Let Us Get You Started:

813-974-6505

Apply Now


Admissions Criteria

Prior Degree Requirement

A bachelor's degree from an approved regionally accredited institution (or equivalent from an approved international institution) earned prior to starting a graduate program at USF is required for admission to the College of Public Health.


Click each degree for more information


Applicants to the MPH program are required to submit the following documentation directly to SOPHAS (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores).

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
    • An applicant must have one of the following:
      • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
        • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
        • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
      • A bachelor’s degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution.
      • The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.
  • GRE taken within five years preceding application or equivalent scores
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation. Check concentration requirements as some concentrations require three.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions.
    • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language may also demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:
      • By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
      • By providing a score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)
      • By earning a score of 153 (or equivalent) on the GRE Verbal exam.
  • USF application form and fee (applicants will receive a link to the form once the SOPHAS application enters the USF system).

Details of USF admission information may be found at:
http://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate/application-requirements.aspx

The admission committee reviews and considers all required application documentation (listed above). To be admitted to the MPH program, applicants must also meet the following criteria. Meeting of these criteria shall not be the only basis for admission:

Additional College of Public Health Master of Public Health Admission Criteria

  • MPH Concentrations may have additional prerequisites. Find your concentration of interest for more information.
  • Applicants to the Online MPH in Public Health Practice concentration should visit the Online MPH Public Health Practice web site at http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/apply/graduate-admissions/public-health-practice-online.
  • Applicants with insufficient background or training in public health or other health and biological sciences may be required to take prerequisite courses. Check specific department web sites for more information.
  • Basic computer competency is expected.

*Health Care Organization and Management; Public Health Policies and Programs; Public Health Administration: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division undergraduate courses AND preferred GRE scores.

Applicants to the MSPH program are required to submit the following documentation directly to SOPHAS (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
    • An applicant must have one of the following:
      • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
        • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
        • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
      • A bachelor’s degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution.
      • The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.
  • GRE taken within five years preceding application or equivalent scores
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation. Check concentration requirements as some concentrations require three.
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions.
    • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language may also demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:
      • By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
      • By providing a score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)
      • By earning a score of 153 (or equivalent) on the GRE Verbal exam.
      • By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • USF application form and fee (applicants will receive a link to the form once the SOPHAS application enters the USF system).

Details of USF admission information may be found at: http://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate/application-requirements.aspx

Additional College of Public Health Master of Public Health Admission Criteria

  • MSPH concentrations may have additional prerequisites. Find your concentration of interest for more information.
  • Applicants with insufficient background or training in public health or other health and biological sciences may be required to take prerequisite courses. Check specific department web sites for more information.
  • Basic computer competency is expected.

Applicants to the MHA program are required to submit the following documentation directly to SOPHAS (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
    • An applicant must have one of the following:
      • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
        • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
        • “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
      • A bachelor’s degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution.
      • The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.
  • GRE taken within five years preceding application or equivalent scores
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions.
    • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language may also demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways:
      • By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
      • By providing a score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)
      • By earning a score of 153 (or equivalent) on the GRE Verbal exam.
      • By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • USF supplemental application form and fee (applicants will receive a link to the form once the SOPHAS application enters the USF system).

Details of USF admission information may be found at: http://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate/application-requirements.aspx

Additional College of Public Health Master of Health Administration Criteria

  • MHA applicants must meet the minimum GRE scores for their program (defined in the USF Catalog) AND the minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in upper division courses (GRE scores must be submitted regardless of GPA and GRE scores).
  • In lieu of the GRE, only applicants to the Department of Health Policy and Management may submit a GMAT score for the MHA.
  • Undergraduate majors are diverse and include: Life sciences, social sciences, business, or health professions.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Microeconomics or equivalent (prerequisite must be completed prior to enrolling in PHC 6430 Health Economics I) and Accounting (prerequisite must be completed prior to enrolling in PHC 6160 Health Care Financial Management).
  • Basic computer competency is expected.
  • Applicants admitted to the MHA or an MPH with a concentration in the Department of Health Policy and Management who have a score on the GRE Verbal of Analytical Writing test which is below the 40th percentile may be required to take REA 2105—Critical Reading and Writing—or an equivalent English composition course, during the first semester of enrollment, and pass with a grade of “B” or better in the class.

