College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Degree: Master of Public Health
Program (Major/College):
MPH/PH
Concentration: Infection Control(Code: IFC)        
COPH Department: Global Health
Minimum Credit Hours: 48

MPH with a Concentration in Infection Control (Online Program)

This online program provides an opportunity for interested students to receive specialized and individualized training in the field of infection control and prevention. Although closely modeled after the MPH in Global Communicable Diseases, the Infection Control MPH provides an initial student assessment used to design an individualized learning program specifically focused on infection control. Course offerings and areas of emphasis focusing on infection control span the five departments in the College of Public Health, providing a multi-disciplinary approach. This program allows current or future public health practitioners to expand their knowledge of infection control practices and procedures, particularly in healthcare settings. Offering this program on-line with only one 5-day in-class experience will facilitate students from other counties, states, and countries to achieve an MPH in Infection Control. Preference for admission is given to students with a background or demonstrated skills in the biological sciences or licensed healthcare professionals.

Competencies: In addition to the overall Master of Public Health (MPH) degree competencies,  graduates with a concentration in Infection Control will:

  1. Outline the role of infection preventionists in various healthcare settings, outbreak and bioterrorism scenarios and in promotion of public health;
  2. Describe essential research and education principles utilized in infection control practice;
  3. Identify and explain the essential elements of an infection control program;
  4. Compare and contrast infectious disease prevention strategies, surveillance and control of infectious disease in developed vs. developing countries;
  5. Design programs for the surveillance and control of communicable diseases on a national and global scale;
  6. 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;
  7. Identify the appropriate diagnosis, epidemiology, surveillance, control, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases;
  8. Describe the natural human defenses, the appropriate use of diagnostic techniques and serological surveillance, and the role of preventive interventions and treatments such as isolation/precautions, vaccines, antibiotics and post-exposure prophylaxis against communicable diseases;
  9.  Identify the cultural, social, and economic and environmental factors that contribute to the incidence and prevalence, as well as the transmission, control, treatment and prevention of communicable diseases;
  10. Analyze data collected through epidemiologic studies and interpret the findings;
  11. Demonstrate mastery of the five areas of infection control practice: 1) identification of infectious disease processes; 2) surveillance and epidemiologic investigation; 3) preventing/controlling the transmission of infectious agents; 4) employee/occupational health; management and leadership; and 5) education and research.

Concentration Details

 Prerequisites

In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:

  • Minimum undergrad GPA: 3.0 OR
  • Minimum GRE Score: Verbal 450 + 550 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
 Curriculum

Curriculum Information 

Electives (6 credits) from within the College of Public Health, based upon student assessment, and approved by assigned advisor. Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • PHC 6530 Maternal and Child Health 1: Issues and Concepts
  • PHC 6307 Principles of Exposure Assessment and Control
  • PHC 6355 Principles of Occupational Safety
  • PHC 6350 Occupational Toxicology and Risk Assessment
  • PHC 6373 Protecting Public Health: Bioterrorism and Biodefense
  • PHC 6556 Pathobiology of Human Disease I
  • PHC 607 4 Epidemiology of Diseases of Major Public Health Importance
  • PHC 6591 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
  • PHC 6104 Management of Public Health Programs
  • PHC 611 0 International Health and Health Care Systems
  • PHC 6195 Public Health Data, Information and Decision Making

Download the Program Check Sheet

Program Coursework

College Core Courses

CH*

Pre-reqs*

PHC 6000

Epidemiology

3

 

PHC 6050

Biostatistics I

3

 

PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management

3

 

PHC 6357

Environmental and Occupational Health

3

 

PHC 6410

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

3

 

Core Total Hours

15

 

Required Concentration  Courses

 

 

PHC 6251

Disease Surveillance and Monitoring

3

 

PHC 6562

Microbiology for Healthcare Workers

3

BSC 2010, 2011,
CHM 2046, or CI.

PHC 6517

Infectious Disease Prevention Strategies

3

CI.

PHC 6314

Infection Control Program Design

3

CI.

PHC 6186

Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations

3

 

    Choose One

 

 

PHC 6002

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

3

PHC 6000, 6050

PHC 6190

Public Health Data Base Management

3

PHC 6701

 

Concentration Total Hours

18

 

Elective Courses

 

 

 

Electives Total Hours

6

 

Culminating Experience

 

 

PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience

3

See Note #1

PHC 6977

Special Project

3

 

PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone Course

3

All Core completed + 75% of Concentration

 

Culminating Experience minimum Hours

9

 

* CH=Credit Hours; Pre-reqs= prerequisite courses unless noted as CR (co-requisite) or CC (Concurrent requisite)

  1. During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/fe/.
  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.
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