Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

College of Public Health

Location: MDC 56


In today's society, public health issues loom large and are 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.

The following courses: 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 College of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). CEPH (800 I Street, NW, Suite 202, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710) is an independent agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health. The College received notice dated October 20, 2011 that it has been reaccredited for seven years, through December 31, 2018; this is the maximum possible number of years attainable in a reaccreditation cycle.

Advising Information

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:

UG-PublicHealthAdvising@health.usf.edu, (813) 974-4633

Admissions Requirements

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:

  • 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 the General Education Core and Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education requirements of 36 hours.
  • Complete the FKL Exit requirement of six hours.
  • Complete all major course requirements.
  • None of the coursework taken for the major may be taken as an S/U grade, unless S/U is the only grading option available.  
  • The Audit option is available only during the first five (5) days of classes.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 hours of upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or above).
  • Thirty (30) of the last 60 semester hours must be completed at USF to fulfill the residency requirement.

Student Organizations


The Undergraduate Public Health Student Association (UPHSA) is the only undergraduate student organization representing the College of Public Health. The purpose of this organization is to enable students of the undergraduate level to participate in Public Health and be able to interact with Faculty and Staff regarding Public Health Disciplines.

Learn more here: http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/undergrad/student_assoc/index.htm.