Psychology BS/Public Health MPH(Health Promotion and Behavior)(non-thesis)

The College of Public Health had a 94% placement rate for the MPH class of 2018. Graduates with an MPH (Area of Emphasis in Health Policy and Management) go on to work in federal and state agencies as well as non-profit organizations, and consulting firms. Roughly 15% of graduating students pursue further advanced degree programs such as business, medical, or doctoral programs. The top graduate schools for our MPH Alumni include medical programs at Augusta University and Mercer University, as well as academic programs at the University of Georgia, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Clemson University.
Top employers include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, University System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Public Health, and Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young, Clarke County and Atlanta Public School Districts, and Hospital Systems (to name a few). Our expectation is that the Double Dawgs pathway will provide a clear step towards careers in agencies focused on preventive efforts in target populations (i.e. women and minorities, disenfranchised populations, families, school age or aging populations, incarcerated populations, urban and rural populations, high risk groups for disease or disability). A few fields that will be new opportunities for our pathway graduates include program managers, health promotion specialists, consultants, and coordinators of public health initiatives.

Admission to Program

Students may apply to the pathway at the beginning of their third year. M.P.H. coursework may begin prior to year-3, but students MUST first complete all pathway application and advising prior to enrolling in any M.P.H. coursework. Applicants to the Double Dawgs program are expected to have an excellent academic record (undergraduate GPA of 3.5). Applications are evaluated each semester and once accepted, new Double Dawgs students may enroll in M.P.H. courses the following semester.


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

HPRB 7010 or HPRB 7010E (3)
HPRB 7510 (3)
HPRB 7920 (3)
EPID 7010 or EPID 7010E (3)

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

The M.P.H. is a 44-credit hour non-thesis degree program. The typical pathway student must have AP and dual enrollment credits, express interest in the pathway their freshman year, and be willing to take summer courses in order to successfully complete the undergraduate credit hour requirements as well as the M.P.H. credit hours within the allowable 4+1 pathway model. Students are encouraged to first speak with their undergraduate coordinators and advisors and establish a preliminary program of study prior to reaching out to the M.P.H. program to formalize the program of study and successfully complete the application process.

Admission to Graduate Program

After completion of up to 12 graduate hours of coursework, students must also apply for official acceptance into the M.P.H. program. This process occurs no later than November 1 of year-4, for a spring year-4 official start term. Applications should be made to the B.S./M.P.H. program (Area of Emphasis in Health Promotion and Behavior) through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). The application process is detailed at [], and requires:
• A current CV or Resume
• A statement of interest (max. 1,500 words)
• Academic transcript verification
• And three letters of recommendation (2 academic and 1 professional recommended)
Double Dawgs Pathway students are NOT guaranteed admission to the M.P.H. program and are required to apply to the M.P.H. during the semester of their enrollment in the 12th graduate credit hour. Admission to the graduate program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a completed application packet that is reviewed by the department’s faculty to determine whether the students’ academic records align with the program requirements. Once accepted, students are subsequently dually enrolled in both the B.S. and M.P.H. programs in Spring year-4. Students who are eligible to enter the M.P.H. program in spring year-4 must ensure that timely graduation of the Bachelor’s degree occurs in year-4. Students who fail to follow the established pathway in any way may be subject to loss of credit hours towards either degree program completion, extended time in the M.P.H. program or expulsion from the Psychology B.S./M.P.H. pathway.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Kathryn Pollett
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-1104
  • Address: Health Sciences Campus, 105M Rhodes Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Psychology B.S.
  • Department/College: Psychology

Advising Contact

  • Name: Trina Cyterski
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-7852
  • Address: 0236 Psychology Building Athens, GA 30602

Graduate Major Information

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

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