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									What is the Public Health
Practice (PHP) Program?

 The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice from the
 University of South Florida College of Public Health (USF COPH)
 is a college-wide interdisciplinary program designed to prepare
 experienced health professionals to assume leadership roles as
 members of multidisciplinary teams so that they are able to
 effectively develop, implement, and evaluate programs that have
 an impact on the health of the public.

 Established in July 1984 with an initial enrollment of 100 students,
 the College of Public Health (COPH) is accredited by the Council
 on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and has graduated
 1,975 students. Current enrollment includes 495 Master and 91
 Doctoral full and part-time students. More than 91 faculty provide
 education, research and service impacting local, state, national
 and global public health.
Program Formats

 The MPH in Public Health Practice
 is offered in two formats:

1.   Online MPH Program (completed via
     Distance Learning with no more than
     one calendar week of on-campus
2.   Executive MPH Program (one
     weekend a month on the Tampa
History of Public Health Practice
    At the USF College of Public Health

      The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice
      is an interdisciplinary application of skills and
      services designed to protect the public’s health. It
      includes programs for the surveillance, evaluation,
      education, and clinical care of national, state, and
      local populations. Academic public health practice is
      a new field of scholarship that seeks to bring together
      the pragmatic needs of the practitioner and the
      production of scholarly inquiry to contribute to the
      welfare of populations.

      Our program at the University of South Florida,
      College of Public Health meets the particular needs
      of working public health professionals with an
      emphasis on the promotion of scholarship in public
      health practice.
          History of Public Health Practice Continued...
Through the creative intellectual energies and skillful politics of the State’s
public health advocates, the Florida Legislature established the University of
South Florida, College of Public Health in 1984. Instructors began traveling to
sites around the state offering quality public health education to working
professionals. as a college outreach program evolved. A major impetus for
increased collaboration between the college and the community was a growing
concern during the 1980s (culminating in a 1988 report from the Institute of
Medicine) that the lines of communication between practicing agencies and
academic institutions were insufficient to adequately serve the public.
                                         The College met this challenge
                                         through a graduate Distance
                                         Learning Program in Public Health
                                         Practice with courses delivered by
                                         satellite to designated host sites
                                         throughout the State of Florida,
                                         the US, and Belize.
   Online MPH Program

The University of South Florida College of Public Health
was a leader in the development of distance based MPH
programs. Originally delivered via satellite, the online
program was among the first accredited distance learning
MPH programs in the country. New technologies have
been added to satellite delivery as they became
available, and in 2003 the all Online MPH Program was
fully implemented. The Practice Program seeks to
achieve synergy in the integration of technology,
knowledge, and practice in ways that generate new
insights and understanding to promote sustainable
community health and wellbeing. In preparing students to
integrate theory and personal experience in public health,
the College will assure the continuation of new ideas and
methods of practice in the public health arena for
generations to come.
             Executive MPH Program
                          The Executive MPH in Public Health
                          Practice offers a format to accommodate
                          your demanding schedule. Our unique
                          program design allows participants to meet
                          their educational goals and make lifelong
                          friends while simultaneously fulfilling their
                          ongoing job and family responsibilities.
                          Accelerated for completion in two years,
                          Executive course requirements will be met
                          through attendance at once-a-month
                          weekend sessions and an interactive web-
                          based environment.

Enrollment in the Executive Program is limited to 25 students. The
schedule and budget for the tenth cohort are currently under
development for spring 2008. Please find the latest information on the
next program as it becomes available on our website
       Supervised Field Experience
One of the highlights of our program is a group field experience. Students have the option of going
on the trip we organize or organizing their own field experience. This year students chose to learn
about the socio-cultural, political and historical aspects affecting public health in Panama. The group
visited numerous sites that affect the public health of the community, including the Panama Canal.

                                             In San Miguelito, for example, the students observed the
                                             daily operations of an urban clinic in a densely populated
                                             working class district. In addition to collaborating with
                                             USF in community-based health research, this clinic also
                                             provides a wide range of medical and social services to
                                             HIV/AIDS orphans. Students witnessed first hand how a
                                             Panamanian clinic participates in the environmental
                                             health monitoring in the community. On a visit to the
                                             Emberá Indigenous community in the village of Palma
                                             Real, the students had the chance to see health care
                                             practices that sharply contrast traditional Western
                                             Medicine--learning how the local shaman uses natural
                                             remedies to heal those afflicted with disease.

