Concurrent degrees are ideal for students who are interested in pursuing more than one degree or multiple disciplines and allow students to pursue more than one degree at the same time. Students may begin this process at the beginning of their academic programs, or partway through them. For more information about the concurrent degrees process, view the COPH Guidebook and see the concurrent degrees offered below.
The MHA/MPH concurrent degree provides a unique opportunity for students who are interested in both health administration and health policy to pursue both interests, recognizing that the health care marketplace has professional opportunities that require both skill sets.
The University of South Florida, College of Public Health and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine offer a MD/MPH concurrent degree to qualified applicants. The College takes a multidisciplinary approach to Public Health – exploring social, behavioral, legal, medical and economic factors affecting public health. Through classroom work, field experience and research projects, students and faculty tackle public health issues from the local level to global communities.
The MPH degree is a minimum of 42 credits in length and 9 credits are shared between the programs. Therefore, USF MD/MPH concurrent degree students will enroll in a minimum of 33 total College of Public Health course credits. Students in the five year joint MD/MPH degree program may begin the MPH portion of the program at any time prior to the beginning of their fourth year in the MD program. Students are strongly encouraged to begin their MPH studies the year prior to entering the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.
The College of Nursing and the College of Public Health offer an Interdisciplinary concurrent degree (Environmental and Occupational Health MPH/MS) Master's program in Occupational Health Nursing/Adult Nurse Practitioner. This program provides training to prepare advanced occupational health nurses for practice at diverse work settings, including direct clinical practice and occupational health program development, administration and management. The student concurrently earns two degrees: a Master of Science (MS) from the College of Nursing as an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) from the College of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health. The Program is open to RN's with a baccalaureate degree in nursing or another discipline.
Graduates are qualified for State of Florida licensures as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in adult health and may apply to take the American Nurses Association Credentialing Examination in adult health nursing. The occupational health nursing courses also fulfill some of the educational requirements for taking the Occupational Health Nursing Certification examination.
Occupational Health Nursing trainees complete core courses in nursing and public health and specialty courses in adult primary care and occupational health/occupational health nursing. Students have opportunities for interdisciplinary learning experiences with other occupational health specialty disciplines in industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, safety and toxicology. Both full-time and part-time enrollment is available. Many nursing and public health core courses are offered online. Tuition/fee payments are available for both full-time and part-time matriculated students and stipends for full-time students pending available monies.
The University of South Florida offers a concurrent degree program with a clinical social work concentration combined with a public health concentration in either Maternal & Child Health OR Behavioral Health. The MSW and the MPH programs were developed as mandated by the Florida legislature to respond to the public health and social welfare needs of the state. The concurrent degree program was initiated in 1986 and produced its first graduate in 1988.
The MPH with a Maternal and Child Health (PMC) Concentration prepares health professionals and individuals in related fields for leadership roles in community based organizations that focus on major public health problems of women, children and families, especially among culturally diverse and under served populations. Using multidisciplinary approaches, students develop analytical, advocacy, programmatic and evaluative skills to address health disparities, and to emphasize health promotion and disease prevention among populations in need. Areas of programmatic focus include child health, women's health, childhood injury, family and community violence, children with special needs, and others. Find the Maternal and Child Health concentration at Maternal and Child Health MPH.
The MPH with a Behavioral Health (BHH) Concentration is concerned with the study of mental disorders and substance disorders in community populations. The focus areas include children's mental health services, community-based prevention, evaluation and accountability, evidence-based practice in behavioral health, homelessness, multicultural issues in mental health, and epidemiologic issues in mental disorders, including co-occurring disorders. Find the Behavioral Health concentration at Behavioral Health MPH.
There are three degree options with Public Health and Anthropology.
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