College of Public Health Catalog 2015/2016

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

For students who entered their undergraduate degree in Fall 2008 or prior.

(See also USF Undergraduate Catalog at:

USF offers the first Bachelor’s in Public Health housed in an accredited College of Public Health in Florida.  The BS in Public Health provides the student-centered courses required for entry-level public health jobs found in government agencies, health corporations, community non-profit organizations and health care facilities.

Undergraduate public health students are encouraged to participate in research ranging from laboratory studies to participatory community-based research with a focus on the culturally competent aspects of healthy community development including the social, economic, educational components.  This research provides entry-level student employment opportunities on a variety of specific public health projects while learning basic research skills including data collection, data entry and technical report writing.  Under faculty leadership, students are mentored to achieve personal goals whether they choose employment after their bachelor’s degree or admission into a graduate or professional program.

The BS in Public Health is a generalist degree with no concentrations, tracks or specializations.   However, the faculty are available to advise undergraduate students seeking a double major or an accelerated degree across disciplines, e.g. BS in Geography and MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health.

Students completing the BS in Public Health will be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate the core functions of public health.
    1. Explain the basic principles of epidemiology.
    2. Assess social and behavioral interventions to improve health of populations.
    3. Identify the impact of the environment and communicable diseases on health.
    4. Explain the role that public health plays in disaster prevention and management and evaluate public policy issues with respect to access, quality and cost when understanding health disparities within vulnerable populations.
  2. Exhibit critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the capacities to engage in inductive and deductive thinking and quantitative reason, and to construct sound arguments. 
    1. Identify topics pertaining to public health research.
    2. Generate research questions, analyze and present data, and interpret and discuss findings.
    3. Demonstrate awareness about current public health topics including an analysis of the societal attitudes that generate differences on current public health topics.
  3. Communicate using effective oral skills. 
    1. Demonstrate an ability to contribute effectively to group discussions and presentations.
  4. Apply effective public speaking skills during classroom presentations.Develop effective written presentations. 
    1. Demonstrate the use of information literacy skills such as locating and evaluating pertinent public health information.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to use library resources and scientific databases.
    3. Exhibit proper referencing secondary materials in APA format.

BS in Public Health Guidelines

 The following requirements are taken from the guidelines published in the 2009-2010 USF Undergraduate Catalog.

Admission standards:  Admission to the College of Public Health is open to students who have been accepted to the University of South Florida and have declared a major in public health.  Undergraduate students must submit a formal application for admission into the College of Public Health during orientation and advising for new students. 

Graduation Requirements: The College of Public Health offers one undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science.   

  1. Complete at least 120 accepted semester hours with a minimum USF cumulative GPA and overall GPA of 2.00. (Important! All grades including “D”s and “F”s are used to calculate GPA’s for students in the College of Public Health.)
  2. Maintain major GPA of 2.00 in USF coursework.
  3. Complete the Foreign Language Entrance Requirement if entering USF fall semester, 1987 or later.
  4. Students enrolling in a college must satisfy State Rule 6A-10.30 (Gordon Rule) concerning computation and communication.  Transfer students who enter the University of South Florida with 60 or more semester hours from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the communication portion of the Gordon Rule.
  5. Complete Core Curriculum Requirements of 36 hours credit (See the curriculum table below)
  6. Physical Education coursework is limited to 2 semester hours.
  7. ROTC courses are limited to 9 semester hours.
  8. None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student’s major unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the Gordon Rule requirement may not be taken S/U.
  9. The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
  10. Complete at least 9 semester hours at a Florida public university in the Florida State University System during summer terms if entering USF with fewer than 60 semester hours.
  11. “D” grades are not acceptable in the major. 
  12. Complete all major course requirements.
  13. Complete a minimum of 48 hours of upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or above).
  14. Thirty (30) of the last 60 semester hours must be completed at USF to fulfill the residency requirement.

BS in Public Health Curriculum

(2008 catalog year and prior)

Students should regularly review their Degreeworks to ensure that they are on track to complete all graduation requirements and in preparation for advising appointments.

Required Public Health Pre-Requisite Courses

oEthics: (3 Credit hrs.)

PHI 1600 Introduction to Ethics OR other approved Ethics, such as:


PHI 3636 Professional Ethics

PHI 2631 Ethics and Business


MMC 4203 Comm Ethics

PHI 3633 Biomedical Ethics


LDR 4204 Ethics and Power

PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics


PHI 3640 Environ. Ethics



oWriting (3 Credit hrs.)

ENC 2210 Technical Writing or other approve Writing course, such as:


ENC 3250 Professional Writing




PHC 4720 Foundation PH Writing*Also Writing Intensive Exit


ENC 4260 Adv. Tech Writing



Required Public Health Core Courses: 33 Total Hours *Indicates offered online

Course Prefix & Number

Course Title



oPHC 4101

Introduction to Public Health*



oHSC 4551

Survey of Human Disease*



oPHC 4030

Intro to Epidemiology*



oPHC 4069

Biostatistics in Society*



oPHC 3302

Intro to Environ & Occupational Health*


oHSC 4211

Health, Behavior and Society*



oHSC 4537

Medical Terminology*



oHSC 4630

Understanding U.S. Health Care*



oHSC 4624

Foundations of Global Health*




Field Seminar (TWO, 3 Credit Hour Sections/Courses)


oPHC 4942 Sem I



oPHC 4942 Sem II



Required Public Health Elective Courses: Choose 12 Hours from the following list

oHSC 2100

Contemporary Health Science*



oHSC 2130

Sex, Health and Decision Making



oHSC 2017

Careers in Public Health



oHSC 3541

Human Structure and Function



oHSC 4631

Critical Issues in Public Health *Also Capstone Exit


oHSC 4172

Women's Health: A PH Perspective



oHSC 4573

Foundations of Food Safety*



oHSC 4504

Foundations of PH Immunology*



oHSC 4579

Foundations of Maternal & Child Health*


oHSC 4542

Stress, Health and College Life



oHSC 4406

Pop Culture Vices & Epidemiology



oHSC 4031

Emerging Infectious Disease*



oHSC 4933

Special Topics*



No D or F Grades will be accepted into the major

Only 6 credit hours of 2000 level courses counted toward elective hours

Additional Undergraduate Requirements


Foundation of Knowledge & Learning Core Curriculum

ENC 1101 & 1102 (6 hrs)






Natural Science (6 hrs)


oNatural Science Course I


o Natural Science Course II


Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning (6 hrs)


oMathematics I


oMathematics 2


Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs)


oSocial & Behavioral Sciences I


oSocial & Behavioral Sciences II


Historical Perspectives (6 hrs)


o Historical Perspectives s I


o Historical Perspectives II


Fine Arts (3 hrs)


oFine Arts


ALAMEA (3 hrs)






Exit Requirements (9 hrs)


oMajor Works/Major Issues I (3 Hrs)*


oMajor Works/Major Issues II (3 Hrs)*


oLiterature and Writing I (3 Hrs)




_____ hrs → 120 hours: A bachelor's Degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours

_____ hrs → 48 hours: All students must take at least 48 hours at the 3000 & 4000 level

_____ hrs → 12 hours of Gordon Rule Writing ENC 1101/1102 plus 6 hours of other GRW courses taken at USF only.

_____ hrs → 9 hour summer rule: All students who entered USF with fewer than 60 hours are required to take at least 9 hours of course work in the summer at a State of Florida 4 year University.

_____    FLENT: Foreign Language Requirement for ALL USF students: Students must have 2 years of the same language in high school OR they must take 2 semesters of the same language in college.

See the USF Catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements. This sheet is not intended to be a complete list of all University requirements.


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