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Master of Public Health

Dr. Melanie Ragin
Phone: (478) 953-0160
FAX: (478) 953-0180
Email: raginm@fvsu.edu

The M.P.H. Degree Program in Environmental Health was developed in response to the nation’s call-to-action for improved health opportunities for all with focuses on local, state, regional, and global needs. This M.P.H. Program offers a course of study that prepares students to identify problems and propose solutions to a variety of environmental conditions that affect the health of minority, rural, and disadvantaged populations at disproportionate rates. Environmental linkages between high morbidity rates due to heart disease (i.e., hypertension and stroke), cancer, and diabetes in conjunction with Healthy People 2020 will be assessed. Adverse environmental factors such as livestock rearing, farming practices, food handling, and industrial contaminants will be studied with sensitivity to cultural, regional, and ethnic differences.
Graduates of the M.P.H. degree program will be capable of pursuing further study in environmental health or related fields, conducting research in the discipline, managing community health agencies, and/or providing community-based leadership designed to educate and empower citizens to form partnerships in the interest of improving the overall health of their communities.
We are now offering the majority of MPH classes as web-hybrid (i.e., online and traditional classroom instruction) for distance learners!
  • 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:

    Core Courses

    • 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
  • Matriculation

    • 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.

    Semester Hours
    Technology Fee
    Health
    Fee
    Activity
    Fee
    Athletic
    Fee
    Student Center Use Fee
    Trans.
    Fee
    1
    $70.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $250.00
    2
    $70.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $250.00
    3
    $70.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $0.00
    $250.00
    4
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    5
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    6
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    7
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    8
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    9
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    10
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    11
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    12
    $70.00
    $73.00
    $71.00
    $180.00
    $20.00
    $250.00
    Semester Hours
    In-State Tuition Fee
    Total In-State Tuition Fee
    Out-0f-State Tuition Fee
    Total Out-of-State Tuition Fee
    1
    $167.00
    $637.00
    $621.00
    $1,091.00
    2
    $334.00
    $804.00
    $1,242.00
    $1,712.00
    3
    $501.00
    $971.00
    $1,863.00
    $2,333.00
    4
    $668.00
    $1,482.00
    $2,484.00
    $3,293.00
    5
    $835.00
    $1,649.00
    $3,105.00
    $3,919.00
    6
    $1,002.00
    $1,816.00
    $3,726.00
    $4,540.00
    7
    $1,169.00
    $1,983.00
    $4,347.00
    $5,161.00
    8
    $1,336.00
    $2,150.00
    $4,968.00
    $5,782.00
    9
    $1,503.00
    $2,317.00
    $5,589.00
    $6,403.00
    10
    $1,670.00
    $2,484.00
    $6,210.00
    $7,024.00
    11
    $1,873.00
    $2,651.00
    $6,831.00
    $7,645.00
    12
    $2,002.00
    $2,816.00
    $7,444.00
    $8,258.00
  • Professionals completing the M.P.H. degree with a concentration in Environmental Health are eligible to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist examination offered by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and the Georgia Environmental Health Association (GEHA). Opportunities for employment may be found in both the public and private sectors; at the International, federal, state and local levels; within government and voluntary agencies; as well as within business, industry, agriculture and the health care community.

  • The M.P.H Program is located at the Warner Robins Center, which has a 19 station state-of-the-art computer lab. Software provided includes 2010 Health Objectives for the Nation, EPI Info, statistical packages and others.

  • 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. Students can also request an alternative pin that can be used to register, drop and add courses online through the Banner Web system.

    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
 
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