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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Public Health (DPH)

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Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)
CIP Code: 51.2201
College of Public Health (PH)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 43
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 43

Contact Information:
College of Public Health
Public Health Department (DEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MDC56
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Kamala Dontamsetti
Phone: 813-974-6505
Email: cophinfo@health.usf.edu

Website: http://www.publichealth.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Public Health Faculty List


Major Information

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is a professional, practice-oriented research degree that is granted in recognition of the attainment of a broad set of practice, analytic and evaluative skills, including demonstrated public health leadership skills. The Dr.P.H. prepares individuals for leadership roles in practice-based settings such as health departments, non-profit organizations, health services, international agencies, and community-based organizations. Accordingly, the emphasis of the Dr.P.H. is placed on fostering advanced expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based public health practice.

The Dr.P.H. degree offers two concentrations: Advanced Practice Leadership in Public Health (APLPH), and Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice (PHLSP). Each of these has a doctoral core and concentration curriculum that develops the student's community engagement, leadership and management, communication and education, and evidence-based public health. Dr.P.H. students are expected to collaborate with senior public health practitioners as mentors through applied practice experiences, and are required to complete a field-based doctoral project that influences public health programs, policies, or systems. The Dr.P.H. requires a minimum of 43 semester hours beyond the Masters degree, with at least 13 credits at the 7000 level. This major requires students to be on campus for part of their experience.

Accreditation Information:

The College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: November 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements , as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Required Application Documentation: Applicants to the Dr.P.H. degree are required to complete both a SOPHAS application and a USF Office of Graduate Studies application. Required Documentation (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):

  • Completed USF Office of Graduate Studies application, and
  • Completed SOPHAS application (requires the following):
    • Transcripts
    • GRE taken within five years preceding application or equivalent scores.
    • Minimum of three letters of Recommendation
    • Detailed personal statement of less than five pages that descirbes why you wish to obtain a Dr.P.H. degree in Public Health
    • Resume or curriculum vitae

Applicants to the DrPH degree are initially required to complete a SOPHAS application. Once that application is verified by SOPHAS, we will invite the applicant to submit a shortened USF Office of Graduate Studies application. Applicants must meet the University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as the requirements listed below. However, these criteria are not the only basis for admission.

Major Admission and Documentation Requirements

  1. Applicants must have an MPH, MHA, MSPH, or other relevant Masters degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Applicants must submit transcripts for all college-level coursework, with a transcript evaluation for coursework from foreign institutions.
  2. Applicants must submit a GRE test score taken within five (5) years preceding application, or results from an equivalent exam (GMAT, MCAT, DAT, or PCAT, but not LSAT). The GRE score will be compared to the applicant pool and national GRE norms when admission is considered. This requirement can be waived if the student has at least a 3.50 GPA, or has a terminal degree (PhD, ScD, or EdD) from an accredited institution, or an advanced professional degree (MD, DDS, DVM, JD, PharmD, DPT) with licensure in the United States. Any student seeking a waiver must submit a GRE waiver request with supporting documentation.
  3. Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of less than five pages that describes why the applicant wishes to obtain a DrPH degree in Public Health. This document should explain the applicant's public health background, current public health practice interests, and how the DrPH is expected to affect the applicant's current practice.
  4. To be admitted, applicants must have a minimum of two years advanced work experience in public health, and must demonstrate public health leadership potential in their statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Students seeking acceptance into the Public Health Laboratory Science and Practice concentration must work at a health laboratory. Admission also depends on the availability of a Faculty Advisor who can advise the student in their area of interest. The final decision on admission is made by the faculty of the College.
  5. Applicants must also be fully prepared to attend three DrPH Institutes on-campus.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total minimum hours 43 credits post-master's
Common core 13 hours
Concentration 12 hours
Electives 12 hours
Culminating Requirements/Doctoral Project 6

Pre-Requisites
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
Qualifying Exam
PHC 79196Public Health Doctoral Project

Culminating Requirements

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.

Qualifying Exam
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.

Doctoral Project
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.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

PHC6000, PHC6050, PHC6102, PHC6357, PHC6410, PHC6051, PHC6010, PHC6011, PHC7001, PHC7980,