Univ of South Florida College of Public Health

Tampa,  FL 
United States
  • Booth: 1933

Your degree. Your options—online, on-campus or both!

The College of Public Health, ranked by USNWR in the top 20 nationally, is a jewel in the crown of the University of South Florida. But, ranking isn’t the only reason why the #USFCOPHRocks!

Here are 10 ways our students are living their best life ever!

1. We like being first! In 1984, the Florida Legislature established the COPH as the first college of public health in the State of Florida. The college offers multiple concentrations that lead to BSHS, BSPH, MHA, MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, plus dual degrees, graduate certificates and online programs.

2. Online guru. Since 1996, we’ve delivered high quality courses in a virtual format to students around the globe. In times like these, trust a proven leader (us) with your education.

3. We are a catalyst for health. “Our practice is our passion” is more than our tagline. Every day we work tirelessly to improve the health of the population in Tampa and around the world!

4. Research matters! COPH students are paired with faculty to conduct research. They continually present award-winning research and practice at conferences and are published in peer-reviewed journals. Yeah, we got it going on!

5. Health students make life better. Online or on-campus, in the classroom or in the community, COPH students join peers in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy to form USF Health.

6. Sunshine, please. With an annual average temperature of 73°, the COPH is located in a region ripe for examining tropical, neglected and emerging diseases like West Nile, Zika and Chikungunya.

7. Our students rock! Service-learning opportunities are woven throughout the curriculum. COPH students annually dedicate 2,400+ volunteer hours to making life better for communities!

8. We’re home to 12 internationally recognized centers and institutes including two WHO Collaborating Centers.

9. We travel the world. Pre-COVID, 100+ students annually traveled to 20 different countries, including Cuba, India, Japan, London and Panama, Uganda, Belize, Ecuador, Panama, and Canada!

10. Peace out. Returned Peace Corps volunteers can apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.

Unite with us to passionately solve problems and create conditions that allow every person the universal right to health and well-being. Apply to the USF College of Public Health today!


USF College of Public Health: Why #USFCOPHRocks!

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  • APHA attendees are invited to schedule an appointment with an Admissions Advisor to learn more about USF's College of Public Health programs. Appointments will be available Sunday, October 24 - Tuesday, October 26. To schedule, visit here

 Press Releases

  • Leadership in providing with the public consistent projections of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations has prompted the launch of a USF-led global modeling project sponsored by Microsoft that can ultimately help scientists more swiftly identify and respond to the threat of emerging infectious diseases.

    Edwin Michael, professor of epidemiology, has been tapped to build a smart learning-based computational system that creates a library of simulation models that are updated in real-time as it pools data provided by public health sources and journal publications from around the world. In collaboration with USF Information Technology, Michael was awarded a grant from Microsoft's AI for Health program to utilize Microsoft Azure to develop a software system that teaches itself how to recognize the individual characteristics of airborne, waterborne and mosquito-borne diseases. It will take socioeconomic and ecological structures into account, which vary by location and could impact viral transmission of a particular disease. For example, cholera is typically contracted from contaminated water in impoverished regions with poor sanitation.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how understanding and predicting emerging and other outbreak diseases belong to modeling, decision and policy domains that are marked by significant uncertainty, complex global interdependencies and heterogeneity,” Michael said. “We are excited about the prospect of combining systems dynamics modeling with Microsoft’s data science, large-scale cyberinfrastructure, artificial intelligence and visualization strengths for developing a novel, agile, ‘smart’ process-based computational system to address this challenge, starting with the Microsoft Azure Services.”

    Dr. Edwin Michael, professor of epidemiology (Photo courtesy of Michael)
    Dr. Edwin Michael, professor of epidemiology (Photo courtesy of Michael)

    Artificial intelligence will be utilized to establish a system of mathematical models that track the lifecycle of a particular virus – infection, symptoms, hospitalization, intensive care and death, helping guide the decision-making process for policymakers, public health officials, health care providers, businesses and schools. The data will play a key role in assessing a virus’s transmissibility, prediction of its future course and the potential for mitigation, containment and eventually control of a pandemic.

    “With COVID-19, we have seen firsthand the role that cloud computing can play in helping advance research quickly, securely and efficiently,” said Jamie Harper, vice president of U.S. Education for Microsoft. “We support the work at the University of South Florida and look forward to the advances and learnings that will continue to spur innovation.”

    The modeling architecture will be accessible via Github, in which all code, data, services and publications are open source. This allows new and evolving information regarding the transmission and control of a virus to be rapidly incorporated into the models, helping quantify the likely impacts of new virus strains and emerging interventions, such as vaccinations and therapeutics. Through its development, Michael will build cross-campus collaborations between disease modelers, epidemiologists, data scientists, engineers, mathematicians and social scientists and launch interdisciplinary graduate and post-graduate student training programs. He expects to complete the first prototype in one year.

