Hands-On Public Health

Whether in the classroom or in the community, through research or through its programs and centers, the Georgia State University School of Public Health (SPH) is geared toward providing a broad practical understanding of complex health issues ranging from violence to tobacco to obesity to environmental threats to HIV/AIDS.

Members of its faculty conduct innovative research and test community-based interventions, developing evidence-based best practices that are poised to make a difference, especially in urban settings and among global populations. Its students engage in practicum opportunities throughout greater Atlanta’s vibrant public health community—from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to local government agencies to international non-governmental organizations. Together, they are bringing health to life.

About the School of Public Health at Georgia State University

Urban Focus, Global Reach

In addition to hosting more than a dozen Fulbright students per year, the Georgia State University SPH is an international leader in efforts to address challenges faced by major metropolitan areas like Atlanta. According to the UN, the world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. For the first time, more than half of the world’s population is living in towns and cities. By 2030 this number will swell to almost 5 billion people.

SPH is on the cutting-edge locally and globally, working with scholars and researchers around the world on efforts such as developing an Urban Health Index—a health assessment tool that aids understanding of small area health status and disparities—or Georgia State University’s well-recognized evidence-based model for curbing child maltreatment, SafeCareTM.

Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement
The mission of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University is advancing health through leadership, scholarship, research and service to better the human condition and promote the common good, especially for urban communities and for global populations.


    1. Scholarship and inquiry
    2. Human rights and social justice
    3. Diversity in multicultural and multiethnic environments
    4. Integrity, accountability and transparency
    5. Leadership, innovation and transformation
    6. Healthy, sustainable social environments

Goal Statements:

    1. Prepare students to use multi-disciplinary skills to address contemporary public health problems.
    2. Advance public health sciences and our understanding of the causes and prevention of disease.
    3. Promote service activities and initiatives by implementing community-based projects, educating professional and lay audiences, and collaborating with the public health workforce to advance health promotion and disease prevention.

  • Public health degree programs facilitate student mastery of established Core Competencies.
  • MPH students demonstrate application of critical thinking, sound scientific inquiry, and scholarly writing to public health problems through a culminating experience directed toward impacting research and/or practice.
  • Doctoral programs facilitate student development, independent scholarship, public health leadership, and the application of science to current and emerging population health challenges.
  • Doctoral students produce original research in the form of a dissertation that contributes to at least one of the five public health knowledge areas and demonstrates proficiency in research design, synthesis of evidence, data analysis, and interpretation and dissemination of findings.
  • SPH maintains and expands partnerships with public health employers in order to enrich student training through practice-based collaboration with public health professionals.

  • Increase unit productivity in acquiring research grants and contracts.
  • Foster collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and scholarship.
  • Produce and disseminate original research in academic, professional, and community domains through faculty and doctoral student contributions to scientific knowledge and community practice.

  • Faculty and staff contribute to academic, university, and community-based service activities.
  • Engage students individually and collectively in community-based service activities.