Frequently Asked Questions

The Online format is a fully online course of study with only 5 consecutive days required on campus for the Public Health Seminar course. The Executive format is offered on campus one weekend a month for 20 months, the number of students is limited to 25 and electives may be taken online. Below are some major similarities and differences for the two programs.


Online MPH Format 

Executive Format 

Time to Complete Degree (Maximum time allowed to complete MPH is 5 years.) 

Approximately 2.5 years at 2 courses a semester, which is the course load that most online students prefer. 

Expedited to 20 months. 

Honors State of Florida Tuition Waivers 



Tuition & Fees 

See related Question below. 

See related Question below. 

 Course Content & Curriculum

No difference. 

No difference. 

 Degree Offered

Master of Public Health (MPH) 

Master of Public Health (MPH) 

Limited Enrollment 


Yes. The size of each cohort is limited to 25 students. 

Deadlines to Apply 

Spring Semester: Oct.15 Summer Semester: Feb. 15  
Fall Semester: June 1 

 The next cohort is scheduled to begin in Fall 2012. The Deadline to apply is June 1, 2012.

Students applying to the Public Health Practice program (Online or Executive) are required to follow the College's Admission Requirements. Students applying to the PHP program are required to have at least three years of health related work experience.

All students are required to apply to the College of Public Health (COPH) via the SOPHAS system. SOPHAS is the centralized application service for all CEPH accredited schools of public health. Please refer to the COPH Application instructions and Admission Requirement found in the College catalog.

The PHP program no longer requires students to submit GRE scores for admission consideration. However, students still have the option to take and submit GRE scores with their application materials.

To ensure that we receive your application in a timely fashion, check the Application Deadline dates for the COPH.

Online MPH Program tuition and fees

Executive MPH Program tuition and fees (PDF)

The COPH offers out-of-state students in the online program a program cost of $525 a credit hour. These students are ultimately categorized under the term Self-Funded student or SF student. Contact the Public Health Practice program office to see if you qualify. To register for the Self-Funded program please visit:

The COPH accepts State of Florida Employee tuition waivers for online courses. If you are interested in using a State Employee Tuition Waiver for online courses, please read the COPH State Employee Tuition Waiver Procedure and learn more about the process.

Students in the Online and Executive programs have full access to all resources of the USF Financial Aid office. Check out the Step-by Step Guide to Graduate Financial Aid information.

The Academic Common Market is an exchange program that permits residents of the following states to matriculate at Florida resident tuition rates for this program: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Current and past students from Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia have used this program to enroll at in-state tuition rates. For more information, please visit the web site at

As you begin your program in Public Health Practice, the PHP Director and/or Assistant Director and/or Assistant Director will serve as your advisor. Once you have completed approximately half of your program (21 credit hours), please contact the Assistant Director to be assigned a faculty member from one of the core departments. Please review the Field Experience and Special Project guidelines and send the Assistant Director your ideas/plans for your Special Project. Every effort will be made to assign an advisor who has knowledge/experience in the subject area of your particular Special Project.

HIPPA training is a requirement for all COPH degree-seeking students and should be completed at the beginning of their first semester. For more information and to fulfill HIPAA requirements, visit the HIPAA Website.

All COPH students are required to apply for a USF Health email account in order to receive communications about advising, grades, educational opportunities, etc. USF Health computer/email accounts are issued by USF Health IT department. Instructions on applying for a USF Health email account can be found Here.

Registration information (including a list of online course offerings) by student categories (degree, non-degree, SF, etc.) is posted each semester on the Academic Affairs Registration website.

All COPH students in online public health courses are expected to meet certain Technology Requirements prior to their participation in online courses.

The University Web Portal, MyUSF, is the entryway to your Blackboard course website. All students must establish a MyUSF Net ID and password before they are able to access online course web sites. The following links will assist you in this process. 

Instructions to Access MyUSF (PDF)  

MyUSF Blackboard Website

All students in the Public Health Practice program are required to complete a research paper as part of their program requirements. Detailed Special Project Guidelines are available to students on the PHP website under Student Resources section.

The Supervised Field Experience is designed to expose the student to new and unfamiliar areas of public health. If you work for a large organization, a field experience in another department may be approved. Consult with the PHP Program office and/or your advisor with a specific request. 

Please refer to Guidelines for Experience Field & Special Project and work with your advisor and the Field Experience office. You should also visit the College Supervised Field Experience website for additional information.

Public Health Practice (PHP) students are given the option of taking the core comprehensive exam as part of PHC 6930: PHP Seminar (a five-day, on-campus, culminating experience course) or during the regularly scheduled College of Public Health (COPH) exam that is offered once every semester.

Prerequisites for this course include satisfactory completion of all core courses and 75% of required concentration courses.

If a PHP student chooses to take the comprehensive exam during the regular COPH exam time, he/she must come to Tampa. If a student chooses this option, the exam must be passed with a 70%. Individually proctored exams are not permitted. For more information about the COPH Comprehensive Exam please visit

The PHC 6930: Public Health Seminar is the only course that is held on-campus over five consecutive days. (PHC 6930: Public Health Seminar is equivalent to PHC 6936: Public Health Capstone.) The seminar is offered every-other semester at the Tampa Campus.

The seminar is designed as a culminating experience integrating topics and skills introduced in prior classes along with the development and enhancement of tools necessary to be a leader in tomorrow's public health system. The comprehensive examination is administered during the same visit as the seminar, and the exam scores are factored in with grades from the seminar. Registration for the seminar serves as registration for the comprehensive exam. 

Typically, the seminar will be held from a Wednesday morning through a Sunday afternoon. Most students travel to Tampa on Tuesday evening and leave Sunday evening. Questions about the seminar: email or call (813)-974-6606.

All courses (online and on-campus) offered by the COPH are listed in the 2-Year Course Schedule. Students are asked to refer to this 2-Year Course Schedule to plan their program. Students in the Executive format follow a 20-Month Course Schedule.

The USF Transfer of Credit policy is listed within the USF Graduate School Catalog. Click on link to USF Graduate Catalog 2007/2008 PDF Version and see pages 2 and 91 for more information. 

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