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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Public Health (MPH)
with a Concentration in Socio-Health Sciences (SHS)

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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): 44

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 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: Closed for Admission; see other options

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Program Degree Requirements

Offered from the Department of Community and Family Health
The MPH in Public Health with a Concentration in Socio - Health Sciences prepares students to apply the concepts and methods from social and behavioral sciences to public health research and practice in the areas of community needs assessment, analysis of the socio-behavioral context of health, development of culturally competent programs, evaluation of intervention outcomes, and formulation of social policies affecting health. Graduates are prepared for careers in public health agencies, educational settings, social and family services, private voluntary organizations, research and consulting firms, and health-related industries. Examples of focus areas include social determinants of health, ethnographic and qualitative research, health needs of special populations, and community-based interventions.

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 the social and behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, social work, anthropology, education) and the health sciences (nursing, pre-med, allied health) are especially appropriate.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: There are no prerequisites that are required, although courses from the above list of undergraduate majors are desirable
  • Work experience : Work experience in the field of public health, health, psychology, nursing, counseling, education, social work, etc. is considered extremely desirable
  • Minimum undergrad GPA 3.0 in upper division course work
  • GRE preferred minimum: 58th Verbal Percentile, 25th Quantitative Percentile
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or related professional sources.
  • Career goals statement.

Total Program requirements with this concentration - 44 hours minimum
In addition to the 19 hours required for the Program (Core, Foundations, Special Project, and Comp Exam), this Concentration requires:

Concentration Course Requirements –13 credit hours
Electives –9 credit hours minimum
Field Experience – 3 credit hours minimum

Concentration Course Requirements - 13 hours
PHC 6412                        (3)                                                                                                      Health Disparities and Social Determinants                                         
PHC 6505                        (3)                                                                                                      Program Planning in Community Health                                              
PHC 6708        (3)              Evaluation and Resesarch Methods in Community Health                                          
PHC 6724        (1)              Synthesizing Public Health Research                                                                                            
PHC 6931                        (3)*                                                                                                    Adv. Seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health    
*students must take PHC 6410 Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health as a Pre-requisite to the PHC 6931 course.

Electives - 9 hours minimum
Suggested Support Courses  (Select 3 to equal 9 credits)                                                    

PHC 6193                        (3)                                                                                                      Qualitative Methods in Community Health Research                          
SYP 6008         (3)              Social Problems, Identity and Community                                                                                    
PHC 6413                        (3)                                                                                                      Family and community Violence in Public Health                                
PHC 6418                        (3)                                                                                                      Public Health and Aging                                                        
PHC 6419                        (3)                                                                                                      Global Issues in Community and Family Health                                   
ANG 6469       (3)              Selected Topics in Medical Anthropology                                                                     
PHC 6411                        (3)                                                                                                      Introduction to Social Marketing                                                   
PHC 6532                        (3)                                                                                                      Women’s Health Issues in Public Health                                              
PHC 6240                        (3)                                                                                                      Cultural Competency in Chlldren’s Mental Health                        
PHC 6536                        (3)                                                                                                      Population and Community Health                                       
PHC 6543                        (3)                                                                                                      Foundations in Behavioral Health Systems                                          
PHC 7417                        (3)                                                                                                      Family Systems and Public Health                                                

Field Experience – 3 hour minimum
PHC 6945        (3-6)   Supervised Field Experience (up to 12 credits)

Students with little or no professional experience: 6 hours minimum; Students with relevant professional experience: 3 hours minimum. (Professional experience would include supervised work at a mental health, alcohol, or drug abuse agency in a variety of special areas with behavioral health services. These experiences might include work and programming planning, program evaluation, community prevention and education, etc.)


College Degree Requirements

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

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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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