Biology B.S./Public Health M.P.H. (Area of Emphasis in Environmental Health) (non-thesis)

The College of Public Health had a 93% placement rate for the class of 2017. Career outcomes vary by concentration, many of our students go on to federal and state agencies, as well as non-profit organizations. Roughly 15% go on to advanced degree programs such as medical or doctoral programs. The top graduate schools for our MPH Alumni include medical programs at Augusta University and Mercer University, and academic programs at the University of Georgia, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Clemson University. Top employers include Amazon.com, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University, Georgia Department of Public Health, and Johnson & Johnson, to name just a few. It is our expectation that the Double Dawgs Pathway will be a clear step towards careers in the medical field for many of our dual degree students from the biology and microbiology programs, but opportunities to practice public health as epidemiologists, environmental health scientists, consultants, coordinators of public health initiatives are just a few of the fields that will be new opportunities for our pathway graduates.

Admission to Program

After completing 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, students will apply to take 4 graduate courses prior to formal admission to the MPH program. This application process will add them to the Double Dawgs Pathway in Spring of Year-2 or Fall of Year-3. Students will formally apply to the MPH program in the Fall of Year-4. They will begin registering as full time MPH students in Summer of Year-4.

Curriculum

Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

EPID 7010 (Introduction to Epidemiology I), 3
EHSC 7010 (Foundations of Environmental Health), 3
EHSC 7310 (Public Health Microbiology), 3

One of the following (from the Environmental Health Science core) based on student's preferred specialty:
Air Quality: EHSC 7080 (Advanced Environmental Air Quality), 3
Water Quality: EHSC 7650 (Water Quality: Protection, Monitoring, Management for Health), 3
Toxicology: EHSC 7490 (Advanced Environmental Toxicology), 3
Risk Assessment: EHSC 8110 (Fundamentals of Chemical and Microbial Risk Assessment), 3
Environmental Microbiology: EHSC 8310 (Advanced Topics in Aquatic Microbiology, Health & Environment), 3
Occupational Health: EHSC 7150/L (Occupational Hygiene and Safety), 3

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Students are required to fulfill all Environmental Health Sciences MPH program requirements, a six credit MPH Internship (PBHL 7560) and 3 credit capstone project (PBHL 7800). Graduate credit hours must total 44 or more.

Admission to Graduate Program

Students need to have a recommended 3.5 GPA to apply to take graduate courses.
Students need to have a recommended 3.0 GPA to apply to the MPH program.
Students must take the GRE or MCAT no later than Fall of Year-4, in order to be considered for admissions in the MPH program.
GRE recommended scores are 50th percentile or above in quantitative, qualitative, and analytic portions of the exam.
MCAT recommended minimum scores should mirror the average for the state, which is currently 509.
Students must complete all EPID, or EHSC graduate course and fieldwork before they can obtain the MPH.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Mumbi Okundaye
  • Email: mumbi@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-583-0059
  • Address: 105E Rhodes Hall, Health Sciences Campus

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Biology B.S.
  • Department/College: Biological Sciences

Advising Contact

  • Name: Elizabeth Fuller
  • Email: elfuller@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-1691
  • Address: 411B Biological Sciences Bldg.

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Public Health M.P.H.
  • Department/College: College of Public Health

Advising Contact

  • Name: Mumbi Okundaye
  • Email: mumbi@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-583-0059
  • Address: 105E Rhodes Hall, Health Sciences Campus