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DrPH - Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice

The public health laboratories are vital components of the nation’s health infrastructure but they currently lack opportunities for training and professional development.  The Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice Program is designed to provide advanced practice professionals the skills they need to qualify for the national board examinations to become laboratory leaders.  The coursework was designed and implemented by professionals in laboratory leadership positions across the country with an emphasis on enhancing laboratory leadership, management, and scientific expertise.
  • Curriculum

    Click Here to view the Curriculum (Under the Program of Study PDF by Year). 
  • 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.
    7. Students in the laboratory track should be currently employed in a public health or clinical laboratory and have at least two years of supervisory experience.
  • 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 DrPH - Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice, please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or

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