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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Welcome
        Page 3
    College overview
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    Public health program overview
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    Biostatistics
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    Environmental health
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    Epidemiology
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    Public health management and policy
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    Social and behavioral sciences
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    Public health practice
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    Public health internship
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    Public Health Day presentations
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    MPH supervisory committee
        Page 104
    Important information for students planning to graduate
        Page 105
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    MPH concentration change procedures
        Page 107
        Page 108
    Program policies and general reminders
        Page 109
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    Campus facilities
        Page 115
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    Library information
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UFT^ UNIVERSITY of
UF FLORIDA
College of Public Health and
Health Professions



Master of Public Health

2008 -2009

Student Handbook



Shaping Tomorrow's Health ...Today!
Master of Public Health Program
HPNP BLDG.
101 S. Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610-0195
352-273-6443
www.mph.ufl.edu


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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Section Page Section Page


Welcome


College Overview
* Mission, Goals, and Values
* Organizational Structure
* Major Administrative Units
* Academic Programs
* Research Centers


Public Health Program Overview
* How the MPH Program Works
* Key Contacts for MPH Students
* MPH Core Competencies
* Principles of Ethical Practice

Biostatistics
* Concentration Overview
Faculty
Plans of Study
Concentration Competencies
Guidelines for Internships/Spec. Projects



Environmental Health
* Concentration Overview
* Faculty
* Plans of Study
* Concentration Competencies
* Guidelines for Internships/Spec. Projects


Epidemiology
* Concentration Overview
* Faculty
* Plans of Study
* Concentration Competencies
* Guidelines for Internships/Spec.Projects


Public Health Management and Policy
* Concentration Overview
* Faculty
* Plans of Study
* Concentration Competencies
* Guidelines for Intemships/SpecProjects



Social and Behavioral Sciences
* Concentration Overview
* Faculty
* Plans of Study
* Concentration Competencies
* Guidelines for Intemships/SpecProjects


Public Health Practice
* Concentration Overview
* Sample Curriculum
* Sample Plan of Study
* Sample Concentration Competencies


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Public Health Internship
* PHC 6946 Public Health Internship Syllabus
* Timeline
* Internship Questionnaire
* Internship and SpecProject Proposal Form
* Internship Evaluation Form
* Agency and Preceptor Evaluation Form
Student Log

Public Health Day Presentations
* PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary
Public Health Issues Syllabus
Detailed Guidelines
Oral Report Assessment Form


Supervisory Committee Information


MPH Concentration Change Procedures
* Concentration Change Form


Program Policies and General Reminders
Policy on Undergraduate Courses
Student Honor Code
Satisfactory Progress in the MPH Program
Leave of Absence and Readmission
General Program Reminders
Florida Residency


Campus Facilities


Library Information


Preparing to Graduate
Important Information
Notice of Intent to Graduate


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UF UNIVERSITY of
I FLORIDA
College of Public Health and Health Professions 101 S. Newell Drive
Public Health Programs PO Box 100182
Gainesville, FL 32611-0182
352-273-644 3
352-273-6199 Fax
www.mph.ufl.edu

WELCOME!

Welcome to the exciting world of Public Health! This is a world in which you can develop the
skills you need for a rewarding career that will have far-reaching effects on the health of all people,
especially those who are most in need. Whether you choose to conquer an infectious disease, fight
bioterrorism, help the baby-boomers age gracefully, deliberate the implications of our expanding
knowledge of the human genome, or tackle disparities in access to health care, begin your adventure
in public health with us! We have a variety of opportunities, one of which is sure to appeal to your
talents, interests, and career goals. In any of our programs, you may choose from among six
concentrations biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health management and
policy, public health practice, and social and behavioral sciences to explore and develop your
rewarding career as a leader in public health.

This Student Handbook has been assembled to assist you in matriculating through the program. It
includes many of the instructions and forms you will need to successfully complete your degree
requirements. Please also review the University of Florida Graduate Catalog and Student Guide for
this academic year. This is essentially your contract with the University. And don't forget to use our
Web site to view and download important forms and new information. You are responsible for
completing all academic requirements by the deadline dates and times established by the University.
You may obtain the published information regarding these deadlines each semester from the
program and/or the UF Graduate School in Grinter Hall.

Our very best wishes as you embark on this new stage of your career. We stand ready to assist you
in every way we can. Please do not hesitate to consult with any of us as questions and issues arise.

