“I see Atlanta and Georgia State at the real crossroads of public health not only nationally but internationally. I think of this scholarship as ‘piling on’ in a positive way, by joining our friends and colleagues in contributing to the growth of public health education at Georgia State.”

- Dr. Judith Ottoson,
Public health researcher whose husband, Dr. Lawrence W. Green,
established the Judith Ottoson Scholarship in her honor

More Than 300




More Than 50

Fulbright Scholars
Since 2006


Since 2006


Whether in the classroom or in the community, through research or through our programs and centers, the School of Public Health provides a broad, practical understanding of complex health issues ranging from violence, tobacco use and obesity to environmental threats and HIV/AIDS. Our faculty conduct innovative research and test community-based interventions, while remaining committed to teaching and mentoring students. Our doctorate, master’s and certificate programs in public health place special emphasis on urban health issues, chronic disease and elimination of disparities in health and treatment.

We instill in our students the value of using their knowledge and discovery to create positive change in the world. When you donate to the School of Public Health, your dollars not only fund lab and classroom instruction, they support community service and outreach programs that make an immediate, tangible difference for underserved populations in Atlanta and around the region.



  • Scholarship Support

    Establish scholarships to help attract the best and brightest students to our programs, especially those interested in addressing urban health challenges and health inequity.

  • Endowed Chair

    Create endowed professorships to support our efforts to recruit and retain world-class researchers and instructors committed to finding innovative solutions to 21st-century public health challenges.

  • Student Experiences

    Increase support for students interested in international research and study abroad programs, and assist them financially as they pursue internships and other practical learning opportunities in the Atlanta community.

  • Center for Chronic Disease Action

    Create a center to draw on the immense talents of our diverse faculty and extend our reach to respected colleagues in the field to foster exchanges, conduct research and host related programming.

Public Health Dean Eriksen


In the U.S., seven out of every 10 deaths can be attributed to chronic diseases, also referred to as non-communicable diseases. By 2020, that’s expected to be true across the globe. We see our students, faculty and graduates playing a major role in developing solutions for urban populations in Atlanta and around the world.

We see the school of public health becoming a leader in the research and delivery of large-scale programs that will address chronic disease, urban health disparities and other pressing public health problems.

We are in a unique position to focus on the public health challenges of cities and to grow our global reach. Though we are a young program, we have more than 500 alumni, most of them working in metro Atlanta. And we are a top destination for Fulbright Scholars. More than 50 international health professionals have trained at the school through the prestigious Fulbright program and are now working to improve health in their home countries.

Diversity in our student body and faculty is also a strength. In coming years we will grow enrollment, continue to recruit internationally recognized faculty and expand our reach in the world of public health. We strive to be the program of choice for students and researchers who want to join us in finding hands-on solutions based on rigorous scientific study.

Michael Eriksen is an international public health expert and founding director of the School of Public Health. He is author of the Tobacco Atlas, the most comprehensive, resource on the tobacco epidemic.


It’s easy — and rewarding — to invest in Georgia State’s future through a private gift. You can quickly make an online gift here and now. If you prefer, Georgia State development representatives are ready to help you create a named endowment or leave a legacy gift that reflects your personal interests. They can assist, as well, with corporate and matching gifts.



  • Aimee Ahmed, Director of Development, 404-413-1429
  • Mailing address: School of Public Health, Georgia State University, PO Box 3995, Atlanta, Ga. 30302-3995
  • Office location: School of Public Health, Georgia State University, 140 Decatur St. SE, Suite 848, Atlanta, Ga. 30303