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Master of Public Health
Accredited by CEPH. The purpose of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is to provide students with mastery of theory, knowledge, and skills in areas of public and community health. The program prepares students with a broad foundation in all five core areas of public health: health behavior and education, health services administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health sciences. The program emphasis in Community Health Education also exposes students to specialized training in health promotion and education methods, health communication, program planning and evaluation, and program management. All students have an opportunity to apply learned skills in practice during a culminating capstone course and a supervised practicum (internship) experience in the community. Students also have the opportunity to develop other areas of professional interest through electives, student organizations, and faculty research.
The mission of the MPH program at Armstrong is to support and enhance public health for the Georgia coastal region through workforce development, research, and community service.
To be a principal center of public health education, information, and advocacy in the Georgia coastal region.
MPH Program Goals
- To prepare, encourage, and recognize academic achievement in public health students in order to create effective public health professionals.
- To enhance the body of knowledge in public health through academic and applied research.
- To provide leadership, expertise, and assistance in public health education and promotion that responds to changing community health needs.
The MPH program embraces values that align with the values of Armstrong State University:
• We value public health education that is student-focused, transformative, experiential and rigorous, leading to student success.
• We value balance among teaching, mentoring and scholarship to support and enhance public health for the Georgia coastal region.
• We value an environment of mutual trust and collegiality to support and enhance public health among our local constituents.
• We value and respect diversity.
• We value ethical behavior and accountability to support high standards of performance by the public health workforce within our local community.
• We value civic engagement through outreach and service to support and enhance public health for the Georgia coastal region.
Program of Study
The MPH program at Armstrong has adopted the Core Competencies as defined by the Association of Schools of Public Health as the foundation of the curriculum. Graduates from the program will receive essential training in the core concepts of public health practice and will have mastered the following competency areas:
- Environmental Health Sciences
- Health Policy and Management
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Communication and Informatics
- Diversity and Culture
- Public Health Biology
- Program Planning
- Systems Thinking
The program of study comprises 15 courses and requires passing 45 credit hours. Refer to the MPH Student Handbook for further details about the MPH Program of Study
MPH Program Admission
All applicants must apply through Graduate Studies. Completed application packets received by deadline will be fully considered for admission to the program and financial assistance. Applications received after the priority deadline but before the University deadline will be considered as they are received until the program reaches full capacity.
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A complete application packet for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program includes:
- $30 non-refundable application fee
- Immunization form
- Two (2) Official Transcripts of all post-secondary education
- Letter of Intent
- Two (2) completed Reference Forms
- Completed Work Experience Form
- Official GRE or MAT scores
The minimum requirements for an application to be considered for acceptance are:
- GRE, 146 Verbal and 140 Quantitative
- 2.8 undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
Applicants must meet the requirements stated above in order to be considered for admission to the program; however, meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission decisions are based on complete application packets, including recommendations, writing quality, experience, and potential to succeed in graduate school.
Applicants holding a graduate degree do not need to submit GRE scores. MAT scores will be accepted in the place of GRE scores.
Students who are accepted to the program may attend either part-time or full-time. Full-time students typically complete the program in 5-6 consecutive semesters, but individual paces may vary.
A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available each year in the Department of Health Sciences and in the local community. Most of these are awarded in the Fall. To be considered for one of these GA opportunities, please submit a copy of the Graduate Assistantship Application along with your MPH program application.