Why Public Health at UGA?
Research & Mentorship
Community Outreach and Engagement
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Pathways to Success

The UGA College of Public Health offers a variety of educational pathways designed to nurture students’ passions while preparing them for success in the ever-changing world of public health.

Graduate Degree Programs

Dual Degrees

Graduate students can pair their MPH with the following graduate degrees:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Undergraduates can also pursue an MPH through UGA’s 4+1 program, UGA Double Dawgs.


Students can hone their expertise with graduate certificates in the following fields:

  • Disaster Management
  • Gerontology
  • Global Health
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity and Weight Management

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So when you come through this program, you end up with your master in public health. But there are so many departments that you can specialize in. There are a number of certificate programs that you can use to enhance that masters, not only make your experience here more valuable, but make yourself a more desirable candidate when you're looking for a career when you're leaving the program.

The College of Public Health's dual degree programs are a great benefit. For me personally, I'm getting to do two different programs at the same time. So originally, coming in, I was in pharmacy, and I didn't really want to do the typical pharmacist job. So I looked at the College of Public Health and saw they had a program in policy and management. And that was really attractive to me, because I wanted something that would empower me to get out in the community, give me the tool set I really needed to go beyond just dispensing, really working with patients, working on the policies that impact them.

I was really interested in disaster management, and I really wanted to learn more about how public health could be intersected with that, and I really appreciated that UGA could blend other applications of public health with the traditional core areas in a way that could give students the opportunity to explore beyond just epidemiology, biostatistics, that kind of focus.

One of the best features about the College of Public Health is you feel incredibly supported. If there's anything that you're interested in, they're going to help you figure out how to study it. They're going to figure out how to get you involved with a project on a team, whether it's at the university, outside the university. They want to facilitate you being able to get whatever you want out of this experience.

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