College of Public Health Catalog 2014/2015

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The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is the primary professional degree in public health.  The program provides a set of skills and principles essential for students who intend to apply their training in a professional setting, provides leadership in a specific health specialty to improve and protect the health and well-being of populations.  All M.P.H. students complete coursework designed to prepare public health professionals to actively and effectively contribute to population-based, culturally appropriate, and innovative approaches concerning current and emerging public health problems. 

The M.P.H. core involves course work in biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, environmental and occupational health, and social and behavioral sciences.  In addition to the public health core, students further focus their skills by completing course work in one of several concentration areas: biostatistics; epidemiology; health care organizations and management, policy and programs; environmental health; toxicology and risk assessment; safety management; occupational health; global communicable disease; maternal and child health; health education; behavioral health; public health practice; global health; socio-health sciences. The M.S.P.H. in Industrial Hygiene is a professional degree program instead of a research degree program and thus follows the requirements listed here.

The M.P.H. degree is a minimum of 42 semester credit hours with some concentrations requiring additional credit hours.

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. The College is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health.

Degree Details


Concentration specific competencies are in addition to the following college wide competencies.
Within the context of a specific professional public health career, the Master in Public Health graduate will be able to:

1. Investigate, determine, and address socio-ecological factors that affect the health of a community;

a. Apply the study of patterns of death, disease, and disability to the prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) of health issues.
b. Apply statistical reasoning and methods to address, analyze, and solve problems in public health.
c. Apply principles of risk assessment, communication, and management in relation to issues of environmental justice and equity.
d. Apply the principles of systems thinking to program planning, implementation, and evaluation in organizational, community, and policy initiatives.
e. Apply principles of evidence-based public health to assessment and prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary) of public health issues.
f. Integrate into public health practice strategies responsive to diverse cultural values and traditions of priority populations.

2. Apply public health ethical principles;

3. Demonstrate effective written and oral skills for communicating with different stakeholders; and

4. Demonstrate leadership and professionalism in public health practice.

 Required Application Documentation

Applicants to the M.P.H. program are required to complete both a SOPHAS application. Required Documentation (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):

  • Completed SOPHAS application (requires the following) 
  • Transcripts
  • GRE taken within five years preceding application or equivalent scores (see section 6.2 Admissions Tests Information for more information)
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation. Check concentration requirements as some programs require three.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions. (see section 6.2 Admissions Tests Information for more information) 
  • USF Graduate School application fee (applicants will receive a request for the $30 fee once the SOPHAS application enters our USF system).
 Degree Admission Criteria

The admission committee reviews and considers all required application documentation (listed above). To be admitted to an M.P.H. program, applicants must meet the following criteria. Meeting of these criteria shall not be the only basis for admission.

USF Graduate School Admission Criteria

  1. An applicant must have one of the following (a, b, or c):
    1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
      1. “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
      2. “B” average or better  in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
    2. A bachelor’s degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution.
    3. The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.
  2. Submission of standardized test scores if required by the graduate program.  For Graduate Programs that require the GRE, the Personal Potential Index (PPI) may be required.  Refer to individual program admission requirements for information
  3. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must also demonstrate proficiency in English* in one of the following ways:
    1. By providing scores of 79 or higher on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
    2. By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    3. By providing a score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)
    4. By earning a score of 153 (or equivalent) on the GRE Verbal exam.
    5. By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
    6. By earning a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction (must be documented on the transcript  or on an official Certificate of Medium of Instruction from the Institution).
  4. Details of USF Graduate School admission information may be found at

Additional College of Public Health Master of Public Health Admission Criteria

  • M.P.H. applicants must meet the minimum GRE preferred scores for their program (defined in the GRE Scores Table in section 6.2 Admissions Tests Information of this catalog) or* the minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in upper division courses (GRE scores must be submitted regardless of GPA and GRE scores).
  • M.P.H. Concentrations may have additional prerequisites. Find your concentration of interest below for more information.
  • Applicants to the M.P.H. in Public Health Practice program via Executive Weekend format should visit the Program website at (  Applicants to the Online M.P.H. in Public Health Practice program should visit the Online M.P.H. Program web site at
  • Applicants with insufficient background or training in public health or other health and biological sciences may be required to take prerequisite courses.  Check specific department web sites for more information. 
  • Basic computer competency is expected. Students in all online public health courses are expected to meet certain technology requirements in order to successfully participate in their courses. It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements are met prior to the start of the semester. For more information, visit:
  • Meeting of these criteria shall not be the only basis for admission.

