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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


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


Program Information

Concentrations:
Behavioral Health (BHH)
Biostatistics (BST)
Environmental Health (EVH)
Epidemiology (EPY)
Epidemiology (Online) (EPO)
Epidemiology and Biostatistics (PEB)
Epidemiology and Global Communicable Diseases(EGD)
Epidemiology and Global Health (EGH)
Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health (EMC)
Executive Program for Health Professionals (EPH)
Food Safety (FOS)
Global Communicable Diseases (TCD)
Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief and Homeland Security (GHH)
Global Health Practice (GLO)
Health Care Organizations and Management (HCO)
Health Safety and Environment (HLE)
Health Policies and Programs (HPP)
Infection Control (IFC)
Maternal and Child Health (PMC)
Occupational Health (OCC)
Occupational Health for Nurses (OCP)
Occupational Safety (SFM)
Public Health Administration (PHA)
Public Health Education (PHN)
Public Health Practice( PHP)
Social Marketing (SOM)
Socio-Health Sciences (SHS)
Toxicology and Risk Assessment (TXY)

Accelerated Program Options:
B.S. in Public Health and MPH in Public Health: Concentration in Public Health Education (3+2)
M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy And M.P.H./M.S.P.H. in Public Health
Fast Track MPH/MSPH for USF Honors Students

Dual Degrees Offered:
Public Health and Anthropology (M.P.H. with M.A. or Ph.D.)
Public Health and Law (M.P.H./J.D.)offered collegewide with Stetson Law School
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.)
Public Health and Biochemistry / Molecular Biology (M.P.H. / Ph.D.) offered in the following concentrations:
      •Epidemiology
      •Environmental Health
      •Toxicology and Risk Assessment
      •Global Communicable Diseases

Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) Program
Offered in All Departments
The Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) program is a college-wide program open to all students (excluding international students). Masters International students begin studies on campus, and then serve abroad with the Peace Corps for 27 months before returning to campus to complete graduation requirements for a (M.P.H.) degree or a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) degree.  As an incentive, the College provides tuition and fee waivers for up to nine (9) credit hours for the required Field Experience and the Special Project, or the successful defense of a Thesis.  PCMI students gain two years of significant international work experience and knowledge while working in resource-poor settings, thereby enhancing their marketability for employment upon graduation.

The base of knowledge for public health comes from a variety of disciplines, ranging from social sciences to biological sciences and business, brought together by a commitment to improve the publics health. Thus, the field of public health is broad and is open to students from diverse academic disciplines including Health Sciences, Education, Engineering, Business, Communications, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. Graduates are prepared for interdisciplinary focused public health professional careers as administrators, managers, educators, researchers, and direct service providers.

The Colleges five departments are: Community and Family Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Global Health, and Health Policy and Management. In addition, Public Health Practice is a college-wide program. Core content is directly related to addressing and meeting public health issues.

The College accommodates the working professional as well as the full-time student by offering late afternoon and evening classes, online course delivery, partnerships with international schools to expand options, a variety of graduate certificates, and a professional M.P.H. for experienced health care professionals.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. The College is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health and the Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: August 1
Summer: November 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.

Program Admission Requirements
All Applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (except as noted below) or an equivalent taken within five years preceding application unless noted as exceptions and must meet the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preferred minimum: 44th verbal percentile, 25th qualitative percentile.**
  • In lieu of the GRE, only applicants to the Department of Health Policy and Management may submit a preferred GMAT score of 500 for the M.P.H.
  • An MCAT score may be submitted in lieu of the GRE. A mean of 8 is preferred. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics does not permit the substitution of the MCAT for the GRE.
  • Applicants admitted to the M.H.A. or M.P.H. concentration in the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) 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.

** Some Department concentration areas prefer a higher GRE subscores. Health Care Organization and Management; Public Health Policies and Programs; Public Health Administration: Minimum GPA of 3.0 upper division undergraduate AND Preferred GRE of 50th percentile on Verbal and 50th percentile on Quantitative.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

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 19 hours required for the Program (Core, Foundations*, Special Project), this Concentration requires:

Concentration Course Requirements 18 credit hours
Electives 6 credit hours
Field Experience 1 credit hour minimum

*Students who have previously taken introductory statistics courses and have a strong mathematical background must take the more advanced level biostatistics course "PHC 6445: Fundamentals of Probability " instead of "PHC 6050: Biostatistics I." Students in Track 2 of MPH Foundation Courses should also take PHC 6445: Fundamentals of Probability. However, if a student does not have this prior training in introductory statistics coursework then she/he can take both PHC 6050 Biostatistics I and PHC 6445 Fundamentals of Probability..

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

  • MAC 2311 (3) Calculus I
  • MAC 1105 (3) College Algebra
  • Knowledge of Computer and SAS Programming
  • Or an equivalent course is required

Concentration Course Requirements 18 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

Electives - 6 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        (1-3 min)       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

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program 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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