MPH with a Concentration in Global Communicable Diseases
This program provides an opportunity for science-oriented students with an interest in communicable diseases to receive specialized training in the recognition, identification, diagnosis, surveillance, control, and prevention of public health problems related to communicable diseases throughout the world, with particular emphasis on the problems of Florida and underdeveloped nations. Several course offerings and areas of emphasis focusing on infection control have been added to this program to allow public health practitioners to expand their knowledge of infection control practices and procedures, particularly in hospital settings. Preference for admission is given to students with a background or demonstrated skills in the biological sciences. Prerequisites may be required.
In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies, Global / Communicable Diseases graduates will be able to:
- Interpret the natural history of disease-causing parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms of major public health concern, as well as the disease processes and clinical manifestations caused by those infectious organisms;
- Identify the appropriate diagnosis, epidemiology, surveillance, control, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases;
- Describe the natural human defenses, the appropriate use of diagnostic techniques and serological surveillance, and the role of preventive interventions and treatments such as vaccines and antibiotics against communicable diseases;
- Identify the cultural, social, and economic factors that contribute to the incidence and prevalence, as well as the transmission, control, treatment, and prevention of communicable disease;
- Identify the public health conditions and problems related to the surveillance and control of communicable diseases in developing countries;
- Design programs for the surveillance and control of communicable diseases;
- Apply principles of immunology, molecular biology and other essential biological sciences disciplines in the laboratory settings for research and the diagnosis, surveillance, control, treatment, and prevention of communicable diseases; and
- Prepare and present information about communicable diseases to other members of health-related professions and to members of the public in a professional and effective manner.
- Explain factors such as biology, ecology and dynamics of arthropod vector populations that affect transmission of specific communicable diseases such as malaria and dengue
- Recognize the roles of the laboratory in the Public Health system and have a thorough understanding of the complexity and inter-connectivity of all levels of laboratory services
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:
- Public health course prerequisite:
- HSC 4551 Survey of Human Diseases (3) OR
- Equivalent education or work experience.
- Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Biology, Zoology, Microbiology, Immunology
- Prerequisite undergraduate courses: None. Suggested undergraduate courses include general chemistry with laboratory, biology or zoology with laboratory, microbiology with laboratory, biochemistry with laboratory, immunology
- Work experience: None
- Minimum undergrad GPA: 3.0 OR
- Minimum GRE Score: Verbal 450 (new scale:150) + 550 (new scale:146) Quantitative
- Other criteria: International applicants - TOEFL of 550 for paper-based instrument or 213 for computer-based instrument
- Substitutions: Applicants may substitute an MCAT mean score of 8 for the required GRE Scores
Examples of common elective options:
- PHC 6562 Microbiology for Health Care Workers
- PHC 6314 Infection Control Program Design
- PHC 6517 Infectious Disease Prevention Strategies
- PHC 6514 Infectious Disease Control in Developing Countries
- PHC 6561 Laboratory Techniques in Public Health
- PHC 6037 Public Health Virology
College Core Courses
Principles of Health Policy and Management
Environmental and Occupational Health
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health
Core Total Hours
Required Concentration Courses
Disease Surveillance and Monitoring
Exotic & Emerging infectious Diseases
The Public Health Laboratory System
Public Health Immunology
Vectors of Human Diseases
Public Health Parasitology
Concentration Total Hours
Approved Electives (Selected examples of courses)
Infectious Disease Prevention Strategies
Infection Control Program Design
Infectious Disease Control in Developing Countries
PHC 6000 or Eqiv. and CI.
Microbiology for Healthcare workers
BSC 2010, 2011, CHM 2046, or CI.
Public Health Virology
Laboratory Techniques in Public Health
Electives Total Hours
Supervised Field Experience
See Note #1
Public Health Capstone Course
All Core completed + 75% of Concentration
Culminating Experience minimum Hours
* CH=Credit Hours; Seq= Term Sequence; Pre-reqs= prerequisite courses unless noted as CR (co-requisite) or CC (Concurrent requisite)
- During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/fe/.
- Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken. The grade will be included in the student's GPA.
- The College Reserves All Rights to Repeal And/or Modify.
- Term sequence assumes Fall starting term.