College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Fast Track MPH/MSPH for USF Honors Students

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

This program provides opportunities for Honor students to enroll in a Masters in Public Health program 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. The MPH is considered a professional degree and is appropriate for student wishing to be prepared to work in a public health career. The MSPH is considered a research oriented degree.

Prerequisites

All students will take:
HSC 4551 Survey of Human Diseases (3)
PHC 4101 Introduction to Public Health (3)
Prospective applicants are encouraged to take these courses before their senior year. These courses will not count toward the graduate degree, but may count toward the undergraduate degree as determined by the undergraduate advisor.

Honors Fast Track Options

Undergraduate Major 

   

Graduate Degrees 

BMS 

ISS 

INS 

Concentrations 

MSPH  

MPH  

  

 

  

Department of Community & Family Health 

 

 

 

X3

 

Maternal and Child Health

X

  

X3

  

Public Health Education

X

X

  

X3

  

Behavioral Health

X

X

  

X3

  

Socio-Health Sciences

X

X

  

  

  

Department of Health Policy & Management 

 

 

 

X

X

Health Care Organizations and Management 1

 

X

 

X

 

Health Care Policies and Programs

 

X

  

  

  

Epidemiology & Biostatistics 

 

 

X

X

X

Epidemiology

X

 

X

X

X

Biostatistics 2

X

 

  

  

  

Environmental & Occupational Health 

 

 

X

 

X

Toxicology / Risk Assessment

X

X

X

 

X

Environmental Health

X

X

 

 

 

Global Health 

 

 

X

 

X

Global Communicable Disease

X

X

BMS = Biomedical Sciences; ISS = Interdisciplinary Social Sciences; INS = Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences

  1. Requires Microeconomics and Basic Accounting
  2. Requires Calculus and Linear Algebra
  3. In addition to ISS, any of the following majors would be suitable: Anthropology, Criminology, Gerontology, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Business

Admission and Application Process for Enrollment 

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.

Admission Requirements 

  • 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) or a mean MCAT of 8, AND good standing in the Honors program, senior status. (Helpful Hint: Take the General GRE exam, not a specialized one.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty.
  • One letter from the Honors 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 and Graduate School.

The Program 

Advising: When a student is accepted into the masters program, a graduate advisor will be assigned. The undergraduate advisor and student will be given a listing of courses the student will need to take in the senior year. The student will seek approval to register for graduate classes from the graduate advisor. The undergraduate advisor will continue to assure the student meets all undergraduate degree requirements.

The student is expected to make contact with the graduate advisor at least once a semester before pre-registration to plan and seek approval for course registration and planning. All students are expected to be familiar with the College of Public Health (www.publichealth.usf.edu) and Graduate School www.grad.usf.edu requirements.

Field Experience: Senior undergraduate students will enroll in one credit (3 hours / week) of field experience Fall and Spring semester. The first semester field experience will focus on introducing students to various public health areas and the second semester will focus on introducing the student to their chosen concentration area in Public Health. The College of Public Health Field Placement Coordinator will work with the student. An additional, more intensive, field experience is required at the end of the masters program as well.

Mentoring: Every effort will be made to assign each student a second year graduate student mentor who is in the same concentration area. If the cohort of students is sufficiently large, one to two required group meetings per semester will be scheduled. These meetings will address student concerns, successes, experiences at the College of Public Health, and evaluation of the program.

Course Locations: Most classes are offered in the evening, one day a week. Classes are held at the USF College of Public Health, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa. FL on the USF Tampa campus.

Program Outline Overview 

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 and written comprehensive exam.

The MSPH is considered an academic or research oriented degree, has less emphasis on field experience and more on research methods, requires a thesis, and a written comprehensive exam.

Typical MPH Sequence (Professional Degree)

Semester 1 (First year graduate / senior undergrad)

10 credits

PHC 6000

Epidemiology

3

PHC 6050

Biostatistics I

3

PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management

3

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

1

 

Undergraduate courses as determined by Undergraduate Advisor

 

Semester 2 (First year graduate / senior undergrad)

10 credits

PHC 6410

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

3

PHC 6357

Environmental and Occupational Health

3

PHC xxxx

Concentration Course

3

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

1

 

Undergraduate courses as determined by Undergraduate Advisor

 

Semester 3 (graduate)

9 credits

PHC xxxx

Concentration Course

3

 

Elective

3

 

Elective

3

Semester 4 (graduate)

9 credits

PHC xxxx

Concentration Course

3

PHC xxxx

Concentration Course

3

 

Concentration or Elective

3

Semester 5 (graduate)

9-12 credits

 

Elective

3

PHC 6977

Special Project

3

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

3-6

 

Comprehensive Exam

0

Typical MSPH Sequence (Research Oriented Degree) 

Semester 1 (First year graduate / senior undergrad)

10 credits

PHC 6000

Epidemiology

3

PHC 6050

Biostatistics I

3

PHC xxxx

6410, 6357 or 6102

3

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

1

 

Undergraduate courses as determined by Undergraduate Advisor

 

Semester 2 (First year graduate / senior undergrad)

10 credits

PHC xxxx

Concentration Course

3

PHC xxxx

Concentration Course

3

PHC xxxx

Concentration Course

3

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

1

 

Undergraduate courses as determined by Undergraduate Advisor

 

Semester 3 (graduate)

9 -12 credits

PHC xxxx

Concentration and Elective Courses

9-12

Semester 4 (graduate)

9-12 credits

PHC xxxx

Concentration  and Elective Courses

3-12

Semester 5 (graduate)

6 credits

PHC 6971

Thesis

6

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

Optional

 

Comprehensive Exam

0

For Additional Information 

Pre-admission Undergraduate Advisor

Juliet Hill, 813 974-3087, jghill2@honors.usf.edu 

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

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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