Political Science AB/Public Health MPH(Health Policy and Management)(non-thesis)

The College of Public Health had a 94% placement rate for the M.P.H. class of 2018. Graduates with an M.P.H. (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 M.P.H. 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 for our dual-degree students in public administration programs 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 health policy analysts, 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 will be evaluated each semester and, upon acceptance, new Double Dawgs students can enroll in M.P.H. courses the following semester.


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

HPAM 7010 or HPAM 7010E, 3
HPAM 7400, 3
HPAM 7600, 3
HPAM Elective, 3(examples HPAM 7150, HPAM 7760, or HPAM 7500)

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:


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 can occur 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 Policy and Management) through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). The application process is detailed at https://publichealth.uga.edu/apply-now/master-of-public-health-program/, and requires:
• A current CV or Resume,
• A statement of interest (max. 1,500 words),
• Academic transcript verification,
• Official GRE or MCAT scores, and
• Three letters of recommendation (2 academic and 1 professional recommended)

Admission to the graduate program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. GRE, MCAT, and/or TOEFL (as applicable) scores must meet current Graduate School requirements. Once accepted, students will be dually enrolled in both the A.B. 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.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Kathryn Pollett
  • Email: kathryn.pollett@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-1104
  • Address: Health Sciences Campus, 105M Rhodes Hall

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Political Science A.B.
  • Department/College: Political Science

Advising Contact

  • Name: Paul Welch, Jr.
  • Email: pdwelch@uga.edu
  • Phone: 706-542-4114
  • Address: 103 Candler Hall, School of Public & International

Graduate Major Information

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

Advising Contact