Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is one of five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC). MSM is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and addressing primary health care needs through programs in education, research, and service, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia and the nation.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at MSM provides the public health theory that supports the social mission of MSM. The MPH Program prepares individuals to organize and implement programs to improve the health, quality of life, and well-being of communities through education, research, and service in public health. We offer a generalist curriculum focused on community health in underserved populations.The MPH Program was established in 1995 to address the increasing shortage of underrepresented minorities in leadership positions in the field of public health. The Program was accredited initially in 1999 by the Council on Education for Public Health making it the first accredited MPH Program at an HBCU. The Program was reaccredited in 2007 for the maximum term of seven years. To date, over 200 graduates are working in the field of public health. Additionally, approximately 10% of graduates have earned or are currently pursuing advanced degrees.
MSM is located within the historic West End community in Atlanta, GA. As such, there are ample opportunities for student engagement within the community through participation in service-related activities and community planned events. Our core courses equip students with foundational knowledge and concepts essential for them to better understand the needs of the populations they serve. Additionally, our Community Health course and required community service hours ensure a strong service-learning component to our MPH Program.
Our community service efforts target the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood (APN), an area encompassing a 1.7 mile radius of the AUCC, which has some of the most problematic socio-economic indices in the city and state. Our students are an integral part of a team of community partners who provide “cradle-to-college-to-career” services to improve education, health and fitness outcomes for local children in the APN. MPH students provide services to schools, churches, food banks, advocacy groups and other community-based organizations.