Georgia State’s Institute of Public Health Gets Approved to Become a School

ATLANTA — Georgia State University’s Institute of Public Health will be renamed the School of Public Health following its endorsement by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the national body that accredits schools and programs of public health.

CEPH has accepted Georgia State’s application to transition its already accredited public health program to a school of public health. The Master of Public Health (MPH) program has been accredited as a program by CEPH since 2007 with accreditation extending to 2019.

The announcement by CEPH begins the two-year process necessary to gain accreditation as a school, an important milestone strengthening Public Health as an independent college within the university and making Georgia State the first public university in Atlanta with a School of Public Health.

“Ours is one of the most diverse public health programs in the nation—where nearly half of all students are minorities and 20 percent are from countries outside the U.S.,” said Michael P. Eriksen, founding dean of the Institute of Public Health. “Since 2006, we have been home to 35 Fulbright students, and we are getting ready to welcome at least six more in the fall.

“Our faculty is conducting cutting-edge research and our centers are designing—and, perhaps more importantly, implementing—real-world solutions, partnering with community organizations in Atlanta and beyond to develop evidence-based answers to public health challenges cities across the globe face.”

In the past decade, public health at Georgia State has grown dramatically—from a certificate program with a handful of enrolled students in 2002 to a full complement of programs, including not only a certificate, but MPH and doctor’s degree programs. Public Health, which now has more than 300 alumni, expects to graduate its first Ph.D. public health graduates in 2014.

“Our MPH program has grown from approximately 40 to nearly 200 students, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing accredited programs in the Southeast,” Eriksen said. “We have increased our faculty and staff to meet student demand, with a team of just five in 2004 growing to more than 80 employees today, including six new faculty who will join us this fall. We look forward to welcoming them and our new students at this exciting time in our history.”

The School of Public Health is the first new degree-granting college at Georgia State in nearly two decades. The program distinguishes itself in areas such as urban health disparities, chronic diseases and determinants, and violence prevention.


Contact: Frances Marine, Communications Director
School of Public Health, Georgia State University
404.413.1504 (office) / 305.772.6816 (mobile)