College of Public Health Catalog 2014/2015

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Public Health Policy and Programs (Online Graduate Certificate)

Description
This certificate is designed to serve persons who want to enhance knowledge and skills in management of programs and public policies that advance the health of communities and populations, and who may not be available in the local community to do so.

Course Location/Delivery
This certificate is offered online.

Admission Requirements
The applicant must have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least one of the following:

  • At least two years of appropriate work experience, as determined by the department's admissions committee
  • Concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program
  • A graduate degree

Application Process
Call the Graduate Certificate Office at (813) 974-2442 or visit their website at http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/application-process.aspx to obtain the appropriate applications.

In addition to the application forms, please submit:

  • Official transcripts showing attainment of the bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • A copy of the diploma
  • A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives in pursuing this course of study
  • A resume

For international students, a copy of their degree that is equivalent to the Bachelor's degree along with a certified copy of their transcript is required. Graduate students from the College of Public Health are exempt from the above requirements except for the Departmental Approval Form.

Prerequisites
The applicant must have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least one of the following:

  1. At least two years of appropriate work experience, as determined by the department's admissions committee, OR
  2. Concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree program, OR
  3. A graduate degree

Requirements
Total program hours: 14 to 15 credit hours.

Required Courses (6 credits)

    • PHC 6102 Principles of Health policy and management (web format) (3)
    • PHC 6421 Public Health Law and Ethics (web format) (3)

Elective Courses (3 courses)
Three courses to be chosen based on the student's interests and professional goals from the following list:

    • PHC 6104 Management of Public Health Programs (web format) (3)
    • PHC 6146 Health Services Planning (web format) (3)
    • PHC 6110 International Health and Health Care Systems (web format) (3)
    • PHC 6147 Managing Quality in Health Care (web format) (2)
    • PHC 6063 Public Health Data, Information & Decision Making (3)
    • PHC 6197 Information Management in Public Health (web format) (3)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.

Application of Certificate Courses Toward Graduate Degree
See USF Transfer of Credit Policy.

Standardized Test Requirements
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.

Registration Process
First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to http://usfonline.admin.usf.edu/, the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system. Follow directions given on-line.

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 http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/graduate-certificates/cost-to-attend.aspx for tuition information.

Certificate Contact Information
Dr. John Petrilla
(813) 974-7701
jpetril1@health.usf.edu

Somer Burke
(813) 974-6606
sburke@health.usf.edu

Graduate Certificates
(813) 974-4926
GradCerts@usf.edu

Pre Admissions Advising - Public Health
preadmissions@health.usf.edu

Special Notes

USF College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612-3805
Toll Free 888-USF- COPH (press 1 for Student Advisor)

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