Univ of South Florida College of Public Health

Tampa,  FL 
United States
  • Booth: 1558

Join us and make health a HUMAN RIGHT for everyone.

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. Tour campus and discover why we should be your next academic home!

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!

10Peace 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!


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  • Your degree, your options.
    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 in the MHA 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 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.


    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.


    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.

    The USF College of Public Health 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.

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