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
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)
Students select from one of the concentrations listed on the following pages. The Concentration section includes required electives and Field Experience information.
Students select from suggested electives listed with each Concentration on the following pages.
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/
PHC 6977 Special Project (3)
- 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
PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION (PHN)
Offered from the Department of Community and Family Health
Health educators, using health promotion principles, assist individuals and communities in the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles. This MPH program prepares health educators to collect and analyze data to identify diverse community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health promotion programs; communicate health and health promotion needs; and plan, implement and evaluate health promotion programs using ethical standards and theoretical frameworks and models. The curriculum helps students acquire relevant theoretical and practical knowledge in diverse fields of endeavor, such as the social and behavioral sciences, communication dynamics, educational theory and design, and community organization. Students who complete a degree in public health education are eligible to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.
Concentration Admission Information
In addition to the Program Admission requirements, applicants must have the following:
- Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Undergraduate majors may be admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, although majors from nursing, the natural sciences, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and education are desirable.
- Work experience: Work experience in the field of public health and health education is appropriate, but not necessary.
- Minimum undergrad GPA Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or related professional sources.
- Career goal statement
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 17 credit hours
Electives 6 credit hours minimum
Field Experience 6 credit hours minimum
Concentration Course Requirements - 17 hours
HSC 5036 (1) Professional Foundations of Health Ed
PHC 6500 (4) Theoretical and Behavioral Basis for Health Ed
PHC 6505 (3) Program Planning in Community Health
PHC 6507 (3*) Health Education Intervention Methods
PHC 6412 (3) Health Disparities and Social Determinants
PHC 6708(3) Evaluation and Research Methods in Community Health
Health Education Support/Elective 6 hours minimum
Examples of common elective options
PHC 6580 (3) Prevention and Control of Unintentional Injuries
PHC 6193 (3) Qualitative Methods in Community Health Research
PHC 6411 (3) Introduction to Social Marketing for Public Health
PHC 6414 (3) Adolescent Health
PHC 6506 Community Health Education
PHC 6533 Health Program Development and Change Process
PHC 6705 (3) Formative Research Methods in Social Marketing
PHC 6725 (3) Focus Group Research Strategies
PHC 6708 (3) Evaluation Methods in Community Health
PHC 6715 (3) Research Foundations in Public Health
PHC 6934 (1-6) Health Message Design in Public Health
*Students must take PHC 6500 and PHC 6505 prior to PHC 6507
Field Experience 6 hour minimum
PHC 6945 Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits)
Students with little or no professional experience: 6 hours minimum. Students with relevant professional experience: minimum 6 hours; in this case we try to find field experience in which the student lacks experience.