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Master of Public Health

Dr. Paula Stechschulte, Department Chair, Master of Healthcare Administration
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at South University, Savannah is a 48-credit program designed to educate students about areas of critical importance to local, national, and international public health challenges. The Master of Public Health degree program is organized around a curriculum which consists of core competencies, specialization courses, electives, and a practicum experience or applied research proposal. This program covers a broad range of topics to help develop each student’s knowledge, skills, and abilities as leading public health professionals. Specializations in Public Health Practice or Healthcare Management and Policy allow for in-depth exploration within the public health arena.

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission to the Master of Public Health

The criteria used in determining admissions to the Master of Public Health degree program include"

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.7 (on a scale of 4.0) OR
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with minimum GRE Scores (GRE scores may not be older than 5 years) in the 45th percentile for Verbal and 32nd percentile for Quantitative, OR
  • An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended within 10 weeks after the official start date.
  • A minimum paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 600 or the electronic-based score of 250 for whom English is a Second Language (ESL) to be considered for the program.

Submission of the following:

  • An essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in public health.
  • A resume 'describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.

Once all required admissions documents and information are submitted, the application will be reviewed and evaluated by the MPH Program Director for final admission decision.

Required Program Foundation Courses

The following undergraduate course must be completed with a grade of C or better at an accredited college or university and prior to enrollment into the Master of Public Health.  Students accepted into the program without having completed this course must do so within two sessions of their acceptance data.

  • Statistics (1 course)

Foundation undergraduate course credits do not count towards the total number of credits for graduation nor do they count in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA); however, they do count in determining the Maximum Time Frame (MTF) and the Incremental Completion Rate (ICR).  Students enrolled in foundation undergraduate courses must successfully complete the course within their first three attempts or the student will be academically dismissed from the University.

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

Master of Public Health Degree Program: 56 Credits
Core Courses: 20 Credits
PHE5001 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5005 Introduction to Health Services and Research, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5010 Environmental and Occupational Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5015 Principles of Epidemiology, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5020 Biostatistical Methods, 4 Credit Hours
Principal Courses: 32 Credits
PHE6201 Public Health Policy Research, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6202 Program Planning and Evaluation, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6203 Public Health Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6210 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6220 Evidence-based Public Health Practice, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6250 Case Studies in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6402 Public Health Law and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6404 Grant and Contract Proposal Writing in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
Practicum Experience: 4 Credits
PHE6980 Practicum in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.


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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