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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Public Health (MSP)
with a Concentration in Biostatistics (PBC)

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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
Epidemiology and Biostatistics 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: 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.

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

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

  • Biostatistics course prerequisites:
    • MAC 2311 3 Calculus 1
    • MAC 1105 3 College Algebra
    • Knowledge of Computer and SAS Programming
    • Or an equivalent course is required.
  • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, natural sciences, biological sciences, medical sciences, environmental sciences, management information systems.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Linear algebra, calculus, computer skills (e.g. operating system, internet, word processing, spread sheet)
  • Work experience: Prior work experience is preferred, but not required.
  • GRE preferred minimum: 44th verbal percentile, 33rd quantitative percentile
  • Other criteria: Academic background, goal statement, student's academic interests, references and availability of faculty and facility resources are also considered as part of the entrance evaluation.

Total Program Requirements with this concentration 45 hours minimum

In addition to the 15* hours minimum required for the Program Core Requirements, Foundation course requirements and the thesis hours, this Concentration
Concentration Course Requirements 12 credit hours
Research Courses 9 credit hours
Electives 9 credit hours

*Students who have previously taken introductory statistics courses and have a strong mathematical background must
take the more advanced level biostatistics course "PHC 6445: Fundamentals of Probability" instead of “PHC 6050: Biostatistics
I". However, if a student does not have this prior training in introductory statistics coursework then she/he must take both
PHC 6050 Biostatistics I and PHC 6445 Fundamentals of Probability.

Concentration Course Requirements 12 credit hours

PHC 6010       3       Epidemiology Methods I
PHC 6060        3       Biostatistical Case Studies and Collaboration I
PHC 6020        3       Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
PHC 6057        3       Biostatistical Inference I

Research Courses 9 credit hours
PHC 6051        3       Biostatistics II
PHC 6053        3       Categorical Data Analysis
HSC 6055        3       Survival Analysis
Elective Courses 9 credit hours
Examples of common elective options:
HSC 6056        3       Survey Sampling Methods in Health Sciences
PHC 7053        3       Generalized Linear Models
PHC 7056        3       Longitudinal Data Analysis
STA 6746        3       Multivariate Analysis
PHC 6934        3       Bayesian Data Analysis
PHC 6934        3       Multilevel Data Analysis
PHC 6934        1       Base Programming in SAS
PHC 6934       2       Advanced Programming in SAS
HSC 6054        3       Design and Analysis of Experiments for Health Researchers
PHC 6907       1?6       Independent Study

Comprehensive Exam
Comprehensive exam or thesis proposal defense may be used in lieu of the comprehensive exam

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