This concentration provides an intense research and technical program of study for science-oriented students with an interest in communicable disease. Individualized programs of study are determined for students with the cooperation of an advisory committee, which allows students to receive specialized training in the recognition, identification, diagnosis, surveillance, control and prevention of public health problems related to communicable diseases. This degree concentration focuses on preparing students to fulfill leadership and research roles in solving or containing public health problems in communicable disease throughout the world with particular emphasis on the problems of Florida and underdeveloped nations. Several course offerings and areas of emphasis in required courses have been added to this concentration regarding infection control. This allows public health practitioners the opportunity to expand their knowledge of infection-control practices and procedures, particularly in hospital settings.
The MSPH culminates with an independent thesis requirement, which requires a substantial on-campus time commitment on the part of the student (20 hours per week). The thesis work involves extensive one-on-one interaction between the student, his/her thesis advisor and the thesis committee. Preference for admission is given to students with a background or demonstrated skills in the biological sciences.
Prerequisites may be required.