We are thrilled to welcome you to the graduate program at the USF College of Public Health!
As a graduate of USF's COPH, you will be a driver of change in promoting and empowering better public health that leads to sustainable change for our local, national and global communities.
We want to make sure that you have the tools and skills needed to hit the ground running. In June, you will receive access to a Canvas Course that will contain pre-course activities to be completed prior to the start of the semester.
This will include:
You will receive access to this course through your USF email, so please be sure to set this up early.
As a student at the USF College of Public Health, you will be engaged in a series of core courses designed to address complex 21st-century public health problems. Our MPH core curriculum is guided by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s Framing the Future report and the Council of Education in Public Health’s competencies for public health degrees. This curriculum consists of four courses, designed to provide integrated and applied training. These courses utilize experiential learning to present critical public health content through foundational courses with cross-cutting, interdisciplinary competencies.
Your first classes begin this Fall! Please speak with your graduate advisor about your individual course schedule. All students should plan to enroll in the following foundational core courses in their first year.
As a public health professional, it is vital that you stay up-to-date on current topics, understand public health from an academic perspective, and understand public health as the public sees it. Every year, we require our incoming students to complete a summer reading list based on Dean Petersen’s recommendations.
You will receive this reading list and access to a canvas course with more information in June. Please keep a lookout for this information!
In the past, this reading list has included some of the following:
* Please note, this list is only provided as a reference. You will be required to read one of the books from this summer’s Dean’s Summer Reading List.
As you enter your graduate studies, be sure you are prepared for the journey. Graduate school will be vastly different than your undergraduate program. The philosophy on education between graduate and undergraduate is different. As a graduate student, you will be the driver of your education. You will be expected to be driven, motivated, and prepared.
At USF, students taking a minimum of nine (9) credit hours toward their degree in the fall or spring semester, or taking a minimum of six (6) credit hours in the summer semester, will be classified as Full-Time students for academic purposes. However, the requirement for each class is more intense than that of most undergraduate programs. You should expect four (4) hours of work for every credit of class. And, you will not be sitting anonymously in a lecture hall. Rather, you will be expected to actively participate in discussions, come to class prepared, and have completed ALL required readings ahead of class. We work hard because there is hard work to be done. The challenges that face public health necessitate this, and therefore, our public health professionals must be dedicated, must operate with a strong and diverse toolset, and must practice with passion.
As a USF COPH student, you will be expected to be active, engaged, professional and always prepared. This includes professionalism as it pertains to your written and verbal communication, your behaviors, and your dress. You must be self-motivated to seek out new information on your own, and practice exceptional time-management and prioritization skills.
We do not tolerate violations of our academic integrity code, and all members of our community act with ethics and integrity.
A whole new set of study skills is also necessary. The goal of your program is not for you to be ‘taught at’ but rather for you to be the driver of your education. You will be exposed to information that, as a graduate student, you will be expected to critically analyze, develop original thoughts and opinions around, and ultimately apply. You will become a master at gathering information, creating hypotheses, designing research projects, collaborating with groups, and communicating your knowledge through written work and public presentation.
With all of this, you will be ready to take on the important public health challenges that lie ahead, supported by USF's COPH. We are so excited to have you!