AASUs MPH Program Receives Accreditation
Savannah, GAThe Council on Education for Public Health, the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health and graduate programs in public health, has accredited the Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Education (MPH) offered by Armstrong Atlantic State University. Designed to meet the needs of the medical community, the MPH program received accreditation for the maximum length of five years. It is the first such program to be accredited within the University System of Georgia.
"This accreditation identifies our graduates as having a certain knowledge base and skills that meet a certain criteria," said Sandy Streater, head of the Department of Health Science. "This will make our graduates more marketable."
The Master of Public Health provides an educational opportunity for those interested in entering the field of public health or experienced public health workers who wish to further their careers. The largest employer of workers who possess the graduate degree in public health are health systems, universities, state and local health departments, and federal agencies. It is approximated that Georgia currently has 10,000 public health workers with 1,300 vacancies.
"Managed care has increased the need for trained public health professionals, particularly in the area of outcomes management and policy development," said Dr. Stephen King, former director of Chatham and Effingham Counties Division of Public Health.
There are national and state shortages of public health professionals. The Department of Health and Human Services, The Georgia Department of Human Resources, and other state and county organizations have provided a well-documented need for masters degree programs in public health in Savannah and surrounding counties. The 1994 Chatham County Community Health Profile describes significant health concerns in the Savannah area requiring the attention of public health personnel in assessment and planning.
The Department of Health Science supports research and scholarly activities, which are undertaken by all MPH faculty. Students must show a mastery of research abilities in order to complete the MPH program. Specific funds dedicated to student research are available through application to the School of Graduate Studies and through the Graduate Student Government Association. Core courses are offered in the evening and during the summer to accommodate part-time students.
Armstrong Atlantic State University is one of three regional health professions education centers in the University System of Georgia. The MPH program is located in the Department of Health Science, which currently offers the Bachelor of Health Science, the Master of Public Health, and the Master of Health Services degrees. Additionally, a certificate in gerontology at the baccalaureate and graduate levels is offered.
For more information about the MPH or other programs in the Department of Health Science, contact Sandy Streater at 921.5483.