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Online Master of Public Health in
Public Health Practice

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The Online MPH in Public Health Practice provides a real-world, learning experience in an academic online environment with other dedicated professionals. Many of our students are already active in public health careers. You may find our students at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, in foreign military locations, or in isolated rural communities. Wherever they may be located, they are simultaneously applying their academic coursework to real-life situations as they mitigate health risks, participate in health care programs and transform public health policy.

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Practice (PHP) is a fully accredited program that provides an opportunity to develop public health practice leadership skills, learn advanced tools to help protect and improve the health of the greater community and expand your knowledge of modern health care organizations.

Academic public health practice is a field of scholarship that seeks to bring together the pragmatic needs of the practitioner and the production of scholarly inquiry to contribute to the welfare of populations. Our program at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health meets the particular needs of working public health professionals with an emphasis on the promotion of scholarship in public health practice.


Our curriculum provides the tools to work within the areas of surveillance, evaluation, education, and clinical care of national, state, and local populations.

Although similar to traditional MPH programs, the MPH in Public Health Practice curriculum not only incorporates core competencies, we tailor our courses to the unique needs of public health care practitioners. The diversity of participants, background and expertise adds a unique dimension to the program and encourages the development of strong teams, study groups, discussion groups, and friendships in a challenging intellectual environment.

Final graduation requirements include completion of a supervised field experience, a written special project, and a comprehensive examination. A faculty advisor will assist each student in the planning and completion of a project that demonstrates research skill and integrates core competencies in an area of the student’s personal and professional interests.

The Field Experience may be completed at a location of your choice or through a planned group experience with other students, staff and faculty. Students from prior groups have traveled to such sites as Hawaii, Costa Rica, Cuba, Panama, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Students will complete the PHP Seminar, a culminating experience integrating topics and skills introduced in prior classes along with the development and enhancement of tools needed to be a leader in tomorrow’s public health care system. Students will also take the College-wide Comprehensive exam at this time.


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  • Program Requirements

    • Click Here to learn more about our Reduced Rate Program!
    • Click Here to view admission requirements and to apply to the program.
    • All of our students are required to have at least three years of full-time, health-related experience.
  • Tuition and Fees

    All in-state students will pay the approved USF tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year (click for details). The College of Public Health has established a special tuition rate for non-Florida residents of $525 per credit hour. All students are required to pay an additional $30 per credit off-campus fee for online COPH courses.

  • Employment Opportunities

    This unique learning opportunity is designed to provide a vehicle for those working in the public health and the healthcare arenas to meet the academic, research, and training needs of the public health community and to earn the Masters in Public Health degree (MPH).

    More information about PHP employment opportunities is available for download.

  • Contact Information

    To learn more about the USF MPH in Public Health Practice, please visit http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/php/home.html or contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or preadmissions@health.usf.edu

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