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Degree Overview

Master of Public Health

Dr. Claire Stigler, Program Director for Public Health.
Develop the skills needed to succeed in the critically important field of public health with South University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Throughout the Atlanta Off-Campus Instructional Site MPH program, you’ll explore topics of relevance to local, national, and international public health. During class discussions, research, assignments, and one-on-one interactions with our MPH faculty, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to handle health-related issues like controlling infectious diseases, improving access to healthcare, and reducing environmental hazards. The MPH degree program culminates in a practicum experience in which you apply your new knowledge, skills, and abilities to a real-world public health setting, such as a government or social service agency, community or public health organization, or other approved business.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Career Outlook

As a graduate of the MPH degree program, you’ll be ready to pursue a variety of public health positions, including:

  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Health Educators
  • Community Health Workers

Course Requirements

Outcomes

Upon completion of the MPH program, students should be able to:

  • Articulate and utilize core public health concepts in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health.
  • Identify and assess the public health conditions, including assets and deficiencies, of populations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services designed to address public health conditions.
  • Understand and employ an “ecological approach” to public health, with emphasis on the linkages and relationships among the multiple determinants of health to assure conditions that protect and promote the health of populations.
  • Identify and analyze health disparities and design appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention strategies.
  • Apply theory and knowledge in field-based settings, as evidenced by a competency level of knowledgeable to proficient across the seven competency domains for public health professionals.
  • Analytical assessment.
  • Policy development/program planning.
  • Communication.
  • Cultural competency.
  • Community dimension of practice.
  • Basic public health sciences.
  • Financial planning and management.
  • Leadership and systems thinking.
  • Demonstrate skills in public health research and communication.
  • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of public health policy, practice, and research.
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We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our graduates have to say.

SU Class of '20 ASAHS, BSPH and MPH Alumni Dedra Simmons
Dedra Simmons  Grad Alumni
Class of '20
Associate of Science in Allied Health Science, Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Master of Public Health

“Being at South University has helped me establish professional connections and achieve my goals as a public health professional. I love public health because it allows me to help strengthen health facilities and organizations by promoting and protecting health equity for all. ”

SU Master of Public Health Class of '20 Alumni Justin Jones
Justin Jones Grad Alumni
Class of '20
Master of Public Health

“If you are looking for a program that allows you to balance a professional and family life while preparing you to be a leader in the Public Health field, then this is the program for you! ”

SU Class of '21 Master of Public Health Alumni Takishia Harper
Takishia Harper Grad Alumni
Class of '21
Master of Public Health

“My experience was personalized and detailed to accommodate my lifestyle and needs. I am proud that I chose an educational facility that cared about me growing as a person and not only finishing my education but excelling. ”

South University Public Health Alumni, David Robertson
David Robertson Grad Alumni
Class of '18
Bachelor of Science in Public Health

“Having a college degree has opened doors for me to not only have a stable job but to also obtain a career that I enjoy. I am proud to be able to work for communities in need and address health disparities. Read more