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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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


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

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL COMMUNICABLE DISEASES CONCENTRATION (EGD)
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 15 hours required for the Program (Core, Special Project, and Comp Exam), this Concentration requires:

Concentration Course Requirements 21 credit hours (12 GCD, 9 EPI)
Electives 16 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:

  • Tropical and Emerging Infections
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology and Genetics and
  • Public Health Interventions and Disease Control

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 -3 credits minimum
PHC 6511 (3) Public Health Immunology
PHC 6121 (3) Vaccines
PHC 6601 (3) Human Genomics in Public Health and Personalized Medicine

Epidemiology Required Courses - 9
0PHC 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 - 16 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

Additional Electives 4

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


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

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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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