The University of South Florida’s epidemiology degree programs are dedicated to teaching students the vital skills they need in order to become quality, experienced, and passionate epidemiologists. Students of the epidemiology discipline will focus on the distribution of risk factors, disease or other health related conditions. Epidemiology serves a central role in utilizing statistical analysis to determine the relationship between causal and protective factors with disease. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to identify and evaluate effective prevention and treatment measures for patients. The epidemiology online degree programs at USF were designed especially for students who are passionate about becoming an epidemiologist, but are unable to attend on-campus programs.
In order to meet the needs of students who desire an MPH in epidemiology but are unable to attend the on-campus program, USF is offering an Online MPH program in epidemiology . This program is ideal for students who live at a geographical distance from USF, are working full time, or need a flexible class schedule. The degree is offered through the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and provides the same level of quality education as in the traditional on–campus program. With 17 full-time faculty members, more than 190 degree and certificate students, a new online master’s degree, and two new graduate certificate programs, it is one of the College’s fastest-growing departments. We welcome students from Florida, other states, and other countries to attend our program. Special online tuition rates may apply for non-Florida residents.
Students can complete all degree requirements for a master of public health in epidemiology within 2 to 2-1/2 years. All classes are available on-line, many of which are asynchronous, and students can watch lectures and engage in classroom activities with greater time flexibility. Those in which students are expected to attend scheduled lectures and other events, are offered to students through a variety of online platforms.
Using multimedia, web-based technologies for instruction, the online epidemiology concentration incorporates the Internet, streaming media, web-based tutorials, and other digital learning resources. Students engage with peers and faculty through e-mail, web conferencing, discussion forums, and virtual chat features. Students will be assigned to a faculty advisor who will meet with them by phone, Skype, e-mail or other appropriate method at least every semester. One advantage of the online format is that students have the opportunity to engage with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities.