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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 two-term, 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 AASU 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 Atlantic 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.
MPH Program Goals for achieving and maintaining diversity and cultural competence:
• The MPH Program will maintain an enrollment of diverse students that is representative of the service area.
• All MPH faculty members will complete the Safe Space Training by January 1, 2014.
• The MPH program will be represented at all appropriate minority recruitment events by faculty and/or staff.
• The MPH Program will recruit a diverse field of external speakers to present in classes.
• The MPH Program will reorganize its Advisory Committee to include more minority members.
• The MPH Program will increase the number of minority, MPH part-time faculty.
• The MPH Program will increase the number of minority MPH practicum site supervisors.
MPH Program Technical Standards
These technical standards are core performance that reflects the Program’s commitment to the standards that are necessary to operate effectively and humanely in a diverse society and to obtain employment in the degree fields. They are evaluated by the student’s practicum site supervisors as well as program faculty.
1. It is essential that the student must behave in a professional manner. The student must not, in any fashion, cause disruption to the department, faculty, fellow students or clients. Furthermore, the student must have the ability to behave in an ethical manner, have the ability to demonstrate good judgment, maturity, sensitivity, emotional stability and establish effective harmonious relationships with faculty, fellow student and clients.
2. It is essential that the student have the sensitivity and interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups. Student will be evaluated using tools such as classroom performance and practicum evaluation, utilized by site and faculty supervisor, on the basis of their ability to appropriately adapt their manner of interaction with clients from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
3. It is essential that the students must have communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. It is essential that the student be able to appropriately adjust presentation/communication style to a level that is compatible with the communication abilities of colleagues and clients.
What is Public Health?
The field of Public Health has evolved and expanded dramatically over the last century. Early public health efforts focused on issues of hygiene and sanitation as a way to prevent disease. Today, public health encompasses all efforts to protect the public's health and promote wellness equity for all citizens. The emphasis has shifted from the prevention of disease to the promotion of holistic wellness that allows people to meet their human potential, from individual health status to community and environmental health status, and from viewing health disparities as inevitable to viewing health equity as a human right.
Today, public health professionals act as community advocates who work in all facets of health protection and wellness promotion, including violence prevention, public safety, bioterrorism, drug use prevention, nutrition education, fitness and exercise promotion, stress management, cancer prevention, weight management, maternal and child health, health disparities, pollution control, and more.
First and foremost, public health is committed to preventing illness at the population level, by working with communities, experts, policymakers, and others to make multi-level changes. This ecological approach is the cornerstone of modern public health efforts. Visit Generation Public Health for more information.
Careers in Public Health
Career Development Resources for Certifications:
- Public Health Exam
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
A voluntary certification program for health educators, administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, that sets a national standard and assists employers in identifying qualified applicants. The exam is held twice a year and offers reduced fees for current students. For more information, contact NCHES.
- Careers in Public Health
- Association of Schools of Public Health
- American Public Health Association
- Public Health Employment Connection: Rollins School of Public Health - Emory
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Institutes of Health
- Georgia Department of Human Resources
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Program of Study
The MPH program at AASU 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. Required courses are listed below:
- MHSA 6000 Health Care Finance and Delivery Systems
- PUBH 6000 Biostatistics
- PUBH 6050 Health Communication
- PUBH 6100 Epidemiology
- PUBH 6125 Environmental Health Issues
- PUBH 6150 Theory in Health Education
- PUBH 6175 Research Methods
- PUBH 6200 Methods of Health Promotion
- PUBH 7250 Health/Illness Continuum
- PUBH 7500 Public Health Planning and Evaluation*
- PUBH 7600 Special Topics in Public Health
- PUBH 7675 Public Health Practicum I
- Electives (9 hours)
*PUBH 7500 is designated as the program capstone course. All MPH students will take this course during the last year of their program.
NOTE: The online format of the MPH program has been eliminated and applications for this format will no longer be accepted. The on-campus format will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis and operate without interruption. Some online classes may be offered at the discretion of individual instructors, but completion of the MPH program online will no longer be possible.
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.
For more information about the application process and application forms, contact:
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. Students are expected to complete the program within 8 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.