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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Public Health (MPH)
with a Concentration in Epidemiology and Global Communicable Disease (EGD)

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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): 55

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://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 Master’s International (PCMI) Program
Offered in All Departments
The Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) program is a college-wide program open to all students (excluding international students). Master’s 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 public’s 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 College’s 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 2105–Critical Reading and Writing–or 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 Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Global Health
This dual concentration program is a professional degree, intended for individuals who wish to obtain a solid understanding of public health epidemiological practices, principles and applications, with an emphasis in global communicable disease issues, policies and programs. MPH dual concentration graduates will be prepared for positions in private agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international, federal and state health agencies that participate in the study of the spread and control of communicable diseases as well as policy and practice involved with the global aspects of epidemiologic issues.

As we face complex issues caused by rapid climate change, population growth, and highly mobile societies, outbreaks of communicable diseases, resulting in morbidity and mortality are an expanding threat to populations worldwide. Graduates from this dual concentration will have the tools to address epidemiologic spread of disease as well as the variety, frequency and location of vector borne and other communicable diseases. This dual program will provide graduates with the skills needed to function effectively in international as well as national and local public health arenas with knowledge of the global impact of communicable disease through epidemiological surveillance, and prevention programs to serve at risk populations.

Concentration Admission Information
In addition to the Program Admission requirements, applicants must have the following:
Students in this program require 2 advisors; One Epi., One Global Health.

Total Program requirements with this concentration - 55 hours minimum
In addition to the 19 hours required for the Program (Core, Foundations, Special Project), this Concentration requires:

Concentration Course Requirements – 21 credit hours (12 GCD, 9 EPI)
Electives – 12 credit hours
Field Experience – 3 credit hour minimum

Concentration Requirements - 21 hours

Global Comm. Diseases Required Courses – 12 hours
Students graduating from the Program will receive training within four core domains which are central to the study of
Global Communicable diseases:

  1. Tropical and Emerging Infections
  2. Microbiology
  3. Immunology and Genetics and
  4. Public Health Interventions and Disease Control
  5. Applied Global Communicable Diseases.

Students must take a minimum of 3 credits from within each domain.  Course selection will be determined by the student and their advisor based on student interests and career goals.

Domains and examples of course selection

Tropical and Emerging Infections - 3 credits minimum
PHC 6512        (3)      Vectors of Human Disease                                                            
PHC 6510        (3)      Exotic and Emerging Infectious Disease                                       
PHC 6513        (3)      Public Health Parasitology                                                            
PHC 6516        (3)      Tropical Diseases                                                                           

Microbiology     -      3 credits minimum
PHC 6037        (3)      Public Health Virology                                                                   
PHC 6562        (3)      Microbiology for Healthcare Workers                                           
PHC 7122        (3)      Vaccinology*                                                                                  
*with instructor consent

Public Health Interventions and Disease Control - 3 credits minimum
PHC 6314        (3)      Infection Control Program Design                                                 
PHC 6514        (3)      Infectious Disease Control in Developing Countries                     
PHC 6517        (3)      Infectious Disease Prev. Strategies                                               
PHC 6251        (3)      Disease Surveillance and Monitoring                                            
PHC 6934        (3)      Public Health GIS                                                                                    

Immunology and Genetics and -3 credits minimum
PHC 6511        (3)      Public Health Immunology                                                            
PHC 6121        (3)      Vaccines                                                                                         
PHC 6934        (3)      Human Genomics in Public Health and Personalized Medicine  

Epidemiology Required Courses - 9
PHC 6934        (3)      Application of Advanced Biostatistical Methods in Public Health OR                                           
PHC 6053        (3)      Categorical Data Analysis                                                                
PHC 6010        (3)      Epidemiology Methods I    
PHC 6701        (3)      Computer Applications for Health Researchers                                                              

Electives - 12 hours

Global Health Options -6
Students will fulfill their Global Health elective credits in consultation with their advisor.  It is recommended that students focus on one of the five domains, taking all courses within that domain.

Epidemiology options -   6
1 course in Infectious Disease Epidemiology                                                                                                                
1 course in Chronic Disease Epidemiology                                                                                                                    
1 additional Departmental course from the following areas:
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Epidemiology Methods or Biostatistics

Field Experience – 3 hours minimum
PHC 6945        (3)      Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits)                                                                     
Field Experience must be Epidemiologic in content Or Peace Corps Experience.


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

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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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