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The Online MPH in Public Health Practice provides a real-world, learning experience in an academic online environment with other dedicated professionals. Many of our students are already active in public health careers. You may find our students at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, in foreign military locations, or in isolated rural communities. Wherever they may be located, they are simultaneously applying their academic coursework to real-life situations as they mitigate health risks, participate in health care programs and transform public health policy.

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Public Health Practice (PHP) is a fully accredited program that provides an opportunity to develop public health practice leadership skills, learn advanced tools to help protect and improve the health of the greater community and expand your knowledge of modern health care organizations.

Academic public health practice is a field of scholarship that seeks to bring together the pragmatic needs of the practitioner and the production of scholarly inquiry to contribute to the welfare of populations. Our program at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health meets the particular needs of working public health professionals with an emphasis on the promotion of scholarship in public health practice.

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Our curriculum provides the tools to work within the areas of surveillance, evaluation, education, and clinical care of national, state, and local populations.

Although similar to traditional MPH programs, the MPH in Public Health Practice curriculum not only incorporates core competencies, we tailor our courses to the unique needs of public health care practitioners. The diversity of participants, background and expertise adds a unique dimension to the program and encourages the development of strong teams, study groups, discussion groups, and friendships in a challenging intellectual environment.

Final graduation requirements include completion of a supervised field experience, a written special project, and a comprehensive examination. A faculty advisor will assist each student in the planning and completion of a project that demonstrates research skill and integrates core competencies in an area of the student’s personal and professional interests.

The Field Experience may be completed at a location of your choice or through a planned group experience with other students, staff and faculty. Students from prior groups have traveled to such sites as Hawaii, Costa Rica, Cuba, Panama, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Program Requirements

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    • Click Here to view admission requirements and to apply to the program.
    • All of our students are required to have at least three years of full-time, health-related experience.
    • For information on the GRE requirement for the MPH in Public Health Practice , please contact:  
      Kamala Dontamsetti
      Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
      Academic and Student Affairs
      University of South Florida // College of Public Health
      Office 1015 at the WELL 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC 56 // Tampa FL 33612
      P: (813) 974-8874 // F: (813) 974-8121
  • Tuition and Fees

    All in-state students will pay the approved USF tuition and fees for the 2017-18 academic year (click for details). The College of Public Health has established a special tuition rate for non-Florida residents of $525 per credit hour. All students are required to pay an additional $30 per credit off-campus fee for online COPH courses.

  • Online MPH via Distance Learning

    The Online MPH via Distance Learning offers a convenient and affordable avenue for off-campus health care professionals to earn a Master’s degree through distance learning. The courses in the Online MPH in Public Health Practice are delivered using web-based technologies. With the help of skilled instructional designers, faculty create course content that is delivered using multimedia technologies such as the Internet, DVDs, CDs, videotape, streaming media, web-based tutorials, and so on. Faculty within these courses utilize email, web conferencing, discussion forums and virtual chat features to enhance instruction. Students can complete almost all degree requirements for the online MPH with minimal on-campus requirements of no more than one calendar week. Courses are available in the online format in the fall, spring and summer semesters. The time required to complete the online MPH concentration ranges from approximately 2.5 to 5 years, depending on time of entry into the concentration, course sequence and availability, as well as student circumstances and academic status. Students must meet certain technology requirements and are required to pay a technology fee to participate in all online courses.  For more information, contact a Pre-Admissions Advisor at the College of Public Health by calling 813-974-6505 or sending an email to
  • Employment Opportunities

    This unique learning opportunity is designed to provide a vehicle for those working in the public health and the healthcare arenas to meet the academic, research, and training needs of the public health community and to earn the Masters in Public Health degree (MPH).

    More information about PHP employment opportunities is available for download.

  • Contact Information

    To learn more about the USF MPH in Public Health Practice, please visit or contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or