Public Health Practice

Welcome to the Public Health Practice Program at the University of South Florida

The health care system in the United States is undergoing unprecedented change in organization, financing, and access. Leaders in this rapidly changing environment need to be knowledgeable about these changes and what they mean for the future of the public health system.

The Public Health Practice (PHP) Program at USF provides individuals with the tools to provide leadership in public health. The PHP program is designed for those individuals who already have significant work experience in health-related settings and who wish to earn the MPH degree. As a student enrolled in the PHP program, you will obtain the best available knowledge and skills relevant to your work in a rapidly changing environment. At the same time, your perspective as a student is enriched by your experience in “real world” settings, experience which enhances the learning of other students.

You may obtain the degree in two different ways. First, you may take all of your classes online at a pace that fits your schedule as a working professional. Alternatively, you can enroll in the Executive MPH program. The Executive Program is offered on campus one weekend a month, and can be completed in only five semesters. In this format, you will be interacting with a small number of students from around the country with academic interests similar to yours.

Faculty who teach in the PHP program usually have backgrounds in practice settings, which informs their teaching in the PHP program. You will find this program challenging and rewarding, and we welcome your interest. If you would like additional information, please contact us at php@health.usf.edu or 813-974-6606.

- John P. Petrila, J.D., LL.M.
Professor and Chair

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