Pandemic influences Georgia Southern’s new online public health program

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) — As the pandemic has shown just how important public health leaders are, Georgia Southern University is adding an online program to address the shortage of people ready for these jobs.

Previously, if you wanted to study public health at Georgia Southern, you had to do it on campus. Now, you can get a bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health online.

The vice president for academic affairs says the pandemic prompted them to offer these courses online sooner.

Georgia Southern executives say this new option makes it easier for people of all ages to earn a degree in a field that needs more employees. They may even do this while working or caring for a family.

While the bachelor’s program focuses on global health, the master’s program emphasizes health informatics.

University leaders say they hope to address the public health workforce shortage that has been hit hard by the pandemic.

“It has given our communities a better understanding of the importance of public health, but these are public health officials who are embedded in every county, in hospitals across Georgia, across the country. We are not training enough public health officials,” said Carl Rieber, vice president of academic affairs.

Although this is a new online program, Georgia Southern is also introducing several new bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in different industries such as supply chain, education, and environmental science.

New programs: PhD and MS Environmental Science, BS Sustainability, MS Sports Training, MS Nutrition and Food Science, EdS Teaching and Learning, MS Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Transport Certificate, Logistics Management Certificate Operations and Supply Chain and Tactical Athlete Certificate

For a list of all programs, click here.

Karen O. Fielding