Public Health - Generalist (Master of Public Health)

Application Materials Required for the MPH with a Major in Public Health

Applicants for the MPH with a major in Public Health must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree awarding institution and all transcripts from institutions where post-baccalaureate work has been completed. To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a degree from an institutionally accredited institution or its foreign equivalent. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.)
  4. A curriculum vitae including education, employment, and other applicable experience/skills (e.g., practicum/research experience, presentations, publications) OR resume.
  5. Letter of intent describing reasons for pursuing a master’s degree with a major in Public Health at JSU.
  6. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.

Admission Requirements for the MPH with a Major in Public Health

Admission to the MPH in Public Health program is determined on a selective basis after careful review of all application materials. Applicants may be required to interview with the Kinesiology Graduate Admissions Committee so that additional information can be gathered before a final admission decision is made. Meeting the minimum standards for consideration for admission does not guarantee admission to the program, and the Kinesiology Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to make exceptions to admission requirements.

Unconditional Admission

  • Unconditional admission is determined by the Kinesiology Graduate Admissions Committee. Applicants with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and an undergraduate degree in Public Health or a related field will be given priority.

Conditional Admission

  • Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission and who completed their undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least a 2.7 may be conditionally admitted with the recommendation of the Kinesiology Graduate Admissions Committee.

Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.00 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from the Graduate School.

Minimum Requirements for the Master of Public Health- Generalist Concentration

An overall 3.00 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.00.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
PH 502Theories of Health Behavior and Communication3
PH 511Biostatistics 3
PH 517Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health3
PH 520Administration of Public Health Initiatives3
PH 525Issues and Trends in Public Health3
PH 527Epidemiology for Public Health3
PH 530Research Design3
PH 560Field Experience in Public Health3
PH 562Directed Studies in Public Health3
Concentration Courses
PH 535Survey Research Methods in Public Health3
or PH 536 Qualitative Methods for Public Health
PH 550Global Health3
PH 552Public Health Policy3
BA 505Overview of the U.S. Healthcare System3
3 hours of electives in public health or social and behavioral sciences.3
Total Hours42

42 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Graduation and Comprehensive Exam

All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.