    "IT brings industry partners and researchers together to leverage modern cloud technologies including serverless architecture and AI to allow for rapid innovation,” Sidney Fernandes, vice president of Information Technology and chief information officer, said. “This strategy allows USF researchers to take advantage of the flexibility and speed of the cloud and is a game changer for researchers like Dr. Michael. We were thrilled to partner with Microsoft and Dr. Michael to enable this critical project."

    The intelligent disease modeling tool builds upon Michael’s recent work in developing the SEIRCAST simulation portal, which county and state health officials have utilized since mid-2020 to plan for COVID-19 outbreaks in Tampa Bay and a surge in hospitalizations. His expertise also helped guide decisions made at USF regarding campus operations. Michael is now working on a new projection model for Hillsborough County that looks at vaccination rates by zip code, helping pinpoint where hotspots may arise. He plans to have his first set of data available within the next few weeks.

    Reposted from USF Newsroom


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    Earn a certificate, bachelor, master or doctoral degree in an online, on-campus or hybrid format from Florida's top public health graduate school as ranked by U.S. News and World Report....

  • MHA

    The Master of Health Administration (MHA) prepares students for private and public sector leadership positions. It also provides a clinical and community perspective and professional skills. Students develop an understanding of organizational models and management principles applied to health settings; health care financial management and economics; quality and performance improvement; health policy and policy analysis; strategic planning and marketing; and health law and ethics.

    The MHA requires 54 credit hours to complete. Students are required to complete an internship, which provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills in analyzing a management problem at a health care or related organization. The core competency model of the MHA includes five domains:

    • Management Science and Technology
    • Strategy and Leadership
    • Public Policies and Community Orientation
    • Economics and Financial Management
    • Professionalism and Communication Skills


    The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the primary professional degree in public health. The degree gives students the skills and training necessary to formulate public health policies, address issues and advocate for change. Students can concentrate in one of several public health specialties, allowing them to better understand, improve and protect the health and well-being of the population. All MPH students complete coursework designed to help them make meaningful contributions to the control and eradication of current and emerging public health problems.

    The MPH is 42-46 credits with the combined concentrations requiring additional credit hours. All MPH students will apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world public health issues through a field experience and will be required to successfully complete the CPH national certification exam.

    On-campus concentrations include:

    • Applied Biostatistics
    • Behavioral Health
    • Environmental & Occupational Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Epidemiology & Global Communicable Disease
    • Epidemiology & Global Health Practice
    • Epidemiology & Maternal & Child Health
    • Global Communicable Disease
    • Global Health Practice
    • Health Care Organizations &Management
    • Health Policies & Programs
    • Maternal & Child Health
    • Public Health Education

    Online concentrations include:

    • Epidemiology
    • Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security
    • Health, Safety & Environment
    • Infection Control
    • Nutrition & Dietetics
    • Public Health Practice
    • Social Marketing


    The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree provides a focus on research design, data collection, analysis and application of research intended to improve and protect the health of populations. The degree is designed for students with good quantitative and/or qualitative skills who have an interest in the science of public health and gaining a comprehensive research experience. Students are prepared for research roles in academic (teaching and/or research) or professional public health careers by incorporating epidemiological principles and biostatistical methods with their focus within the core areas of public health.

    The MSPH degree consists of 42-48 credit hours. The culminating experience for the program is a research thesis, providing students an opportunity to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills gained in the MSPH coursework and demonstrate the ability to produce a scholarly product.

    On-campus concentrations include:

    • Behavioral Health
    • Environmental & Occupational Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Genetic Counseling
    • Genomics
    • Global Communicable Disease
    • Occupational Exposure Science
    • Public Health Education


    The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) emphasizes advanced public health education and training designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in practice-based settings such as health departments, non-profit organizations, health service, international agencies, and community-based organizations. Accordingly, the emphasis of the DrPH is placed on fostering advanced expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-informed public health practice. DrPH students must complete a field-based doctoral project that is designed to influence programs, policies, or systems applicable to public health practice.

    Our DrPH degree is completed through distance‐learning in addition to on‐campus learning via three on-campus DrPH Institutes. This combination of program delivery formats allows working professionals to connect with other professionals, and broaden their grasp of public health management, practice, and research without interrupting their careers.

    The DrPH degree is a 43-credit hour post-master's degree offering concentrations in Advanced Practice Leadership in Public Health and Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice. Applicants are expected to come into the program with an area of interest from their masters’ coursework or their advanced practice experience in public health and can further explore their interests through their elective choices.


    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is granted in recognition of high attainment in a specified field of knowledge. It is a research degree and is not conferred solely upon the earning of credit or the completion of courses. It is granted after the student has shown proficiency and distinctive achievement in a specific field, has demonstrated the ability to do original, independent investigation, and has presented these findings with a high degree of literary skill in a dissertation.

    The PhD requires a minimum of 72 credits post-baccalaureate or 55 credits post-master's degree.

    On-campus concentrations include:

    • Biostatistics
    • Community and Family Health
    • Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Genomics
    • Global Health
    • Health Services Research

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