UGA’s College of Public Health prepares you to confidently engage in complex public health issues and create a meaningful impact that can help transform the world’s wellness. Graduate with the knowledge and skills to tackle the important challenges of today.
Making the world a healthier place is what drives public health organizations. If you are dedicated to the idea of helping people live healthier and safer lives, public health might be the answer.
The Online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is considered the heart and soul of any school of public health. Through coursework and learning experiences in the field, MPH students receive training to provide service and leadership in public health in the state of Georgia, for the nation, and around the globe.
The public health field has a long history of promoting health through research, community programming, education campaigns, implementing policy, and advocating for safer living and working conditions. Vaccination programs, family planning, and preventive medicine are just a few examples of how public health has a positive global impact.
The demand for public health professionals is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of healthcare occupations is expected to grow by 14% by 2028.
Online MPH students will learn foundational theories and skills in each public health area, including health policy and management, health promotion, environmental health, biostatistics, and epidemiology – in a format that allows you to advance your career from the comfort of wherever you are.
Potential job titles include Epidemiologist, Environmental Health Scientist, Health Data Analyst, Healthcare Administrator, Health Educator, Public Health Program Manager, Healthcare Consultant, and Policy Analyst.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of Georgia also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The University of Georgia College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.
All students must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and relevant course history are recommended for consideration during the admission process.
Admissions will be based on the evaluation of the applicant’s educational background and any work experience, past performance, and/or potential to work in the field of public health. Preferences for the online program will be made for working professionals, and particularly those currently in the public health or relevant health professions. In addition, other requirements include:
Admission based on academic preparation (GPA)
Current resumé or CV
Recommendations by discipline-specific academic advisors or employers
Personal statement of academic and professional background and objectives
Online Master of Public Health Application Checklist
Select Intended Program – MPH, Public Health (College of Public Health) [MPH_PUBH_ONL]
Select Intended Term – Spring
Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
Statement of Purpose – Submit a one to two-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program.
Spring: November 15
Spring: October 15
International Applicants – must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Based on credit hour costs, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would pay $29,920 in tuition.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
High-speed internet access.
The curriculum includes 15 credits of courses in the core disciplines of public health, 21 credits across public health domains, and 8 credit hours focused on acquiring professional training and applied practice experience for a total of 44 credit hours.
The first year will be a cohort model with students taking the same courses. Subsequent years will vary in course enrollment and will depend on the term start.
*There is a required internship – The 300-hour semester-long applied practice experience can take place in the student’s geographic region and can be extended to 2-semesters with prior approval. Students may complete this work under their current employer, but must report to a different supervisor, and must complete duties that are not part of their current position.
Online Master of Public Health Sample Program of Study
Semesters 1, 2, and 3 Core courses (19 credits)
SEMINAR I Professional Seminar for Public Health Practitioners I (professional writing)
Foundations of Epidemiology
Foundations of Health Policy and Management
Public Health Surveillance
Foundations of Health Promotion
Applied Biostatistics in Health Promotion (Lab)
Fundamentals of Environmental Health Sciences
Applied Biostatistics in Environmental Health Science (Lab)
Semesters 4, 5, and 6 Additional Requirements (19 credits)
Early Influences on Aging
Program Evaluation in Health Promotion
SEMINAR II Professional Seminar for Public Health Practitioners II
Public Health Crises and Disaster Management
Management of Public Health Organizations
Fundementals of Chemical and Microbial Risk Assessment
UGA’s College of Public Health is launching a fully online, accredited Masters in Public Health (OMPH) in the spring of 2024. The OMPH will offer greater access to the essential training this program provides and addresses some of the critical needs in Georgia, our nation, and around the…