College of Public Health Catalog 2015/2016

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Toxicology and Risk Assessment (Online Graduate Certificate)

This online Graduate Certificate in Toxicology is designed to introduce post-baccalaureate students to fundamental concepts in the discipline of toxicology and risk assessment as they are applied in related professions. This certificate program will advance the knowledge of current professionals in fields related to occupational health and environmental health, and will prepare students with the intention of pursuing a graduate level degree in these fields. Students will apply concepts in the science of toxicology to issues of occupational and environmental health regulations, hazardous materials safety, chemical related illness, and risk analysis.

Course Location/Delivery
All courses for this certificate are offered online.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in a science-based field (e.g. life science, natural science, and engineering) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Application Process
Please visit access the application. In addition, to the application forms please submit:

  1. Official Transcripts
  2. A Resume
  3. Letter of Interest
  4. Departmental Approval Form- (Please print, sign, and submit this form with all the other documents to our office).

One course in college level chemistry.

Total program hours: 13 credit hours of required coursework.

Required Courses

    • PHC 6350 Occupational Toxicology & Risk Assessment (3)

    • PHC 6353 Environmental Toxicology & Risk Assessment (3)

    • PHC 6373 Bioterrorism & Biodefense (3)

    • PHC 6934 Hazardous Materials of the Workplace (3)

    • PHC 7931 Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar Public Health (1)

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 two years.

Application of Certificate Courses Towards 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, the link to OASIS, USF's online registration system. Follow directions given online.
To access online course materials, students must have the USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain the NetID.
New students, including those studying online, may obtain the USFCard. Please visit: to obtain the USFCard.

Tuition and Fees

Financial aid
Please use this link to search for available loans:

Certificate Contact Information
Ray Harbison, PhD
(813) 974-3467

Marie Bourgeois, PhD

Graduate Certificates
(813) 974-4926

Pre Admissions Advising - Public Health

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 Advising)

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