College of Public Health Guidebooks
Concentration: Global Communicable Disease (Code: PGD)
The MSPH concentration is designed for students who seek a more individualized, research-oriented program than that provided by the MPH degree. This concentration provides an intense research and technical program of study for science-oriented students with an interest in communicable diseases. Individualized programs of study are determined for students with the cooperation of an advisory committee, which allows students to receive specialized training in the recognition, identification, diagnosis, surveillance, control, and prevention of public health problems related to communicable diseases. This degree concentration focuses on preparing students to fulfill leadership and research roles in solving or containing public health problems in communicable disease throughout the world with particular emphasis on the problems of Florida and underdeveloped nations. Several course offerings and areas of emphasis in required courses have been added to this concentration regarding infection control to allow public health practitioners to expand their knowledge of infection control practices and procedures, particularly in hospital settings. The MSPH culminates with an independent thesis requirement which requires a substantial on-campus time commitment on the part of the student (20 hours per week). The thesis work involves extensive one on one interaction between the student, their thesis advisor and their thesis committee. Preference for admission is given to students with a background or demonstrated skills in the biological sciences. Prerequisites may be required.
Program of Study
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(to be used as reference)
The USF Tampa Graduate Catalog, including college and program requirements, and program and course descriptions, is available on the web at www.grad.usf.edu/catalog.php. Each Catalog is published and in effect for the academic term(s) noted on the title page.
Student’s Program Degree Requirements
In order to graduate, students must meet all requirements specified in the USF Catalog of their choice, except as noted below. As the University is dynamic, changes and updates to the catalog are anticipated. In contract to major requirements, which are tied to a specific catalog, all students must comply with University policies and procedures that come into effect each catalog year.
- Students cannot choose a USF Catalog published prior to admission (or readmission) or during an academic year in which they did not complete at least two terms. If a student is dropped from the system and must be reinstated, the student’s choice of Catalog is limited to the USF Catalog in effect at the time of readmission or any one Catalog published during their continuous re-enrollment.
- If state law or certification requirements change, the student must comply with the most current standard or criteria.
- If the College or Department makes fundamental changes to the program that necessitates changes in the degree requirements of enrolled students, the needs of those students will be explicitly addressed in the proposal for change and scrutinized by the Office of Graduate Studies.
- USF policies and procedures not related to degree requirements such as academic grievance procedures, student conduct code and other procedural processes and definitions may be updated each year and the student will be held to the most current catalog and procedures available.
- USF does not commit itself to offer all the courses, programs, and majors listed in this Catalog. If the student cannot meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the Catalog of choice as a result of decisions and changes made by the University, appropriate substitutions will be determined by the program to ensure that the student is not penalized.
Current Competencies (beginning fall 2019)
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