Georgia has several public and private, non-profit schools that offer public health degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many graduate programs require students to elect a concentration in a specialized area of the broad, interdisciplinary field of public health, such as biostatistics, global health, or epidemiology. A few alternative schedule programs are available, such as those allowing part-time or accelerated study. Requirements beyond curriculum may include practicum, examinations, and/or a dissertation.
With the exception of Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate public health program, each of the schools discussed below offers programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
Agnes Scott College
Located in Decatur, this women's liberal arts college enrolled over 870 students in 2015, all undergraduates. Agnes Scott College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health program, which requires completion of 52 credit hours of study in the major. Classes in this program cover topics like the principles of epidemiology, medical anthropology and global health. Students may also pursue a minor in public health.
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Armstrong Atlantic State University is located in Savannah. It offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) program with a focus on community health education. This 45-credit-hour program includes coursework in subjects such as biostatistics, public health management and health communication. The program's curriculum also includes a capstone course and practicum.
This university is located in Augusta. Due to a recent merger with Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, it is now called Augusta University. The university offers a Master of Public Health program with concentrations in environmental health, health informatics, social and behavioral sciences, or health management that requires 45 or more credit hours of study in each concentration. This program, which is 90% online, is designed for working professionals. Core MPH courses cover topics like health policy, biostatistics and epidemiology. The program also includes an internship and capstone course.
The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta offers diverse programs in public health, including doctoral programs. Undergraduates can pursue a 5-year program awarding a bachelor's degree, usually in math or computer science, in addition to a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Biostatistics. A similar 5-year program is available for environmental science majors; this program awards a B.S. in Environmental Studies and MPH.
Graduate students can pursue MPH and MSPH programs with a variety of concentrations, including biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental health. The rigorously research-based MSPH programs are designed to prepare graduates for a variety of public health careers or doctoral studies. All students enrolled at public health programs at Rollins are required to complete a practicum.
MPH and MSPH programs share core coursework, including statistics, global health, environmental health and epidemiology. Numerous dual degree programs are also available, such as programs that combine the MPH with nursing, medicine, physical therapy and divinity. Rollins also offers 6 Ph.D. programs in public health specializations: behavioral science and health education, biostatistics, nutrition and health sciences, health services research and health policy, epidemiology and environmental health sciences.
Georgia Southern University
This university is located in Statesboro and enrolls over 20,500 students. The university offers a Master of Public Health program in which students may select from concentrations in health policy and management, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology or community health. In addition to coursework, this 45-credit-hour program includes a capstone project and practicum.
The university also offers a Doctor of Public Health program, which requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of study. Students in this terminal professional degree program choose from 3 concentrations in community health behavior and education, biostatistics or public health leadership. Students complete a 300-hour practicum, called a preceptorship, in addition to a dissertation.
Georgia State University
Georgia State University is located in Atlanta and enrolls approximately 32,000 students. It offers a Master of Public Health program that requires 42 credit hours of study. Students in this program choose a concentration in one of 5 areas: health promotion and behavior, health management and policy, epidemiology, environmental health and biostatistics. Regardless of chosen concentration, students in this program engage in a practicum and either write a thesis or complete a capstone project.
The school also offers a 62-credit-hour Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health program. Students in this program choose a concentration in a core area of public health. Ph.D. candidates take professional seminars, research methods courses and public health core courses, such as public health leadership and the biology of disease. Program requirements include a practicum, teaching courses, a doctoral exam and dissertation.
This university located in Macon offers a generalist Master of Public Health program during the evenings and in online and hybrid formats. This program is available on the university's campuses in Macon and Atlanta and can be completed in 5 full-time semesters or on a part-time basis. The university also offers an accelerated 1-year MPH program. Core courses include biostatistics, epidemiology, disease prevention and public health management.
Morehouse School of Medicine
Located in Atlanta, the Morehouse School of Medicine enrolled almost 400 students in 2015-16, all graduate students. The school offers an MPH program that requires 48 credit hours of study. Classes in this program cover topics like the social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology and global health systems. A Doctor of Medicine/ Master of Public Health dual degree program is also available. This program requires 5 years of study. Students in the program begin completing public health coursework during their third year of medical studies.
University of Georgia
The University of Georgia is located in Athens and enrolls approximately 35,000 students. It offers a Bachelor of Science/ Master of Public Health dual degree program through its Honors College. The school also offers an MPH program with concentrations in health policy and management, disaster management, biostatistics, epidemiology, gerontology, environmental health and health promotion. Students in this program complete 45 credit hours of study. Core classes in this program include environmental health, epidemiology and biostatistics.
The University of Georgia also offers a practice-focused Doctor of Public Health program that prepares graduates to act as leaders in the field. Admission to this 58-semester-hour program requires a master's degree and at least 3 years of work experience in the field. In addition to coursework, students in the program complete a residency, sit for comprehensive exams and write a dissertation. The university also offers Doctor of Philosophy programs in 5 public health fields: biostatistics, health promotion and behavior, epidemiology, environmental health science and toxicology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Public Health Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Agnes Scott College||4-year, private non-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Public Health||$37,236 (undergraduate)*|
|Armstrong Atlantic State University||4-year, public; midsize city||Master of Public Health||$5,272 for in-state and $15,550 for out-of-state students*|
|Augusta University||4-year, public; midsize city||Master of Public Health||$6,834 for in-state and $19,234 for out-of-state students*|
|Emory University||4-year, private non-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts (typically in math or computer science)/ Master of Science in Public Health in Biostatistics dual degree program,
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies / Master of Public Health in Environmental Health dual degree program,
Master of Public Health in 9 public health specializations,
Master of Science in Public Health in 6 public health specializations,
Doctor of Philosophy in 6 public health specializations
|Georgia Southern University||4-year, public; distant town|| Master of Public Health,
Doctor of Public Health
|$8,728 for in-state and $28,610 for out-of-state students*|
|Georgia State University||4-year, public; large city|| Master of Public Health,
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
|$9,004 for in-state and $24,502 for out-of-state students*|
|Mercer University||4-year, private non-profit; midsize city||Master of Public Health||$15,204*|
|Morehouse School of Medicine||4-year, private non-profit; large city|| Master of Public Health,
Doctor of Medicine/ Master of Public Health dual degree program
|University of Georgia||4-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science/ Master of Public Health dual degree program,
Master of Public Health in 7 public health specializations,
Doctor of Public Health,
Doctor of Philosophy in 5 public health specializations
|$10,750 for in-state and $26,348 for out-of-state students*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.