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MSPH with a Concentration in Global Communicable Disease

MSPH in Global Communicable Disease at USF's College of Public Health


This concentration provides intense research and a technical program of study for science-oriented students with an interest in communicable diseases. Individualized programs of study are determined for students with the cooperation of an advisory committee, which allows students to receive specialized training in the recognition, identification, diagnosis, surveillance, control, and prevention of public health problems related to communicable diseases. This degree concentration focuses on preparing students to fulfill leadership and research roles in solving or containing public health problems in communicable diseases throughout the world with particular emphasis on the problems of Florida and underdeveloped nations. Several course offerings and areas of emphasis in required courses have been added to this concentration regarding infection control. This allows public health practitioners the opportunity to expand their knowledge of infection-control practices and procedures, particularly in hospital settings.

The MSPH culminates with an independent thesis requirement, which requires a substantial on-campus time commitment on the part of the student (20 hours per week). The thesis work involves extensive one-on-one interaction between the student, his/her thesis advisor, and the thesis committee. Preference for admission is given to students with a background or demonstrated skills in the biological sciences.

  • Students are encouraged to reach out to their faculty mentors and become involved in their research projects. Students will learn to improve their laboratory competencies but learn to work with collaborating organizations outside of USF for potential career opportunities.

  • Graduates from the MSPH are prepared to work in primarily laboratory-based settings. Public Health laboratory personnel. Private sector scientist in a pharmaceutical company are common paths. For those that would like to remain in academia can become researchers, and assist with the daily operations of the lab.

  • To learn more, please contact a Pre-Admissions Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or