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MPH Generalist

Mission and Overview

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) 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 MPH – 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 MPH 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

Monica Brister
Academic Services Coordinator
Phone: 912-478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Generalist Competencies

At the completion of the MPH degree program all generalist students will be able to:


  1. Demonstrate how data and information are used to improve individual, program, and/or organizational performance (e.g., selection and use of valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data, data-driven decision making, data management, performance measurement).
  2. Explain the importance of evaluations for improving programs, and services.
  3. Target/Tailor messages for disseminating public health data and information (e.g., social media, newspapers, newsletters, journals, town hall meetings, libraries, neighborhood gatherings).
  4. Recognize the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability, and delivery of public health services.
  5. Engages community members to improve health in a community (e.g., input in developing and implementing community health assessments and improvement plans, feedback about programs and services).
  6. Participate with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action.

Course Requirements

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

Generalist Concentration Documents

2-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission 2019)MPH Generalist Fall 2019 Plan of Study PDF
2-Year Plan of Study (previous academic years)MPH Generalist Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 5/7/2019