Public Health (Specialization in Public Health Practice)

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
152 place StudyQA ranking:3879 Duration:24 months

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Candidates for the program are either geographically distant from Gainesville or unable to take the time away from their jobs to take courses in the campus-based program.

The online MPH provides a concentration in Public Health Practice. (Other MPH concentrations are only available in our campus MPH program.) Highlights of the program include:

  • Two options for program length, depending on prior degrees
  • A curriculum designed to provide competence in essential public health service areas
  • A range of contemporary courses in epidemiology, environmental health, health management, health policy, biostatistics, and the social and behavioral sciences, with a focus on applications to public health practice
  • The most up-to-date and user-friendly software
  • Detailed online handbooks to guide academic and technical applications
  • Ongoing opportunities to interact with course faculty and technical support staff
  • Integrative internship experiences tailored to individual goals
  • Opportunities to visit the UF campus and interact with other MPH students and faculty

The University of Florida has been offering an online certificate in public health since 2006. We launched the online MPH program in January 2010, and both programs continue to grow. Our experience with online students has provided us with opportunities to adjust our online course delivery techniques to be as user-friendly as possible. Click here for students’ comments about our online program.

Courses include:

MPH Core Courses – 16 credits

  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Statistical Methods for Health Science I
  • Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
  • Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health
  • US Health Care System (or PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems)
  • Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues

Public Health Practice Concentration Courses – 21-27 credits

  • Introduction to Management of Health Service Organization
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
  • Epidemiology and Biology of HIV/AIDS
  • Evidence-based Management of Public Health Programs
  • Public Health Program Planning
  • Public Health Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response
  • Ecology of HIV/AIDS in the Rural South
  • Zoonotic Diseases in Humans and Animals
  • Introduction to Foodborne Diseases
  • Community Assessment and Partnerships
  • Fundamentals of Public Health Nutrition
  • Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication in Public Health
Admission requirements:Complete the online application and pay the non-refundable application fee.Arrange to have official GRE test scoresArrange to have 3 Letters of Recommendation submitted.Submit your professional Statement of PurposeSubmit a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

The online MPH program is qualified for federal student financial aid provided that applicants meet the federal eligibility requirements.

Students must be at least half-time enrolled in each semester that they are requesting financial aid. Half-time enrollment is 5-credits for fall or spring semesters; 4-credits for summer semester.

For information regarding federal or private loan eligibility, or loan processing questions or concerns, please contact the College’s financial aid office.


Tthe College of Public Health and Health Professions is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). All programs in public health offered by our college fall within this accreditation.

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.

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