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Master of Public Health

MPH Program


Are you looking for public health master’s degrees in Georgia to prepare you for your next career move? The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University prepares professionals like you for broad-based practice in public health. You will learn the integration of core competencies in the five basic areas of public health, with specialized expertise in one:

The program serves both the full-time student preparing for a career in public health, as well as currently employed health professionals seeking an advanced education to enhance their existing skills and background.

You will learn these specific skill sets and competencies related to the three core functions of public health practice – assessment, policy development, and assurance:

  • Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  • Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  • Recognize the importance of the enforcement of laws and regulations necessary to protect health and ensure safety
  • Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
  • Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

The Master of Public Health program at Georgia Southern University is committed to producing public health practitioners who possess the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to produce an effective public health workforce.


The purpose of the Master of Public Health is to prepare graduate level public health practitioners who are capable of applying practice-based skills in the field.

According to the Council on Education for Public Health, public health is defined as the art and science of promoting health, preventing disease, and prolonging life among human populations, and the broad mission of public health is to enhance human health through organized community efforts.

To accomplish these tasks, you need a hands-on public health education program that not only trains you to assess the scale and potential impact of problems facing human populations at home and around the world, but also trains you to recognize existing community capacities and resources.

Our public health students are trained to understand the role of community empowerment, community mobilization, networks, and partnerships in the development of policies to help these affected populations.

Your Master of Public Health degree will focus on the task of establishing the services and infrastructure necessary to address these identified problems, and enforcing the policies needed to solve them.

Last updated: 5/19/2019