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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Public Health (MSP)
with a Concentration in Genetic Counseling (GTC)

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Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.)
CIP Code: 51.2299
College of Public Health (PH)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 42

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

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 Colleges five departments are: Community and Family Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Global Health, and Health Policy and Management. 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 certificate programs, and a professional M.P.H. for experienced Health Care professionals.

Accreditation Information:

The College is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health and the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: May 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

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.

Program Admission Requirements
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 applicants 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.
  • Shall have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution;
  • Shall have earned a "B" average (3.00 on a 4 point scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working toward a baccalaureate degree.

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 Program Hours:42 credit hours

Core Requirements 9 hours

Concentration Course Requirements 27 hours (varies by concentration, includes research courses and electives)
Thesis 6 hours minimum

Program Core Course 9 hours
PHC 6588History and Systems of Public Health (1)
PHC 6756 Population Assessment: Part 1(5)
PHC 6757 Population Assessment: Part 2 (3)

Concentrations 27 credit hours minimum (including Research Hours and Electives)
Students select from one of the concentrations listed on the following pages. The Concentration section includes Concentration Course Requirements, any required Research courses, Electives, and any concentration specific requirements for the Comprehensive Exam.

Research Courses
Specific course requirements are listed with the Concentration. Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Medicine Residency are practice-based and do not have specific research hours required.

Electives
Elective options are listed with the Concentration.

Thesis 6 credit hours
PHC 6971Thesis

Comprehensive Exam
Must be registered for at least 2 credit hours of coursework. Thesis proposal defense may be used in lieu of the comprehensive exam.


GENETIC COUNSELING (GTC)

Program Information
This Master's degree program is a unique combination of public health, medical genetics/genomics and clinical training in patient centered medicine that provides the technology and counseling training to compete in the rapidly emerging fields of precision medicine.

Graduates of this program will have job opportunities in clinical genetic counseling practice, public health genetics/genomics, industry and academic genomics research.  The program curriculum and clinical rotation requirements meet or exceed the required competencies and standards needed to apply for and achieve program accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).  Accreditation of the MSPH program will be sought in 2016.

Pre-requisites and Admissions Information
In addition to meeting the Program admission requirements for the Master of Science in Public Health, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:

  • Suggested/Preferred Undergraduate Majors: We encourage applicants from any undergraduate major, however the following undergraduate courses/experiences are preferred for the MSPH Genetic Counseling program:
    • 1-2 semesters of biology (this would include any molecular biology course)
    • 1 semester of statistics
    • 1 semester of genetics
    • Prior counseling or advocacy experience: Work or volunteer experience(s) in a counseling or advocacy setting is not required, although this will be considered in applications to the program. A few examples include: peer counseling, crisis hotlines, a pregnancy counseling center, or working with individuals who have a genetic condition or disability.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0.
  • Special Admission Requirements
    • This concentration area only admits students during fall semester
    • Previous experience in counseling, advocacy, or genetic counseling settings would be advantageous
    • Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or related professional sources.

Total Program Requirements with this concentration - 42 hours minimum

In addition to the 9 hours required for the Program Core Requirements and the 6 hours minimum thesis/practice-based clinical research, this Concentration requires:

Concentration Course Requirements 24 credit hours
Research Courses 3 credit hours

Concentration Course Requirements 24 credit hours
Required Concentration Courses
PHC 6030 Introduction to Genetic Counseling (1)
PHC 6358 Patient Centered Communication and Professionalism (3)
PHC 6601 Human Genetics/Genomics in Medicine and Public Health (3)
PHC 6434 Health Education and Counseling (3)
GMS 6604 Embryology (3)
GMS 6520 Applied Clinical Genetics (3)
GMS 6521 Clinical Genetics Case Conference (1)
PHC 6593 Profesional Development in Genetic Counseling (1)
PHC 6572 Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (3)
PHC 6940 Practice Based Clinical Research (3 minimum)

Research Courses 3 credit hours
PHC 6911 Clinical Research I
PHC 6913 Clinical Research II
PHC 6915 Clinical Research III

Comprehensive Exam
Must be registered for at least 2 credit hours of coursework. Comprehensive exam or thesis proposal defense may be used in lieu of the comprehensive exam


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

Graduate Assistantships

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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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