MPH Program Faculty and Staff


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COLLEGE OVERVIEW

The Master of Public Health Program is offered by the College of Public Health and Health
Professions (PHHP), one of six colleges that comprise the University of Florida Health Science
Center. The other colleges are Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.
Established in 1958, the College was the first of its type in the United States dedicated to educating
students of many different health professions in an academic health center. In 2003, the College
expanded beyond its original focus on health professions to embrace public health as integral to its
mission and goals. We envision our long history of national leadership in the education of health
professionals to continue far into the future through development and application of innovative
models of education, research, and service that derive from collaboration among public health
disciplines and the health professions.

The mission of the College, which was adopted in February 2007, is:

To preserve, promote, and improve the health and well being of populations,
communities, and individuals. To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among
public health and the health professions in education, research, and service.

Consistent with its mission, the College has three primary goals:

1. Provide excellent educational programs that prepare graduates to address the
multifaceted health needs of populations, communities, and individuals

2. Conduct quality research and disseminate findings that are responsive to priority
health needs

3. Serve as active participants and leaders in University, public health, health practice,
and health services communities through collaborative approaches to intervention,
professional practice, and policy

We emphasize the development of intellectual resources and skills that can help our graduates
address today's complex health problems and pursue fulfilling careers in a variety of health arenas.
The College strives to impart the following values to all of our students:

Commitment to excellence
Diversity
+ Integrity
Respect for human dignity
Social responsibility


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Organizational Structure


The College is comprised of the dean's office, seven departments, one program, and nine centers.
The Master of Public Health program is administered by the dean's office, in collaboration with the
departments of Behavioral Science and Community Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and
Health Services Research, Management and Policy, as well as the Environmental Health Program.
The four other departments in the College comprise the School of Health Professions. The
organization of the College is shown in the following diagram.


College of Public Health and Health Professions

Michael Perri, PhD, Interim Dean


Department of Behavioral Science
and Community Health
Barbara Curbow, PhD, Chair


Department of Epidemiology
and Biostatistics
Elena Andresen, PhD, Chair


Environmental Health Program
Natalie Freeman, PhD,
Interim Director


Department of Health Services
Research, Management, and Policy
R. Paul Duncan, PhD, Chair


School of Health Professions
John Rosenbek, PhD, Director

Department of
- Clinical and Health Psychology
Russel Bauer, PhD, Chair


Department of
Communicative Disorders
John Rosenbek, PhD, Chair


Department of
Occupational Therapy
William Mann, PhD, Chair


Department of
Physical Therapy
Krista Vandenborne, PhD, Chair


Major Administrative Units


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11/19/07


Phone
Administrative Units Key Contacts e
Number
Dean's Office administrative offices for the Interim Dean: Michael Perri, PhD 273-6214
college; includes staff management, advising, Executive Assoc Dean: Stephanie
academics, financial aid concerns, budget, research Hanson, PhD 273-6377
development, and personnel issues; oversees Associate Dean for Academic Affairs:
bachelor of health science program; coordinates Joanne Foss, PhD 273-6135
public health programs. Associate Dean for Public Health
Development and Practice: Mary
Peoples-Sheps, DrPH 273-6443
Associate Dean for International
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Phone
Administrative Units Key Contacts e
Number
Department of Behavioral Science and Chair and Social and Behavioral
Community Health oversees social and Science Concentration Coordinator:
behavioral sciences concentration in MPH Barbara Curbow, PhD 273-6092
program; offers the undergraduate track in Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate
rehabilitative services in the health science Coordinator: Mary Ellen Young, PhD 273-6088
program and a graduate program in rehabilitation
counseling; participates in the rehabilitation
sciences PhD program.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Chair: Elena Andresen, PhD
- oversees epidemiology and biostatistics Epidemiology Concentration 273-5359
concentration in the MPH program Coordinator: Amy Dailey, PhD
Biostatistics Concentration
Coordinator: Michael Daniels, PhD
Department of Health Services Research, Chair: Paul Duncan PhD 273-6072
Management and Policy oversees health HMP Concentration Coordinator:
management and policy concentration in MPH Allyson Hall, PhD 273-6073
program; offers MHA program and health services MHA Program Director: Niccie 273-6066
research doctoral program; participates in the McKay, PhD
health science program MHA Administrative Coordinator: 273-6067
Heidi Kinsell, MHA
Environmental Health Program oversees Interim Director and Concentration
environmental health concentration in the MPH Coordinator: Natalie Freeman, PhD 392-2243
program and the DVM/MPH joint program ext 5545

