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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Public Health (MSP)
with a Concentration in Occupational Medicine Residency (POM)

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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
Dean's Office 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:

  • Public health course prerequisites: None required.
  • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Majors that prepared candidates for matriculation into medical school; undergraduate majors in other clinical disciplines, e.g. nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy are acceptable.
  • For residency program: Acceptance into the residency requires graduation from an approved medical school and completion of at least two years of clinical training in a primary care specialty. Consideration will also be given for resident applicants with considerable occupational medicine practice experience and only one year of residency training.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Clinical courses associated with a clinical profession.
  • Work experience:
      • Residency Program: Two years of a primary care specialty residency program is preferred. Candidates with significant experience or skills will be considered with one year of primary care training.
      • Other health professionals: two years clinical experience preferred.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA:
      • Residency program or other physicians with a valid U.S. unrestricted medical license
      • Other health professionals 3.0 in last 60 credits of undergraduate program and a valid clinical license.
  • GRE Score:
  • Residency Program: waived with documentation of unrestricted valid U.S. medical license.
  • Other health professionals: Must meet MSPH minimums


Total Program Requirements with this concentration 46 credit hours minimum

In addition to the 15 hours minimum required for the Program Core Requirements and the thesis hours, this Concentration requires:

Additional Required Core Courses 6 credit hours
Concentration Course Requirements 23 credit hours
Elective courses 2 credit hours

Additional Required Core Courses 6 credit hours
Students must complete the following courses in addition to the Program Core Requirements:
PHC 6102 (3) Principles of Health Policy and Management
PHC 6357 (3) Environmental and Occupational Health
PHC 6410 (3) Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

Concentration Course Requirements 23 credit hours
PHC 6356 (2) Industrial Hygiene
PHC 6351 (3) Occupational Medicine for Health Professionals
PHC 6364 (2) Industrial Hygiene Aspects of Plant Operations
PHC 6360 (2) Safety Management Principles and Practices or other approved safety course
PHC 6930 (4) Public Health Seminar: Occ. and Environmental Research (1 credit each semester for a minimum of 4 semesters)
PHC 6423 (2) Occupational Health Law
PHC 6354 (2) Safety and Health Administration
PHC 7019 (3) Occupational Epidemiology

Select ONE of the following:
PHC 6310 (3) Environmental Occupational Toxicology
PHC 6350 (3) Occupational Toxicology and Risk Assessment

Elective Courses 2 credit hours
Examples of elective courses:
PHC 6350 (3) Occupational Toxicology and Risk Assessment
PHC 6370 (2) Biological and Surface Monitoring
PHC 6361 (2) Industrial Ergonomics

Comprehensive Exam
This concentration requires a combined core comprehensive/concentration exam.

College Degree Requirements

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