Applicants to the PhD program are required to submit the following documentation directly to SOPHAS (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
    • A grade point average of 3.0
  • All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or have taken an equivalent admissions examination within the five years preceding application and must meet the following criteria.
    • Equivalent exams include the GMAT, MCAT, DAT or PCAT.
    • LSAT is not accepted in lieu of the GRE.
    • Although there are no required minimum scores, the applicant’s GRE score will be compared to the applicant pool and the national GRE norms.
Applicants who have terminal degrees such as the PhD, ScD or EdD, and those with advanced professional degrees (MD, DDS, DO, DVM, JD, PharmD, DPT) from accredited institutions and who are individually licensed in the United States in their profession may request to waive the GRE (https://usfhealth.app.box.com/s/ievl84vasytoc20u3s9xsw59r44fdiyk).  The GRE waiver is not automatic and must be approved by the College of Public Health. After you fill out the form, please upload to your SOPHAS application.
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation. Department of Community and Family Health requires three.
  • Detailed personal statement of less than five pages that describes why you wish to obtain a PhD degree in Public Health;
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A graduate level term paper, research paper or thesis chapter(s) of which you are the sole author, or publication on which you are the first author
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions.
  • USF supplemental application form and fee (applicants will receive a link to the form once the SOPHAS application enters the USF system).

In addition to USF admission criteria, applicants must also meet College of Public Health Criteria:

  • Applicants must possess the MPH, MSPH, or equivalent. Those who hold other graduate degrees will be considered, but as a prerequisite, they must complete the Epidemiology and Biostatistics core courses, one additional core course, and other courses as required and approved by their advisory committee.
  • Basic computer competency is expected.
  • In order to be considered for admission to the PhD Program in Public Health, applicants must be fully prepared to register as full-time students for at least one full academic year (consecutive fall and spring semesters).
  • PhD Applicants should also refer to the guidelines listed in the Department to which they are applying for their specific PhD guidelines. Links to Departments and Academic Programs are from the College home page at http://www.publichealth.usf.edu.

Applicants to the DrPH program are required to submit the following documentation directly to SOPHAS (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts
  • GRE taken within five years preceding application or equivalent scores
        NOTE: A waiver of the GRE scores may be requested if the following conditions are evidenced by the applicant: a) a terminal degree (e.g., MD, JD, etc.); OR, b) an average GPA of 3.5 or higher in the master’s degree.
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Two personal statements that describe: a) your current public health experience; and, b) why you wish to obtain a DrPH degree at the University of South Florida. Carefully review and address the requirements described below regarding the personal statements.
    • NOTE: Both statements should be entered in the "Statement of Purpose and Objectives" section of the SOPHAS application.
  • Statement of Public Health Experience
    • The DrPH is an advanced degree in public health. Successful candidates will have the core public health knowledge base, skill set, and expertise in addition to sufficient work experience to demonstrate competency in the five core areas of public health* (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health, and social and behavioral science). To that end, two or more years of full-time, paid, public health professional experience that demonstrates progressive responsibility and evidence of leadership potential is required. Subsequently, the Statement of Public Health Experience is a critical element of your application as it is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative describing: a) your previous public health education/training; b) your experience in applying that training and the core competencies of public health; and, c) the development of your public health leadership skills.
      • NOTE: The Statement of Public Health Experience should be no more than 750 words.
  • Statement of DrPH Purpose and Objectives
      The Statement of DrPH Purpose and Objectives is a central element to your application. It is an opportunity to explain your public health career objectives and how the pursuit of the Doctorate in Public Health will enable you to meet those objectives. In your Statement of DrPH Purpose and Objectives please address the following:

      a) the needs and/or challenges you perceive as professionally important in the field of public health;
      b) your future public health career goals and
      c) why you are interested in advanced public health training;
      d) plans you have for how the DrPH training will help you reach those goals and objectives;
      e) reasons for applying to the University of South Florida’s DrPH program of study; and,
      f) any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in the field of public health.
        NOTE: The Statement of DrPH Purpose and Objectives should be no more than 750 words.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • USF supplemental application form and fee (applicants will receive a link to the form once the SOPHAS application enters the USF system).
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions.

In addition to USF admission criteria, applicants must also meet College of Public Health Criteria:

  • DrPH Applicants seeking consideration to the doctoral program must possess the MPH, MSPH, or MHA and a minimum of two years’ work experience in public health. As a prerequisite to the DrPH program of study all five public health core courses must be completed prior to admission.
    • NOTE: Although infrequent, applicants who have a master’s degree in a field outside of public health (e.g., social work, public administration), may have the MPH, MSPH, or MHA degree requirements waived based on exceptional public health training and work experience evidenced by the Statement of Public Health Experience and the Statement of DrPH Purpose and Objectives. However, if granted by the DrPH Admissions and Advisory Committee, admission to the DrPH program will be conditionally granted and contingent upon successful completion of the required core public health courses for the college MPH
  • Basic computer competency is expected.