Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of Public Health

Location: MDC 56


As we enter the new millennium, public health looms large at the forefront of the world's concerns. Population pressures, environmental problems, maternal and child healthcare, disaster management, new emerging diseases, behavioral challenges, healthcare management and cost containment demand solutions from the public health professional. To meet these challenges, the mission of the College of Public Health is to promote public health through research, education and services. The USF College of Public Health is one of 49 public health colleges in the nation and is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The College has five departments: Community and Family Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Policy and Management, and Global Health.

The purpose of the undergraduate curriculum offered in the College is to promote student-centered learning so the students may articulate the role of public health in disease prevention and health promotion locally, statewide, nationally, and globally. Moreover, students will be able to analyze public health issues related to a particular concentration area, become knowledgeable about dynamic career paths in public health and develop an understanding of public health that serves as a foundation for the pursuit of graduate public health degrees.

Undergraduate students seeking careers in public health are invited to refer to the College website http://publichealth.usf.edu/undergrad or contact the College advisors: Annette Strzelecki via email at amanson@health.usf.edu or Kenneth Griffin at kgriffi3@health.usf.edu. Introduction to Public Health and Survey of Human Disease (or their equivalent) are prerequisites for several concentrations prior to graduate study in public health. Undergraduate College courses are offered through traditional classroom methods and online.

The USF College of Public Health offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Undergraduate 3+ Master's in Public Health and minors in General Public Health; Environmental Health; Community Engaged Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Admissions Requirements

    Admission Standards

Admission to the College of Public Health is open to students who have been accepted into the University of South Florida and have declared a major in public health. Undergraduate students must submit a formal application for admission into the College of Public Health during orientation and advising for new students.

College Requirements

Graduation Requirements

The College of Public Health offers one undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science.

Complete at least 120 accepted semester hours with a minimum USF cumulative GPA and overall GPA of 2.0. (Important! All grades including "D"s and "F"s are used to calculate GPAs for students in the College of Public Health.)

Complete the Foreign Language Entrance Requirement.

Students must satisfy BOG Regulation 6.017 (6A Gordon Rule) concerning computation and communication courses. Transfer students who enter the University of South Florida with 60 or more semester hours from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the Gordon Rule requirement.

Complete Core Curriculum Requirements of 36 hours credit:

Complete all major course requirements.

Complete a minimum of 48 hours of upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or above).

Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL)

  • Six (6) hours credit in English Composition
  • Six (6) hours credit in Quantitative Methods
  • Six (6) hours credit in Natural Sciences (3 credit hours in Life Science and 3 credit hours in Physical Science)
  • Six (6) hours credit in Social Sciences
  • Six (6) hours credit in Humanities
  • Three (3) hours credit in Fine Arts
  • Three (3) hours credit in Human and Cultural Diversity and Global Context