College of Public Health Catalog 2015/2016

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For full information on our MPH degree, see our MPH Guidebook, or view the USF Graduate catalog, COPH section at


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.




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