Dec 04, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Public Health, M.P.H.

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  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Behavioral Health
  • Epidemiology and Global Communicable Disease
  • Epidemiology and Global Health
  • Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Communicable Disease
  • Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief and Homeland Security
  • Global Health Practice
  • Health Care Organizations and Management
  • Health Policies and Programs
  • Health Promotion and Behavior
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Infection Control
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health Practice Program
  • Social Marketing
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The College is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health. For the M.P.H. in Public Health Concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics, the USF Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major as listed below.  Meeting of these criteria per se shall not be the only basis for admission.

  • Official Transcripts (Sent ONLY to SOPHAS)
  • A thorough statement of purpose and objectives indicating the applicant’s interest on obtaining a degree in public health, and how they hope to contribute to the field.
  • Both SOPHAS and USF applications and fees are required for USF’s College of Public Health Graduate Programs.
  1. Complete a SOPHAS application at and submit all required application materials to SOPHAS.  All application materials must be submitted only to SOPHAS.
  2. Complete and submit the USF graduate application and fee at  Do not upload or submit any application materials directly to USF.
  3. Allow two to four weeks for SOPHAS to verify the application.  Make sure to follow up with SOPHAS regularly to meet all of their requirements to verify your application.
  4. Monitor the email that you provided in SOPHAS for application decisions and other communications.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • At least two formal Letters of Recommendation

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 42 credit hours minimum

  • Core - 12 credit hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 6 credit hours
  • Concentration - 9 credit hours minimum (varies with each concentration)
  • Electives - 9 credit hours minimum (varies with each concentration)
  • Comprehensive Exam

Students must complete the Major core requirements and then the requirements as specified for the Concentration. Concentration hour requirements vary, so in some instances, students will graduate with more than the 42-hour minimum required for the major. The minimum hours required for the major and concentration must be satisfied for degree completion.

Additional Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Concentration Requirements (9 credit hours minimum)(varies with each concentration)

Students select from one of the following concentrations:

Applied Biostatistics (12 Concentration Credit Hours)

Epidemiology (15 Concentration Credit Hours)

Epidemiology and Global Communicable Disease (12 Concentration Credit Hours)

Epidemiology and Global Health (17 Concentration Credit Hours)

Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health (12 Concentration Credit Hours)

Global Communicable Disease (9 Concentration Credit Hours)

Global Health Practice (15 Concentration Credit Hours)

Health Care Organizations and Management (15 Concentration Credit Hours)

Health Policies and Programs (15 Concentration Credit Hours)

Nutrition and Dietetics (15 Concentration Credit Hours)

Prerequisite - Students pursuing this Concentration must possess the required documentation (Verification Statement of Completion or Declaration of Intent to Complete from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD); or Registered Dietitian (RD or RDN) credential and two years’ experience).   

Electives (9 credit hours minimum) (varies with each concentration)

All students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours of graduate electives.  

Students in the Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration with little or no professional experience (dietetic interns) must take six (6) hours of PHC 6945 Field Experience and three (3) hours of elective coursework.  Students with two years of work as a registered dietitian must take a minimum of nine (9) hours of elective coursework.

Students in the following concentrations must complete additional elective hours as noted:

 6 additional hours - Applied Biostatistics (ABT)
 3 additional hours - Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH)
13 additional hours - Epidemiology and Global Communicable Disease (EGD)
10 additional hours - Epidemiology and Global Health (EGH)
13 additional hours - Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health (EMC)
 6 additional hours - Global Communicable Disease (TCD)
3 additional hours - Global Health Practice (GLO)
3 additional hours - Social Marketing (SOM)

All elective hours must be approved by a faculty mentor.

Additional electives, if required, - 3 hours minimum (varies by concentration)

Comprehensive Exam

Passing the CPH exam is a requirement for graduation by all MPH students. Students must be enrolled for two credits the term taking the exam.

  • 1st attempt the college of Public Health will pay funds permitting
  • 2nd attempt student pays
  • 3rd attempt is an oral exam given by the College of Public Health

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway  

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degree  

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