College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Public Health Generalist (Online Graduate Certificate)

This certificate program aims at serving the following groups: 1) students who are undecided about a specific concentration area in the College of Public Health; 2) students who are only interested in completing a few courses, not an MPH; 3) physicians or nurses who want to explore public health; 4) public health professionals who want additional graduate-level credentials.

This Public Health Generalist certificate facilitates and encourages formal training not only for our public health workforce, but also for students and professionals interested in the future of our profession. Once obtained, this certificate allows individuals to continue in a chosen track if departmental criteria for admission are met, while receiving up to 12 hours of credit toward a graduate degree for the core courses completed and passed. This certificate program helps students gain an overview of the core public health disciplines in addition to exploring and discovering some exciting career paths.

Required Courses

Fifteen (15) semester hours. Students are required to satisfactorily complete the five core courses in order to receive their certificate. Each core course is a 3-hour course.

Required (15 credits)

PHC 6000 - Epidemiology (3)
PHC 6050 - Biostatistics I (3)
PHC 6102 - Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
PHC 6410 - Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health (3)
PHC 6357 - Environmental and Occupational Health (3)

Elective Courses (0 credits)

The applicant must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution. International students must provide certified, translated transcripts showing the equivalency to the U.S. bachelor's degree. In addition:

  • Students are required to have a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate coursework.
  • Students must have consent of the instructor to take courses.
  • Prerequisite for PHC 6050 is College Algebra

Application Process for Enrollment
Call the Graduate Certificate Office at (813) 974-2442 or visit download an application. In addition, to the application forms please submit:

  • Official Transcripts
  • A resume
  • A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study
  • Two letters of recommendation

Standardized Test Requirements
There are no specific test requirements.

Application of Certificate Courses Toward Graduate Degree
Up to 12 credit hours of certificate related courses may be applied toward a master's degree, contingent upon departmental approval. However, admission requirements for the College and the Department, such as a GRE score and letters of recommendation, must first be met.

Registration Process for Individual Courses
First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to , the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system. Follow directions given on-line.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
All courses must be completed within 3 years.

Tuition and fees
Standard graduate tuition rates and fees apply for graduate students who also pursue this graduate certificate and for non-degree graduate certificate students taking these courses on campus. Please visit for tuition rates.

Course location/delivery
This certificate is offered online.

Department contact information
Dr. Deanna Wathington, Ph.D. 813-974-6685 or

New Student Advisor
Michelle Hodge (813) 974-6665 or 888-USF-COPH or

Special Notes:
• This graduate certificate does not require that you submit GRE scores with your application
• You may apply and/or enroll any semester as a certificate student.

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