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Anthropology (PhD or MA) and Public Health (MPH)

The Concurrent Masters degree program allows students to pursue a concurrent program of study leading to both the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Applied Anthropology and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in one of 10 concentration areas within Public Health:

  1. Environmental Health
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Global Communicable Disease
  4. Global Health Practice
  5. Health Care Organizations and Management
  6. Health Policies and Programs
  7. Maternal and Child Health
  8. Public Health Education
  9. Socio-Health Sciences
  10. Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief

Students wishing to complete a concurrent degree involving a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH degree) should take this up on a case-by-case basis with their committees. Students choose a concentration area and degree program when they apply to the program, but this can be changed once the student has been admitted, provided they qualify.

Doctoral/Masters Program

Students interested in combining a program of study leading to a doctorate plus master's degree have two options: they may obtain a PhD in Applied Anthropology with an MPH in a public health concentration; or they may obtain a PhD in Public Health with an MA in Applied Anthropology. For the doctoral/masters combination, students develop individual programs of study in consultation with an interdisciplinary academic advisory committee. The committee must approve the plan of study as well as the proposal to fulfill the thesis and dissertation requirements or dissertation and special project requirements through a single project. Students choose a concentration area when they apply to the program, but this can be changed once the student has been admitted to the program, provided they qualify.

For students who have previously earned an MPH, alone or as part of another concurrent degree program (e.g., Nursing and Public Health), the previous education at the Master's level will fulfill the PhD external specialization requirement in Anthropology. In this case, the student will take electives in Anthropology to complete the required number of credit hours in their program of study.


Curriculum

For both the concurrent Masters and Doctoral/Masters programs, similar principles of curriculum design are followed.

  1. Both programs must accept students independently. Students should submit an application to one program, but indicate on the application that they are applying to the other program as well. Admissions officers from Anthropology and Public Health communicate with each other during the application and acceptance process.
  2. Students must fulfill all the requirements of both programs, with the following exceptions:
    • As per Graduate Studies regulations, a total of nine hours will be shared, and count towards both degrees. At least three of those credit hours must be completed in a Public Health course.
    • Students may take either PHC 6050 Biostatistics I or ANG 5486 Quantitative Methods to fulfill the statistics course requirement for both programs. Note that in that case, this course counts toward 3 of the nine “shared” hours. For students pursuing a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH, if Biostatistics II is required for their Public Health concentration, they should take that course instead of the advanced statistics course offered in the Anthropology Department. If Biostatistics II is not required for their Public Health concentration, they should take the Anthropology advanced statistics course. Students pursuing a PhD in Public Health and an M.A. in Anthropology should check with their advisors/committee as to whether the Anthropology advanced statistics course can be used for the required statistics course in their Public Health concentration.
    • For MA/MPH students, the thesis (Anthropology requirement) and the special project (Public Health requirement) will be fulfilled by one project. For students pursuing a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH, the dissertation (Anthropology requirement) and the special project (Public Health requirement) may be fulfilled by one project. Additionally, the dissertation fieldwork (Anthropology requirement) may count as the student's Field Experience (Public Health requirement) with approval of the student's committee. For students pursuing a PhD in Public Health and an MA in Anthropology, the dissertation (Public Health requirement) and the thesis (Anthropology requirement) may be fulfilled by one project with approval of the student's committee.
    • The academic advisory committee will be made up of both Public Health and Anthropology faculty. For the MA /MPH, the committee should have at least 2 anthropologists (the advisor and 1 other) and the Public Health advisor. Additional people may serve on the committee as appropriate. Any substitutions for requirements must be approved by both advisors and the appropriate paperwork completed. A meeting of the two advisors and the student should be held before the internship/special project is finalized to be sure that all parties agree on the topic/methodology.
    • Students should meet with both of their advisors at least once each semester to ensure proper and timely progress towards degree completion.

The total credit hours for the MA/MPH vary according to concentration areas. Full-time students could complete the program in 7 semesters (28 months, including summers).

For the Doctoral/Masters program, a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree is required. The exact number of credits is determined by the student's doctoral advisory committee. Full-time students could complete the program in a minimum of 4 years.


Admissions Process

For admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) see the MPH degree requirements. There is no minimum GPA or GRE score for admission to the MA program in Applied Anthropology.

For admission to the PhD program in Public Health see the PhD degree requirements. There is no minimum GPA or GRE score for admission to the PhD program in Applied Anthropology. Admission decisions to any of the concurrent degree programs will also take under consideration letters of recommendation, past experience, goal statement and availability of faculty. Upon completion of all requirements for the dual degree program, the student submits separate applications for graduation to Anthropology and Public Health, is certified for graduation by both programs, and receives two diplomas.

The two programs review applicants independently. Students may apply to enter the dual program by applying to both programs simultaneously (indicating this intention on their application forms), or may add Anthropology after admission to the Public Health Program, or add Public Health after admission to the Anthropology Program. Students applying to the College of Public Health need to apply through SOPHAS (see the college of Public Health Admissions page at Graduate Application Procedures). Students applying to Anthropology complete a USF application (http://www.grad.usf.edu/graduate-admissions.php). A USF Concurrent Degree Application form must also be completed.

Applicants who would like to be considered for the concurrent degree program and apply to both programs simultaneously must apply to both programs by December 15 (Note: applications to Public Health PhD programs must be submitted by the November 15 deadline). Anthropology students may decide to enter the dual degree program after admission to the Applied Anthropology graduate program. However, they must do so by the end of their first semester (i.e., fall semester of the year they entered the program). These students must submit a completed SOPHAS application by the end of that fall semester in order to be considered for the March 1 deadline in COPH. Upon admission to Public Health, students can begin taking COPH courses during the summer semesters. While anthropology students who apply at the end of their first semester are not eligible for funding through COPH, they will still benefit from the dual degree program curriculum structure (e.g., shared courses, thesis/special project).

Anthropology students who decide to add an MPH degree after their first semester has been completed are not eligible for the dual degree program. They may still apply and take courses in the College of Public Health for the regular MPH program, or at the certificate level (see http://health.usf.edu/publichealth/gradcert.html).

The timing of application should take into consideration that the COPH admits Master’s level students three times per year (fall, spring, and summer) and PhD students annually in the fall. The Department of Anthropology admits students annually in the Fall. Once the applicant has been accepted into one program, the application folder is forwarded to the other program for review. After admission to both programs, the Graduate Admissions office instructs the Registrar’s Office to classify the student as concurrentally enrolled in Anthropology and Public Health. In choosing which program to apply to first, students should take into consideration the following: requirements in Anthropology for admission are different than in Public Health, admission to one program doesn't guarantee admission to the other, and of course, the student's interests and career plans.