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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Public Health (PPH)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 51.2201
College of Public Health (PH)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 55

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 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 in Public Health.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: June 15
Summer: November 15

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. Applicants to the doctoral major in Public Health must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be considered for admission. However, the meeting of these criteria per se, shall not be the only basis for admission.

  • Applicants to the Ph.D. major are required to complete both a SOPHAS application and a USF Graduate Studies Application (applicants will receive a request for the $30 fee once the SOPHAS application enters the USF system).
  • USF Graduate School application fee
  • Required Documentation (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):
  • Completed SOPHAS application (requires the following):
    • GRE Scores. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or have taken an equivalent admissions examination within the five years preceding application.
      • 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 (https://usfhealth.box.com/s/ievl84vasytoc20u3s9xsw59r44fdiyk). The GRE waiver is not automatic and must be approved by the College of Public HealthGrade point average of 3.0
    • Transcripts
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Each applicant must submit at least two formal Letters of Recommendation. .
    • Each applicant must submit evidence of written/analytical skills to the College of Public Health which will take two-forms:
      • A graduate level term paper, thesis, or research paper of which the student is the sole author, publication on which the student is the first author; and
      • A detailed personal statement of less than five pages that describes why the applicant wishes to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Public Health.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total minimum hours 55

Core: 13 credit hours
Concentration: 6-12 credit hours minimum
Electives: 12-18 credit hours minimum
Dissertation: 18 credit hours minimum

Prerequisites
The doctoral committee or the department may require prerequisites. These courses are not included in the minimum number of hours a student needs to complete the Ph.D. and are expected to be completed early in the course of study.

Total Minimum Hours:55 hours post-master's

Public Health Core Courses - 13 credit hours
PHC 7982 1 Introduction to Doctoral Training in Public Health
PHC 71543Evidence-Informed Public Health I
PHC 71033Transforming Public Health Practice
PHC 71491Practical Applications II: Public Health Leadership
PHC 79343Writing for Scholarly Publications in Health Sciences
HSC 72682Professional Foundations III: Joining the Academy

Concentration Options (students select one of the following concentrations):

Biostatistics - 12 concentration credit hours
PHC 60613Biostatistics Case and Collaboration II
PHC 70983Generalized Linear Models
PHC 70593Advanced Survival Data Analysis
PHC 70563Longitudinal Data Analysis

Community and Family Health - 12 concentration credit hours
PHC 74053Theoretical Application to Public Health Issues
PHC 77023Advanced Public Health Research and Evaluation Methods
PHC 77043Applied Research Methods in Community and Family Health
PHC 71523Policy and Practice in Community and Family Health Programs

Environmental and Occupational Health - 6 concentration credit hours
PHC 63103Environmental & Occupational Toxicology
PHC 73173Risk Communication in Public Health

Epidemiology - 12 concentration credit hours
PHC 60113Epidemiology Methods II
PHC 70453Practical Issues in Epidemiology
PHC 60813Intermediate SAS in Epidemiology
PHC 69343Selected Topics: Foundations of Clinical Trials

Global Communicable Disease 6 concentration credit hours minimum
Select at least six credits of the following courses. Course choices should be approved following consultation with the student's committee. Course substitutions will be permitted with the student committee's approval.
ANG 6701 3Contemporary Applied Anthropology
ANG 6732 3Global Health from an Anthropological Perspective
ANG 6469 3Selected Topics in Medical Anthropology
BCH 6889 3Bioinformatics II
BSC 6932 3Selected Topics: Proteomics
GIS 6306 3Environmental Applications GIS
GIS 6038C 3Remote Sensing
GMS 6101 3Molecular and Cellular Immunology
GMS 6110 2Microbial Pathogens and Host-Parasite Interactions
GMS 6200C 5Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
GMS 7930 2Selected Topics: Medical Parasitology & Mycology
PCB 6525 3Molecular Genetics
PHC 6010 3Epidemiology Methods I
PHC 6106 3Global Health Program Development and Administration
PHC 6190 3Public Health Database Management
PHC 6251 3Disease Surveillance and Monitoring
PHC 6373 3Protecting Public Health: Bioterrorism/Biodefense
PHC 6442 3Global Health Applications in the Field
PHC 6511 3Public Health Immunology
PHC 6512 3Vectors of Human Disease
PHC 6513 3Public Health Parasitology
PHC 6761 3Global Health Assessment Strategies
PHC 6764 3Global Health Principles and Contemporary Issues
PHC 6934 3Selected Topics: Public Health GIS
PHC 7908 3Specialized Study in Public Health
PHC 7122 3Vaccinology
PHC 7935 3Special Topics in Public Health: Field Methods I: EcoHealth & Ecology
PHC 7935 3Special Topics in Public Health: Infection Control in Developing Countries

