College of Public Health Guidebooks

DrPH Guidebook

Welcome to the DrPH Program at the College of Public Health!

The mission of the DrPH degree is to prepare practitioners for leadership, management, and advocacy in public health practice, through a scientific, interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving public health problems in the public and private sectors, the United States, and worldwide. 

This mission relates directly to the University of South Florida mission, which includes creating a community of learners with significant and sustainable university‐community partnerships and collaborations, as well as designing, building, and strengthening healthy communities and improving quality of life.

All DrPH students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 43 post masters credit hours, (students admitted after 2022 are required to successfully complete a minimum of 46 post masters credit hours). 

Admission information can be found on our Graduate Admissions page.

DrPH Guidelines

These DrPH Guidelines present the USF Office of Graduate Studies policies. The College of Public Health may impose stricter guidelines, policies and procedures as determined by each concentration. It is the responsibility of the student to review and follow the specific guidelines with their concentration chairs, major professor and committee members.

Additional USF policies, not found in these guidelines, may be found at or at

Steps to Success

Degree and Concentration Information



DrPH Concentrations 

 Mode of Delivery

Mode of Delivery

The USF College of Public Health DrPH degree is completed through distance‐learning (fall, spring, and summer semesters) in addition to on‐campus learning via three mandatory on-campus DrPH Institutes. This combination of program delivery formats allows working professionals to connect with other professionals, and broaden their grasp of public health management, practice, and research without interrupting their careers.

If a DrPH student lives near the USF campus, they are welcome to take courses on-campus as well as online.



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This version of the DrPH Guidebook is the official version of the USF College of Public Health Guidebook for the DrPH degree effective for the current catalog. This is a subset of and supplement to the USF Graduate Catalog. If there are conflicts between the two documents the USF Graduate Catalog prevails. The College of Public Health reserves the right to change its rules, courses, and requirements from time to time and to make all such changes applicable to all students, whether new or continuing, when in its sole judgment such changes are deemed necessary.

To view the complete USF Graduate Catalog, go to; to view overarching USF regulations and policies go to

 Getting Assistance

Getting Assistance

The COPH Doctoral Training Office is here to help. You can reach us at We are located at the College of Public Health in the Chiles Center, however our office is primarily remote during the week. Please email us with questions or to schedule an appointment.

For Admissions, please go to our Prospective Students page to request an appointment with an advisor, or contact

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