540 Introduction to Public Health Laboratories
  • PH 7600 Global Health
  • PH 8350 Biological Basis for Disease
  • GEOS 6532 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOS 6538 Urban Health Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOS 6644 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOS 6784 Climatic Change
  • BIO 6428 Medical Microbiology
  • BIO 6451 Aquatic Pollution and Toxicology
  • BIO 6480 Principles of Toxicology
  • BIO 6484 Laboratory Techniques in Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • NUTR 6170 Food Safety
9 Electives

HEALTH PROMOTION & BEHAVIOR CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
PH 7016 Introduction to Health Promotion 3 Required
PH 7022 Health Behavior Theory for Public Health Research 3 Required
PH 7521 Evaluation Research 3 Required
Select 3 courses from the following list:

  • PH 7014 Epidemiology of STDs and HIV
  • PH 7020 Principles of Tobacco Control
  • PH 7025 Health Disparities
  • PH 7027 Fundamentals of Biostatistics II
  • PH 7035 Topics in Public Health & Reproductive Health
  • PH 7170 Public Health Policy
  • PH 7265 Epidemiology and the Prevention of Violence
  • PH 7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • PH 7300 Urban Health
  • PH 7340 Built Environment and Health
  • PH 7365 Epidemiology of Adolescent and Young Adult Health Risk Behaviors
  • PH 7522 Qualitative Research
  • PH 7525 Statistical Computing
  • PH 7535 Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • PH 7555 Disabilities and Public Health
  • PH 7565 Disability Policy
  • PH 7570 Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • PH 7600 Global Health
  • PH 7711 Epidemiologic Methods I
  • PH 8285 Social Determinants of Public Health
  • EPRS 8540 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II
  • PSYC 8420 Psychology Research Statistics II
9 Electives

HEALTH MANAGEMENT & POLICY CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
PH 7130 Leadership and Public Health 3 Required
PH 7170 Public Health Policy 3 Required
PH 8250 Health Economics and Policy 3 Required
Select 2 courses from the following HMGP list A of approved elective courses:

  • PH 7012 Health Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • PH 7300 Urban Health
  • PH 7340 Built Environment and Health
  • PH 7521 Evaluation Research
  • PH 7535 Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • PH 7600 Global Health
6 Required

Select 1 course from the following HMGP list B of approved elective courses:

  • PH 7325 Urban Health Seminar (1 credit course that may be taken 3 times to count as a 3-hour elective)
  • PH 7522 Qualitative Research
  • PH 7525 Statistical Computing
  • PH 7555 Disability & Public Health
  • PH 7565 Disability Policy
  • PH 7570 Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • PH 8290 Population Health Informatics
  • HA 8190 Health Policy and Ethics
  • HA 8250 Health Economics and Financing
  • HA 8700 Health Services Research and Evaluation Methods
  • HHS 8000 Trends Affecting Health Policies, Practices, Laws
  • LAW 7244 Public Health Law
  • PMAP 8010 Social Policy
  • PMAP 8431 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • PMAP 8531 Policy Analysis
  • SOC 7110 Aging Policy and Services
3 Elective

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