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