Georgia State University officials say the school will begin offering a law and master of public health dual degree program this fall. School officials announced this week that the program will allow students to count courses from each program toward juris doctor and master of public health degrees.
The new Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Health Sciences University will host community programs and conduct research on public health problems like type 2 diabetes, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, obesity and AIDS.
Public Health Advocates worry about state budget cuts and fear that Georgians may not get the care they need. They are launching a campaign to get more funding for the state wide system. Georgia’s population grew by 20 percent over the past decade. At the same time, advocates say, state funding for public health decreased by 21 percent per Georgian.