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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Public Health (MPH)
with a Concentration in Public Health Practice Program (PHP)

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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
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

PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE (PHP)
Offered as a College Wide Program
The Master of Public Health with a Concentration in Public Health Practice is a college-wide interdisciplinary program designed to pepare experienced health professionals to assume leadership roles as members of multidisciplinary teams so that they are able to develop, implement, and evaluate programs that have an impact on the health of the public. The Public Health Practice MPH provides a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge important for effective health professionals working in public health settings. Students in the program will gain skills related to: public health practice; epidemiology; program analysis and inference from data; development of programs that take into account cultural, social, economic, ethical and legal factors; community-based health policy and program planning; and budgeting and management.

The MPH in Public Health with a Concentration in Public Health Practice is offered in two formats: Online MPH Program via distance learning and Executive Weekend MPH program. The Online MPH via distance learning is primarily intended for off-campus students who are unable to come to campus for their education. The Executive MPH Program is a unique and customized weekend program to serve the needs of the busy health care practitioner. Classes in this format are offered one weekend a month. Each program has specialized staff to assist students. The program includes:

  • Five core discipline areas (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • An integrated interdisciplinary, cross-cutting set of overall competency domains (Communication and Informatics, Diversity and Culture, Leadership, Professionalism, Program Planning, Public Health Biology, and Systems Thinking)

Online MPH via Distance Learning
The Online MPH via Distance Learning offers a convenient and affordable avenue for off-campus health care professionals to earn a Masters degree through distance learning. The courses in the Online MPH in Public Health Practice are delivered using web-based technologies. With the help of skilled instructional designers, faculty create course content that is delivered using multimedia technologies such as the Internet, DVDs, CDs, videotape, streaming media, web-based tutorials, and so on. Faculty within these courses utilize email, web conferencing, discussion forums and virtual chat features to enhance instruction. Students can complete almost all degree requirements for the online MPH with minimal on-campus requirements of no more than one calendar week. Courses are available in the online format in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The time required to complete the online MPH program ranges from approximately 2.5 to 5 years, depending on time of entry into the program, course sequence and availability, as well as student circumstances and academic status. Students must meet certain technology requirements and are required to pay a technology fee to participate in all online courses.

Total Program requirements with this concentration 43 hours minimum
In addition to the 15 hours required for the Program (Core, Special Project, and Comp Exam), this Concentration requires:

Concentration Course Requirements 12 credit hours
Electives 15 credit hours minimum
Field Experience 1 credit hour minimum

Concentration Course Requirements - 12 hours
PHC 6120 (3) Community Partnerships and Advocacy
PHC 6421 (3) Public Health Law and Ethics
PHC 6104 (3) Management of Public Health Programs
PHC 6146 (3) Health Services Planning and Evaluation

Electives - 15 hours
Electives may be courses that apply towards a graduate certificate or from elective options.

Field Experience 1 hour minimum
PHC 6945 1 Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits)


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

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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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