College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Thank you for your interest in the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. Below are links to the Admission Requirements and Application Procedures. 

IF YOU ARE A GRADUATE STUDENT RETURNING to complete your graduate degree, please see our Re-admission Instructions below.

Degree Admission Requirements

It is very important that you carefully review the Admission Requirements before beginning the application process. If you have questions regarding the Admission Requirements you should contact our Office of Academic and Student Affairs at or (813)974-6505.

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College of Public Health Application Process

 Application Deadlines
 DegreeApplication SemesterApplication Deadline
 MastersSpring*  October 15
 Summer*February 15
 Fall*June 1
 DoctoralFall1November 15

* Graduate Admissions Application Deadlines differ for International Students. Please click here.

1 In order to be considered for admission to a doctoral program in Public Health, applicants must be fully prepared to register as full-time students for at least one full academic year (consecutive Fall and Spring semesters). If deadline falls on Saturday or Sunday, the deadline is the following Monday.


 Graduate Application Instructions

Application Process Outline

  1. Complete a SOPHAS application
  2. The SOPHAS application will be verified by SOPHAS (allow two to four weeks)
  3. Once verified by SOPHAS, the application will be sent to USF and entered into our Graduate University System. 
  4. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received by USF and instructions on how to pay the USF Application Processing Fee of $30.
  5. Once the USF fee has been paid, and all required College of Public Health supporting documents received, the application will be forwarded to the department for review (allow two to four weeks)
  6. Monitor your e-mail and the Graduate School web site for decisions and other communications.

Materials Required for SOPHAS

  1. Official GRE, MCAT or GMAT test scores are required (see section 6.2 Admission Tests Information page )
    1. Have official GRE scores sent to USF College of Public Health (ETS code “4224 U SOUTH FLORIDA COLL PUBLIC HEALTH”).  This will automatically enter your scores in the SOPHAS system.
  2. TOEFL scores (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).  Once your TOEFL scores are sent to SOPHAS, they do not need to be sent to USF Graduate Admissions. 
  3. Transcripts - Send all transcripts and evaluations to SOPHAS:
    1. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning where a degree was earned and from all institutions from which courses were used to apply to a degree at another institution (for example community college coursework).
    2. All foreign transcripts require a course by course evaluation from World Education Services (WES,   
    3. If you are admitted to USF and enroll you may be required to send transcripts to USF.
  4. A minimum of two letters of recommendation of a professional or academic nature. All programs in the Community and Family Health department require three letters.
  5. A resume or curriculum vitae should be uploaded to the SOPHAS application.
  6. MPH, MSPH, MHA applicants must include a statement of purpose and objectives.
  7. Ph.D. and DrPH applicants must include a detailed statement or purpose of less than five pages that describes why you wish to obtain a PhD or DrPH degree in Public Health.
  8. The SOPHAS application fee must be paid (depends on number of schools applied to).*
  9. Ph.D. applicants must include a writing sample (graduate level term paper, thesis, research paper, article where applicant is first author). The sample should be uploaded to the SOPHAS application and has a 250KB size limit. If you have problems uploading your writing sample please contact Academic Affairs at Tel: (813)974-6505 or Email:
  10. See SOPHAS instructions for more details about the above points

To start the SOPHAS application process, go to

Helpful Suggestions about SOPHAS

  • Apply to SOPHAS EARLY.  It can take SOPHAS up to four weeks to receive all documents and verify the application materials.
  • Submit your application as soon as you have completed the online information.  To facilitate the timely processing of your application, do not wait for SOPHAS to receive all your documents before you submit the online application.  Processing will begin automatically when all required official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and payments are received by SOPHAS if you have submitted your application. 
  • Frequently log-in to your SOPHAS account (at and check the status of your application (see the “Status “section of your application).  You will be able to monitor the receipt of external documents after you have submitted the SOPHAS application and see when the application is sent to USF for review.  It is your responsibility to ensure application materials and official transcripts meet designated deadlines.
  • Remember, schools do NOT receive your application for review until it has passed through the SOPHAS system.

*SOPHAS Application Fee Waivers

Fee waivers for the SOPHAS application will be granted based on financial need and will apply to the first application only. Applicants will have to produce for SOPHAS tax returns to prove income of less than 200% of the current U.S. poverty level (updated annually). International applicants who currently reside in their country of citizenship and demonstrate financial need can apply for a SOPHAS fee waiver.  Contact SOPHAS directly for more information. 

Students participating in the McNair Scholars Program are eligible to be waived from the SOPHAS application fee. This waiver is accepted for up to two schools only. If you apply to three or more schools (designations) a fee will be levied based on the number of schools. Applicants are required to provide an official standard letter on McNair Scholars letterhead affirming participation.

Additional Admission Information

  • Applicants to the MPH in Public Health Practice program via Executive Weekend format should visit the Program website at ( Applicants to the Online MPH in Public Health Practice program should visit the Online MPH 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:

Contact Information

 SOPHAS                                                                                             PO Box 9111 Watertown, MA 02471 Tel: (617) 612-2090 Email: USF, College of Public Health 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 56 Tampa, FL  33612 Tel: (813)974-6505 Email:
 Re-Admission Instruction

If you were previously a degree-seeking student in the College of Public Health and have become inactive or withdrew, you must re-apply to your program and be admitted before you may continue with your program. Please follow these steps to reapply.

  1. Review the USF Graduate School Readmission Policy. The document contains information on time limits, the program requirements to which you will be held responsible, and other important information. For details on course time limits see the instructions on the
  2. Complete a USF Graduate School application through the Florida Virtual Campus website: Graduate Application (Apply Online).
  3. Send an email to and notify us that you have completed the USF application and the term for which you wish to return. This will help facilitate the re-application process.
  4. Send your current CV/Resume and a statement explaining why you would like to be readmitted to the program to us via FAX (813.074.8121), Email (with the email noted in step 3 above), or to:

University of South Florida College of Public Health Academic and Student Affairs 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC56 Tampa, FL 33612-3805

There is no need currently to complete a SOPHAS application for returning students. If you have coursework that you have taken from another institution of which you would like to make us aware, you will have to send transcripts directly to USF Graduate Admissions:

University of South Florida Office of Graduate Admissions, BEH 304 4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620-7910

After all materials have been received the reapplication materials will be sent to the readmitting department for review. The department may require additional information to complete the review process per the USF Graduate School Readmission policy. Please allow two to three weeks for a decision to be made by the department.

 Non-Degree Option

Applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree may register for courses in the College of Public Health prior to applying. This option applies to non-admit­ted students registering for core courses or selected courses with the instructor’s approval.  Non-degree student registration information can be found in section 6.3 Registration Procedures.  This option refers to:

  • Applicants who are in the process of applying but do not have all of their documents in order by the application deadline date;
  • Prospective students interested in public health coursework;
  • Graduate Certificate Students.  For more information go to:

Students opting for non-admitted registration may register for a maximum of 12 hours. Only grades of “B” or higher earned as a non-degree student are eligible for trans­fer after acceptance into a program. Please see the COPH Academic and Student Affairs Office to transfer in non-degree credits. Contact information is located on the Academic and Student Affairs site at

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