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8000 School of Public Health

The Undergraduate program in the School of Public Health is described in detail in this chapter. See subsections for specific program information as well as policies and procedures.

About the School of Public Health

The School of Public Health (SPH) is a multi-disciplinary, research-based unit, drawing upon partnerships with community members and organizations, dedicated to the mission of advancing health through leadership, scholarship, research and service to better the human condition and promote the common good, especially for urban communities and for global populations. The School of Public Health achieves this mission by applying existing scholarship within Georgia State University to priority public health problems, particularly those that are aimed at reducing health disparities in urban settings. Training and research programs focus on both building the science base that underlies public health practice, as well as applying effective interventions that have been demonstrated to improve the public health. Academic and training efforts emphasize the basic prevention sciences (e.g., emerging infectious diseases, immunology, virology, bioinformatics, genomics, and geographic sciences), as well as applied public health efforts (e.g., chronic disease prevention, health promotion, environmental health, program evaluation, health policy, public health ethics and law, health communications, community-based participatory research, and global health).

School of Public Health Main Office

400 Urban Life Building
404-413-1130
publichealth.gsu.edu

Rodney Lyn, Interim Dean and Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Strategic Initiatives
Daniel J. Whitaker, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
Lindy Parker, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
Travis J. Chambers, College Administrative Officer
Gerardo Chowell-Puente, Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences
Shannon Self-Brown, Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences
Harry J. Heiman, Director of the Doctor of Public Health Program (DrPH)
Kim Ramsey-White, Director of the Undergraduate Program (BSPH)
Laura Salazar, Director of the Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD)

Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences
Shannon Self-Brown, Department Chair
Theresa Glasheen, Department Coordinator

Core Faculty – Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences:
Collins Airhihenbuwa, Elizabeth Armstrong-Mensah, Kathleen Baggett, Jacques-Corey Cormier, Daniel Crimmins, Michael Eriksen, Xiangming Fang, Amanda Gilmore, Emily Graybill, Harry J. Heiman, Jidong Huang, Rodney Lyn, Sarah McCool, Lee Mobley, Julia Neighbors, Ashli Owen-Smith, Lindy Parker, Carlos Pavao, Terry Pechacek, Lucy Popova, Jessica Pratt, Kim Ramsey-White, Dennis Reidy, Laura Salazar, Shannon Self- Brown, Colin Smith, Donna Smith, Susan Snyder, Claire Spears, Sheryl Strasser, Erin Vinoski Thomas, Daniel Whitaker 

Department of Population Health Sciences
Gerardo Chowell-Puente, Department Chair
Gerrell Johnson, Department Coordinator

Core Faculty – Department of Population Health Sciences:
David Ashley, Brian Barger, Heather Bradley, Lisa Casanova, Gerardo Chowell-Puente, Shanta Dube, Christina Fuller, Roby Greenwald, Matt Hayat, Adrienne King, Alexander Kirpich, Justin Luningham, Ruiyan Luo, Katherine Masyn, Karen Nielson, Ike Okosun, Terri Pigott, Richard Rothenberg, Christine Stauber, John Steward, Monica Swahn, Scott Weaver, Christa Wright, Barbara Yankey

8000.10 Accreditation

In June 2016, The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors accredited the SPH at Georgia State University. The school received a ‘met’ finding, the highest possible, on all criteria evaluated and the school’s initial school-level accreditation is for a five-year term, extending through July 1, 2021.

CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health.

8000.20 Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

Mission. The School provides the high quality and relevant teaching, research and service needed to evolve public health practice in a changing world. By investigating the contemporary problems that challenge diverse urban communities, the School is preparing the next generation of public health professionals to make a difference through leadership, scholarship and practice in Georgia communities and around the globe.

The School’s mission is strengthened by the objective of the University System of Georgia, through its Strategic Plan for Public Health Education, Research and Service, “to ensure that the System becomes one of the national leaders in public health education, research and service.”

Vision. The School’s vision is to be a leading public health research institution dedicated to understanding and solving contemporary health problems. The School will be the destination of choice for students seeking an affordable and meaningful public health education.

