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University of South Florida

College of Public Health

Tampa, FL

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Overview

Here are 10 ways our students are living their best life ever!

The College of Public Health, ranked by USNWR as #16 nationally, is a jewel in the crown of the University of South Florida But, ranking isn’t the only reason why the #USFCOPHRocks!

We like being first!

In 1984, the Florida Legislature established the COPH as the first college of public health in the State of Florida. The college offers multiple concentrations that lead to BSHS, BSPH, MHA, MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, plus dual degrees, graduate certificates and online programs.

Online guru

Since 1996, we’ve delivered high quality courses in a virtual format to students around the globe. In times like these, trust a proven leader (us) with your education.

We are a catalyst for health.

“Our practice is our passion” is more than our tagline. Every day we work tirelessly to improve the health of the population in Tampa and around the world!

Research matters!

COPH students are paired with faculty to conduct research. They continually present award-winning research and practice at conferences and are published in peer-reviewed journals. Yeah, we got it going on!

Health students make life better.

Online or on-campus, in the classroom or in the community, COPH students join peers in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy to form USF Health.

Sunshine, please.

With an annual average temperature of 73°, the COPH is located in a region ripe for examining tropical, neglected and emerging diseases like West Nile, Zika and Chikungunya.

Our students rock!

Service-learning opportunities are woven throughout the curriculum. COPH students annually dedicate 2,400+ volunteer hours to making life better for communities!

Thought leaders.

We’re home to 12 internationally recognized centers and institutes including two WHO Collaborating Centers.

We travel the world.

Pre-COVID, 100+ students annually traveled to 20 different countries, including Cuba, India, Japan, London and Panama, Uganda, Belize, Ecuador, Panama, and Canada!

Peace out.

Returned Peace Corps volunteers can apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.

Unite with us to passionately solve problems and create conditions that allow every person the universal right to health and well-being Apply to the USF College of Public Health today!

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Public Health (Dr PH) Health administration Public health
Master of Health Administration (MHA) Public health Public health
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Global health practice
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Applied biostatistics
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Epidemiology of infectious diseases
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Health and wellness coaching
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Concepts and tools of epidemiology
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Public health
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Assessing chemical toxisity and public health risks
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Disaster management
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Health management and leadership
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health Health, safety and environment
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Public health Public health
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Public health Homeland security
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Public health Public health

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 235
Doctoral Degrees 21

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE may be required
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE may be required
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

936
Applied
481
Accepted
246
Enrolled
51%

Applying

30
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline Not reported May 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE may be required
Master's Degree Requirements Prerequisites may be required. Complete a SOPHAS application in addition to the standard USF application
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE may be required
Doctoral Degree Requirements Complete a SOPHAS application in addition to the standard USF application

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Recommended IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards November 15
Types of financial support available Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Traineership
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

791
Total Graduate Students
11%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 11.63%
Black or African American 14.16%
White or Caucasian 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.13%
Asian 7.08%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2.65%
Unknown 2.91%

Gender

Male (23%)
Female (76%)

Faculty

64
Total faculty
Full-time - 55
Part-time - 9
Male (31)
Female (33)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Infectious Disease Basic Science, Genomics, Disease Modeling, Maternal and Child Health
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
17,571,015

Location & Contact

Address 4202 E. Fowler Avenue MDC56
Tampa, FL  33620
United States
Contact Dr. Donna Petersen
Dean
Phone: 813-9746505
Fax: 813-9748121

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