- Advanced Practice Leadership in Public Health
- Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is a professional, practice-oriented research degree that is granted in recognition of the attainment of a broad set of practice, analytic, and evaluative skills, including demonstrated public health leadership skills. The Dr.P.H. prepares individuals for leadership roles in practice-based settings such as health departments, non-profit organizations, health services, international agencies, and community-based organizations. Accordingly, the emphasis of the Dr.P.H. is placed on fostering advanced expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based public health practice.
The Dr.P.H. degree offers two concentrations: Advanced Practice Leadership in Public Health, and Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice. Each of these has an applied curriculum that develops the student’s skillset in community engagement, leadership and management, communication and education, and evidence-based public health. Students complete doctoral projects implemented in organizations during the program of study.
Mode of Delivery:
The USF College of Public Health Dr.P.H. degree is completed through a combination of distance-learning and blended courses that include on-campus learning via three one-week Dr.P.H. Institutes. Students are expected to attend an Institute in the first semester of their admission, and then in the subsequent two summer semesters. This combination of delivery formats allows working professionals to broaden their grasp of public health leadership, practice, and research without interrupting their careers.
The College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH).
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- M.P.H., M.H.A., M.S.P.H., or other relevant Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
- Minimum of three letters of Recommendation public health leadership
- Detailed personal statement of less than five pages that descirbes why you wish to obtain a Dr.P.H. degree in Public Health. This document should explain the applicant’s public health background, current public health practice interests, demonstration of public health leadership, and how the Dr.P.H. is expected to affect the applicant’s current practice.
- Two years advanced work experience in public health
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Applicants must also be fully prepared to attend three Dr.P.H. Institutes on-campus.
- Students seeking acceptance into the Public Health Laboratory Science and Practice concentration must work at a health laboratory. Admission also depends on the availability of a Faculty Advisor who can advise the student in their area of interest. The final decision on admission is made by the faculty of the College.
- Completed USF Office of Graduate Studies application, and completed SOPHAS application, with fees paid for each.
Applicants to the Dr.P.H. degree are initially required to complete a SOPHAS application. Once that application is verified by SOPHAS, we will invite the applicant to submit a shortened USF Office of Graduate Studies application. Applicants must meet the University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as the requirements of the major. However, these criteria are not the only basis for admission.
Students are expected to come into the Dr.P.H. degree program with foundational public health knowledge. Students who have an M.P.H. or M.H.A. degree from a CEPH-accredited institution meet this requirement. Students with other degrees meet this requirement if they have taken the equivalent of the M.P.H. core coursework at a CEPH-accredited institution, or if they take the courses at USF listed below.
Pre-Requisite Public Health Core Courses - 9 credit hours
PHC 6588 History and Systems of Public Health
PHC 6756 Population Assessment I
PHC 6757 Population Assessment II
Students seeking financial aid should contact the USF financial aid office for federal guidelines. Dr.P.H. students are not eligible for a doctoral fellowship in the College of Public Health, as it requires admission to a fully on-campus degree program. Dr.P.H. students are eligible for current student scholarships and awards that are announced each year. Please see the College of Public Health Scholarship and Award webpage.