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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Public Health (MPH)
with a Concentration in Biostatistics (BST)

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Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
CIP Code: 51.2201
College of Public Health (PH)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 46

Contact Information:
College of Public Health
Epidemiology and Biostatistics 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://health.usf.edu/publichealth/index.htm


Faculty Search: Public Health Faculty List


Major Information

Accelerated Program Options:
B.S. in Public Health and MPH in Public Health: Concentration in Public Health Education (3+2)

Dual Degrees Offered:
Public Health and Anthropology (M.P.H. with M.A. or Ph.D.)
Public Health and Medicine (M.P.H. / M.D.) for already enrolled USF College of Medicine Students

Public Health and Physical Therapy (D.P.T./M.P.H.)

  • Designated for students in the DPT program in the School of Physical Therapy-M.P.H. availability collegewide

Public Health and Social Work (M.P.H. / M.S.W.)

  • Behavioral Health
  • Maternal and Child Health

Public Health (Occupational Health) and Nursing / Adult Nurse Practitioner (M.P.H. / M.S.)

Accreditation Information:

The College is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: May 1
Spring: June 15
Summer: November 15

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 requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or have taken an equivalent admissions examination within the five years preceding application and must meet the following criteria.

  • Equivalent exams include the GMAT, MCAT, DAT or PCAT.
  • LSAT is not accepted in lieu of the GRE.
  • Although there are no required minimum scores, the applicant’s GRE score will be compared to the applicant pool and the national GRE norms.
  • Applicants who have a terminal degrees such as the PhD, ScD or EdD, and those with advanced professional degrees (MD, DDS, DO, DVM, JD, PharmD, DPT) from accredited institutions and who are individually licensed in the United States in their profession may request to waive the GRE (http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/pdf/GRE%20Waiver.pdf). The GRE waiver is not automatic and must be approved by the College of Public Health.
  • Earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution;

Earned a “B” average (3.0 on a 4 point scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working toward a baccalaureate degree

  • Applicants admitted to the M.H.A. or M.P.H. who have a score on the GRE Verbal or Analytical Writing test which is below the 40th percentile may be required to take REA 2105Critical Reading and Writingor an equivalent English composition course, during the first semester of enrollment, with a grade of “B” or better in the course.

Meeting of these criteria per se shall not be the only basis for admission.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

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
Comprehensive Exam

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)

Concentration
Students select from one of the concentrations listed on the following pages. The Concentration section includes required electives and Field Experience information.

Electives
Students select from suggested electives listed with each Concentration on the following pages.

Field Experience
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/

Special Project
PHC 6977 Special Project (3)

Comprehensive Exam

  • 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

BIOSTATISTICS (BST)
Offered from the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
The MPH program in Public Health with a Concentration in Biostatistics provides educational opportunities for students to acquire a broad knowledge in biostatistics and apply biostatistical methods to public health problems.. The intended audience of the program includes individuals with strong quantitative background and interests in a professional career in a public health setting. The program trains students to be able to design studies, to implement data collection and management plans, to formulate analysis plans and conduct analysis, and to report and communicate analytical results. The program will also provide students with knowledge in statistical and computational methods and public health.

Concentration Admission Information
In addition to the Program Admission requirements, applicants must have the following:

  • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, natural sciences, biological sciences, engineering, medical sciences, environmental sciences, management information systems.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: linear algebra, calculus, basic computer skills (e.g. operating system, internet, word processing, spread sheet).
  • Work experience: Prior work experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Other criteria: Academic background, goal statement, student's academic interest, references and availability of faculty and facility resources are also considered as part of the entrance evaluation.

Total Program requirements with this concentration 44 hours minimum

In addition to the 15 hours required for the Program (Core Special Project and Comp Exam), this Concentration requires:

Concentration Course Requirements 21 credit hours
Electives 7 credit hours
Field Experience 1 credit hour minimum

Prerequisites (Not included in total program hours) - 6 hours
Biostatistics course prerequisites

  • MAC 2311Calculus I
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra
  • Knowledge of Computer and SAS Programming
  • Or an equivalent course is required

Concentration Course Requirements 21 hours
PHC 6053 (3) Categorical Data Analysis
PHC 6051 (3) Biostatistics II
PHC 6060 (3) Biostatistics Case Studies and Consulting I
HSC 6055 (3) Survival Analysis
PHC 6020 (3) Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
PHC 6057(3) Biostatistical Inference I
PHC 6096(3) Fundamentals of Probability

Electives - 7 hours
Examples of common elective options
HSC 6054 (3) Design and Analysis of Experiments for Health Researchers
HSC 6056 (3) Survey Sampling Methods in Health Sciences
PHC 6934(3) Bayesian Data Analysis
PHC 6934(3) Multilevel Data Analysis
PHC 7053(3) Generalized Linear Model
PHC 7056(3) Longitudinal Data Analysis
PHC 6934 (1) Base Programming in SAS
PHC 6934 (2) Advanced Programming in SAS

Field Experience 1 hours minimum
PHC 6945 Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits)
No experience, or less than two years using biostatistical principles in a work setting: 3 credits minimum. Two or more years experience using biostatistical principles in a work setting: 1 credit minimum.


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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