What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

Typically, graduate students receive stipends (≈$20,000/year) and tuition waivers.

How long will it take?

Typically, students complete the Ph.D. in 6-7 years.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Master of Public Health and Ph.D. in Community Psychology

Department of Psychology: 
psychology@gsu.edu

Graduate Program: 
psygrad@gsu.edu

The dual MPH-Ph.D. program in Public Health and Community Psychology provides professional and graduate students with a solid and well-rounded background across both disciplines. Successful candidates will earn a master of public health degree (MPH) upon completion of the graduate health behavior & promotion concentration or the epidemiology concentration offered by the School of Public Health and a doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) upon completion of the community psychology concentration. The program enables students to complete both degrees in less time than pursuing them separately.

Because health is determined by a complex interplay of biology, genetics, lifestyle, environmental factors, social and political conditions, multi-disciplinary professional expertise is needed to address the growing challenges to the public’s health and welfare. Community psychology and public health professionals attempt to address these conditions but take different yet complementary approaches.

Many community psychology professionals work within public health with a focus on fostering social change and activism, reducing oppression and promoting empowerment while public health professionals focus on assessing prevalence and incidence, identifying risk and protective factors, and changing individual health behavior.

Master of Public Health and Ph.D. in Community Psychology

Department of Psychology: 
psychology@gsu.edu

Graduate Program: 
psygrad@gsu.edu

The dual MPH-Ph.D. program in Public Health and Community Psychology provides professional and graduate students with a solid and well-rounded background across both disciplines. Successful candidates will earn a master of public health degree (MPH) upon completion of the graduate health behavior & promotion concentration or the epidemiology concentration offered by the School of Public Health and a doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) upon completion of the community psychology concentration. The program enables students to complete both degrees in less time than pursuing them separately.

Because health is determined by a complex interplay of biology, genetics, lifestyle, environmental factors, social and political conditions, multi-disciplinary professional expertise is needed to address the growing challenges to the public’s health and welfare. Community psychology and public health professionals attempt to address these conditions but take different yet complementary approaches.

Many community psychology professionals work within public health with a focus on fostering social change and activism, reducing oppression and promoting empowerment while public health professionals focus on assessing prevalence and incidence, identifying risk and protective factors, and changing individual health behavior.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

Typically, graduate students receive stipends (≈$20,000/year) and tuition waivers.

How long will it take?

Typically, students complete the Ph.D. in 6-7 years.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

Career paths for graduates of this program include:

  • Tenure-track or university-based research faculty positions
  • Behavioral scientists at local or state health departments
  • Positions at federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Roles in private research/evaluation organizations
  • Careers in private consulting

Program Details

Candidates for this dual-degree program must meet the admissions requirements and follow the application procedures of both the community psychology (COR) concentration and the School of Public Health (SPH). Admission into one degree-granting program does not guarantee admission to the other. When applying to the dual-degree program, applicants should indicate “COR” in the application materials, then indicate they are also applying for the dual M.P.H.-Ph.D. program and they wish to be considered for the MPH concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior or Epidemiology. Application materials will be forwarded for review by the admissions committee at the School of Public Health.

Applicants are encouraged to indicate on their application at least one faculty member in Psychology and one faculty member in the School of Public Health (SPH) that they are interested in working with during their training. Students in this program will be dually enrolled in SPH and Psychology until conferment of the MPH, then will be enrolled in Psychology for the remainder of their training. The expected role for the SPH faculty is to serve as an academic adviser regarding the MPH curriculum and thesis adviser (or co-adviser with a faculty member in Psychology). In some cases (for example, availability of funding), SPH faculty may also serve as research mentors or co-mentors through conferment of the Ph.D.

Applications must include:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • The GRE is not required for the fall 2021 application cycle *
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants only) *

The statement of purpose should be 500-1,000 words. It should summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in graduate study in psychology. Discuss any life experiences that led you to this field of study. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State (including the fit with the faculty members with whom you would most like to work). Describe what you would like to be doing three to five years after you receive your Ph.D.

The resume or CV should summarize your academic, research, clinical and other relevant experiences.

Research experience and, in the case of the Clinical and Community Programs, relevant applied experience are evaluated favorably in the admission process.

Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, applicants are expected to have a background in psychology that includes a minimum of two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods.

Applicants for the Community-Public Health Dual Degree are not required to submit separate applications through this process and the School of Public Health’s process using the SOPHAS system. However, applicants may choose to submit a SOPHAS application if they wish to be considered separately for the MPH or the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health.

* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores.

The School of Public Health (SPH) requires that all MPH candidates earn at least 42 credits hours:

  • 21 hours of core requirements which break down as:
    • 16 hours of core courses
    • 2 hours of applied practice experience
    • 3 hours to complete a thesis/capstone
  • 21 hours filled by taking required concentration core and elective courses in the Health Promotion and Behavior (HPMB) or Epidemiology (EPID) concentrations

For students enrolled in the Ph.D./MPH program, SPH will accept as course credit 12 semester hours of qualifying Comm PSYC courses for the HPMB concentration and 9 credit semester hours for the EPID concentration. Students must earn a grade of B or better to receive MPH credit for Comm PSYC course work.

Ph.D. candidates must earn at least 95 credit hours:

  • 33 hours for the MPH degree
  • Another 62 hours for the Ph.D., consisting of:
    • 18 credit hours of core courses
    • 3 credit hours for a required research methods course
    • 6 hours of statistics
    • 5 hours to complete a thesis project
    • 12 hours of other psychology courses
    • 12 hours of electives
    • 9 hours of practicum
    • 9 hours of reading for general exams
    • and 20 hours of doctoral dissertation research

Students in the dual Ph.D./MPH program can receive credit for 30-33 hours (for HPMB) or 33-36 hours (for EPID) of qualifying public health courses from the MPH curriculum to be credited towards the requirement for the Ph.D. in Community Psychology. Students must earn a grade of B or better to receive credit for their MPH coursework.

Students are offered a monthly stipend during their first four years of graduate school as long as they remain in good standing with the department by maintaining the required GPA and meeting departmental responsibilities.

The level of support for incoming students is determined when they are accepted. No separate financial application procedure is required. All support includes a tuition waiver. Beginning students may also make applications to the University’s Office of Financial Aid (404-413-2400) for non-departmental sources of aid, such as loans and university-provided scholarships.

The dual degree program is designed to better serve the needs and expectations of the public health professions and provide more in-depth theoretical training and approaches to better address the public’s health.

School of Public Health Faculty Interested in Supervising/Mentoring Dual Degree Students

Health Promotion and Behavior (HPMB)

Kathleen Baggett
Amanda Gilmore
Lucy Popova
Laura Salazar
Shannon Self-Brown
Donna Smith
Claire Spears
Dan Whitaker

Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPID)

Shanta Dube
Susie Ramisetty-Mikler

Description

Contacts

Office/Delivery Address:
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
Urban Life Building
11th Floor
140 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083

USPS Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 5010
Atlanta, GA 30302-5010

General Inquiries
psychology@gsu.edu

Psychology Graduate Program
psygrad@gsu.edu

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Place NE
Suite 2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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