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M.P.H. Community Health Education Program

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Community Health Education program is to prepare students in the development and application of community-based public health interventions that solve problems in the field of public health. Students completing an M.P.H. in Community Health Education within the JPHCOPH at Georgia Southern University will be able to serve the community, region, state, nation, or world through governmental, private, and academic sectors by utilizing their community health skills gained in order to help solve public health problems including health disparities in rural and urban environments.

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Community Health Education degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (18 credits), Program Concentration Courses (21 credits), and a Practicum experience (3 credits)/Capstone Research Project (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research project as the culminating M.P.H. experience.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

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

Advising Hours

By appointment only

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)

Community Health Education Concentration

  1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  2. Identify the causes of social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
  3. Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions.
  4. Identify critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  5. Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
  6. Describe the role of social and community factors in both the onset and solution of public health problems.
  7. Describe the merits of social and behavioral science interventions and policies.
  8. Apply evidence-based approaches in the development and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions.
  9. Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  10. Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.

Course Requirements

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

Community Health Concentration Documents

2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission)MPH Community Health Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 11/7/2018