Department of Clinical and Health Psychology Chair: Russell Bauer, PhD 273-6155
- offers APA accredited doctoral program with Grad Coordinator: James Johnson, 273-6144
specialty tracks in neuropsychology, health PhD
psychology, and pediatric psychology; also offers
APA accredited internship and postdoctoral
fellowships; participates in the health science
program
Department of Communicative Disorders has Chair: John Rosenbek, Ph.D. 273-6158
both speech-language pathology and audiology Grad Coordinator: Alice Holmes, PhD 273-6160
faculty; offers distance learning doctoral program
in audiology and participates in on-campus AuD
program and the rehabilitation sciences PhD
program
Department of Occupational Therapy offers Chair: William Mann, PhD 273-6098
an entry level master's program, and advanced Grad Coordinator: Craig Velozo, PhD 273-6128
master's programs for individuals who already Coordinator of Pre-OT track and
have an entry-level OT degree; participates in the Director of OT Professional Programs:
health science program and the rehabilitation Joanne Foss, Ph.D. 273-6017
sciences PhD program
Department of Physical Therapy offers an Chair: Krista Vandenborne, PhD 273-6100
entry level doctoral program; participates in the Assistant Chair and Director of
rehabilitation sciences PhD program Education: Jane Day, PhD 273-6433


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Academic Programs

The College's commitment to improvements in all aspects of health is reflected in the variety of
bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs available.

Bachelor's Programs Degree
Health Science program, Health Science track Bachelor of Health Science (BHS)
Health Science program, Pre-OT track Bachelor of Health Science (BHS)
Health Science program, Rehabilitative Services track Bachelor of Health Science (BHS)
Master's Programs Degree
Health Administration Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Occupational Therapy
Entry Level Master's Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Advanced Master's Master of Health Science (MHS)
Public Health Master of Public Health (MPH)
Rehabilitation Counseling Master of Health Science (MHS)
Doctoral Programs Degree
Audiology Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
Biostatistics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Clinical and Health Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Epidemiology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Health Services Research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Rehabilitation Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Certificate Programs Certificate
Geriatric Care College level certificate
Life Care Planning College level certificate
Public Health College level certificate


Research Centers

PHHP Research Centers offer research opportunities for many students. The following table
provides basic information and contacts for each center.


Phone
Center Director e
Number
Center for Pediatric Psychology and Family Stephen Boggs, PhD 273-6146
Studies pediatric psychologists, Dept. of Clinical and Health
pediatricians, and students focus on the Psychology
relationships among health, illness, and
behavior in children and families


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Phone
Center Director e
Number
Center for Research in Psychophysiology Peter Lang, PhD 392-2439
psychophysiological researchers advance Dept. of Clinical and Health
understanding of behavioral-physiological Psychology
interactions in people
Center for the Study of Emotion and Peter J. Lang, PhD 392-2439
Attention one of three NIMH Behavioral Dept. of Clinical and Health
Science Research Centers; focuses on how the Psychology
human brain processes emotional stimuli and
its resulting expression
Center for Telehealth and Healthcare William Mann, PhD 273-5216
Communications investigators focus on Dept. of Occupational Therapy
the effects of telecommunication technologies
in health care delivery, including quality of
life, health outcomes, cost, and standards of
use
Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Michael Robinson, PhD 273-6153
Health dedicated to the investigation and Dept. of Clinical and Health
understanding of the experience of pain in Psychology
humans
Hearing Research Center the center's Colleen Le Prell, PhD 273-6163
missions are two-fold, including the discovery Dept. of Communicative
of new fundamental knowledge about hearing, Disorders
hearing disorders, and the physical and
biochemical processes that drive those
disorders; and translation/application of those
findings with corresponding public health
outreach to effectively educate health
professionals and public populations
National Rural Behavioral Health Center Ronald Rozensky, PhD 273-5125
promotes research, education, and service to (Interim)
improve the status of behavioral health care for Dept. of Clinical and Health
rural Americans and to increase access and Psychology
utilization of services
Florida Center for Medicaid and the Paul Duncan, PhD (Interim) 273-5059
Uninsured dedicated to the improvement Dept. of Health Services
of access to health care in Florida for the Research, Management and
state's most vulnerable population through a Policy
multidisciplinary collaboration of academic
and policy making experts
Institute on Community Mobility- William Mann, PhD 273-6817
investigators focus on innovative ways to meet Dept. of Occupational Therapy
the continuing needs of senior citizens by
developing new policies, strategies, methods,
and tools