Values. Six values were determined in a School-wide review process. All values were developed with input from the administration, faculty, staff and students and are reaffirmed or revised during each subsequent review process. The values are succinct and specific in nature and are reflected in faculty, staff and students’ instruction, service and learning activities. The values are:

  1. Integrity, accountability, and transparency in our operations
  2. Scholarship and inquiry
  3. Respect for all aspects of diversity
  4. Health as a human right
  5. Prioritizing health in all policy decisions
  6. Sustainable healthy environments
  7. Student Success

Goals. The goals of the School are:

Research

  1. Exceed $20 million annually in sponsor-funded research
  2. Establish a new Center to promote interdisciplinary research and training around non-communicable diseases (NCD) and other contemporary global health problems.
  3. Receive University-wide recognition for our ability to contribute to excellence in interdisciplinary research methodologies.
  4. All junior tenure track faculty to obtain sponsored funding within their first three academic years of service; lead the University in career development awards.
  5. Double the number of our peer-reviewed publications.

Education

  1. Attract and retain a diverse student body, staff, and faculty.
  2. Successfully graduate 70% of our bachelor’s students within six years, 80% of our MPH students within four years, and 60% of our doctoral students within seven years.
  3. Double the number of our online and hybrid course offerings.
  4. Increase external support for graduate students by emphasizing training grants, student fellowships and graduate student support through our faculty’s grant-seeking activities.
  5. Develop and offer a professional doctoral program (DrPH) and targeted executive education offerings for public health workers hoping to increase their knowledge and skills.

Service

  1. Promote and expand the involvement of faculty and staff in university, community-based and professional education projects so that service activities will be greater than 3 times the number of faculty.
  2. Better recognize those who contribute to public health practice and education communities through service.
  3. Offer at least 2 continuing education activities for the workforce each year, aligned with needs identified in our communities’ workforce.

8000.30 Degrees and Certificates Offered

The School of Public Health offers the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health
  • Doctor of Public Health

8000.40 Research Centers, Collectives, and Initiatives

The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development
14 Marietta Street NW, 2nd Floor
404-413-1281
healthy.gsu.edu

The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development (CHD) was established in August 2008 to house the National SafeCare® Training and Research Center (NSTRC) and the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).  In 2011 CHD welcomed Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, which will provide a statewide direction to promote healthy children and develop strong families through community resources, public awareness, prevention programs, research, and advocacy activities. The center was designated a university-level research center in 2015, and its name honors and memorializes Dr. Mark Chaffin (1952 – 2015), a pre-eminent scholar in child maltreatment, parenting, implementation science and services for disadvantaged people and populations with disabilities.

The NSTRC is funded by a number of private and public service and research grants and contracts.  It was created in 2007 with a center grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  The CLD is primarily funded by a center grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) of the Administration on Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS).  PCA Georgia is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and other sources. The general mission of the CHD is to promote the health, safety, well-being, and quality of life of children, adults, and families with and without disabilities through research, service, advocacy, and to prevent child maltreatment.

Biostatistics Research Collaborative
400 Urban Life Building
404-413-9513
publichealth.gsu.edu/research/biostatistics-research-collaborative/

The collaborative generates collaborations between Georgia State investigators for high-quality health-related research. Biostatistics Research Collaborative (BRC) team members collaborate with investigators on grant development, study design, statistical analysis, interpretation of results and manuscript preparation.

Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence
1104 Urban Life Building
404-413-6200
violence.gsu.edu/

In the third year of its Next Generation Program, Georgia State University identified interpersonal violence as an interdisciplinary area in which it seeks to become an internationally recognized resource and authority. As a result of this Interpersonal Violence Initiative, the Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence was established, and the Center aims to (1) understand the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence, (2) emphasize the development, refinement, and evaluation of interventions to reduce or prevent the perpetration of interpersonal violence and address the impact of victimization, and (3) inform public policy. Researchers in the center come from multiple disciplines at GSU: Psychology, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, and Neuroscience.

