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Public Health (M.P.H.) - Columbus State University

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Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences

Public Health (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health offered in the College of Education and Health Professions is designed to prepare students to practice in the public health field to improve the health of women, mothers, children, infants and families that aligns with the goals of the Columbus State University. The program curriculum focuses on the development of core public health competencies, which will train students to assess, plan, implement and evaluate maternal and child health initiatives. Students will be trained to provide culturally competent health education for the community, to conduct research, and to be part of data-driven policy assessment and programmatic efforts to address maternal and child health disparities at the local, regional, national and global levels.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully graduate from the Master of Public Health degree program will have the opportunity to work with county and state departments of public health, and other health-related agencies at the local, regional, and national levels. Graduates from the program will be well equipped with public health competencies and skills to serve in many roles. There are potentials for successful graduates to work in the international public health arena, especially in the areas of women, mothers, children, infants, and family health.

With our Master of Public Health degree, you can work as:

  • Public Health Educator
  • Health Counsellor
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Health Program Director
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Health Researcher
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Maternal & Child Health Coordinator
  • Community Health Advocate
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Emergency Management Director
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Health Outreach Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

No pre-requisite entry requirement for the MPH program. Applicants with varied undergraduate degrees can apply. Usually, applicants with undergraduate GPA of least 2.75 are preferred. But applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.70 may be accepted.

The MPH program offers summer, fall, and spring admissions. Application deadline for the summer term is April 15th, fall term is July 17th and the spring term is November 30th.

Applicant seeking to be accepted into the MPH program must submit a formal application to CSU Admissions Office. For more on application, please go to: Graduate Program Admissions - Columbus State University

For now, there is no GRE requirement for entry into the MPH program.

No. Applicants with professional background and without professional background who meet program admission requirements will be accepted into the MPH program.

Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer sessions to allow students to graduate on time. All the MPH classes are offered online to accommodate full-time and part-term working students.

Yes, the MPH is an online graduate degree program, all classes are offered fully online.

Yes, the MPH program offers both short-term (8 weeks) and full-term (16 weeks) courses.

A maximum of nine credit hours, taken as a graduate student at accredited MPH Public Health program or accredited Public Health School, may be apply towards MPH degree program at Columbus State University provided the credit was earned not more than seven years prior to the date of completion of the degree. The program will not accept grades “C” or below as transfer credits.

For information/questions about financial aid, please go to: Financial Aid - Columbus State University

MPH Program Contact Persons

Dr. Patricia Anafi, MPH Program Coordinator, Email:

Dr. Clayton Nicks, Department Chair, Email:


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