                                             Participants immersed themselves in Panamanian culture
                                             during their visit--eating the local diet of yucca, plátanos,
                                             and fish and participating in dancing and ceremonies.
Field Experience-Panama, 2007
What our students are saying about
“The PHP Program at USF offers a wide range of courses online with an emphasis on practice. The program has
excellent support staff that really minimize the administrative burden of registration and other administrative tasks that
could be very time consuming for a distance-learning student. The best component of my learning experience here
was the on campus capstone course. It reinforced the core areas of the MPH through instruction and a project.”
        Charles H. Weir, MS EnvE, MPH, PE
        Public Health Advisor, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
        PHP Graduate 2006

”It was a wonderful opportunity with career and school enhancing each other. Something about the MPH program and
the support from USF translated into a very positive feeling, which extended into career and life in general. I also was
able to use the knowledge to meet the credentialing requirements for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). I
appreciate the incredible opportunity which USF and CDC made available collaboratively for us.”
        Carol Farshy, MPH,CHES
        Microbiologist, CDC, NCHHSTP, DSTDP
        PHP Graduate, 2005

“I would like to express how the curriculum and interaction with professors and students enriched my work-life and my
work-life enriched my studies. It was truly a wonderful synergistic experience full of very positive people!”
        Angelica M. O'Connor, MPH, CHES
        Public Health Analyst (acting), National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases/CCID
        Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
        PHP Graduate, 2005

“My position at CDC entails frequent international travel. I was at a point in my career where a Masters in Public
Health became a necessity. USF's distance learning program was the answer - literally the only solution to earning a
degree while working, traveling and raising two incredible children. Thank you USF!”
        Melinda G. Frost
        Lead, Global Communication and Marketing, National Center for Health Marketing
        US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
        PHP Graduate, 2006
PHP Curriculum
   Core Courses (15 credits)
    –   PHC 6000 Epidemiology
    –   PHC 6050 Biostatistics
    –   PHC 6102 Principles of Health Policy and Management
    –   PHC 6357 Environmental and Occupational Health
    –   PHC 6410 Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

   Concentration Courses (12 credits)
    –   PHC 6120 Community Partnerships and Advocacy
    –   PHC 6321 Public Health Law and Ethics
    –   PHC 6930 Public Health Practice Seminar
    –   PHC 6104 Management of Public Health Programs
    –   PHC 6146 Health Services Planning and Evaluation

   Supplemental Courses/Electives (12 credits)
    –   Students may choose: a) courses that apply towards a
        graduate certificate, or
        b) courses from elective options

   Culminating Experiences (4 credits)
    –   PHC 6877 Special Project (3)
    –   PHC 6945 Supervised Field Experience (1)

    Total Credits for Program = 43
        Supplemental Courses
           & Graduate Certificate Options

•     Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management
      (15 credit hours)
•     Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance
      (12 credit hours)

    You may also choose to pursue a graduate certificate without
    applying to the MPH program. Additional graduate certificates
    are will soon be available online. For more information, please
                   Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the requirements listed below, prospective students for an MPH in Public
    Health Practice must have at least three years of professional experience in a health-
    related field.

•   An applicant must have one of the following (A, B, or C):
     –   A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following
           •   “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student
               working for a degree, OR
           •   “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate
               student working for a baccalaureate degree.
     –   A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree from a
         regionally accredited institution.
     –   The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.

•   All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam or an equivalent taken within five years
    preceding application (unless noted as exceptions) AND must meet the following criteria:
     –   MPH applicants must submit minimum GRE scores (Verbal: 450,Quantitative: 550) OR a minimum “B”
         average (GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale).

                                For more information or to apply, please visit:
      Tuition, Fees and Registration

• Sponsored Institute (SI) students (employees of select
  federal agencies and members of the uniformed
  services) are eligible for special tuition rates:
   – SI Tuition is $333.33 per graduate level credit hour
     and is a $30 per credit hour fee assessed to all
     online courses for technical support. The total is
     $1090 for a three credit course.
   – Since it is self supporting, the Executive Program
     incurs additional fees to cover the cost of books,
     additional readings, lunch, and other professional
   – Registration is completed through the PHP program
     office. To view and complete a SI registration
     packet, please visit:
For more information

 Public Health Practice Program
 13201 Bruce B Downs Blvd., MDC 56
 Tampa, FL 33612
 813-974-6606 or 1-888-USF-COPH option #5

 Director: Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH
 Coordinator: Somer Burke, MPH

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