M.P.H. with a Concentration in Global Communicable Disease

The global health concentration provides an opportunity for science-oriented students with an interest in communicable diseases to receive specialized training in the recognition, identification, diagnosis, surveillance, control, and prevention of public health problems related to communicable diseases throughout the world, with particular emphasis on the problems of Florida and underdeveloped nations.

Students graduating from the program will receive training within five core domains which are central to the study of global communicable disease: 1) Tropical and Emerging Infections, 2) Microbiology, 3) Immunology and Genetics, 4) Public Health Interventions and Disease Control and 5) Applied Global Communicable Disease. In addition to the M.P.H. Core Courses, students will be required to take a minimum of one course from within each domain. Students will then work with their faculty advisor to select a more narrow focus for elective courses offerings. It is anticipated that students will take all of the courses within their specific domain of interest.

Preference for admission is given to students with a background or demonstrated skills in the biological sciences. Prerequisites may be required.


In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:

  • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Biology, Zoology, Microbiology, Immunology
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: None. Suggested undergraduate courses include general chemistry with laboratory, biology or zoology with laboratory, microbiology with laboratory, biochemistry with laboratory, immunology
  • Work experience: None