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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Public Health Faculty List

Program 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:

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 Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.


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: ---
Summer: ---

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: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those 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:

  • 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; AND
  • Prefer Graduate Record Exam (GRE) minimums of 44th verbal percentile, 25th quantitative percentile.**
  • In lieu of the GRE, only applicants to the Department of Health Policy and Management may submit a minimum GMAT score of 500 for the M.S.P.H.
  • An MCAT score may be submitted in lieu of the GRE. A mean of 8 is required. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Health Policy and Management do not accept MCAT scores for M.S.P.H. degrees.

Meeting of these criteria per se shall not be the only basis for admission.
** NOTE: Some Concentrations may prefer higher GRE subscores.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements


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.
  • GRE minimum: 50th percentile in verbal and quantitative or equivalent.
  • Substitutions: Applicants may substitute an MCAT mean score of 8 for the required GRE scores.
  • 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 minimum required for the Program Core Requirements, Foundation course 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        1        Introduction to Genetic Counseling
PHC 6432        3        Patient Centered Communication and Professionalism
PHC 6570         3        Human Genetics/Genomics in Medicine and Public Health
PHC 6434        3        Health Education and Counseling
GMS 6604        3        Embryology
GMS 6520        3        Applied Clinical Genetics
GMS 6521        1        Clinical Genetics Case Conference
PHC 6438        1        Profesional Development in Genetic Counseling
PHC 6572         3        Quantitative Genetics and Genomics
PHC 6574        3 min        Practice Based Clinical Research

Research Courses 3 credit hours
PHC 6911        1        Clinical Research I
PHC 6913        1        Clinical Research II
PHC 6915         1        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

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