Georgia Southern University

Board of Regents approves doctorate in public health at Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern University has added another doctoral degree, following the Board of Regents’ approval of the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) in biostatistics, community health behavior and education, and public health leadership. The regents’ action came during their Jan. 16 meeting.

The Dr.P.H. will be offered through the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, which already offers Master of Public Health (M.P.H) degrees in the five aspects of public health: biostatistics, community health behavior, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, and health services policy and management.

Georgia Southern already offers doctorates in psychology and education.

‘Approval of this doctoral degree is a major step in the growth of the still-young Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health,” said Provost Linda Bleicken. ‘In addition to attracting more and higher quality students, this terminal degree moves us closer to our goal of national accreditation in the minimum five-year period. It also encourages the growth of research funding at Georgia Southern.”

‘I commend the exceptional faculty of the of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health for developing a program that will allow us to expand our focus on public health throughout the state, while continuing to meet our mission of assisting rural and underserved populations in Georgia,” said Charles Hardy, founding dean of the college. ‘Through education, research, and service, we will meet our goal of healthier communities filled with healthier people.”

Each of the three Dr.P.H. degrees requires community-based practice activities, a field-based practicum, advanced courses in a program concentration, and field and/or laboratory research opportunities designed to give students a comprehensive, real-world curriculum. The program serves full-time students preparing for a career in public health, as well as currently-employed public health professionals seeking more advanced education.

Georgia Southern designed its Dr.P.H. degree to align with the criteria articulated by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of schools and colleges of public health.

For more information about the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and the Dr.P.H. program, please visit Students interested in applying to the Dr.P.H. program should contact Kelley Chester, Coordinator of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, at 912-681-5603, or at

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