College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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3+2 BS in Public Health/MPH with Concentration in Public Health Education

(See also USF Undergraduate Catalog at: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/pdf/cat1314/FINAL_CATALOG.pdf)

The University of South Florida's 3+2 program provides opportunities for students to enroll in a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health education at the beginning of their junior year after completing 60 credit hours. Eligible students complete 12 graduate credits (6 credit hours in graduate public health electives 6 credit hours in field placement) that count toward the bachelor's degree as well as the MPH. The MPH is considered a professional degree and is appropriate for students wishing to be prepared to work in a public health career.

Students do not officially apply for this program until their junior year. However, since this program requires specific course scheduling, it is strongly recommended that interested students meet with one of the PreAdmission Advisors as soon as possible to express their intent in pursuing this track. Pre-Admission and departmental advisors will collaborate to ensure all major requirements and prerequisites are met in a timely manner.

Students enrolled in the program attend undergraduate classes, and then begin taking Master's level courses in Public Health. After five years, program participants earn an undergraduate degree in Public Health and a Master's degree in Public Health.

Please note that all students should work closely with the departmental advisor they choose. Students entering USF with accelerated credits from high school (i.e. AP, 18, and Dual Enrollment) will have more flexibility in major selection.

By the end of the third year, prospective students must complete HSC 4554 Survey of Human Diseases (3) and HSA 4011 Introduction to Public Health (3), as prerequisites for the accelerated program. These courses will not count toward the graduate degree, but may count toward the undergraduate degree as determined by the undergraduate advisor.

Applications will be accepted as early as the fall of the student's junior year, but no later than the spring of that year. USF Graduate School information is available at http://www.grad.usf.edu/newsite/admissions/main.asp and specific College of Public Health information may be found at the following website http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/homepage.html.

Degree Details

 Application Procedures and Requirements
 

Students are encouraged to apply early and applications will be accepted starting in the fall of the student’s junior year. Applicants must complete the Accelerated Graduate Program Application form and submit the completed form to Graduate Admissions.  The form is available at: http://www.grad.usf.edu/inc/linked-files/Accelerated_Program_Application.pdf. Admission is for fall semester and applications must be received by July 1 for guaranteed consideration. Applications received after July 1 will be processed for fall admission although there is no guarantee that processing will be completed in time. Spring and summer admissions will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants are also required to complete the SOPHAS application (see http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/degreereqs.html 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.

  • Students are required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) during the junior year. Minimum scores for health education are 153 Verbal  (500 on GRE tests taken prior to Fall 2011) and 146 Quantitative (550 on GRE tests taken prior to Fall 2011)  on the graduate record exam (GRE) general test. Check the Public Health website for more detailed information. An MCAT score of 24 (no subscore lower than 8) is also acceptable. Senior status (90 earned credit hours) is required to enter the College of Public Health. Students interested in the program who will have accumulated an excess of 90 credit hours prior to the start of the fourth year, must meet with a PreAdmission advisor to determine eligibility for the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty.
  • One letter from the academic advisor noting GPA of 3.2 or better.
  • Desire for a public health career as documented in a one page goal statement.
  • Approval by appropriate department admission committee.
  • Approval by the College of Public Health and the USF Graduate School. 
 Program Requirements

The MPH is considered a professional degree and is appropriate for students wishing to be prepared to work in a public health career. The MPH has extensive field experience, requires a special project, a capstone course, and a minimum of 50 credit hours towards the MPH.

Year one and Year two 60 undergraduate course credits must be completed or equivalent to AA/AS degree.  The program course requirements are listed below.  To obtain a fillable check sheet for the program, click here.

 REQUIRED COURSEWORK

Undergraduate (not included in graduate GPA hours)

Credits

Term Seq.*

Pre/Co-requisites

PHC 4101

Introduction to Public Health

3

1

 

HSC 4551

Survey of Human Disease

3

1

 

PHC 4030

Introduction to Epidemiology 

3

1

 

PHC 4069

Biostatistics in Society 

3

1

 

PHC 3002

Intro to Environmental & Occupational Health 

3

1

 

HSC 4211 

Health, Behavior and Society 

3

2

 

HSC 4537 

Medical Terminology 

3

2

 

 

Undergraduate Upper Level Elective 

3

2

 

 

Undergraduate Upper Level Elective 

3

2

 

PHC 4720 

Foundations to Professional Writing in Pub Hlth

3

2

 

HSC 4630 

Understanding U.S. Health Care

3

3

 

 

Undergraduate Upper Level Elective

3

3

 

HSC 4624 

Foundations of Global Health

3

3

 

 

Public Health: Undergrad Upper Level Elective

3

3

 

 

Public Health: Undergrad Upper Level Elective

3

4

 

HSC 4631

Critical Issues in Public Health (Exit)

3

4

 

 

Total Undergraduate

6

 

 

College Core Courses

Credits

Seq.*

Pre/Co-requisites

PHC 6000

Epidemiology

3

4

 

PHC 6050

Biostatistics

3

6

 

PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management

3

5

 

PHC 6357

Environmental & Occupational Health

3

8

 

PHC 6410

Social & Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

3

4

 

Total Core Credit Hours

15

  

Required Graduate Concentration Courses

Credits

Seq.*

Pre/Co-requisites

HSC 5036

Professional Foundations of Health Education

1

4

 

PHC 6500

Theoretical and Behavioral Basis for Hlth Educ

4

5

PHC6410, CR:PHC6410

PHC 6505

Program Planning in Community Health

3

6

PHC6500

PHC 6507

Health Education Intervention Methods

3

8(elec)

PHC6500, PHC6505

PHC 6708

Evaluation Methods in Community Health

3

7

PHC6505

PHC 6715

Research Foundations in Public Health

3

7

PHC6000, PHC6050

 

Select one of the following

 

7(elec)

 

PHC 6412

Hlth Disparities, Diversity and Cultural Compet

3

 

 

PHC 6441

Social Determinants of Health

3

 

PHC6410

Section Credit Hours Subtotal

20

  

Health Education Support/Elective Courses

Credits

Seq.*

Pre/Co-requisites

________

______________________________________

3

6(elec)

 

 

Total Electives

3

 

 

Culminating Experiences

Credits

Seq.*

Pre/Co-requisites

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

6-12

5, 8, 9

See note #1 below

PHC 6977

Special Project

3

9

 

PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone

3

9

All Core completed + 75% of Concentration

Section Credit Hours Minimum

12

  

 Notes

*Term sequence starts the Junior year. 

1.     During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/fe/index.htm..  Six credits also count as undergraduate elective. A total of 9 credit hours of field experience are required. The first 6 credit hours of field experience will be overlap credits and focus on introducing students to the health education concentration area in Public Health. The College of Public Health Field Placement Coordinator will work with the student. The final 3 credit hours for MPH students will be more intensive and is required at the end of the masters program

2.     Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken. The grade will be included in the student’s GPA

3.     The College reserves all rights to repeal and/or modify

 Contact Information

Contact Undergraduate Advisors at CPH 1039; fax 813-905-9802

Annette Strzelecki, Email: amanson@health.usf.edu; ph. 813-974-9135

Kenneth Griffin, Email: kgriffi3@health.usf.edu; ph. 813-974-9372

Schedule your advising appointment at: http://usfweb3.usf.edu/appointments/StudentSignon.asp 

 

 

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