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Public Health

The University of Georgia is a diverse and robust institution focused on promoting health in human populations throughout our state, our country and our world.


EDUCATION: Apart from our world-class degree offerings, UGA is constantly engaged in public service and outreach activities designed to strengthen the public health workforce, prevent diseases and improve the health of human populations.

RESEARCH: Research areas that improve the health of our citizens include epidemiology, disaster management, environmental health, global health and health promotion and behavior.

SERVICE: UGA experts lend their expertise to public and private institutions throughout the world in order to strengthen public health and improve the health and quality of life of people everywhere.


Public Health Training Center

The Georgia Public Health Training Center assesses the needs and builds the capacity of the current and future generation of public health workers in governmental public health, health care organizations and non-profit organizations to advance and improve the health of Georgia citizens.

Obesity Initiative

UGA launched a major campus-wide initiative to help the state of Georgia reduce adult and childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases.

UGA’s Clinical Pharmacy

UGA’s Clinical Pharmacy group practices and provides educational exposure at the cutting edge delivery of pharmaceutical care throughout Georgia in community, inpatient and outpatient environments. Practice sites are located in Athens, Augusta, Albany, Atlanta and Savannah.

GRU / UGA Medical Partnership

Georgia Regents University and UGA partnered to create a four-year medical education program to help alleviate the statewide shortage of physicians. It combines the significant instructional and research resources of UGA with the expertise of GRU, Georgia’s only public medical school.

Traffic Safety Research and Evaluation Group

The Traffic Safety Research and Evaluation Group is a working group of scholars and practitioners dedicated to reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by highway traffic crashes.

Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education

The Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education develops new professional education programs based on evidence-based practice.

County Cooperative Extension Offices

Cooperative Extension agents, in county offices across Georgia, provide a link between the University of Georgia and the public. Extension agents also oversee the Georgia 4-H program that provides education and leadership training for youth.

Traffic Injury Prevention Institute

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) is an educational outreach unit of The University of Georgia, with primary funding support from the State of Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

Youth Violence Prevention Group

The Youth Violence Prevention Group conducts research on the study and prevention of school violence and bullying and the promotion of positive, caring school environments.

Department of Health Promotion and Behavior

The Department of Health Promotion and Behavior generates knowledge about the social and behavioral determinants of health and applies that knowledge to the design, delivery and evaluation of disease prevention and health promotion programs.

Super Crew Employee Training for Landscape Professionals

SuperCrew brings professional training to your location at your convenience. It was developed in cooperation with industry leaders and endorsed by professional organizations.

Center for Health and Risk Communication

Researchers at the CHRC investigate how target audiences make health-related decisions. Then, they focus on how to create messages that will get the audience’s attention and produce results.

Center for Global Health

The UGA Center for Global Health seeks to identify best practices of health care throughout the world, to support their dissemination, adaption, and then their adoption throughout the world, in order to improve health care for all.


May 2015 | College of Public Health | Department of Health Promotion and Behavior

UGA using NIH grant to track vaccine attitudes with Twitter

A computational tool being developed to study vaccination attitudes and behaviors through social media could change the way researchers conduct public health surveillance. Researchers from the University of Georgia, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University are using the social media platform Twitter to study why people refuse vaccinations. The study is being funded by a five-year, $1.55 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.