Master of Public Health, M.P.H.

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) educational degree program at Georgia Southern University prepares professionals for broad-based practice in public health, through the integration of core competencies in the five areas of knowledge basic to public health with specialized knowledge and expertise in one of these areas. The program serves both the full-time student preparing for a career in public health, as well as currently employed public health professionals seeking an advanced education to augment their existing skills and background.

Core Competencies:

  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Biostatistics

JPHCOPH is a participating school in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service), a common application service. The initial phase of the application process is managed by SOPHAS. Once complete, your application is forwarded to the Georgia Southern University Office of Admissions. If you have specific questions related to degree programs, scholarship deadlines, decision letters, etc., please contact the Georgia Southern Office of Admissions at

Program Contact Information:

General Admissions Questions, Post Admissions Advisement
Shamia Garrett
Coordinator of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

SOPHAS Application Questions
Caroline James
SOPHAS Coordinator
Phone: (912) 478-2674

SOPHAS Technical Info

Phone: (617) 612-2090
Fax: (617) 612-2092
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471


REGULAR Admission Requirements
1. Completion of an application in Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
2. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
3. 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 to view which documents are required for your country and to request an International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) Course-by-Course Report.
4. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75/4.0 scale.
5. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five (5) years sent to school code 8560.
6. 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) ( or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ( 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. 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. 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 (maximum 500-1000 words) that conveys the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in public health/community health and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
In lieu of the above requirements, an earned doctorate or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution may qualify the applicant for regular admission.
Provisional Admission: Applicants may be admitted provisionally based upon the evaluation of their application materials. Provisional admission is for applicants who do not satisfy full admission requirements or applicants who require pre-requisite coursework prior to entering into a particular program of study. Typically, Provisional Admission requires students to achieve 9 semester hours of B or better to gain regular admission status.
An applicant may be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) as a non-degree student to earn credit in Public Health graduate courses without working toward a degree. Interested applicants should consult the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for the types of Non-Degree admission as well as the requirements for admission in this category.
 Admissions Deadlines
Degree Fall Spring Summer

Priority Deadline for All Applicants: February 1*

Deadline for International Applicants: May 1*

Deadline for United States Applicants: June 1*

 Does Not Admit Does Not Admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 11/21/2017

Office of Graduate Admissions • PO Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5384 •