May 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, B.S.

(CIP = 51.2201) (PUB)

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.  

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

Thirty (30) of the last 60 semester hours must be completed at USF to fulfill the residency requirement.

Research Opportunities

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.

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:

Web Address:

Declaration of Major:

Public Health Faculty

Director: K. Perrin; Instructors: M. Makut, A. Oberne, D. Orriola, T. Peek, L. Rusnak, R. Salazar, J. Van Elswyk., M. Bourgeois

Plan of Study

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