*Health Care Organization and Management; Public Health Policies and Programs; Public Health Administration: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division undergraduate courses AND preferred GRE scores.

 To start the application process, see section 6.1 Application Procedures.

 Degree Requirements

All M.P.H. students are required to successfully complete:

  • Five college core courses (15 credits)
    • Biostatistics I *
    • Epidemiology
    • Principles of Health Policy and Management
    • Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health
  • Concentration courses in specialty areas (12 credits minimum)
  • Capstone course (includes Comprehensive exam)
  • Field experience (1-12 credits)
  • Special project (3 credits)
  • Electives (variable)
  • Minimum of 42 credit hours

* Students in the Biostatistics concentration who have previously taken introductory statistics courses and have a strong mathematical background must take the more advanced level biostatistics course "PHC 6057: Biostatistical Inference I" instead of "PHC 6050: Biostatistics I". However, if a student does not have this prior training in introductory statistics coursework then she/he can take both PHC 6050 Biostatistics I and PHC 6057 Biostatistical Inference I.

Concentrations Offered

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M.P.H. Concentrations 
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Dual Degree MPH and AnthropologyDual Degree MPH and Social WorkDual Degree MPH and MDDual Degree MPH with LawDual Degree MPH and Physical TherapyDual Degree MPH with Adult NursingDual Degree MPH and BiochemistryDual Degree MPH and MHA
Maternal & Child HealthCFHTrad.49YYYYY   
Public Health EducationCFHTrad.48Y YYY   
Behavioral HealthCFHTrad.46 YYY   
 Social MarketingCFH Online 45    Y Y Y   
Socio-Health SciencesCFHTrad.46Y YYY   
Epidemiology & Maternal & Child Health Combined ConcentrationCFHTrad.70  YYY   
Environmental HealthEOHTrad.45Y YYY Y 
Health, Safety & EnvironmentEOHOnline45  YYY   
Occupational Health for NursesEOHTrad.  44  YYY   
Occupational HealthEOHTrad.45  YYYY  
Occupational SafetyEOHTrad.46  YYY   
Toxicology & Risk AssessmentEOHTrad.46  YYY Y 
Epidemiology 1EPBOnline/
49Y YYY Y 
BiostatisticsEPBTrad.46  YYY   
Epidemiology & BiostatisticsEPBTrad.55  YYY   
Epidemiology & Global Health Practice Combined ConcentrationEPBTrad.66  YYY   
Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases Combined ConcentrationEPBTrad.75  YYY   
Epidemiology & Maternal & Child Health Combined ConcentrationEPBTrad.70  YYY   
Epidemiology for USF Pediatric Residents or Fellows3EPBTrad.49  YYY   
Global Communicable DiseasesGLHTrad.48Y YYY Y 
Global Health PracticeGLHTrad.51Y YYY   
Global Disaster Management & Humanitarian ReliefGLHOnline48Y YYY   
Infection ControlGLHOnline48  YYY   
Epidemiology & Global Health Practice Combined ConcentrationGLHTrad.66  YYY   
Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases Combined ConcentrationGLHTrad.75  YYY   
Health Care Organizations & ManagementHPMTrad.42Y YYY   
Public Health AdministrationHPMOnline42  YYY   
Health Policies & ProgramsHPMTrad.43Y YYY  Y
Public Health Practice 2C-WOnline43  YYY4   
Peace Corps Master's International*AllTrad.*        

1 Offered in Online & Traditional formats
2 Offered in Online and Executive Format
3 For USF Pediartric Residents or Fellows only

4 Only available with online program
* Special Program
Available in All Concentrations


Format= Program Format Online or Traditional; Credit Hours = Minimum Credit Hours required; Combined Concentration= Combined Concentration may be from two departments

CFH = Community & Family Health; EOH = Environmental & Occupational Health; EPB = Epidemiology & Biostatistics;

GLH = Global Health; HPM = Health Policy & Management; C-W = College Wide Programs

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