University of South Florida Online MPH

University of South Florida Online MPH
College of Public Health

The University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health is a recognized leader in online education. The USF MPH degree programs are coordinated by highly-qualified teams at the university that partner with teaching and multimedia experts using cutting edge technology to prepare and deliver courses. These include discussion forms, streaming media and web conferencing, as well as blogs, podcasts, and access to relevant wikis.

The USF College of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in a number of different concentrations, offering varied opportunities for specialized areas of activity and future employment.

There is an online, fully accredited MPH in Public Health Practice as well as an MPH in Public Health Administration. Many of the students who enroll in the MPH Public Health Practice program are already actively employed in the field of public health. The course not only advances their knowledge and skills, but also provides the opportunity to interact with other dedicated professionals.

Some of the other concentrations offered on campus are Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief; Health Safety and Environment; Infection Control; Epidemiology; and Social Marketing, all of which have special features and focuses. The Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief MPH, for example, prepares humanitarian aid workers with the skills and abilities to work at a supervisory level in a wide range of environments from areas of armed conflict, to places that have been struck by natural disasters. Ultimately students are trained to help reduce threats of global public health, and deal with them when they occur.

Because some of the USF MPH degree programs are entirely online, the College has very strict requirements in terms of technology skills and equipment. These range from the need for high-speed Internet to basic knowledge of word processing, email, state regulations, and spreadsheet programs.

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Avg # of Acceptances 53%

Student Demographics

Male 26%
Female 74%
Avg Age 32 years

Online MPH Program Information

Program Length 2 years
GPA 3.0
Tuition For reduced rate for non residents please see for which programs apply, as well as a link to full list of current tuition rates.
Program Type Online, Hybrid
Program Options Full-Time, Part-Time
Disclaimer Supervised Field Experience – Students with little or no professional experience: 3 hours minimum. Students with relevant professional experience: 1-3 hours minimum.Students with substantial work experience can negotiate a reduced number of hours with their adviser (e.g., 1 or 2 hours) if the student has meaningful experience (involving decision-making) in a health care or related organization.
Admission Deadlines Fall: Autumn 2017 – May 1, 2017

Available Concentrations

Behavioral and Social Science

Available Tracks Community and Family Health
Field Education Requirements 3-12 credit hours. Students with meaningful professional experience may request a reduction in the requirements.
Number of Credits Required 43 Credit Hours
Disclaimers and Notes Social marketing is a well-established discipline used worldwide by health agencies and NGOs to effect beneficial social change. It offers proven techniques to influence behavior and improve individuals’ and societies’ well-being. For those interested, you can blend your experience with on campus classes as part of the online experience.

Biostatistics and Informatics

Available Tracks MPH Infection Control
Field Education Requirements 3 hour minimum for students with little or no professional experience. Students with meaningful professional experience may request a reduction in up to 2 hours of the requirements.
Number of Credits Required 46 Credit Hours

Environmental and Occupational Health

Available Tracks M.P.H. Health, Safety and Environment
Field Education Requirements 3-6 credit hours. 3 hour minimum for students with little or no professional experience. Students with meaningful professional experience may request a reduction in up to 2 hours of the requirements.
Number of Credits Required 43 credit hours
Disclaimers and Notes This program is not specifically geared towards Occupational Environments. Rather, an understanding of the inter-relatedness of health, safety, and the environment. Instruction in the fundamentals of exposure assessment and analytical methods lays the groundwork for topics that include persistent issues of air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, worker safety, legal requirements, and effective management. The impact of health, safety and the environment topics is addressed from a global perspective, including both developed and less developed countries.

Epidemiology

Available Tracks Epidemiology
Field Education Requirements 3-6 credit hours. 3 hour minimum for students with little or no professional experience. Students with meaningful professional experience may request a reduction in up to 2 hours of the requirements.
Number of Credits Required 44 credit hours, flexible, primarily asynchronous program for working professionals. 2-2.5 yrs.
Disclaimers and Notes This discipline focuses on the distribution of risk factors, disease or other health–related conditions, such as obesity, smoking, cancer, heart disease, maternal and child health, dementia, injury, morbidity, and mortality. It also serves a central role in utilizing statistical analysis to determine the relationship between causal and protective factors with disease, with the ultimate goal of identifying and evaluating effective prevention and treatment measures. korourke@health.usf.edu

General Masters In Public Health

Available Tracks M.P.H., Public Health Practice
Field Education Requirements 3-6 credit hours. 3 hour minimum for students with little or no professional experience. Students with meaningful professional experience may request a reduction in up to 2 hours of the requirements.
Number of Credits Required 42 Credit Hours
Disclaimers and Notes MPH in Public Health Practice curriculum not only incorporates core competencies, we tailor our courses to the unique needs of health care practitioners. See Three years of health practice experience required.

Global Health

Available Tracks M.P.H., GHH (Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief and Homeland Security
Field Education Requirements 3 hour minimum for students with little or no professional experience. Students with meaningful professional experience may request a reduction in up to 2 hours of the requirements.
Number of Credits Required 46 Credit Hours
Disclaimers and Notes The concentration of disaster management, humanitarian relief and homeland security plays an important role in global health, especially in areas of armed conflict and natural disasters. With the increase in weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear and biological threats from terrorist groups and radical states, the need for formal training and education has increased.

Health Policy and Administration

Available Tracks M.P.H. Public Health Administration
Field Education Requirements 3-6 credit hours. 3 hour minimum for students with little or no professional experience. Students with meaningful professional experience may request a reduction in up to 2 hours of the requirements.
Number of Credits Required 42 credits
Disclaimers and Notes School allows a Peace Corps experience to qualify for some course requirements.

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