Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Public Health (PUB)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 51.2201

College of Public Health


Major Description

Certified Global Pathway Program
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

Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

Total Major Hours: 54 Hours

Major Core Courses - 30 Hours

  • HSC 4211 Health, Behavior and Society
  • HSC 4551 Survey of Human Diseases
  • HSC 4624 Foundations of Global Health
  • HSC 4630 Understanding U.S. Health Care
  • PHC 3302 Introduction to Environmental & Occupational Health
  • PHC 4030 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PHC 4069 Biostatistics in Society
  • PHC 4101 Overview of Public Health Programs and Policies
  • PHC 4117 Workforce & Leadership Development
  • PHC 4464 Introduction to Health Disparities & Social Determ

Major Elective Courses - 24 Hours

Skills Courses (12 credit hours)

  • HSC 4631 Critical Issues in Public Health*
  • PHC 4720 Foundation to Professional Writing in Public Health
  • PHC 4755 Foundations of Evaluation and Research in Public Health
  • Pick one course:
    • PHC 4140 Introduction to Public Health Geographic Information Systems 
    • PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics
    • PHC 4942 Public Health Field Seminar
    • HSC 4537 Medical Terminology

Specialization Electives (12 credit hours)
Students may choose (but are not required) an area of specialization and take 12 credit hours from that chosen area:



  • HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology
  • HSC 4573 Foundations of Food Safety
  • PHC 4031 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • PHC 4032 Foundations of Infection Control


  • PHC 4141 Intervention Program Planning and Management
  • PHC 4501 Health Education Theory and Behavior
  • PHC 4582 Health Education Methods and Strategies
  • Select one course from the following list:
    • HSC 4172 Women's Health: A Public Health Perspective
    • HSC 4579 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health


  • HSC 3503 Principles of Toxicology
  • HSC 4213 Environmental and Occupational Risk Analysis
  • HSC 4430 Occupational Health and Safety
  • PHC 3320 Environmental Health Science


  • PHC 4188 Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations
  • PHC 4234 Public and Private Continuity Planning for Emergencies
  • PHC 4375 Community Participation in Homeland Security
  • PHC 4376 Disaster by Design: Exercise Development for Homeland Security Professionals

Lower-Level Public Health Electives (Choose up to 2 courses)
The following lower-level courses are not required for the major, but may be taken and applied toward the total degree hours requirement (120 hours).

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: M. Makut, A. Oberne, D. Orriola, T. Peek, 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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