Center for Resilient Youth
1112 Urban Life Building
404-413-6287
resy.gsu.edu/

The Resilient Youth (ResY) was funded by the Next Generation Program and is an initiative that seeks to build interdisciplinary scholarship that uses the concept of resilience as a framework for addressing health disparities among urban youth. ResY builds on existing strengths among current senior and supporting GSU faculty in Psychology, Public Health, and Sociology that have established, externally funded, and nationally/internationally recognized research programs. The initiative will attract new faculty and seed a new postdoctoral fellowship program that will collaborate with current faculty to build an internationally recognized Center of Excellence focused on scholarship focused specifically on urban drivers among youth in Atlanta and other major urban centers in the U.S. and across the globe.

8000.50 Academic Resources and Services

Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services

Urban Life Building, Suite 300
404-413-1452
publichealthadvising@gsu.edu

Contacts:

Denise Gouveia, Director
Vanessa Thomas-Meikle, Assistant Director
Lynette Reid, Admissions Coordinator
Jessica Pratt, Practice and Career Coordinator
Gina Sample, MPH Curriculum and Advisement Coordinator
Jonathan Key, Undergraduate Advisor
Anthony Still, Undergraduate Advisor
Esther Singh, Administrative Coordinator

The Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services (OAA) provides the SPH current and prospective students with comprehensive student support services to ensure academic and career success.

Advising and Academic Assistance

publichealth.gsu.edu/students/academic-advising/

The Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services (OAA) supports the school’s commitment to quality education in the field of public health by advising undergraduate seniors and coordinating the recruitment, admission and advising of graduate students. Through the advisement process, students learn to identify and use university resources effectively to: satisfy degree requirements; plan programs of study; discover how interests, skills and goals connect to fields of study and careers. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in advisement without an appointment is scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..

Career Services

University Career Services (UCS) within Enrollment Services is a comprehensive career center dedicated to the success of all Georgia State University students, including public health students.  UCS

  • helps students and alumni explore academic majors, find internships and jobs, launch careers, explore graduate and professional school options and pursue their professional goals.
  • helps employment recruiters from big corporations to small agencies discover, recruit and hire Georgia State University students and alumni. UCS is like an extension of a recruiting organization’s human resources wing, seeking collegiate talent. They help with both internship hiring and entry-level career position hiring.
  • manages Handshake, Georgia State University’s online job board for students, alumni and employers. There is no student or employer fee to use Handshake.
  • helps professional and graduate school recruiters connect with students and alumni seeking advanced educational opportunities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

UCS provides primary career support to undergraduate public health students, while the School of Public Health Career Services office supplements UCS offerings as appropriate. To contact UCS, please call 404-413-1820 or visit them in Student Center West, Room 270, located at 66 Courtland St. SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, or visit their website at: career.gsu.edu/

8000.60 Student Organizations

Public Health Student Life

The Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services (OAA) also supports all SPH student clubs and organizations – students are encouraged to read about the various groups within the college, and join one while being enrolled in the SPH: publichealth.gsu.edu/student-life.

8000.70 Study Abroad

SPH Study Abroad Website: publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/study-abroad/

Contact: SPHstudyabroad@gsu.edu

Study abroad is one of the ways the School provides a learning environment that prepares students with broad skills regarding diversity and cultural competence. Opportunities to earn Signature Experience and undergraduate elective course credits abroad are available in most years, and opportunities increase as student interest increases. Previously planned study abroad opportunity cities include: Salvador, Brazil; Kampala, Uganda; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Shanghai, China. Students should check the above-linked study abroad website for future opportunities.

8010 Undergraduate Admission and Program Requirements

8010.10 Undergraduate Admission into the Full Public Health Major

Students are required to meet all University and College Bachelor degree admission requirements. The undergraduate program in the School of Public Health has more stringent admission requirements than those of Georgia State University. When all the college admission requirements listed below are satisfied, students are no longer pre-public health majors; instead, they automatically admit into the full public health major at the School of Public Health and are permitted to continue completing public health major courses.

