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University of South Florida — College of Public Health

Program Type:
Master's International
College of Public Health
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science of Public Health (MSPH)
Admissions Deadlines:

Fall/June 1; Spring/October 15; Summer/March 1

Admissions Cycle:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Start:
Fall, Spring, Summer *Note: The Global Health Practice concentration enrolls students in the Fall term only. The online MPH degree program, Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief, enrolls students in the Fall term only.
Program Founded:
April, 2003


For MPH and MSPH students, a tuition waiver is given for up to nine (9) credit hours for required courses. Students may specialize or concurrently earn a Graduate Certificate in a global health related topic.


The Peace Corps Master’s International program at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Heath prepares students for professional positions in the field of international public health. The curriculum focuses on assessment, intervention and evaluation strategies for resolving health problems. Students follow a plan of study that includes public health core courses, and emphasis area support courses that focus on areas such as global health practice, global communicable diseases, environmental health, public health education, maternal and child health, and epidemiology, and completion of a special project or thesis.

Students who choose the Peace Corps Master’s International option benefit from both a graduate level-education and two years of substantive professional field experience in an international setting to enhance their marketability for employment. MPH students will be prepared to:

  • Assess socio-cultural, political and economic determinants of health and health status at the global level
  • Assess the burden of disease on health, service utilization and finance and the importance of prevention
  • Analyze the prevailing international health systems in industrial and developing countries, comparing coverage, utilization, equity, policy, organization, delivery and financing of those systems and define the rationale for health systems’ reforms
  • Make relevant inferences about the role of cultural, social and economic factors that contribute to the incidence of infectious disease
  • Assess public health conditions and problems related to infectious disease control and surveillance 
  • Apply culturally appropriate technology and interventions using ethical considerations
  • Apply epidemiologic study design
  • Propose methodologies for evaluating public health programs and interventions


All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university; submit GRE scores or equivalent (MCAT, GMAT); have earned a GPA of 3.0 or better on all work attempted as an upper division undergraduate student; and submit 2 letters of recommendation, a goal statement, resume and must be computer literate. Prerequisite courses may be needed. Please see this link for more specific Master's degree test and other requirements: https://documents.health.usf.edu/display/COPH/6.2+Admission+Tests+Information


For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Barbara Kennedy
MPH Program Coordinator

College of Public Health
University of South Florida 13201 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard MDC 56
Tampa, Florida 33612-3805
(813) 974-1092
(813) 974-6616

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