Sep 8 2017

Public Health – Graduate Catalog – University of West Florida #public #health, #environmental #health, #epidemiology


Semester Hours Required For Degree: Minimum: 42

The M.P.H. provides students with a high quality, multidisciplinary perspective on public health to prepare them to be public health professionals. The M.P.H. degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership in public health. The program core courses provide students with a background in environmental health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, health services administration, and an internship in the public health/health care community. The required and elective courses offer students the opportunity to tailor their degree to best fit their career goals in public health. Public Health is a broad field that is open to students from diverse academic disciplines including health sciences, education, business, social and natural sciences, and others. This is a fully online program.

The M.P.H. Program is allied with several academic centers/certificate programs (see ) that broaden the educational opportunities available to students in the program, including the Center for Health Care Ethics, the Alliance for Medical Informatics, the Program in Nursing, the Program in Medical Technology, and certificates in Medical Informatics, Health Care Ethics, Critical Care Nursing, Infection Control, Environmental Health, and others. Close relationships with state public health agencies in the region as well as with area hospitals and the military provide a strong foundation in the health care and public health communities for enhancing and broadening the internship/practicum opportunities for students in the program. Out-of-area students may arrange appropriate internship sites approved by the M.P.H. Curriculum Committee. The UWF M.P.H. Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health .

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) – under some circumstances the GMAT will be accepted.
    • For students currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the health professions the respective admission test scores will be accepted.
  • Work experience in the discipline
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Basic computer competency
  • Statement of Career Goals
  • Submission of two personal writing samples (e.g. written reports completed by the applicant or other representative samples of professional writing skills).
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation

Applicants with terminal degrees (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) or advanced professional degrees (M.D. D.D.S. D.V.M. J.D. D.O. M.S. M.A. etc.) from accredited programs and licensed in the United States may request to waive the graduate admission test requirement but must complete the other admission requirements.

Applicants with insufficient training in statistics or those who have taken a statistics course more than seven years ago may be admitted conditionally pending demonstration of proficiency in statistics within the first year in the program by taking and passing STA 2023 Elements of Statistics or equivalent prior to enrolling in PHC 5050: Biostatistics for Public Health (formerly STA 5176 Statistical Modeling ). This is required for students with no background in statistics (e.g. a student who has never taken a course in statistics and highly advised for students who have taken a statistics course more than seven years ago). The credit earned in this course does not count toward the graduate degree.

If a student is an international applicant whose native language is not English or the student is from a country in which the primary language is not English, he or she must take an acceptable English proficiency test before applying for admission. Applicants to the University of West Florida are considered international students if they are not U.S. Citizens, dual citizens, or permanent residents. All such students should refer to the International Graduate Admission section of the current UWF Graduate Catalog for information pertaining to international applicants, including requirements for completion of, and scores on the English proficiency test. Other criteria may apply.

Departmental Requirements – for a detailed explanation of admission requirements go to

Degree Requirements

Students must earn and maintain an average grade of B or better in the M.P.H. Program in order to remain in good standing within the program and in order to graduate from the program. Students must achieve no less than a grade of C in any course in the M.P.H. Program. All students admitted after fall 2011 must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours per year.

At the end of their academic program, all students are required to take and pass a Comprehensive Examination with a grade of 70% or better in each of the five core course and five required course domains. See for additional information. All students are required to satisfactorily complete a supervised Public Health Internship (6 sh) involving field experience in a public health-related area and to submit a written report on research conducted during this capstone experience and to defend the conclusions and recommendations included in their report. The internship course requirement will be met for students with appropriate professional experience or who are currently enrolled in a medical residency program or in the final two years of medical school. No more than 49% of the program requirements for the degree may be taken in traditional business subjects.

Students qualified to enroll in graduate studies but who do not have the required documents by the application deadline date, or those who do not intend to work toward a graduate degree, may complete up to 12 hours as non-degree seeking students. The Academic Learning Plan for programmatic assessment of the M.P.H. Program which includes Student Learning Outcomes, is available at Some exams in this program require proctoring at testing sites approved by the course instructor.

Core Courses (21 sh)

All students seeking a Master of Public Health degree must take all of the following core courses:

Public Health/Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Certificate

Department: Public health, Clinical and Health Sciences

Semester Hours: 9

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of public health practitioners who have collateral responsibility for worker safety and health as well as those assigned primary responsibility. The student will gain a broad based foundation in occupational safety and health that enhances recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. Management tools and skills are identified and explored that can be implemented in the public practice health practitioner’s work environment to bring about improvements in worker safety and health.

Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment

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