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The College is also home to the Florida Office on Disability and Health at UF, under the
direction of Elena Andresen, PhD. Established in 2007 with a grant from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the Florida Office on Disability and Health at UF designs, implements,
monitors, and evaluates state and community programs and services for people with disabilities.
The office also provides technical assistance to ensure best practices and uses standardized methods
and tools for data collection and analysis. The mission of the Florida Office on Disability and
Health is to maximize the health, well being, and quality of life, throughout the lifespan, of all
Floridians and their families living with disability.

The overall goal of this project is to improve the health, well being, and quality of life of Floridians
of all ages living with disability. The project has four primary objectives derived from state-wide
stakeholder input:

Build disability and health program capacity and sustainability
Promote needed direct services and programs
Improve public and professional disability awareness
Promote independent living of people with disabilities in the least restrictive and most
accessible environment possible

A major aim of the FODH is to generate epidemiologically sound and consistent data on disability
and health, using both new and existing sources of data, so that disability and health-related public
health policies and programs within the state are data-driven, evidence-based best practices. The
Florida Chartbook on Disability andHealth was published recently and may be viewed online at:
http://ebs.phhp.ufl.edu/FloridaChartbookdisabilitvandHealth.pdf


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PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM OVERVIEW


The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is offered in four different formats: a traditional 48-
credit MPH program, an accelerated 42-credit MPH for qualified health professionals, a combined
bachelor's to master's degree MPH program, and collaborative programs with complementary
master's and doctoral degrees. In each format, students may concentrate in one of the five core
areas of public health: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health management and
policy, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition, health professionals who wish to obtain
breadth in public health may pursue a concentration in public health practice. The MPH curricula
have been designed to meet current developments in the field of public health, Council on
Education for Public Health accreditation criteria, and the College's mission, goals and objectives.

The major characteristics and graduation requirements of the 48-credit MPH curriculum are:
One course in each of the five core areas (15 credits)
Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (1 credit)
Core courses in an area of concentration (15-21 credits)
Elective courses relevant to the chosen concentration and individual career goals (up to 12
credits)
Public Health Internship (5-8 credits)
Major paper and presentation (credit assigned through the Seminar in Contemporary Public
Health Issues)

Specific course requirements and elective options for each concentration are listed under each
concentration in this handbook.

Students attain a depth in public health knowledge and skills by selecting one core area for their
concentrations. They obtain a broad knowledge base of public health issues and perspectives
through the MPH core courses and electives. The concepts presented in these courses are integrated
and assimilated through an internship which provides an opportunity for each student to apply his or
her knowledge in the real world of public health practice. Students may engage in many activities
during an internship. However, each student must have one special project which serves as the basis
for a major paper and a presentation. These final activities of the MPH program are intended to
encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-
disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected of all MPH graduates. Student
presentations are scheduled on one or two Public Health Days near the end of fall, spring and
summer semesters.

The 42-credit accelerated program is designed for working professionals, but it may be completed
on either a full- or part-time basis. All professional students must complete 15 credits of core public
health course work, 15-18 credits in a concentration area, 1 credit of seminar in contemporary
public health issues, and 5 credits of an internship. Candidates for this program must possess a
terminal degree in health-related fields.

Joint programs between the MPH and the MD, DVM, PharmD, and JD degrees involve sharing of
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would be if the two programs were pursued consecutively. Students must apply to, and be accepted
by, each program separately. All MPH and concentration core courses are required, as well as a
public health internship. Joint programs, with admission criteria, curricula, and courses approved
for sharing, are described on the College Web site at
http://www.mph.ufl.edu/programs/collaborative/.

Non-traditional and concurrent programs between the MPH and other graduate degrees are
developed on an individual basis. The University allows no more than nine credits of coursework to
be applied to a second graduate degree. When the MPH is the second degree, students work with
their supervisory committee chairs to identify the courses that will be acceptable as electives in the
MPH program. As in the case of joint programs, students pursue the 48-credit MPH and are
required to complete MPH and concentration core courses, as well as a public health internship.
Programs in this category have been shared with Psychology, Rehabilitation Science, Nursing,
Journalism, and Sociology.