Requirements for Transitioning from the Pre-public Health Major Status and Admitting into the Full Public Health Major:

  • Admission into Georgia State University’s bachelor degree.
  • Successful completion of each Area A course with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher.
  • Successful completion of the first course of the two-course science sequence in Area D1.
  • Successful completion of each Area F course with an overall Area F GPA of 2.8 or higher, including:
  • Successful completion of the following Area F courses with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher on the first attempt:
    • PHPB 2000 Introduction to Public Health,
    • PHPH 2001 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
    • PHPB 2020 Determinants of Health, and
    • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking.
      Transfer students who transfer these Area F courses into Georgia State University may use their grades from their first attempted transfer courses or they may attempt the courses at Georgia State. A WF counts as an attempt.
  • Successful completion of the additional mathematics, science and/or social sciences courses satisfying Area F with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher.
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

8010.20 Program Degree Requirements for the Public Health Major

Program Degree Requirements:

Requirements for Areas A through D of the undergraduate core curriculum are listed in the “Core Curriculum Requirements” in the Georgia State University undergraduate catalog. School of Public Health academic regulations are noted below each area here:

Area A: Georgia State University General Education – Essential Skills (9 credit hours)

  • Students must successfully complete each of their Area A courses with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher.
  • It is strongly recommended that public health majors select MATH 1111 or higher

Area B: Georgia State University General Education – Institutional Options (4 credit hours)

Area C: Georgia State University General Education – Humanities and Fine Arts (6 credit hours)

  • The School of Public Health recommends students select Group 3: Foreign Language.

Area D: Georgia State University General Education – Math, Technology and Science (11 credit hours)

Public Health majors must complete

Group D1 (8): Select one two-course sequence from the following:

Group D2 (3): MATH 1401 Elementary Statistics (3)

Area E: Georgia State University General Education – Social Science (12 credit hours)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Public Health Major (18 credit hours)

Students must also complete each of the following Area F courses with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in their first attempt.  Transfer students who transfer these Area F courses into Georgia State University may use their grades from their first attempted transfer courses or they may attempt the courses at Georgia State. A WF counts as an attempt. Due to the merger, attempts made at Perimeter College campus in fall 2016 semester or after are considered a first attempt at Georgia State.

Students must also complete an Additional Mathematics course (0-3) from list below with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher. If Area A2 is satisfied with MATH 1111 College Algebra or higher, students may complete an additional Mathematics, Science or Social Sciences Course from the Area F list below with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher, instead. If Area A2 is not satisfied with MATH 1111 or higher, students must select one Mathematics course from the following list:

Additional Science or Social Sciences Course(s) from list below (not taken for Area D or Area E) (3-6). Select course(s) from the following list:

  • AAS 1141/HIST 1141 Introduction to African and African-American History to 1865 (3)
  • AAS 1142/HIST 1142 Introduction to African American History Since 1865 (3)
  • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
  • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • BIOL 1103K Introductory Biology I (4)
  • BIOL 1104K Introductory Biology II (4)
  • BIOL 2110K Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIOL 2120K Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3) with BIOL 2107L: Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
    • Cannot be counted here if BIOL 1103K already taken for another area
  • BIOL 2108: Principles of Biology II (3) with BIOL 2108L: Principles of Biology II Lab (1)
  • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3)
  • CHEM 1101K Introductory Chemistry I (4)
    • Cannot be counted here if CHEM 1151K or 1211K already taken for another area
  • CHEM 1102K Introductory Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 1151K Survey of Chemistry I (4)
    • Cannot be counted here if CHEM 1101K or 1211K already taken for another area
  • CHEM 1152K Survey of Chemistry II (4)
  • CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I (4)
    • Cannot be counted here if CHEM 1101K or 1151K already taken for another area
  • CHEM 1212K Principles of Chemistry II (4)
  • CRJU 2200 Social Science and the American Crime Problem (3)
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
  • GEOG 1112K Introduction to Weather and Climate (4)
  • GEOG 1113K Introduction to Landforms (4)
  • GERO 2000 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introductory Sociology (3)
  • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
  • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3)

Area G: Public Health Major Curriculum (33 credit hours)

Up to three courses within Area G may be completed by pre-public health major students; eligible courses are denoted with an asterisk (*) below.

