Master of Public Health
Dr. Oreta Samples, Program Coordinator
Phone: (478) 825-6904
The M.P.H. Degree provides academic preparation in the core areas of Public Health. The program requires:
- Forty-five (45) semester hours
- A thesis or non thesis option
- Internships with non thesis option
The graduation requirements are a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale plus the following:
- FVSU 0500 Graduate Studies Orientation -0 hrs
- HLTH 5103 Environmental Health - 3hrs
- HLTH 5123 Epidemiology - 3hrs
- HLTH 5153 Biostatistics - 3hrs
- HLTH 5173 Public Health Policy & Administration - 3hrs
- HLTH 5200 Health Behavior/Health Promotion - 3hrs
Environmental Health Concentration
- ENVH 5113 Environmental Pollution - 3hrs
- ENVH 5183 Environmental Law - 3hrs
- ENVH 5193 Environmental Health Hazard Management - 3hrs
- ENVH 5253 Industrial Hygiene - 3hrs
- BIOL 5334 Environmental Microbiology - 3hrs
- BIOL 5354 Physiological Toxicology - 3hrs
- CHEM 5304 Environmental Analysis - 3hrs
- Completed Application and Application fee
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or higher
- A personal goals statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts of all academic work
- A resume
- Immunization records and health forms are required except for military and fully online students
- A cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B average), plus the following:
Thesis Research Manual along with direct faculty and committee supervision will assist the student in preparing for the Research Thesis Prospectus, the Research Thesis Proposal, and the Research Thesis Format. Candidates, after writing the thesis, will defend their research in an oral presentation for graduate faculty and other MPH students. Three (3) hours of field experience are also required for the fulfillment of thesis option.
Students pursuing the non-thesis option will not receive a final grade for the Field Experience until a project approved by the MPH director prior to the field experience. Additional, criteria for completion of the non-thesis option include, but are not limited to: data collection during the field experience, oral PowerPoint presentation to the Public Health faculty and students, final paper, and portfolio must be submitted to the Director of MPH program. Our students have completed field experiences at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior, The Washington Center (TWC), and county Health Departments. A list of field experience opportunities is available for students.
ALL FEES AND CHARGES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS WITHOUT NOTICE
All mandatory fees are highlighted. The credit hour tuition rate for in-state is $167.00. The per semester cost for an in-state student to take 12 or more credit hours is a flat fee of $2,002.00. The credit hour tuition rate for out-of-state is $621.00. The per semester cost for an out-of-state student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours is a flat fee of $7,444.00.
Some graduate assistantships are available to qualifying students. Financial assistance in the form of loans is available to qualified graduate students.
There are other University level financial assistance available to qualified graduate students. Many professional associations and other groups, such as those listed below, provide financial assistance to graduate students:
- National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
- American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
- American Waste Management Association (AWMA)
- Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP)
- California Environmental Health Association (CEHA) Awards & Scholarships
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Summers of Discovery Program
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (The Federal Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives)
- United Parcel Service (UPS)
- American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
- U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Research (Minority Academic Institution (MAI) Graduate Fellowship Programs)
Professionals completing the M.P.H. degree with a concentration in Environmental Health may be eligible under Option B of NEHA guidelines to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist exam through a direct application to NEHA or via GEHA. The decision rests on the candidates number of science based courses in both undergraduate and/or masters level work and is to be determined by application to NEHA. There are many career opportunities for those with an MPH degree in Both the public and private sector. Such opportunities may include: hospitals, clinics, health departments (environmental, medical and community outreach areas), academics, federal and state agencies and the CDC to name a few.
The MPH program is located on the Main Campus of Fort Valley State University in the O’Neal Building as part of the Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health.
Q. What are some careers associated with the MPH degree environmental health concentration?A. “Environmental health (EH) is a branch of public health protection that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. EH is a field of science that studies hoe the environment influences human health and disease. “Environment” in this context means identifying and addressing how the environment impacts human health. EH is a very diverse field where professionals perform a variety of tasks such as research, investigations, outreach and education, environmental clean-ups of what we eat, breathe, touch, and drink” (http://www.careersenhealth.com/)
Q. How do we register for classes?A. Each student meets with their faculty advisor to determine their course schedule for the semester. After an agreed upon course schedule has been selected, the MPH program director will assist students in registering for the semester.
Q. What are potential field experiences/research sites?A. For those students selecting a non-thesis option, a 300 contact hour field experience is required. The FVSU MPH program will assist in placing students with public, private, and non-profit agencies. Some students have been successfully placed with FVSU microbiologist, the Natural Resource Authority, Visions for the Valley, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Macon Water Authority, the Department of Interior, and The Washington Center. All students that select the thesis option must complete 150 contact hours of field experience.
Q. How many hours are needed to be considered full-time student?A. Students enrolled in (9) credit hours are considered full-time.
Q. What degree is required for entering the program?A. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university