Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

There are no state mandated common course prerequisites for this major.

Total Major Hours: 45 Hours

Major Core Courses - 33 Hours

  • PHC 4101 Introduction to Public Health
  • HSC 4551 Survey of Human Diseases
  • 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 - 12 Hours

Public Health Electives (12 credit hours: Choose 4 courses)

Lower Level Public Health Electives (Choose up to 2 courses)

Upper Level Public Health Electives

  • HSC 3541 Human Structure and Function
  • HSC 4134 Prevention of Mental Illness
  • PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics
  • PHC 4542 Stress, Health and College Life
  • HSC 4172 Women's Health: A Public Health Perspective
  • HSC 4579 Foundation of Maternal & Child Health
  • HSC 4573 Foundations of Food Safety
  • HUN 3272 Sports Nutrition
  • HUN 3296 Nutrition and Disease
  • HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology
  • PHC 4031 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • PHC 4140 Introduction to Public Health Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • PHC 4592 Public Health Genetics
  • PHC 4109 Public Health Biology
  • PHC 4032 Foundations of Infection Control
  • PHC 4406 Pop Culture, Vices and Epidemiology
  • 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
  • PHC 4501 Health Education Theory and Behavior 
  • PHC 4141 Intervention Program Planning and Management
  • PHC 4582 Health Education Methods, Communication and Advocacy 
  • HSC 4631 Critical Issues in Public Health
  • HSC 4933 Special Topics in Public Health

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

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

Phone: (813) 974-4633 toll free 1-888-USF-COPH.

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

Contact Email: UG-PublicHealthAdvising@health.usf.edu

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

Declaration of Major


Major Faculty

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

Major Other Information

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.

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