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Important Catalog Information

Due to the planned consolidation during the summer of 2020, of the University of South Florida, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, into a single university with a fully aligned and integrated curriculum and a single set of academic policies and procedures, any undergraduate or graduate student who matriculates at one of the three USF institutions on or after May 18, 2020, will adhere to the curricula, policies, and procedures described in the 2020-21 USF undergraduate or graduate catalog, respectively.


Concentration: Global Disaster Management & Humanitarian Relief (Code: GDM)
Delivery: Online

Starting with the 2015/16 catalog year this concentration was moved to "Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, and Homeland Security." 

The concentration of disaster management and humanitarian relief plays an important role in global health, especially in areas of armed conflict and natural disasters. With the increase in weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear and biological threats from terrorist groups and radical states, the need for formal training and education has increased. Local and international organizations, governments and United Nation agencies are in need of highly trained professionals to manage and direct programs to reduce the global public health threats that continue to plague us. Where and when the next tsunami or earthquake will strike, or how the next terrorist group will respond is unknown. But the logic behind professionally mitigating and preparing for one of these incidences places us in a stronger position to respond. This concentration builds on the existing framework of the College of Public Health core courses, field experience and special project. Combining this framework with the existing disaster management and humanitarian courses will provide graduates with the ability to recognize, assess, implement and evaluate a global or local disaster.

Program of Study

If you have questions on your program, please contact your Academic Advisor.

If you are a current student, you may access your Degree Works planner (you may also access Degree Works from my.usf.edu or OASIS. You may view your current progress in Archivum at usf.appiancloud.com/. (See Archivum instructions.)      

If you are not a current student, or want to view program requirements from a different catalog year please use these sources: 

There may be circumstances in which a student may need to change their catalog year. This must be initiated through a discussion with your academic advisor. Details regarding USF policy on changing catalog year can be found at https://catalog.usf.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=1375#students-major-degree-requirements

Graduate Advising

Please refer to the full list of graduate advisors available on the MPH Graduate Advising page.


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