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.

News and Headlines

Dr. Thomas Mason’s 100th graduate

This May, Dr. Thomas Mason of the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health celebrated a teaching career milestone—graduating his 100th student at USF. Mason’s 100th student, Dr. Ayesha Johnson, completed her dissertation about birth outcomes of mothers with common conditions, such as hay fever and eczema, on May 6. Johnson […]

Alumna Desiree VanBurger applies public health degree at the happiest place on Earth

From a young age, Desiree VanBurger knew that she wanted to help people help themselves. “What I wanted to do when I grew up was stand on top of the world with a megaphone and tell everyone what to do,” VanBurger said. “So, the idea of being involved with the general welfare of the public […]

Public health graduates future heroes

“Never doubt that a single individual can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has—Margaret Mead,” said Dr. Kay Perrin, interim associate dean for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in USF College of Public Health. This is one of many graduation-related ‘charges’ issued to the Class of 2016. On […]