What does it cost?

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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

Community Psychology, M.P.H./Ph.D.

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.

Program Details
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • The GRE is not required and GRE scores will not be reviewed
  • Writing sample

The statement of purpose should summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in graduate study in psychology. Discuss how your experiences might have shaped the research questions you are interested in exploring. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at GSU (including the fit with the faculty member(s) with whom you would most like to work). We are particularly interested in specific examples that illustrate your quantitative abilities, problem-solving skills, initiative, leadership, perseverance and maturity. We are also interested in how your educational, professional, clinical (if applicable), or personal (e.g., cultural, economic or social) experiences prepare you to contribute to our department's emphasis on diversity and inclusion during your graduate career. It should be approximately 1000-1500 words.

Please submit a writing sample from your past work, preferably on a topic relevant to psychological science. There are no specific parameters or required length for the writing sample. You might submit a class paper, honors thesis, conference submission, journal article for which you are the primary author, or another writing sample that demonstrates your writing, critical thinking, and research skills.

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

Previous 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.

* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting 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

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

Contacts

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

General Inquiries
psychology@gsu.edu

Psychology Graduate Program
psygrad@gsu.edu

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

25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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