Total Minimum Hours: 42 credit hours minimum
Core 12 credit hours
Concentration/Electives - 26 credit hours minimum (varies with each concentration)
Field Experience 1 credit hour minimum (varies with each each concentration)
Special Project -3 credit hours
Students must complete the Program core requirements and then the requirements as specified for the Concentration.
Program Core Courses 12 hours
PHC 6588History & Systems of Public Health (1)
PHC 6756 Population Assessment: Part 1 (5)
PHC 6757 Population Assessment: Part 2 (3)
PHC 6140 Translation to Public Health Practice (3)
Students select from one of the concentrations listed on the following pages. The Concentration section includes required electives and Field Experience information.
Students select from suggested electives listed with each Concentration on the following pages.
PHC 6945 Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits) 1 hr min
During 2nd semester meet with advisor and beginplanning field experience. Seehttp://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/fe/
PHC 6977 Special Project (3)
- Passing the CPH exam is a requirement for graduation by all MPH students. Students must be enrolled for two credits the term taking the exam.1st attempt the college of Public Health will pay funds permitting
- 2nd attempt student pays
- 3rd attempt is an oral exam given by the college of Public Health
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (BHH)
Offered from the Department of Community & Family Health
The M.P.H. in Public Health with a Concentration in Behavioral Health is offered jointly with the USF Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute with a focus upon behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) services. This concentration examines community and family issues in evaluation of systems performance and outcomes of public mental health and substance abuse services as well as childrens mental health, aging and mental, HIV and mental health services, and the planning, evaluation and accountability of mental health and substance abuse services. Graduates are prepared to work in mental health, alcohol and drug abuse organizations.
Concentration Admission Information
In addition to the Program Admission requirements, applicants must have the following:
- Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Undergraduate majors may be admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, although majors from the health sciences such as nursing, pre-med and allied health sciences, and from the social and behavioral sciences (psychology, social work, anthropology, educational psychology, and sociology) are especially appropriate.
- Work experience: Work experience in the field of public health, health, psychology, nursing, counseling, education, social works, etc., is considered extremely desirable.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 in upper division course work
- Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or related professional sources.
Total Program Requirements with this concentration - 42 hours minimum
In addition to the 15 hours required for the Program (Core, Special Project, and Comp Exam), this Concentration requires:
Concentration Course Requirements 15 credit hours
Electives 9 credit hours
Field Experience 3 credit hours minimum
Concentration Course Requirements - 15 hours minimum
MHS 7740 Survey of Mental Health Planning, Evaluation, and Accountability (3)
PHC 6546 Epidemiology of Mental Disorders (3)
PHC 6543 Foundations in Behavioral Health Systems (3)
PHC 6708 Evaluation and Research Methods in Community Health (3)
PHC 6035 Comorbidity of Mental and Physical Disorders (3)
Electives - 9 hours minimum
(Examples of common elective options)
PHC 6413 (3) Family & Community Violence in Public Health
PHC 6549 (3) HIV & Mental Health
PHC 6547 (3) Case Management in Community Mental Health
HSC 6552 (3) Community-Based Prevention in Behavioral Health
PHC 6240 (3) Cultural Competency in Childrens Mental Health
PHC 6934 (3) End of Life Care
PHC 6544 (3) Childrens Mental Health Services
PHC 6545 (3) Evaluation in Mental Health
PHC 6934 (3) Evidence-Based Practice in Behavioral Health
PHC 6548 (3) Grant Writing in Mental Health
PHC 6401 (3) Homelessness: Implications for Behavioral Healthcare
PHC 6934 (3) Substance Abuse Treatment Services
MHS 6640 (3) Mental Health Informatics
PHC 6934 (3) Financing, Economics, and Policy in Behavioral Health
Field Experience 3 hours minimum
PHC 6945 Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits)
Students with little or professional experience - 6 hours minimum
Students with relevant professional experience -3 hours minimum
Professional experience would include at least 2 years of supervised work at a mental health, alcohol, or drug abuse agency in a variety of specialty areas within behavioral health services. These experiences might include work in program planning, program evaluation, community prevention and education, etc.