College of Public Health Catalog 2015/2016

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences & Policy (BS) and Public Health (MPH or MSPH) Dual Degree

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Bachelor of Science In Environmental Sciences & Policy: The undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Policy (ESP) is a Bachelor of Science degree. This unique interdisciplinary program incorporates courses from various colleges across the university. Although there are courses in the core of ESP, the degree also offers students the opportunity to choose an area of concentration.  The curriculum has two sub concentrations, one in environmental science and one in environmental policy. Students in both concentrations take supporting courses in physical and natural science, statistics, policy and ethics. In addition, students select electives to strengthen their knowledge within their concentration. Seniors complete a research project or perform an internship in one of a variety of government agencies or private companies.

Master of Public Health: The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree 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, provide leadership in a specific health specialty, and improve and protect the health and well being of populations.  All MPH 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 problem.

Master of Science in Public Health: The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree provides a focus in research design, data collection, analysis and application of research in public health intended to improve and protect the health of populations.  The program is designed for students with good quantitative and/or qualitative skills and an interest in the science of public health and a comprehensive research experience.  Students are prepared for research roles in academic or professional public health careers by incorporating epidemiological principles and biostatistical methods with their focus within the core areas of public health.


The Environmental Sciences & Policy program falls under the University of South Florida's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation.  The College of Public Health is fully accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Degree Details

 Admission Information

For consideration of admission into a Master’s degree program, applicants must complete the Accelerated Graduate Program Application form and submit the completed form to Graduate Admissions.  The form is available at:

Applicants are also required to complete the SOPHAS application (see for application procedures).  While SOPHAS is required,  the USF Graduate School application does not need to be completed if the Accelerated Program Application is used.

Admission Requirements

This program provides opportunities for students to enroll in a MPH or MSPH program in the college of public health at the beginning of their senior year. Eligible seniors complete up to 20 graduate credits in public health that count toward the bachelor's degree as well as an MPH or MSPH. admission requirements include:

  • Minimum verbal score of 150 (450 on GRE tests taken prior to Fall 2011) and minimum quantitative score of 146 (550 on GRE tests taken prior to Fall 2011)  on the graduate record exam (GRE) general test, or a mean MCAT of 8;
  • Good academic standing in the undergraduate program;
  • Senior status at the start of the program;
  • Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty;
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning;
  • A one-page career goal statement;
  • Approval by the environmental and occupational health student affairs and admission committee; and
  • Approval by the college and graduate school.
 Degree Program Requirements

Degree Requirements For B.S. In Environmental Science & Policy - 65 Hours Total (total hours for the BS degree - 120)

Eight of the following courses are required for the dual degree program.  These eight courses (as determined by a student’s undergraduate advisor) will be completed during a student’s junior and senior year.  While students are completing these requirements for their BS degree in environmental science & policy, they will be taking courses that count toward the MPH/MSPH degree.

ENV 2001 & 2001             Intro To Environmental Science & Lab
EVR 2861                         Intro To Environmental Policy
CHM 2045 &2045             Chemistry 1 & Lab
CHM 2046 &2046             Chemistry 2 & Lab
BSC 2010 & 2010             Biology 1 & Lab
BSC 2011 & 2011             Biology 2 & Lab
PUP 4203                         Environmental Politics & Policy
PHI 3640                          Environmental Ethics
EVR 4921                         Esp Seminar

Choose One:

    • MAC 2241                       Life Science Calculus 1
    • MAC 2311                       Calculus 1
    • MAC 2281                       Engineering Calculus 1

Choose One:

    • STA 2023                        Intro To Statistics
    • QMB 2100                      Business & Economics Statistics
    • EGN 3443                       Engineering Statistics

Choose One:

    • GLY 2010 & 2015           Dynamic Earth & Lab
    • GLY 2100 & 2015           History Earth/Life & Lab
    • PHY 2048 & 2048           General Physics & Lab
    • PHY 2053 & 2053           General Physics 2 & Lab

Choose One:

    • EVR 4910                          Esp Senior Project
    • EVR 4940                          Esp Senior Internship

Degree Requirements For The M.P.H. In Environmental Health - 42 Hours Total

College Core Courses:

    • PHC 6000 Epidemiology
    • PHC 6050 Biostatistics I
    • PHC 6102 Principles Of Health Policy And Management
    • PHC 6356 Environmental And Occupational Health
    • PHC 6410 Social & Behavioral Sciences Applied To Health

Required Concentration Courses:

    • PHC 6301 Water Pollution And Treatment
    • PHC 6310 Environmental And Occupational Toxicology
    • PHC 6303 Community Air Pollution
    • PHC 6512 Vectors Of Human Disease
    • PHC 6305 Environmental Analytical Lab
    • PHC 6930 EOH Public Health Seminar (Or Approved Substitute)

Two Electives

Culminating Experience

    • PHC 6945 Supervised Field Experience (2-12)
    • PHC 6977 Special Project For Mph Students (3)  
    • Comprehensive Exam (No Credit)

Degree Requirements For The M.S.P.H. In Environmental Health - 42 Hours Total

College Core Courses

    • PHC 6000 Epidemiology
    • PHC 6050 Biostatistics I
    • PHC 6356 Environmental And Occupational Health

Required Concentration Courses

    • PHC 6301 Water Pollution And Treatment
    • PHC 6310 Environmental And Occupational Toxicology
    • PHC 6303 Community Air Pollution
    • PHC 6512 Vectors Of Human Disease
    • PHC 6305 Environmental Analytical Lab
    • PHC 6051 Biostatistics Ii
    • PHC 6930 EOH Public Health Seminar (Or Approved Substitute)

Three Electives

Culminating Experience

    • PHC 6971 Thesis For MSPH Students (6)
    • Comprehensive Exam (No Credit) 
 Contact Information

Environmental Sciences & Policy
Dr. Connie Mizak
PH: 813-974-3101
FAX: 813-974-4808
Department Website:

Public Health
Dr. Amy Stuart
PH: 813-974-6632
FAX: 813-974-8121

Department Website:



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