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JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

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

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By appointment only

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MHA Awards
  • Student of the Year: The student who has the most positive impact on the MHA Program.
  • Academic and Research Award: Academic success (GPA), assisted research with MHA faculty and engaged in specific activities with other healthcare organizations.
  • F- Award: a playful award for the student who has the most “F- questions” regarding information in Dr. Stephen’s classes.


  • 2nd year graduating MHA student
  • Meets additional requirements for specified award


  • MHA faculty nomination
  • MHA Award Committee reviews and select the nominees

Committee Board:

  • Committee Chair: Dr. James Stephens
  • Member: Dr. Julie Reagan
  • Member: Dr. Samuel Opoku
  • Member: Dr. Linda Kimsey

2017 Award Winners:

Student of the Year:
Nic Wood

Academic & Research Award:
Rebecca King

Solomon Crawford


AcademyHealth was established in June 2000 quickly becoming the preeminent professional society for health services researchers and health policy analysts. In 2012, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health became one of only 32 colleges and universities in the United States to establish an AcademyHealth student chapter. The purpose of the AcademyHealth student chapter is to acquaint students with the fields of health services research and health policy and facilitate learning opportunities through interaction with health services and policy researchers and practitioners. The aim of the chapter is to connect students with national and regional resources in order to keep them abreast of the latest developments, research, methodologies, and opportunities in the field. AcademyHealth student chapter membership is open to all students at Georgia Southern University who have an interest in health services researcher and health policy.

Delta Omega

In October 2011, JPHCOPH received an official charter to establish the Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega. Founded in 1924, Delta Omega is a national honor society existing to encourage research and scholarship among graduate students of public health and to recognize attainment and achievement in the field of public health. This spring, the Gamma Theta chapter will hold its first induction of students, faculty, alumni and honorary members based on high academic standards and outstanding performance in scholarship, teaching, research and community service. For more information about Delta Omega, please visit the National Chapter’s website at For questions regarding the Gamma Theta Chapter, please contact the president at

Eta Sigma Gamma

Eta Sigma Gamma, National Health Science honorary was founded on August 14, 1967 on the campus of Ball State University, Muncie, IN. Three professors in the Department of Physiology and Health Science: Dr. Warren Schaller, Dr. Robert Synovitz and Dr. William Bock had the vision of a national honorary for the profession of health education.
The mission of Eta Sigma Gamma to elevate the highest standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally trained men and women in, and for, the health education discipline through teaching/education, service, and research. It is this combination of these activities that will provide the honorary the opportunity to best serve its members (students and practitioners) and the profession with excellence.
The goals of the honorary include:

  • Supporting the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs and resources
  • Stimulating and disseminating scientific research
  • Motivating and providing health education services
  • Recognizing academic achievement
  • Supporting health education advocacy initiatives
  • Promoting professional standards and ethics
  • Promoting networking activities among health educators and related professionals

Admission is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the major of health education & promotion, community health, earning a minimum 2.75 GPA. Follow the link to the Eta Sigma Gamma Application and Pledge Test.  For history and initiation information, please follow the link to the Eta Sigma Gamma Manual for New Initiates into Collegiate Chapters.

Public Health Student Association

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) received recognition as an “official student organization” from the Dean of Students at Georgia Southern University in 2007. The purpose of the PHSA is to: (a) promote public health interests among students at Georgia Southern University (b) To build and sustain a strong network of graduates of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, (c) To foster strong student-faculty relationships for promoting academics, and (d) To engage with the surrounding community through volunteering and provision of services. The PHSA is open to all students at Georgia Southern University who have an interest in the field of public health. Meetings are held monthly.

Last updated: 10/2/2017