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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Public Health (MPH)
with a Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics (NUD)

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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): 43

Contact Information:
College of Public Health
Community and Family 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 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

Nutrition and Dietetics (NUD)

Offered from the Department of Community & Family Health
The MPH in Public Health with a Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics is offered by the Department of Community and Family Health. This concentration examines medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education, community practice and program evaluation, management and leadership, ethical standards and practice, and theoretical frameworks and models. Students who complete the concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics, in conjunction with an ACEND accredited dietetic internship and successfully passing the registration exam for dietitian, can practice as dietitian multiple areas of population health.

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

  • Acceptance into an ACEND accredited dietetic internship or a registered dietitian.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 in upper division course work
  • GRE preferred minimum: 58 th verbal percentile, 25 th quantitative percentile
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or related professional sources.
Total Program Requirements with this concentration ? 43 hours minimum

This Concentration requires:

Core Requirement 16 credit hours
Concentration Course Requirements 15 credit hours
Field Experience 9 credit hours (dietetic interns)/ 3 credit hours (dietitians)
Special Project 3 credit hours
Electives 0 credit hours (dietetic interns)/ 6 credit hours (dietitians only)

Concentration Course Requirements ? 15 hours minimum

DIE 6127

2

Leadership & Management of Food and in Nutrition

DIE 6248

3

Advanced Clinical Nutrition

HUN 5265

1

Nutritional Assessment

PHC 6521

3

Public Health Nutrition

PHC 6522

3

Biological Role of Nutrition in Health

HUN 6910*

3

Research Methods in Nutrition & Dietetics

 

Electives ? 6 hours minimum (dietitians only)
(Examples of common elective options)

PHC 6411

3

Introduction to Social Marketing

PHC 6500

3

Theoretical and Behavioral Basis for Health Ed

PHC 6505

3

Program Planning in Community Health

PHC 6507

3

Health Education Intervention Methods

PHC 6708

3

Evaluation & Research Methods in Comm Health

PHC 6530

3

Issues and Concepts in Maternal and Child Health

PHC 6520 s

3

Foodborne Diseases

PHC 6515

3

Food Safety

Field Experience 9 credit hours (dietetic interns)/ 3 credit hours (dietitians)

PHC 6945        3-9 min         Supervised Field Experience up to 12 credits)
Students with little or no professional experience (dietetic interns) ? 9 hours minimum in clinical, community and foodservice practice. Students with relevant professional experience ?3 hours minimum. Professional experience defined as at least 2 years of work as a registered dietitian.

Special Project        3 credit hours
PHC 6977 Special project synthesis didactic work and applies to an area of interest/need in practice setting identified by student with agreement from program director and field supervisor.


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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