Total minimum hours 43 credits post-master's
Common core 13 hours
Concentration 12 hours
Electives 12 hours
Culminating Requirements/Doctoral Project 6
Students are expected to come into the DrPH degree program with foundational public health knowledge. Students who have an MPH or MHA degree from a CEPH-accredited institution meet this requirement. Students with other degrees meet this requirement if they have taken the equivalent of the MPH core coursework at a CEPH-accredited institution, or if they take the courses at USF listed below.
Pre-Requisite Public Health Core Courses - 9 credit hours
PHC 6588 History and Systems of Public Health
PHC 6756 Population Assessment I
PHC 6757 Population Assessment II
Total Minimum Hours - minimum 43 credit hours
The total minimum hours required are 43 credit hours post-masters. At least 13 hours have to be completed at the 7000 level. A maximum of 12 hours can be transferred into the major, if the coursework was completed post-masters.
Core Courses - 13 credit hours
PHC 7982 1 Introduction to Doctoral Training in Public Health
PHC 7103 3 Transforming Public Health Practice
PHC 7154 3 Evidence-Informed Public Health I
PHC 7149 1 Practical Applications II: Public Health Leadership
PHC 7934 3 Writing for Scholarly Publications in Health Sciences
HSC 7268 2 Professional Foundations III: Joining the Academy
Concentration - 12 credit hours
Students select one of the following concentrations
Advanced Practice Leadership in Public Health
PHC 7932 1 Practical Applications I: Policy, Advocacy and Public Health
PHC 7466 1 Health Disparities and Cultural Competency in Public Health
PHC 7119 3 Organizational Behavior in Public Health Systems
PHC 7504 1 Innovative Education in Public Health
PHC 6411 3 Introduction to Social Marketing for Public Health
PHC 7156 3 Evidence-Informed Public Health II
Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice
PHC 7565 3 Public Health Laboratory Management I
PHC 7563 3 Public Health Laboratory Management II
PHC 75643 Public Health Laboratory Microbiology
PHC 7085 3 Public Health Laboratory Bioinformatics
Electives 12 credit hours minimum
Culminating Requirements 6 credit hours minimum
These lead to a field-based doctoral project that influences public health majors, policies, or systems:
Applied Practice Experiences
PHC 79196Public Health Doctoral Project
Applied Practice Experiences
All DrPH students will engage in applied practice experiences to advance their leadership and professional skills in public health. Within their courses, students will select at least five DrPH foundational and concentration competencies and propose projects in a public health or related organization that will develop these competencies, with advice from a practice-based mentor in the proposed setting. These studies will be jointly planned by the student, the mentor, and the Faculty Advisor, and may consist of one project, or several projects, depending on the scope and competency goals. The final practice experience deliverables must be approved by the Faculty Advisor, verifying that the student has demonstrated achievement of the proposed competencies.
Doctoral Project Committee
The student will be assigned one or more Faculty Advisor(s) at the time of admission. The Faculty Advisor(s) will guide the student through the program of study in the initial stages. Within the second year of the major, the student should establish a doctoral project committee. The doctoral project committee will consist of a minimum of one Faculty Chair and one Faculty Member (or two Faculty co-Chairs) from the faculty of the College of Public Health, as well as an external public health professional or practitioner who is a mentor to the student.
When the majority of the student's coursework is satisfactorily completed, the student must pass a qualifying examination. The student is required to submit a concept paper describing the proposed doctoral project, followed by an oral examination that relates the content, approach, and deliverables of the project to the DrPH curriculum domains in the student's concentration. The examination will be administered and evaluated by the student's doctoral project committee. The student must enroll in at least two credits in the semester the exam is completed.
After successfully completing the qualifying examination, the student must complete a field-based doctoral project that is designed to influence programs, policies, or systems applicable to public health practice. The doctoral project must include a minimum of three high-quality, evidence-based deliverables, with at least one written product. The doctoral project must also demonstrate synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies across all DrPH curriculum domains in the student's concentration.To complete the doctoral project, the student will be required to enroll in a minimum of six credits of PHC 7919: Public Health Doctoral Project. The final doctoral project deliverables must be approved by the doctoral project committee prior to graduation, and the student must be enrolled in a minimum of two credits in the semester the doctoral project is completed and approved.
Time to Degree
Students may be able to complete the DrPH degree program in a minimum of three years, with two years for the coursework and one year for the culminating experiences. All requirements for doctoral degrees must be completed within seven calendar years from the student's date of admission for doctoral study.