The three faculty standing committees of the MPH Program (Admissions, Curriculum, and Student Academic Progress) are subcommittees of the APC.
- Admissions Committee: The MPH Admissions Committee is responsible for the acceptance of all students entering the MPH program at MSM. MSM encourages applications from and gives full consideration to all applicants for admissions and financial aid without regard to sex, race, handicap, color, creed, or national or ethnic origin. The committee selects students who are most likely, in its opinion, to become the best students and public health professionals. Selection of students by the MPH Admissions Committee is made after considering many factors, including academic readiness, motivation, aptitude, and public health experience and exposure.
- Curriculum Committee: The charge to the Curriculum Committee is to develop an instructional program that will lead to the fulfillment of the objectives of the MPH program. The committee is responsible for planning the academic calendar, class schedules, and the determination of core, integrated, and elective course offerings. The committee also evaluates all segments of the curriculum, including student evaluations to identify potentially ineffective sequences, unnecessary repetitions, and subject areas that may require more emphasis. The committee continuously reviews the curriculum design, course organization, and teaching performance to formulate specific recommendations for modifying courses in the interest of improving the curriculum. In addition, the committee is expected to review the descriptive outline of each course prior to incorporation in the curriculum.
- Student Academic Progress Commitee: The Student Academic Progress Committee (SAPC) is charged with monitoring the academic performance of each MPH student. The committee evaluates and makes recommendations for each student in accordance with the guidelines established and approved by the faculty. It evaluates unusual problems and assures that guidelines are applied in a fair and equitable manner. It determines satisfactory academic progress, probation, or dismissal for academic reasons.
The SAPC also has the responsibility of reviewing and approving recommendations for remediation submitted by the Track Coordinators. Progress in the curriculum is tracked by the SAPC to identify students eligible to enter degree candidacy. Following the review by SAPC, recommendations are made to the Academic Policy Council (APC) that individual students have met all requirements for receipt of the MPH degree.
The SAPC convenes at periodic intervals to monitor the personal and professional development of all MPH students and to make appropriate decisions and recommendations. The committee considers interim and final grades, qualitative evaluations, practical experiences, as well as additional evidence submitted by the student or others that might have a bearing on the student's progress.
The Advisory Committee is an external body comprised of representatives from community health agencies, members of the Atlanta University Center schools, public health agencies, alumni, and a student representative.
- Advisory Committee:The MPH Advisory Committee was constituted during the planning stage of the Morehouse School of Medicine MPH Program. It is composed largely of individuals from Atlanta University Center schools, Emory University and representatives of public health and community-based agencies. Early in the development of the program, the Advisory Board--renamed the Advisory Committee--served a crucial function in guiding the MSM faculty in planning an academic public health program.
The MPH Advisory Committee currently has three primary roles: 1. Provide expert advice and guidance in all aspects of the MPH Program, including recruitment, mentoring, curriculum and development. 2. Facilitate and promote involvement and collaboration with key partners in the community; government health agencies at the federal, state and local level; private health partners and foundations; and representatives from the broader corporate community. 3. Assist the program in describing and articulating opportunities for collaboration within the broader academic system in Georgia.