Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for advanced positions in public health. AASU's Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), provides 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 promotion, 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.
Public health encompasses all efforts to protect the public's health and promote wellness equity for all citizens. In recent years, major emphasis has shifted from the prevention of disease to the promotion of holistic wellness that allows people to meet their human potential. Public health professionals act as community advocates who work in all facets of health protection and wellness promotion, including nutrition education, fitness and exercise promotion, stress management, cancer prevention, weight management, maternal and child health, health disparities, pollution control, violence prevention, public safety, bioterrorism, drug use prevention, and more.
Master of Public Health students take advantage of small class sizes, personalized plans of study, accessible professors, and an instructional staff with years of experience in the health sciences. Many students find the location of AASU, close to countless public health organizations in Savannah, of significant benefit during the course of their study, particularly as they investigate practicum opportunities.
Course of Study
Students in the MPH program complete 10 core courses, 3 electives, and 6 hours of practicum, for a total of 45 semester hours. Most students complete the program within eight semesters. Most classes are offered in the evening, allowing students who work full-time to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Graduates from the program will receive essential training in the core concepts of public health practice and will have gained specialized mastery in community-based health promotion. For more specifics on admissions and program requirements, please see the MPH Program homepage.