  • PHPH 3010 Introduction to Research Methods in Public Health (CTW) (3)
  • PHPH 3020 Statistical Reasoning in Public Health (3)
  • PHPH 3030 Fundamentals of Environmental Health (3)*
  • PHPB 3040 Public Health Careers and Profession (3)*
  • PHPB 4010 Fundamentals of Health Policy (3)*
  • PHPB 4020 Introduction to Public Health Program Implementation and Evaluation (3)
  • PHPB 4030 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Public Health (3)*
  • PHPB 4040 Public Health Communication (3)
  • PHPH 4050 Health Equity and Disparities: Urban and Global Health Challenges (3)
  • PHPB 4060 Introduction to Public Health Informatics (3)
  • PHPH 4070 Introduction to Chronic and Infectious Diseases (3)

Area H: Public Health Signature Experience(s) (6 credit hours)

Completion of PHPB 2000, PHPH 2001, PHPB 2020, PHPH 3010, PHPH 3020, PHPH 3030PHPB 3040, PHPB 4010, PHPB 4020, and PHPB 4030 with a grade of “C-” or higher in each course is prerequisite to this Area H.

A grade of “C-” or higher is required for each course in Area H.

Area I: Approved Public Health Related Electives (15 credit hours)

Select courses from the following:

  • PHPH 3004 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPH 3035 Introduction to Maternal and Child Health (3)
  • PHPB 4130 Introduction to Public Mental Health (3)
  • PHPB 4135 Introduction to Disability and Public Health (3)
  • PHPB 4230 Global Perspectives on Injury and Violence Prevention (3)
  • PHPH 4250 Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (3)
  • PHPH 4300 Introduction to Controversies in Public Health (3)
  • PHPH 4350 Introduction to Workplace Safety and Health (3)
  • PHPB 4400 Introduction to Health Management and Administration (3)
  • PHPB 4880 or PHPH 4880 Public Health Study Abroad (3)
  • BIOL 3021 Infectious Disease and Society (3)
  • CPS 3200 Diversity and Human Relations (3)
  • ECON 4210 Health Economics (3)
  • ECON 4350 Economics of Poverty & Public Policy (3)
  • GEOG 4538 Urban Health Geographic Information Systems (4)
  • GERO 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3)
  • GERO 4119 Global Aging and Families (3)
  • GERO 4122 Death, Dying and Loss (3)
  • GERO 4200 Health and the Older Adult (3)
  • JOUR 4460 Health Communication (3)
  • NUTR 3100 Nutrition and Health (3)
  • NUTR 3800 International Nutrition (3)
  • NUTR 4000 Food and Culture (3)
  • NUTR 4955 Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Wellness (3)
  • NUTR 4960 Nutrition and Physical Fitness (3)
  • PMAP 3210 Introduction to Nonprofits (3)
  • PSYC 3450 Health Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 3570 Multicultural Issues in Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 4050 Global Perspectives on Violence Against Women (3)
  • SW 4440 Global Social Work Practice (3)
  • SW 4450 Child Maltreatment Practice Policy and Research (3)
  • other appropriate course(s) approved by SPH-based advisor (1-15)

Area J – Advanced Electives (6 credit hours)

Select any 1000-, 2000-, 3000-, or 4000-level courses (6 credit hours)

Total Semester Hours for Degree: 120

8020 Academic Regulations

8020.05 Grades of C- in Major and Signature Experience

Grades in the public health major area and signature experience area requirements, where applicable, require a grade of C- or higher. The overall GPA for the public health major and signature experience area is C (2.0).

8020.10 Transient Status at Other Institutions

Students enrolled in the Georgia State University School of Public Health who wish to take course work in transient status at another institution, whether as a full-time or part-time student, must have prior written approval from the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services if they wish to apply the credit to a Georgia State degree program. A transient petition form should be submitted prior to registration.

8020.15 Transferring Credits into the Major

To maintain the integrity of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program, no more than a total of 15 credit hours will be allowed to transfer into Areas F, G, and I, with the further stipulation that no more than 9 of those credit hours can be counted in Area G. All credits transferring in as public health courses must be from CEPH-accredited schools or CEPH-accredited standalone bachelor’s programs. With the exception of university-approved dual degree programs, if the course to be transferred in was used to satisfy another degree program either at GSU or elsewhere, the BSPH Program Director reserves the right to require the student to complete a different undergraduate-level course prescribed by the BSPH Program Director. That course will be substituted into the student’s BSPH program.

