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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Public Health (MSP)
with a Concentration in Public Health Education (PPD)

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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.

Accreditation Information:

The College is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and the concentration of Occupational Exposure Science (Industrial Hygiene) in the M.S.P.H. degree is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The concentration in Genetic Counseling in the M.S.P.H. degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

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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 Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

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 applicant's 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 (https://usfhealth.box.com/s/ievl84vasytoc20u3s9xsw59r44fdiyk). The GRE waiver is not automatic and must be approved by the College of Public Health.

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 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

Core Courses 9 hours
PHC 65881 History and Systems of Public Health
PHC 6756 5 Population Assessment: Part 1
PHC 6757 3 Population Assessment: Part 2

MSPH in Public Health CONCENTRATION OPTIONS
Students select from the Concentrations listed on the following pages.

Behavioral Health (PBH) 6 concentration credit hours (44 total credit hours)
PHC 65433Foundations of Behavioral Health Systems
PHC 65423Epidemiology of Mental Disorders

Environmental and Occupational Health (EOV) 5 concentration credit hours (42 total credit hours)
PHC 6310 3Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
PHC 73173Risk Communication in Public Health

Epidemiology (PEY) 6 concentration credit hours (48 total credit hours)
PHC 6053 3Categorical Data Analysis
PHC 6011 3Epidemiology Methods II

Genetic Counseling (GTC) 8 concentration credit hours (42 total credit hours)
PHC 65961Introduction to Genetic Counseling
PHC65953Applied Clinical Genetics
PHC 65931Professional Development in Genetic Counseling
PHC 69403Clinical Practicum in Genetic Counseling

Genomics (GEO) 6 concentration credit hours (42 total credit hours)
PHC 66013Human Genomics in Medicine and Public Health
PHC 65973Quantitative Genomics and Genetics

Global Communicable Disease (PGD) 6 concentration credit hours (42 total credit hours)
PHC 65613Laboratory Techniques in Public Health
PHC 67223Laboratory Rotations in Global Health Research

Occupational Exposure Science (OES) 8 concentration credit hours (45 total credit hours)
PHC 6356 2Industrial Hygiene
PHC 6358 2Physical Agents Assessment and Control
PHC 6365C 2Analytical Methods in Industrial Hygiene I
PHC 6366C 2Analytical Methods in Industrial Hygiene II

Maternal and Child Health (PMH) 6 concentration credit hours (44 total credit hours)
PHC 65303Issues and Concepts in Maternal and Child Health
PHC 65373Case Studies in MCH Programs, Policies and Research

Public Health Education (PPD) 6 concentration credit hours (44 total credit hours)
PHC 6500 3Theoretical and Behavioral Basis for Health Education
PHC 64123Health Disparities and Social Determinants

Electives Varies with each concentration (must meet minimum total credit hours for concentration)

Thesis 6 credit hours
PHC 69716Thesis

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.

ACCELERATED MAJORS

Accelerated BS in Environmental Science and Policy and MPH/MSPH in Public Health


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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Graduate Course Information

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