University of Georgia College of Public Health
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|University of Georgia College of Public Health|
|Dean||Dr. Phillip L. Williams|
|Location||Athens, Georgia, USA|
|Website||College of Public Health Homepage|
The College of Public Health (CPH) officially opened as UGA's 15th college in January 2005 after receiving approval from the school's University Council in September 2004 and the Georgia Board of Regents in October. It was the first public health school created within the University System of Georgia. As of 2008, the dean of the school is Phillip L. Williams. He has been the only dean in the short history of the school. He served as interim dean from the initial opening in 2005 until being named to the position permanently on November 10, 2006. Williams was also on the internal committee that proposed the formation of the college. The Institute of Gerontology also joined the CPH in July 2005.
The new college was founded to house various research, faculty and outreach programs in one college so that public health needs would be better addressed. The department of environmental health science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the department of health promotion and behavior in the College of Education were moved to CPH. New departments were created including: the department of epidemiology and biostatistics and the department of health policy and management. Also since 2005, the college has expanded to include the institute for health management and mass destruction defense and the Center for Global Health.
Upon opening, CPH took over responsibility for the Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate degree track previously overseen by the UGA Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute and the Division of Public Health.
Beginning in the 1990s, the Institute of Gerontology began the Georgia Centenarian Study, a ten-year project to study common habits and personality traits among centenarians in 31 Georgia counties. In 2001, the National Institute on Aging provided an additional $7.5 million to prolong and expand the study.
The following departments are part of the CPH:
- Environmental Health Science
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Health Policy and Management
- Health Promotion and Behavior
- Institute of Gerontology
- Institute of Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense
- Center for Global Health
The following undergraduate degrees are offered by the CPH:
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (B.S.E.H.)
- Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Behavior (B.S.H.P.)
- Joint B.S. in Environmental Health and Biological Engineering
- Environmental Health Science
- Public Health
The following graduate degrees are offered by the CPH:
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- Master of Science in Environmental Health (MSEH)
- Master of Science in Toxicology
- Ph.D. in Epidemiology
- Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Behavior
- Ph.D. in Toxicology
- Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
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- Martin, Peter; da Rosa, Grace, Siegler, Ilene C., Davey, Adam, MacDonald, Maurice, Poon, Leonard W. and for the Georgia Centenarian Study (December 2006). "Personality and longevity: findings from the Georgia Centenarian Study". AGE (Springer Netherlands) 28 (4): 343–352. doi:10.1007/s11357-006-9022-8. Retrieved 2008-03-24. "Centenarians are thought of as unique and exceptional survivors. This study evaluated specific personality traits and configurations of traits among participants of the Georgia Centenarian Study"
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- UGA College of Public Health
- UNDERGRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL DEGREES OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, UGA Bulletin
- Georgia Magazine, March 2006 Vol 84: No. 3
- Atlanta Business Chronicle, October 29, 2010