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    Jan 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Public Health B.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

Certified Global Pathway Program

USF offers the first Bachelor’s in Public Health housed in its accredited College of Public Health in Florida. The Bachelor of Science 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 healthcare facilities.  

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

NOTE: The University of South Florida B.S. in Public Health does not require any common prerequisites.

Total Major Hours: 54


Major Electives (24 Credit Hours)


Specialization Electives (12 Credit Hours)


Students may choose (but are not required) an area of specialization and take 12 credit hours from that chosen area:

Lower-Level Public Health Electives


(Choose up to 2 courses)

The following lower-level courses are not required for the major, but may be taken and applied toward the total degree hours requirement (120 hours).

GPA Requirements


Maintain a major GPA of 2.0 in USF coursework.

Grading Requirement


None of the coursework taken in the student’s major may be taken as an S/U grade, unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) and General Education requirements may not be taken as S/U.

The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.

Grades of D+ or lower are not acceptable in the major.

Residency Requirement


Students in the College of Public Health are expected to complete a minimum of 50% of their major and/or minor coursework in residence at USF.

Research Opportunities


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914   course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Other Information


Students completing the B.S. 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.
    2. Apply effective public speaking skills during classroom presentations.
  4. 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.

Advising Information


Physical Address: 13201 Bruce B. Down Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612-3805; Mail point - MDC 56
Phone: (813) 974-4633 toll free 1-888-USF-COPH
Office Hours: 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Contact Email: UG-PublicHealthAdvising@health.usf.edu

Web Address: http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/registration/undergraduate.html

Declaration of Major: http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/undergrad/continuing-students.htm

4 Year Plan of Study - Public Health B.S.


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Health Educator/Navigator
  • Community Health/Outreach Worker
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Global Health Worker

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $45,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3 

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3 
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3 

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

2 Year Plan of Study - Public Health B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12