Recognizing the need to strengthen the delivery of public health services to minority and medically underserved communities, in 1992, the Morehouse School of Medicine conducted studies to explore the feasibility of establishing a Master of Public Health Degree Program. An Advisory Committee was formed in 1993. Early in the development of the program, the Advisory Committee served a crucial function in providing expert advice and guidance in all aspects of the MPH Program, including recruitment, mentoring and curriculum development.
The first cohort students were admitted in Fall 1995. The first Master of Public Health degree was awarded in Spring 1997. This started the preliminary inquiry into accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The MPH program began to prepare for the site visit by CEPH in September 1998. Final approval for accreditation was granted by CEPH on June 4, 1999, making MSM the first accredited Master of Public Health Program in an Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) setting. The program received its initial accreditation in 1999. In October 2007, the program received full accreditation for seven years.