Health Services Research 12 concentration credit hours
QMB 7565 3Introduction to Research Methods
QMB 75663Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods
PHC 79363Seminar in Health Care Outcomes Measurement
PHC 7437 3Applications in Health Economics

Electives - 12 credit hours minimum

Dissertation - 18 credit hours
PHC 798018Dissertation: Doctorate

Teaching
All doctoral students will demonstrate or document proficiency in teaching academic courses at the university level.

Qualifying Exam
When all required coursework is satisfactorily completed (including tools of research and prerequisites), the student must pass a comprehensive qualifying examination covering the subject matter in the major and related fields. The Department will set the specific criteria.

The qualifying exam will comprise of a written portion and may include an oral component. The exam will cover at least three major areas including: a) Broad area of public health; b) Focus area of study; c) Research methods. The student may have no longer than 10 weeks to complete the exam upon receipt of the exam from the Doctoral Supervisory Committee. The format and duration of the qualifying exam is the responsibility of the Doctoral Supervisory Committee following consultation with the student and consistent with departmental, college and university guidelines. The Doctoral Supervisory Committee will have up to three weeks to review the exam and determine the outcome of either Pass or Fail. No more than two attempts will be allowed for the student to take the qualifying exam and earn a Pass. If the student reeives a Fail on the qualifying exam on the first attempt and the Doctoral Supervisory Committee recommends that the student complete remedial work, the second attempt at the qualifying exam must be initation within three- months of completion of remedial work. If the student earns a Fail on the first attempt, and the Commttee dtermines that no remedial work is needed, the student will have a second attempt to pass which must be initiated within three-months. If the student does not earn a Pass on the qualifying exam on his/her second attempt, the student will not be admitted into doctoral candidacy. After successful completion of the qualfying exam and appropraite paperwork is submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, the student is admitted to candidacy and may register for dissertation hours.

Dissertation
All students must follow the University's "Guidelines for Dissertations and Theses" found at http://www.grad.usf.edu/ETD-res-main.php. The Dissertation must conform to one of the following two available options per USF degree requirements. For details, consult the USF Graduate Catalog Degree Requirements Section.

Option 1: Traditional format inclusive of Part 1 Perliminary Pages, Part II Text, Part III References/Appendices, Part IV About the Author.

Option 2: Collection of articles/papers instead of chapters inclusive of Part I Preliminary Pages, Part II Collection of Articles/Papers, Part III References/Appendices.

After the Doctoral Dissertation Committee has determined that the final draft of the Dissertation is suitable for presentation, the Committee will request the scheduling and announcement of the Dissertation Defense. Consistent with USF Graduate Degree Requirements, a copy of the announcement should be sent to the USF Office of Graduate Studies and posted in a public forum preferably two weeks in advance of the defense date.

In addition, the Concentration in Biostatistics and the Concentration in Epidemiology have additional format requirements. Consult the Department for information on the format options and requirements for these two concentrations.

Guidelines for student progress: Each Ph.D. student will undergo an annual review consistent with departmental guidelines. A summary of the annual review will be provided to the student and placed in the student's advising file.

Concurrent Degree Option

Students may apply to pursue a Concurrent Degree Option. Applicants must meet University Admission and English Proficiency Requirements, as well as the requirements for each major. Refer to the individual listings the admission and curriculum requirements specific for that major. Admission into one major does not guarantee admission in the other major.

Concurrent M.A./Ph.D.

M.A. in Applied Anthropology (ANT)- total minimum hours - 40
- with a concentration in
Bio-cultural Medical Anthropology (BCM)

Ph.D. in Public Health* total minimum hours 55 post master's
- with concentration in:
Community and Family Health (CFH)
Epidemiology (EPY)
Global Communicable Disease (TCD)

Shared Courses-12 Credit Hours:
Students must fulfill all the requirements for both majors, with the following exceptions: Students can share up to 15% of their courses between concurrent degrees (up to 12 credits). The shared courses for the concurrent degrees need to be approved by both Colleges at the time of graduation certification. The number of shared hours cannot exceed 15% of the combined degree total.

In consultation with their major advisors, students will select two courses as electives in Anthropology and two courses as electives in Public Health. The two courses in Public Health will be selected from a concentration listed above. The two courses in Anthropology will be selected from electives.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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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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