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Earn your MPH in a global hub of public health expertise.
What does it cost?

Learn more about the cost of a master’s degree, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study. For information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine eligibility, visit the FAFSA tips page.

Georgia State is dedicated to making our programs affordable and accessible to all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student's future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

How long will it take?

42 credit hours, or approximately two years

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Some classes will be online or hybrid—meaning some days you would meet in the classroom, some days online—but the entire program will not be online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall

  • February 15 (priority deadline)
  • March 15 (regular deadline)

Spring

  • October 1 (regular deadline)

The above are standard deadlines. Check our deadlines page for updates and extensions.

Environmental Health Concentration, MPH

Georgia State's Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Environmental Health prepares students for research and practice in the study of environmental factors, including the biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community.

Environmental health investigates how environmental agents, from the molecular to the ecological level, as well as natural and human-created environments, affect health.  Addressing all the physical, chemical and biological factors external to a person, coupled with all related factors affecting behaviors, environmental health seeks to assess and control these factors to prevent disease and create health-supportive environments.

The concentration teaches the core environmental health disciplines—exposure assessment, toxicology, risk assessment, and air and water pollution—and offers additional areas of specialization, including food safety, occupational health, infectious diseases, environmental epidemiology and urban health.

About the School of Public Health

Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia State’s School of Public Health provides a practice-based education in a thriving global city, creating leaders who are prepared to advance health equity and address urgent challenges.

Public Health students engage in practicum opportunities throughout greater Atlanta’s vibrant public health community in places such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local government agencies and international non-governmental organizations.

Learn more about the School of Public Health

Program Highlights

What makes the School of Public Health distinctive?

One of the Most Diverse Programs in the Nation

We have an extraordinarily diverse student body that reflects the diversity of our nation and also includes a significant number of international students who are drawn to Georgia State from more than 40 countries.

  • More than 70% of all students are members of a minority group
  • 6% are from countries outside the U.S.
  • Students represent more than 40 countries
  • More than 95 Fulbright Scholar recipients

Career Outlook

Environmental health specialists work in many different sectors. They monitor air quality, water and noise pollution, toxic substances and pesticides; conduct restaurant inspections; carry out vector control; and promote healthy housing and land use. Environmental health professionals also research environmental toxins, communicable disease outbreaks and human health impacts of environmental catastrophes such as hurricanes.

This concentration addresses how environmental risk factors—such as smoke, water and airborne pollutants—affect certain populations and their health. Students who concentrate in environmental health are well versed in the variety of approaches used to assess risk levels associated with the environment and public health.

Common job titles include:

  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Consumer Safety Officer
  • Toxicologist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Occupation Safety Manager
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Manager and more

Program Details

Applicants to the Master of Public Health program at Georgia State University should submit their materials through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) website.

Application materials include:

  • SOPHAS application and fee
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended
  • Three professional references
  • A statement of purpose and objectives
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for international applicants

The GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to the MPH program.

Use the HOW TO APPLY button below for a complete list of instructions for the Georgia State application and to get started.

Environmental health focuses on the impact of the environment on human health, as well as how environmental factors affect health outcomes. This concentration encompasses core areas that include exposure assessment, toxicology, risk assessment, air pollution and water pollution. Areas of specialization include food safety, occupational health, infectious diseases, environmental epidemiology and urban health.

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

Learn more about the cost of a master’s degree, or use Georgia State’s Cost Calculator to get an idea of the investment required for your path of study. For information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine eligibility, visit the FAFSA tips page.

Georgia State works to ensure affordability and accessibility to all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student's future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

Graduates of the Master of Public Health program at Georgia State demonstrate foundational competencies that encompass the following areas:

  • Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  • Public Health and Health Care Systems
  • Planning and Management to Promote Health
  • Policy in Public Health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Systems Thinking
  • Diversity and its Influence on Public Health

For details and information on courses where these foundational competencies are assessed, visit our Foundational Competencies.

Contacts

Office of Academic Assistance
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[email protected]

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