Graduate Admissions

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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Complete a SOPHAS application
  2. The SOPHAS application will be verified by SOPHAS (allow two to four weeks)
  3. Once verified by SOPHAS, the application will be sent to USF and entered into our Graduate University System.
  4. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received by USF and instructions on how to pay the USF Application Processing Fee of $30.
  5. Once the USF fee has been paid, and all required College of Public Health supporting documents received, the application will be forwarded to the admissions committee for review (allow two to four weeks)
  6. Monitor your e-mail for decisions and other communications.

For a full list of deadlines please refer to the information on the application deadlines page.

  1. Official GRE, MCAT or GMAT test scores
  2. TOEFL scores (International Applicants)
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended
  4. Official WES Evaluation sent directly to SOPHAS(
  5. A minimum of two letters of recommendation (some concentrations require three)
  6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  7. A paid SOPHAS application fee
  8. Statement of Purpose
  9. Writing Sample (PhD applicants only)
  10. Statement of Public Health experience (DrPH applicants ONLY)
  11. USF supplemental form and application fee. A link will be sent to those applicants with applications verified by SOPHAS and sent into the USF system.



An applicant must have one of the following:

Master’s and Doctoral Degree Test Requirements:

    Please visit the Application Requirements & Process for further details.

    MPH, MSPH, MHA applicants must include a statement of purpose and objectives related to their experience in the field and their interest in obtaining the degree. PhD applicants must include a detailed statement of purpose of less than five pages that describes why you wish to obtain a PhD degree in Public Health.

    DrPH applicants are required to submit a detailed personal statement of less than five pages that describes why you wish to obtain a DrPH degree in Public Health.

    All of the admissions criteria is taken into account, and the applicants are looked at from a holistic standpoint.

    For details on USF Requirements see the USF Catalog Admissions Page and the USF Office of Admissions InternationalStudents page.

    For information on Residency see the Office of the Registrar Residency page at

    Minimum English Proficiency Scores for Admission

    See the USF Catalog admission requirements for details on minimum English proficiency scores at (

    For a list of English speaking countries exempt from the English proficiency examination requirement, please see the International Admissions website:

    Additionally, SOPHAS requires all foreign transcripts to have a course by course evaluation from World Education Services (WES, An exception to the WES evaluation requirement may be made on a case by case basis by Graduate Admissions at the College of Public Health, if WES is unable to evaluate an applicant’s transcripts, and such proof is submitted.  


    Students with undergraduate majors in the health science field tend to be most successful. Additionally, sociology, psychology, and social work are also appropriate for particular concentrations. Business degrees are helpful if the student is interested in Health Administration.

    Some concentrations may require prerequisite coursework. It is suggested that if the student does not have the health science background that they may wish to take some Intro courses to familiarize themselves with Public Health.


    Tuition, Costs, and Fees



    International field experience is a practicum that is open to all College of Public Health students, and is mandatory for students in the Global Health Practice concentration. It is considered an important part of the academic curriculum, serving as a structured and significant educational experience. The International Field Experience takes place in an agency, institution, or community in a developing country, and under the supervision of the Host Country Supervisor and the guidance of the student’s Academic Advisor.

    For more information regarding this program, you may contact:

    Somer Burke, MPH, CPH
    Assistant Director of Experiential Learning
    College of Public Health, Academic and Student Affairs
    University of South Florida

    The College of Public Health offers a variety of Master’s concentrations and certificate programs in an online format to suit the needs of the off-campus student. The following concentrations are available in an online format:

    Online MPH - Master of Public Health

    • Public Health Practice
    • Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief and Homeland Security
    • Epidemiology Online
    • Infection Control
    • Health, Safety & Environment
    • Social Marketing
    • Nutrition and Dietetics

    DrPH – Doctor of Public Health

    • Fall and spring courses are offered fully online, but students are required to come to campus for one week during each summer term.

    Online Graduate Certificates

    • Public Health Generalist
    • Concepts and Tools of Epidemiology
    • Disaster Management
    • Homeland Security
    • Humanitarian Assistance
    • Infection Control
    • Public Health Policy and Programs
    • Social Marketing and Social Change
    • Applied Biostatistics
    • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
    • Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health
    • Health Safety and Environment

    The University of South Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4500, or at to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels, including the Doctor of Medicine. 

    The College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), CEPH (800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710) is an independent agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health. The College received notice dated June 27, 2019 that it has been reaccredited for seven years, through July 1, 2026; this is the maximum possible number of years attainable in a reaccreditation cycle. 

    The MHA (Master of Health Administration) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), 

    The MSPH in Genetic Counseling is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

    The USF Dietetic Internship has been granted Candidacy Status for Accreditation by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 

    Graduate Certificate Programs allow a student to take a concentration in a specific topical area without being admitted to a degree program. Certificates range from 12 to 18 credits to complete, depending on the one selected. By comparison, the MPH requires a minimum of 42 credits. 

    Open to students who have completed a Bachelor degree, Graduate Certificate Programs are designed to meet your continuing professional education needs. Credits taken can apply, if appropriate, to a Masters or PhD degree in Public Health or related disciplines should the student later be admitted to seek a degree. Graduate Certificate program acceptance requires admittance by the Graduate School.

    Graduate and Teaching assistantships are available on a limited basis.