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 full-time and part-time students from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, including international students from more than 40 different countries. The only public university with a school of public health in Atlanta, we offer five areas of concentration for the 42 credit-hour MPH: Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Management & Policy, or Health Promotion & Behavior. The Master of Public Health program, which has been 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
Graduate Certificate March 15 October 1

 

General Admission Information

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.

Applications received after the deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis. Contact the Office of Academic Assistance & Graduate Admissions (404-413-1452 or publichealthadvising@gsu.edu) for information.

Test Scores & 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.

Application Requirements

Please see the Admissions Requirements page for more information on what is required for a complete application.

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

  • Core Courses: 15 credit hours
  • Concentration Courses: 18 credit hours (Required & Elective Courses)
  • Research Methods: 3 credit hours
  • Public Health Practicum: 3 credit hours
  • Thesis or Capstone Project: 3 credit hours

COURSES REQUIRED BY ALL MPH STUDENTS
MPH Core Requirements, 15 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PH7011 Epidemiology for Public Health 3
PH7017 Biostatistics for Public Health 3
PH7140 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health 3
PH7150 Environmental Health 3
PH7160 Introduction to the Healthcare System 3

 

Additional Required Courses, 9 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PH7019 Public Health Research Methods 3
PH7960 Public Health Practicum 3
PH7990 Public Health Thesis (or Capstone) 3

 

Practicum (3 credit hours):

Students will take three (3) 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 300 hours of field work.

Thesis or Special 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 a special capstone project meeting established program guidelines.

 

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. Articulate and utilize an understanding of core public health concepts in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to apply theory and knowledge in applied and field-based settings, as identified by the CDC – National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) ten (10) essential public health services.
  3. Identify and assess the public health conditions, both assets and deficiencies, of populations.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement and evaluate programs and services designed to address public health conditions, both assets and deficiencies, of populations.
  5. Employ an “ecological approach” to public health, with emphasis on the linkages and relationships among the multiple determinants of health, to assure conditions that protect and promote the health of populations.
  6. Identify and analyze health disparities and design appropriate, culturally competent prevention and intervention strategies.
  7. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of public health practice and research.
  8. Demonstrate skills in public health research and communication.

 

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
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

EPIDEMIOLOGY CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
PH7021 Epidemiologic Methods I 3 Required
PH7031 Epidemiologic Methods II 3 Required

Select 1 course from the following three courses:

  • PH7041 Epidemiologic Methods III
  • PH7525 Intro to Data Analysis & Statistical Packages
  • PH8027 Biostatistics II
3 Required

Select 1 course from the following two courses:

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

Select 2 courses from the following list of elective courses:

  • PH7265 Epidemiology and the Prevention of Violence
  • PH7275 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • PH7280 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PH7014 Epidemiology of HIV/STD
  • PH7035 Topics in Public Health & Reproductive Health
  • PH7285 Social Determinants of Public Health
  • PH7365 Epidemiology of Young Adult & Adolescent Risk Behaviors
6 Electives

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
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

HEALTH PROMOTION & BEHAVIOR CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
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

HEALTH MANAGEMENT & POLICY CONCENTRATION, 18 credit hours

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED OR ELECTIVE
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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