College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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Degree: Master of Public Health
Program (Major/College):
Concentration: Public Health Practice online format (Code: PHP, PHO); Executive format (EPH)         
COPH Department: College Wide Program - Public Health Practice
Minimum Credit Hours: 43

MPH with a Concentration in Public Health Practice

Offered in executive program (EPH) or online format (PHP, PHO)

Alert! As of Spring 2008, the PHP program no longer requires students to submit GRE scores for admission consideration.  However, students still have the option to take and submit GRE scores with their application materials.

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice is a college-wide interdisciplinary program designed to prepare experienced health professionals to assume leadership roles as members of multidisciplinary teams so that they are able to develop, implement, and evaluate programs that have an impact on the health of the public. The Public Health Practice MPH provides a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge important for effective health professionals working in public health settings. Students in the program will gain skills related to: public health practice; epidemiology; program analysis and inference from data; development of programs that take into account cultural, social, economic, ethical and legal factors; community-based health policy and program planning; and budgeting and management.

The MPH in Public Health Practice is offered in two formats: Online MPH Program via distance learning and Executive Weekend MPH program. The Online MPH via distance learning is primarily intended for off-campus students who are unable to come to campus for their education. The Executive MPH Program is a unique and customized weekend program to serve the needs of the busy health care practitioner. Classes in this format are offered one weekend a month. Each program has specialized staff to assist students. The program includes:

  • Five core discipline areas (Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • An integrated interdisciplinary, cross-cutting set of overall competency domains (Communication and Informatics, Diversity and Culture, Leadership, Professionalism, Program Planning, Public Health Biology, and Systems Thinking)

Online MPH via Distance Learning

The Online MPH via Distance Learning offers a convenient and affordable avenue for off-campus health care professionals to earn a Master’s degree through distance learning. The courses in the Online MPH in Public Health Practice are delivered using web-based technologies. With the help of skilled instructional designers, faculty create course content that is delivered using multimedia technologies such as the Internet, DVDs, CDs, videotape, streaming media, web-based tutorials, and so on. Faculty within these courses utilize email, web conferencing, discussion forums and virtual chat features to enhance instruction.  Students can complete almost all degree requirements for the online MPH with minimal on-campus requirements of no more than one calendar week. Courses are available in the online format in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The time required to complete the online MPH program ranges from approximately 2.5 to 5 years, depending on time of entry into the program, course sequence and availability, as well as student circumstances and academic status. Students must meet certain technology requirements and are required to pay a technology fee to participate in all online courses. For more information about the Online MPH program, go to Contact the Public Health Practice Program office by email at or call (813)974-6606 (SunCom 574-6606) or toll free (888)USF-COPH (press 5).

Executive MPH

The Executive Weekend MPH program is a unique and customized program to serve the needs of the busy health care practitioner. Past and current students have represented many health care fields and specialties including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and many more.  This diversity provides students with the opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues from other specialties and geographic areas while enhancing the student’s ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Students gain strategic vision while participating on diverse teams with other students averaging three to 33 years of work experience in public health.  Courses in this format are intensive, in-depth and offered one weekend a month on the Tampa campus.  Small class sizes guarantee students individual attention and rich face to face interactions with experienced peers and faculty. Due to the customized nature of this program, additional fees are assessed and enrollment is limited. For more information, visit:

Program Competencies

In addition to the overall Master of Public Health degree competencies, Public Health Practice graduates will be able to:

  1. Appraise the health status of populations by acquiring skills and knowledge about determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services;
  2. Define the basic outcome indicators and goals of public health practices and how they differ from private health care;
  3. Utilize basic quantitative and qualitative research designs used in public health;
  4. Determine appropriate use of data and statistical methods for problem identification and resolution, and program planning;
  5. Develop skills in public health program planning, implementation and evaluation;
  6. Describe how a person’s cultural background, socioeconomic status, level of education, occupational risks, age, disabilities and lifestyle preferences impact their current and future health status;
  7. Articulate the ethical, administrative, legal, social and political implications of preventive and health promotion services;
  8. Demonstrate effective integration of the core disciplines in improving public health outcomes;
  9. Describe methods for assembling and sustaining a successful coalition of partners;
  10. Demonstrate the ability to perform effectively as part of a team;
  11. Develop effective leadership and advocacy skills in advancing public health issues and concerns; and
  12. Define the elements for effective communication of important public health information, needs, policies and problems

Concentration Details


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

  • Public health course prerequisites: N/A
  • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Health sciences or health related professions.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: HSC 4551 Survey of Human Diseases or similar courses.
  • Work experience: Three years of health-related work experience required.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0 or better.
  • Other criteria: Minimum technology requirements include intermediate computer skills, two letters of recommendation, resume, and goal statement.

Curriculum Information 

  • Since students admitted to this concentration are required to have significant (three-years of health related) experience, only one credit of field experience is required. The field experience is designed to expose the student to new or unfamiliar areas of public health.
  • Electives may be courses that apply towards a graduate certificate or from elective options.

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Program Coursework




College Core Courses



PHC 6000




PHC 6050

Biostatistics I



PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management



PHC 6357

Environmental and Occupational Health



PHC 6410

Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health



Core Total Hours



Public Health Practice Required Courses



PHC 6120

Community Partnerships and Advocacy



PHC 6421

Public Health Law and Ethics


PHC 6102 recomm.

PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone Course


All Core completed + 75% of Concentration

Choose one of the following:



PHC 6104

Management of Public Health Programs


PHC 6102 and CI.

PHC 6146

Health Services Planning and Evaluation


PHC 6050 or CI.

Required Courses Total Hours



Elective Courses (See examples on concentration definition)




Elective Courses Total Hours



Culminating Experience



PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience 


See Note #1

PHC 6977

Special Project



PHC 6936

Public Health Capstone Course (see PHP Required courses above)



Culminating Experience minimum Hours



*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
  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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