8020.20 Directed Readings

Directed Readings courses in the undergraduate program are intended to allow students of proven performance to do independent study in a specific subject area. Enrollment in a directed readings course requires prior consent of the instructor and the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services. A maximum of one directed readings course may count toward fulfillment of degree requirements, and the course may not be substituted for a core course requirement. The subject of the independent study will be determined in consultation with the faculty member responsible for supervising the independent work. A faculty member may seek the assessment of a second faculty reader on any directed readings paper. Letter grades, rather than grades of S or U (satisfactory or unsatisfactory), will be assigned for all directed readings courses.

8020.30 Modification of Degree Requirements

Students may petition for modifications of the degree requirements of the School of Public Health. Degree modification petitions are granted only in the case of extenuating circumstances and only when an educationally acceptable substitution is proposed. Petition forms and information are available at the University Advisement Center for freshman, sophomore, and junior students, and at the School of Public Health Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services for seniors (at least 90 credit hours completed).

8020.40 Catalog Editions

Undergraduate students should refer to the Change of Catalog Edition section in the University Academic Regulations chapter of the undergraduate catalog.

8020.50 Grade Point Average and Course Grade Requirements

For Bachelor’s level students, an overall institutional grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better must be earned to receive the BSPH degree. Other GPA requirements are listed throughout the BSPH major in the Undergraduate Catalog.

8020.60 Final Course Grades

Most public health faculty and instructors follow the following course grading scale:

  • A: 90-100
  • B: 80-89
  • C: 70-79
  • D: 60-69
  • F: below 60

Any deviations — including the availability of plus/minus grading — will be at the discretion of the individual public health faculty member or instructor, and specifically stated in the course syllabus. Throughout this Catalog, there are noted grade requirements for certain courses in each area. It is important to note that if the grade requirement is a “B (3.0) or better,” then a B- (2.7) grade does NOT meet that “B (3.0) or better” grade requirement. Likewise, if the grade requirement is a “C (2.0) or better,” then a C- (1.7) grade does NOT meet that “C (2.0) or better” grade requirement.

8040 BSPH/MPH 4+1 Dual Degree

This dual undergraduate and graduate degree program links the following two Georgia State University School of Public Health (SPH) programs:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
  2. Master of Public Health (MPH)

The resulting dual degree program (commonly called a “4+1” or “accelerated” program) will allow designated and approved BSPH students in their senior year of their undergraduate program to earn up to 16 graduate-level credit hours that may be applied toward both the BSPH and MPH programs, pending their admission into the MPH program. Specifically, up to 16 graduate-level MPH program credit hours will be applied to either the Area I-Approved Public Health Related Electives (15 credit hours max to this Area) and/or the Area J-Other Electives (6 credit hours max to this Area) requirements of the BSPH program. If later admitted into the MPH program, students may be eligible to apply those same 16 graduate-level MPH program credit hours to their MPH program of study (restrictions and time limits may apply). By sharing up to 16 graduate credit hours, students will be able to complete the BSPH in its standard 4 year timeframe and then complete the MPH — typically a 2-year program — in just 1 additional year. In other words, most students will be able to earn both degrees in 5 years.

Complete program curriculum:
In this dual degree program, only the BSPH program will accept MPH graduate-level courses; therefore, only the BSPH program will be altered. The MPH program will be offered as-is, with no alterations and no BSPH program credit hours counting toward it. The program change to the BSPH program is detailed below:

BSPH Program Degree Requirements for dual degree BSPH/MPH students

  • Areas A-H: Remain as-is, no changes.
  • Area I – Approved Public Health Related Electives (15 credit hours)
    In addition to the Area I options listed in the undergraduate catalog for all BSPH students, dual degree BSPH/MPH students may count up to 15 credit hours of MPH program courses here, specifically any of the following MPH foundational core (0-15):

    • PHPH 7011 Epidemiology for Public Health (3) (required for Environmental Health, Health Management and Policy, and Health Promotion and Behavior concentrations
      or PHPH 7711 Epidemiologic Methods I (3) (required for Environmental Epidemiology, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics concentrations). Note: Students changing their concentration from Environmental Epidemiology, Epidemiology, or Biostatistics to Environmental Health, Health Management and Policy, or Health Promotion and Behavior will be able to substitute PHPH 7011 with PHPH 7711 if already completed.
    • PHPH 7017 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I (4)
    • PHPB 7140 Health Promotion Planning, Administration, and Evaluation (3)
    • PHPH 7150 Environmental Health (3)
    • PHPB 7160 Fundamentals of Health Systems, Leadership, and Policy (3)
  • Area J – Advanced Electives (6 credit hours)
    In addition to the Area J options listed in the undergraduate catalog for all BSPH students, dual degree BSPH/MPH students may count up to 6 credit hours of MPH program courses here, specifically any of the following MPH foundational core (0-6):

    • PHPH 7011 Epidemiology for Public Health (3) (required for Environmental Health, Health Management and Policy, and Health Promotion and Behavior concentrations or PHPH 7711 Epidemiologic Methods I (3) (required for Environmental Epidemiology, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics concentrations). Note: Students changing their concentration from Environmental Epidemiology, Epidemiology, or Biostatistics to Environmental Health, Health Management and Policy, or Health Promotion and Behavior will be able to substitute PHPH 7011 with PHPH 7711 if already completed.
    • PHPH 7017 Fundamentals of Biostatistics I (4)
    • PHPB 7140 Health Promotion Planning, Administration, and Evaluation (3)
    • PHPH 7150 Environmental Health (3)
    • PHPB 7160 Fundamentals of Health Systems, Leadership, and Policy (3)

Total Semester Hours for BSPH Degree: 120
Up to 16 credit hours in graduate courses toward the MPH program of study

MPH Program Degree Requirements for dual degree BSPH/MPH students
Remain as-is; no changes.

Total Semester Hours for MPH Degree: 42
No BSPH credit hours toward the MPH program of study

Process for admitting students to the dual BSPH/MPH program.
Students should refer to the BSPH Student Handbook. Note: Acceptance into the dual degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate MPH degree program. Admission into the dual degree program only affords undergraduate students the opportunity to complete up to 16 credit hours of applicable public health graduate-level courses that may count toward their BSPH degree program.

Process for maintaining dual degree BSPH/MPH status and enabling dual program students to take graduate coursework.
Students should refer to the BSPH Student Handbook.

Process for admitting dual BSPH/MPH program students into the MPH program.
Acceptance into the dual BSPH/MPH degree program does not constitute admission to the graduate MPH degree program. Admission into the dual degree program only affords undergraduate students the opportunity to complete up to 16 credit hours of applicable public health graduate-level courses that may count toward their BSPH degree program, as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. During their senior year, dual degree program students will submit the full MPH program application, the same as all other prospective MPH students. Admission to the graduate program occurs at the end of the senior year and is contingent upon 1) successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, 2) maintaining the required program grade-point average, 3) performance in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree, and 4) meeting the other MPH admission requirements of the specific concentration. In other words, admission to the MPH program is not automatic for these dual degree students. Students applying for admission into the dual degree program are expected to meet all MPH application requirements, including GRE scores and application deadlines. If admitted into the MPH program, the expectation is that dual degree program students may enter the MPH program with up to 16 graduate credit hours already completed (pending time and other applicable restrictions). They will then complete the remaining MPH graduate degree requirements in their fifth year, being a fully-admitted MPH student during their fifth year. Students are eligible for graduate assistantship positions after they have successfully earned their undergraduate degree and have been fully accepted into the graduate degree program.

Advisement process and resources for students in the dual degree program.
Students will have access to the SPH OAA, which staffs both undergraduate and graduate advisors. Students will be given an assigned undergraduate advisor upon admission into the BSPH program of study, and they will also be assigned a graduate advisor upon admission into the MPH program of study.