M.P.H. - Health Policy and Management, Dr.P.H. - Public Health Leadership
The mission of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree – Health Policy and Management program concentration is to prepare competent administrators who can provide leadership in the development of policy and in the management of public health organizations and programs.
All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the M.P.H. – Health Policy and Management degree program will complete a minimum of 45 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Core Courses (18 credits), Program Concentration Courses (21 credits), and a Practicum experience (3 credits)/Capstone Research Project (3 credits) where they will apply, in practical fashion, the skills learned throughout their program. Students will also be required to present the findings of their research project as the culminating M.P.H. experience. Upon completion of the M.P.H. – Health Policy and Management students will be trained to function effectively in the development of public health policy and the management of the delivery of public health services.
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is the terminal professional degree for those who intend to pursue or advance their professional practice career in public health. Public health practice involves the strategic, organized and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to perform essential public health services necessary to improve the population's health.
The Dr.P.H. is conferred in recognition of the candidate’s command of a comprehensive body of knowledge in public health, their ability to initiate, organize and pursue the investigation of significant problems in public health, and their capacity to formulate policies, strategies, and/or programs on the basis of the knowledge generated. The Dr.P.H. leads to a career in administration, teaching, or public health practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required.
The Dr.P.H. program expands the competencies included in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program for all matriculating students, with increased emphasis on advanced skills in evidenced-based problem-solving. Students who have not completed one or more of the M.P.H. core public health courses must complete these courses as part of their doctoral program. In addition, those students are required to complete a minimum of 63 credit hours for the doctoral degree. Students with a master’s degree other than in public health may be required to take health or health-related courses in addition to the 63 minimum credit hours.