Program Spotlight

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program caters to a wide variety of students locally, nationally, and internationally, with various academic experiences. This diversity serves to enhance the program by allowing M.P.H. students to interface with recent college graduates as well as with experienced professionals seeking to advance their careers.

Student participation is an integral part of the program in preparing them for decision-making in their careers. In this regard, students have an opportunity to participate in the Master of Public Health Student Association, which is administered entirely by students who are selected by the association. Students serve as full members on various faculty committees, participating directly in the development of curriculum and administrative policies of the program.


M.P.H. Faculty Recognition

Dr. GerbiThe Department of Graduate Education in Public Health welcomes Dr. Gemechu Gerbi as the Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Director of Public Health Research.

 We extend congratulations to Dr. Gerbi for his newly published articles, “Hepatitis E as a Cause of Acute Jaundice Syndrome in Northern Uganda,” and “Reported reasons for testing among hepatitis B virus-infected patients – Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study (CHeCS),” published in The Journal of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Additionally, Dr. Gerbi is a subject matter expert in the COVID-19 response, providing culturally-competent prevention messages to the Ethiopian community.

Recent media features:

Faculty Interview: Questions and Answers About Coronavirus: An interview with Dr. Gemechu B. Gerbi (Part I)
Elshaddai Television Network – April 1, 2020

Faculty Interview: Questions and Answers About Coronavirus: An interview with Dr. Gemechu B. Gerbi (Part II)
Elshaddai Television Network – April 1, 2020 



Congratulations to Dr. Reinetta Waldrop on her recertification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). 

As the highest active member status possible, Fellow status has been achieved by less than 25 percent of the more than 40,000 ACHE members. The application for recertification occurs every four years and requires a significant amount of annual continuing education; attendance at local and state meetings and educational events; and an annual financial commitment to cover state and national dues. Initial certification, which Dr. Waldrop received in 2000, requires a written exam in 12 areas of healthcare management as well as an oral examination before a panel of regents. 

For the past three years, Dr. Waldrop has been appointed to serve on the Regents Advisory Council (RAC) for the Georgia Chapter of ACHE.

Dr. Stephanie Miles-RichardsonDr. Stephanie Miles-Richardson, MSM assistant dean for graduate education in public health and M.P.H. program director. In 2019, she was elected president of The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health. Dr. Miles-Richardson is the first African-American president of and the first to hail from an HBCU institution.

Additionally, Dr. Miles-Richardon is a trusted community partner in the faith-based community and serves as a subject matter expert in the COVID-19 response, providing culturally-competent prevention messaging to the African American community.

Recent Media Features:

Faculty Interview: The Local Take Talks Public Health in a Pandemic with Morehouse School of Medicine
WCLK 91.9 – April 4, 2020 

Faculty Interview: Gym Stays Open in Johns Creek Amid Coronavirus Concerns (Video)
CBS46 – March 31, 2020

Faculty Interview: Why Coronavirus Presents A Unique Challenge For African Americans 
BET News – March 16, 2020

Faculty Interview: How the Coronavirus is Affecting the Black Community (Video)
BET News – March 16, 2020

Faculty Interview: No, Keri Hilson, 5G Did Not Cause Coronavirus 
Huffington Post – March 16, 2020

Faculty Interview:  Morehouse Medicine expert talks about keeping COVID 19 from spreading  (Video)
CBS46 – March 12, 2020