Public Health M.P.H. (Concentration in Applied Public Health) (Online)

Degree Requirements: 45 Credit Hours

Degree Admission Requirements

Regular

1.    Application - Completion of an application in Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

2.    Degree - Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

3.    Transcripts - Official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended. A transcript is required even if the courses from one school appear on the transcript of another school. (NOTE: SOPHAS will NOT process your application without receiving all official transcripts. Please refer to the SOPHAS FAQs page for instructions on HOW TO SEND TRANSCRIPTS.)

·       All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Visit http://www.wes.org/ to view which documents are required for your country and to request an International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) Course-by-Course Report

4.    Grade Point Average (GPA) - Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0 scale in either:

·       Upper division undergraduate courses; OR

·       Upper division graduate courses

5.    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five (5) years sent to school code 8560.

6.    English Language Proficiency - International applicants and U.S. Citizens whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Prior to consideration for admission, international applicants whose native language is not English must take and post acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (http://www.ets.org/toefl) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (http://www.ielts.org) unless they have received a degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand. The TOEFL and IELTS examinations are administered at various times of the year and in many centers throughout the world.

·       A score of at least 75 (internet-based test, IBT) or 537 (paper-based test) on the TOEFL and 6.0 on the IELTS is normally required to be considered for regular admission. The official TOEFL and the official IELTS scores may not be more than two (2) years old. Those who do not meet the minimum proficiency standard may be recommended for enrollment in University English courses or for English courses offered by the English Language Program (ELP) on campus. Successful completion of Intensive English Programs (IEPs) at other English Language Program (ELP) providers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Request that your official TOEFL scores be sent directly to SOPHAS. Official IELTS scores should be sent to: Georgia Southern University, Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 8113, Statesboro, GA 30460-8113.

7.    Letters of Recommendation - Three (3) letters of recommendation. It is strongly advised that two letters be from individuals who can address your past academic performance and it is encouraged that the third letter is from a work or internship supervisor.

8.     Curriculum Vitae/Resume - A CV/Resume that includes the following: a) educational experiences, b) professional goals and objectives, c) work history, d) professional experiences, memberships and/or participation in professional organizations, e) experiences in public health programs.

9.     Statement of Purpose - A Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words) that conveys the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in public health and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.

*Some students may be required to take prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the program of study. Conditions of admission will be presented at the student's first advisement appointment.

Provisional

Admission may be granted to those individuals who do not fully satisfy the admission requirements. You must earn grades of “B” or better in your first nine (9) semester hours taken at Georgia Southern University following the effective admission term to obtain Regular Admission. A provisional student may enroll in graduate courses leading to a degree and such courses may count in a degree program once the student has changed to Regular Admission. Only credit earned in graduate courses at Georgia Southern University will satisfy provisional admission requirements. Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in an ineligibility to continue studies in the College of Graduate Studies. Provisional students are not eligible for Graduate Assistantship positions.

For more information on our programs, visit our website at http://jphcoph.georgiasouthern.edu/degrees/.

Non-Degree Admission Requirements

An applicant may be admitted as a Non-Degree (Master’s) student to earn credit hours in MASTER’S-LEVEL Public Health courses without working towards a degree or certificate program. Applying to a graduate degree or certificate program is a separate process and different criteria must be met.

1.    Application - Completion of an application in Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) Express.

2.    Degree - Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

3.     Transcripts - Official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended. A transcript is required even if the courses from one school appear on the transcript of another school.*

·       All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Visit http://www.wes.org/ to view which documents are
required for your country and to request an International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) Course-by-Course Report.*

·       Upload transcript(s) from all institutions attended. (Do NOT send transcripts to SOPHAS Express

4.    Grade Point Average (GPA) - Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0 scale in either:

·        Upper division undergraduate courses; OR

·        Upper division graduate courses.

5.    Statement of Purpose - A Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words) that conveys the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in public health and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.

*NOTE: Unofficial documents must be uploaded for review purposes. Official transcripts are only required if you are offered admission. Following notification of admission, official transcripts mailed in sealed envelopes directly from each university attended (or directly from WES) are required PRIOR to the first day of classes of the original semester of acceptance. Failure to provide the official transcripts following notification of admission will result in revocation of the admission offer. Official documents must be mailed to: Georgia Southern University, Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 8113, Statesboro, GA 30460-8113.

Credit Hours
Public Health Core Courses18
Introduction to Public Health
Environmental Health
Epidemiology
Health Policy and Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health
Biostatistics
Generalist Concentration Courses21
Applied Planning and Evaluation Methods for Public Health Promotion
Public Health Preparedness
Social Marketing for Health Communication
Health Leadership and Strategic Planning
Health Informatics
Public Health Practice Trends
Guided Electives
Practicum and Culminating Experience6
Capstone in PH Leadership
Practicum in Public Health
Total Credit Hours45

Advisement

Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page. 

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director. 
​Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647) 
​Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu