Global Health

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University of South Florida
College of Public Health
Global Health
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612-3805

Thomas Unnasch, Ph.D
Thomas Unnasch, PhD
Chair and Distinguished USF Health Professor

Thomas Unnasch, Ph.D

Thank you for visiting the website for the Department of Global Health in the University of South Florida's College of Public Health! We are a large and diverse department that is united around the central theme of improving the health and lives of the poorest people on the planet. We offer MPH, MSPH, DrPH and PhD degrees in Global Communicable Diseases, Global Health Practice, Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance and Homeland Security, Infection Control and Genetic Counseling.  Our faculty are also actively involved in the Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease Research (GHIDR).  Our Genetic Counseling program is the first such program in the state of Florida accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Genetic Counseling. Our department is the home of several highly productive researchers who are using cutting edge molecular genetic techniques to study basic molecular processes in toxoplasma (Dr. White), malaria (Drs. Adams & Nutminga) and the human filarial infections (Dr. Unnasch). We also have strong research programs that concentrate on the ecology of arboviral infections here in Florida (Drs. Unnasch & Novak) and the use of remote sensing methods to predict habitats for various tropical diseases worldwide (Drs. Novak & Jacob). Last, but not least, we also have research programs looking at the chronic health problems (Drs. Corvin & Hoare) that are associated with development itself.

Please take a moment to view the tabs in the upper left hand menu to learn more about our faculty and their specific research interests, academic concentrations and available degree programs, research centers and institutes, as well as resources for current students. You will find that we offer a plethora of programs and opportunities revolving around our central theme of improving the lives of people all around the world. We have programs ranging from cutting edge research on neglected tropical diseases in our world-class research laboratories here in Tampa, to a chance to do field work in developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

As a department, we encourage both current and prospective students to become involved in departmental events. Please view the COPH calendar to see upcoming Department of Global Health events. If you are interested in our department, please consider visiting us and attending one of these events. We'd love to see you there!

I hope that our website can answer most of your questions about USF’s Department of Global Health, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact us by email or by phone at (813) 974-1587.