Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Lee Mobley, Ph. D

Second Advisor

Dr. Rodney Lyn, Ph. D

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard Shuster, M.D., MMM


Despite the Unites States having the largest national expenditures on health care in the world, Israel outranks the U.S. in infant health outcomes. In the past 20 years. Israel's neonatal health outcomes have improved rapidly in part by providing universal access to care to all citizens. Israel is not without its maternal health challenges, although the state of Georgia has a weak maternal health infrastructure, a high number of uninsured women, and infant health outcomes poorer than the U.S. aggregate mean. Georgia provides less equitable healthcare to women and as a result has stark neonatal differences between populations.