Parents and Families
At USF's College of Public Health, we know that supporting our students can be a community effort.
Learn more about our distinct programs of study, the many public health career pathways your Bull can take, and scholarship and financial aid opportunities!
The College of Public Health (COPH) at the University of South Florida is ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida and No. 16 in the nation. At USF's COPH, students at all levels engage with high-tech, active learning classrooms, competitive curriculums, and supportive faculty members and peers as they make their way toward improving public health throughout the U.S. and around the world.
The University of South Florida College of Public Health (COPH) offers two undergraduate degree programs designed to give students the education they need to succeed in the ever-expanding Public Health and Health Sciences professions.
At USF's COPH, our students learn by doing and engage with a hands-on, practice-based curriculum that prepares them to understand and diagnose critical issues, combat emerging public health challenges and advocate for change.
Our doctoral graduates enter the job market a step ahead with extensive experience in research, teaching, and service. With a rigorous, advanced doctoral training program, we are shaping future public health professionals to solve problems with passion and work towards allowing every person the universal right to health and well-being.
Online Programs and Graduate Certificates
The College of Public Health offers a variety of graduate degrees and certificate programs in an online format to suit the needs of the off-campus student. Our graduate degree and certificate programs are coordinated by a team of graphic and instructional designers in the Office of Educational Technology and Assessment who provide support to more than 5,000 students enrolled in online public health courses.
A concurrent degree allows students to request to pursue two different degrees at the same time. Students may begin this process at the beginning of their academic programs or partway.
USF's COPH continues to create high-impact opportunities for our students to engage in active learning outside of the classroom, inside the community, with local organizations and with other countries abroad. Our International Programs feature international field experience, study abroad programs, and Peace Corps at COPH, which aim to guide and support students in becoming global citizens.
Whether your Bull is interested in pursing a Bachelor, Master's, or Doctoral degree in Public Health, there are abundant career opportunities that await them post-graduation. Our concentrations and areas of study range from Epidemiology and Biostatistics, to Food Safety, Infection Control, Nutrition, Environmental and Occupational Health, and more.
Student Career Planning
The USF Career Services Center provides workshops, career fairs, and other services to ensure COPH students are career ready. They can also help undergraduate students identify internships, jobs, and graduate school options.
Bull Professional Engagement Network (BullPEN)
COPH MPH students can participate in Bull Professional Engagement Network, or BullPEN for short. The BullPEN is an overarching initiative providing both required and optional career planning and professional development opportunities for graduate students.
Careers Pathways in Public Health
These are just some of the many career pathways that exist for Bulls who are excited about pursuing a future in Public Health:
At USF's College of Public Health, we know that education is a privilege and an investment in the future. That's why USF's COPH aims to support degree-seeking students within the college via scholarships, awards and graduate student assistantships.
At USF's COPH, we aim to create high-impact opportunities for our students to engage in active learning outside of the classroom, inside the community, with local organizations and with other countries abroad.
We realize that we are all interconnected, and that what we do here can affect people living in other parts of the world. With our own International Programs, which feature international field experience, Study Abroad Programs, and Peace Corps at COPH, we aim to guide and support our students in becoming global citizens, further transforming the culture of our campus, and ultimately, our people.
Each semester, parents and families are invited to USF College of Public Health's internal graduation celebration where COPH graduate students are celebrated with recognition from the Dean and Faculty members, and with light refreshments for all who attend.
This event is typically held the Friday before the University's official graduation ceremony, and is offered both in-person and virtually via livestream.
To learn more about this event or its details, reach out to your student.
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