Doctoral Training

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Innovative Training Approach

The Doctoral Training Office has an innovative training approach that fosters the growth of professional development while also incorporating integrated learning support personalized for each student. This comes in the form of faculty mentors, doctoral advising, and doctoral administrative staff. Through innovative training approaches we prepare students to develop and enact health programs and gain hands-on experience working to achieve public health competencies.

A founding member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the USF College of Public Health is ranked by U.S. News and World Report at #1 in the state of Florida, #2 public school in the Southeast, and is ranked nationally in the top 20 among Council on Education for Public Health accredited schools.


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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is designed to prepare graduates to make substantive contributions as independent researchers in academia, research institutes, government or industry. While graduates sometimes seek additional training after graduation through postdoctoral fellowships, a graduate of the USF College of Public Health PhD program is prepared to be an entry level faculty member in a university or research institute, or begin as a researcher in a public health organization, government setting or industry. Preparation to begin at these levels is part of a unique training approach that's based upon meeting doctoral milestones in research, teaching and professional development.

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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program emphasizes advanced public health leadership and training. It is designed to prepare USF College of Public Health DrPH graduates for leadership roles in practice-based settings such as federal agencies, state health departments, federal and state public health laboratories, non-profit organizations, international agencies, and community-based organizations. Accordingly, the emphasis of the DrPH is placed on fostering advanced expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-informed public health practice.

Student Stories

“With public health and working abroad on these different diseases, I saw that there were aspects of graduate education that could help fill in the gaps of field experience.”

Read more at our doctoral student story archive.