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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

The Health Promotion and Behavior MPH concentration is available in-person or as a fully online program. For the in-person option, 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.

Health Promotion and Behavior Concentration, MPH

Health promotion is a core function of public health, and it empowers individuals and communities to play a role in preventing disease. Georgia State's Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior focuses on theoretical and applied approaches that promote community health and disease prevention. Students will increase their knowledge and skills for planning, implementing and evaluating effective public health interventions.

The Health Promotion and Behavior Concentration focuses on behavioral, social and cultural factors that impact health-related behaviors and health disparities. It draws upon disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, communications, and ethics to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions that improve health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

 

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 100 international Fulbright Scholar recipients

Career Outlook

The Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior prepares students for a range of career paths, including:

  • Health Educator
  • Health Behavior Scientist
  • Health Communication Specialist
  • General Health Scientist, Social Science Analyst
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator
  • Family Planning Specialist
  • Community Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Program Associate, and more

High Demand, Competitive Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 7% growth in the demand for Health Education Specialists over the next several years. The median salary for Health Education Specialists is $62,000.

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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 not a requirement for admission to the MPH program.

Use the HOW TO APPLY button below for more information on the application process.

Health promotion is a core function of public health, and it empowers individuals and communities to play a role in preventing disease. This concentration draws from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, communications, and ethics.

For details on coursework and degree requirements, visit the Georgia State University catalog.

Learn more about the cost of an online 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 University 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 page.

Contacts

Office of Academic Assistance
404-413-1452
[email protected]

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