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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Concentration in Advanced Practice Leadership in Public Health


The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) emphasizes advanced public health education and training designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in practice-based settings such as health departments, non-profit organizations, health service, 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 as compared to the PhD whereby the emphasis is on research.

The USF College of Public Health DrPH degree is completed through distance‐learning (fall, spring, and summer semesters) in addition to on‐campus learning via three on-campus DrPH Institutes. This combination of program delivery formats allows working professionals to connect with other professionals, and broaden their grasp of public health management, practice, and research without interrupting their careers. If a DrPH student lives near the USF campus, they are welcome to take courses on-campus as well as online.

  • Curriculum

    Click Here to view the Curriculum (Under Curriculum Overview). 
  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the DrPH degree are initially required to complete a SOPHAS application. Once that application is verified by SOPHAS, we will invite the applicant to submit a shortened USF Office of Graduate Studies application. Applicants must meet the University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as the requirements listed below. However, these criteria are not the only basis for admission.

    Program Admission and Documentation Requirements

    1.  Applicants must have an MPH, MHA, MSPH, or other relevant Masters degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must submit transcripts for all college-level coursework, with a transcript evaluation for coursework from foreign institutions.
    2. Applicants must submit a GRE test score taken within five (5) years preceding application, or results from an equivalent exam (GMAT, MCAT, DAT, or PCAT, but not LSAT). The GRE score will be compared to the applicant pool and national GRE norms when admission is considered. This requirement can be waived if the student has at least a 3.5 GPA, or has a terminal degree (PhD, ScD, or EdD) from an accredited institution, or an advanced professional degree (MD, DDS, DVM, JD, PharmD, DPT) with licensure in the United States. Any student seeking a waiver must submit a GRE waiver request with supporting documentation.
    3. Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test is required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions.
    4. Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement of less than five pages that describes why the applicant wishes to obtain a DrPH degree in Public Health. This document should explain the applicant's public health background, current public health practice interests, and how the DrPH is expected to affect the applicant's current practice.
    5. To be admitted, applicants must have a minimum of two years advanced work experience in public health, and must demonstrate public health leadership potential in their statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Admission also depends on the availability of a Faculty Advisor who can advise the student in their area of interest. The final decision on admission is made by the faculty of the College.
    6. Applicants must also be fully prepared to attend three DrPH Institutes on-campus.

  • Program Costs

    Students will pay the approved USF tuition and fees for the academic year (click for details ). All students are required to pay an additional $30 per credit off-campus fee for online COPH courses. 
  • Financial Aid

    Students seeking financial aid should contact the USF financial aid office for federal guidelines. DrPH students are not eligible for a doctoral fellowship in the College of Public Health as it requires admission to a fully on-campus degree program. DrPH students are eligible for current student scholarships and awards that are announced each year. Please see
  • Contact Information

    To learn more about the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or