The School of Public Health is located in the heart of Atlanta and a short distance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local government agencies and international non-governmental organizations. The School provides a practice-based education in a city many consider the U.S. capital of public health, preparing our students to become leaders who understand complex health problems that affect cities worldwide.
Atlanta, the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States, is home to more than 5.4 million residents in the 28 county area. It is a sprawling community with a variety communities, cities and neighborhoods from urban to intown suburban, traditional suburban and exurban neighborhoods. With its temperate climate and a well-known canopy of trees, Atlanta is an urban forest.
Home to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, Atlanta is the headquarters for AT & T Mobility, Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, The Home Depot, Newell-Rubbermaid, and UPS. It is also home to numerous media organizations – CNN’s studios are downtown, Turner Broadcasting is located in midtown Atlanta and The Weather Channel has studios in suburban Cobb County.
Health care is another industry with strong roots in Atlanta. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters are located in close in east and northeastern suburbs. The headquarters of the American Cancer Society and CARE USA are located in downtown. In addition, Atlanta has numerous high quality medical centers including a nationally ranked children’s hospital and specialty spinal and head injury facility (Shepherd Center).
The Atlanta metro area is home to more than 835,623 public school students in its 15 county and 4 city school systems. In addition, hundreds of private, religious and independent schools are located in the metro area. These can be searched on sites such as the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools http://www.aaais.org/.
More than 30 colleges and universities are located in the metro Atlanta area. Most notably are Clark –Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College. Additional regional public and private colleges and universities include Agnes Scott College, Columbia Seminary, Clayton State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Kennesaw State University, and Oglethorpe University.
Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Most major carriers including American, Southwest, United, US Airways and of course, Delta fly out of Hartsfield-Jackson. Numerous regional carriers and international airlines such as American Eagle, Republic Airlines, Skywest Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Airlines, and Lufthansa also use Hartsfield-Jackson.
Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and many more!