Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Public Health, M.P.H.


  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Behavioral 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*
*These concentrations are self-supporting programs. A cost comparison of tuition and fees may be found here:  online Epidemiology; Health, Safety and Environment; Infection Control; Public Health Practice Program; Social Marketing; 

Please note: With the exception of the Department of Children and Family (DCF) waivers, all other waivers (including State of Florida and USF employee) are not accepted for Self-Funded/Self-Supporting or Market Rate Tuition program courses.  For additional information, visit: USF Tuition Waiver.

Also offered as:


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) http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/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 www.sophas.org 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 https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/.  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 by each concentration)
  • Electives - number needed to meet the minimum of 42 credits for major ** 
  • Comprehensive Exam

**Students select elective graduate courses, as needed, and in consultation with their advisor, to meet the minimum hours required for the Major.

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)

Global Communicable Disease (9 Concentration Credit Hours)

Health Care Organizations and Management (15 Concentration Credit Hours)

Health Promotion and Behavior (18 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).   

Multiple Concentrations

If a student wishes to pursue two or more concentrations as part of their elective coursework, the student must complete the specific required courses for each concentration and file the Concurrent Concentration Form.  Then additional graduate coursework, selected with the advisors, must be completed to total a minimum of 42 hours. In some instances, the total may exceed 42 credit hours.


Students select elective graduate courses, as needed, and in consultation with their advisor, to meet minimum hours required for the Major.

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.

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