Welcome from the Dean

Michael Eriksen

Michael Eriksen

As chronic diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and environmental concerns continue to multiply and complicate human health, the need for effective population-level prevention methods has never been clearer. At the Georgia State University School of Public Health, we have whole-heartedly embraced this public health challenge through excellence in training, research, and partnerships with community members and organizations. With 50% of the world’s population living in cities, we are particularly committed to addressing challenges faced in urban areas.

Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, we regularly collaborate with surrounding public health organizations and agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, CARE International, the Task Force on Global Health and the Carter Center. 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 the challenges cities across the globe face in public health.

Georgia State is the only school in the metro area offering public health graduate students an affordable public education and the flexibility of part-time schedules for working professionals. 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. In fact, our international student body and alumni include Fulbright and other international scholars from more than 40 countries.

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 an MPH, JD/MPH dual degree, and PhD programs. Our more than 500 alumni have gone on to exciting careers at the CDC, the Peace Corps, government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as non-profit and non-governmental organizations working in communities around the world.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the School of Public Health, our highly-experienced faculty, our research, and our competitive degree programs. Please feel free to contact us personally if you have further questions or if you would like to visit the School of Public Health.

We look forward to meeting you!

Michael Eriksen, ScD
Dean and Professor
School of Public Health