Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Public Health (PUB)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 51.2201

College of Public Health


Major Description

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.

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. Under faculty leadership, students are mentored to achieve personal goals whether they choose employment after their bachelor's degree or admission into a graduate or professional program.

The B.S. in Public Health is a generalist degree with no concentrations, tracks or specializations.

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.

Total Major Hours: 78 Hours

Major Core Courses - 33 Hours

  • PHC 4101 Introduction to Public Health
  • HSC 4551 Survey of Human Disease
  • PHC 4030 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PHC 4069 Biostatistics in Society
  • PHC 3302 Introduction to Environmental & Occupational Health
  • HSC 4211 Health, Behavior and Society
  • HSC 4537 Medical Terminology
  • HSC 4630 Understanding U.S. Health Care
  • HSC 4624 Foundations of Global Health
  • PHC 4942 Public Health Seminar (Two 3-credit hour courses)

Major Elective Courses - 45 Hours

Lower Level Electives (24 credit hours): (Suggested Lower Level Public Health Courses)
Public Health Electives (12 credit hours: Choose 4 courses)
  • HSC 3541 Human Structure and Function
  • HSC 4172 Women's Health: A Public Health Perspective
  • HSC 4580 Foundations of Food Safety
  • HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology
  • HUN 3272 Sports Nutrition
  • HUN 3296 Nutrition and Disease
  • HSC 4579 Foundation of Maternal & Child Health
  • PHC 4031 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • PHC 4542 Stress, Health and College Life
  • PHC 4406 Pop Culture, Vices and Epidemiology
  • PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics
  • PHC 3320 Environmental Health Science
  • PHC 3721 Research Methods in Environmental and Occupational Health
  • HSC 4213 Environmental and Occupational Risk Analysis
  • HSC 4430 Occupational Health and Safety
  • PHC 4188 Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations
  • PHC 4234 Public and Private Continuity Planning for Emergencies
  • PHC 4241 Psychology of Fear and Mental Health Issues Related to Disasters
  • PHC 4375 Community Participation in Homeland Security
  • PHC 4376 Disaster by Design: Exercise Development for Homeland Security Professionals
  • HSC 4933 Special Topics in Public Health
Upper Level Electives (9 credit hours):
  • Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor for possible elective course.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Potential applicants should prepare at the undergraduate level for careers in public health. Undergraduate public health courses present a broad range of public health issues and are offered on campus and on-line. These undergraduate courses may be selected as part of the student's approved planned program or as electives to prepare students for graduate classes.

Advising Office

Physical Address: 13201 Bruce B. Down Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612-3805; Mail point - MDC 56

Phone: 813-974-9372 (Annette Strzelecki), (813) 974-9135 (Kenneth Griffin) or toll free 1-888-USF-COPH.

Office Hours: 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Contact Email: Annette Strzelecki (amanson@health.usf.edu) or Kenneth Griffin (griffi3@health.usf.edu)

Web Address: http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/academicaffairs/registration/undergraduate.html

Major Faculty

Director: K. Perrin; Instructors: A. Oberne, D. Orriola, L. Rusnak, R. Salazar, J. Van Elswyk.

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