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M.P.H. Generalist

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Generalist program is to support and enhance public health for the Georgia coastal region through workforce development, research and community service. The mission supports the programmatic vision: To be the principal center of public health education, information and advocacy in the Georgia coastal region.

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Generalist degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (18 credits), Program Concentration Courses (15 credits), Guided Electives (6 credits), Practicum experience (3 credits) and Capstone in Applied Public Health Leadership (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will be required to present a summary of their practicum field work and capstone leadership work as the culminating M.P.H. experience.

Note: Compared to the other five MPH concentrations offered by JPHCOPH, this track offers a generalist approach, providing students the opportunity to complete a more broad-based program of study with the flexibility to tailor their individual focus with more guided elective options (6 credit hours), combined with emphasis on applied skills and knowledge required for the front-line public health practitioner/public health leader.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Generalist Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate proficiency and effectiveness in the communication of core public health principles and practices, both oral and written.
  2. Identify, apply, and interpret appropriate statistical methods to analyze and describe a public health problem.
  3. Understand the relationship between environmental factors and community health; discuss remediation for environmental health problems.
  4. Use epidemiologic methods to analyze patterns of disease and injury; discuss application to address problems.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of leadership, policy development, budgeting, and program management in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health programs for individuals and populations.
  6. Address behavioral, social, and cultural factors that impact individual and population health and health disparities over the life span.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in problem‐solving, critical thinking, and public health leadership.
Community Health Education Competencies

At the completion of the M.P.H. degree program all Community Health students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of professional public health activities. (Communication and Informatics)
  2. Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. (Communication and Informatics)
  3. Describe the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities. (Diversity and Culture)
  4. Explain how professional ethics and practices relate to equity and accountability in diverse community settings. (Diversity and Culture)
  5. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served. (Diversity and Culture)


  1. Convey public health information using a variety of approaches. (Communication)
  2. Identify and utilize public health data to assess health status of populations. (Analytic/Assessment)
  3. Describe organizational structures, functions, and authorities of local, state, and federal public health agencies. (Administration and Management)
  4. Recognize the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability, and delivery of public health services. (Diversity and Culture)
  5. Basic Public Health Sciences Skills: Describe scientific evidence related to a public health issue, concern, or intervention. (Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)
  6. Gather information that will inform policy decisions, and describe implications of policy options. (Policy Development and Program Planning)
  7. Participate with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action. (Leadership and Ethics)
Course Requirements

Course descriptions can be found in the Georgia Southern University Graduate Catalog.

Generalist Plan of Study
2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission)pdf

Last updated: 10/17/2017