The combined bachelor's to master's MPH degree is designed for seniors at the University of
Florida. Students in a combined program complete 15 credit hours of graduate level public health
course work during their undergraduate senior year. These credits count toward both the bachelor's
program and the MPH. They replace 15 credits of required college and/or general electives. To
accrue the 15 credit hours, students may complete the five core courses, or they may mix core and
concentration courses in an organized, goal-directed plan of study. The remaining 33 credits
required for the MPH are completed after acceptance to the Graduate School and the MPH
Program. Students in combined degree programs represent a variety of undergraduate majors.

The College also offers two non-degree opportunities in public health. A 15-credit public health
minor allows undergraduate students to acquire public health knowledge and skills that are
complementary to their chosen career paths, while pursuing their original degrees. A 15-credit
public health certificate is for working professionals and graduate or professional students who
cannot or do not desire to complete a degree program. Both the minor and the certificate programs
have the same curriculum and course options. Students may choose to take all 15 credits in the five
core courses or they may tailor their plans of study to include one 3-credit core course, 9 credits in
the concentration area of that selected core and 3 final credits in that same area or another
concentration. The public health certificate is available online as well as on campus.

How the MPH Program Works

The MPH Program is administered through the office of the Associate Dean for Public Health
Development and Practice in PHHP. The Associate Dean serves as director of public health
programs in the College. Other administrative personnel include the Associate Director of the MPH
Program, the Internship Coordinator, and the Program Assistant. MPH concentrations are housed in
the departments of Behavioral Science and Community Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and
Health Services Research, Management and Policy, as well as the Environmental Health Program
(see page 5 for the organizational structure of the College).

MPH students declare a concentration area when they apply to the program. Upon enrollment, they
track through the approved concentration area of their choice. Each concentration has a coordinator
who is responsible for overseeing curriculum development and applying program policies in his/her


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concentration. Each student is assigned a faculty member who serves as Supervisory Committee
Chair to provide individual guidance and advice (see page 104 for additional information about
Supervisory Committees). Working from the templates provided within each concentration of this
handbook, students consult with the Associate Director of the MPH Program to draft individualized
plans of study, which are subsequently finalized with the each student's Supervisory Committee
Chair.
Key Contacts for MPH Students


When you need......

Advice on courses or the general curriculum
and career planning


To arrange an internship and special project


Help scheduling and registering

Financial aid

Help finding forms or dealing with other
bureaucratic issues

To resolve other program issues



Mary Peoples-Sheps, DrPH
Associate Dean for Public Health
Development and Practice
HPNP Room 4110
352-273-6084
mpeoplessheps(@)phhp.ufl.edu

Catherine Sembajwe-Reeves, MA
MPH Associate Director
HPNP Room G229
352-273-6444
nalusemb(@iphhp.ufl.edu


Please contact.......

Associate Director of the MPH Program,
Concentration Coordinator, or Supervisory
Committee Chair

Internship Coordinator, Concentration
Coordinator, or Supervisory Committee Chair

Program Assistant

Assistant Director of Student Financial Services

Program Assistant


Associate Dean for Public Health Development
and Practice


Slande Celeste, MPH, CHES
MPH Internship Coordinator
HPNP Room 3121
352-273-6148
slande@phhp.ufl.edu

Brigette Hart, BA
Program Assistant
HPNP Room 4101
3520273-6443
bhart@phhp.ufl.edu

Mike Menefee
Assistant Director of Student Financial
Affairs
Room G208 HPNP
352-273-6202
mmenefee(@iufl.edu


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MPH Core Competencies

All students in the MPH Program are expected to master a set of public health competencies during
the course of their studies. The competencies that have been selected by the faculty of the College
of Public Health and Health Professions are derived from the Ten Essential Public Health Services
and are consistent with recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health
(www.asph.org). The following table lists the competencies expected of all of our MPH graduates
and the courses that contribute to them. During your first semester in the MPH program, a session
of the Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues will focus on the derivation and applications
of these competencies. Throughout your MPH program, each decision you make about courses and
other learning experiences will be guided by its relationship to achieving the competencies.

Each concentration also has a set of competencies specific to practice in its field. Students are also
expected to develop competence in these areas of knowledge and skill, which are included with
each concentration description in this handbook.

MPH Core Competencies and Learning Experiences

Graduates of the MPH degree MPH Core Courses
program are expected to have
entry-level competence in the PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC 6946
following essential public health 6050/ 6001 6102 6313 6410 6601 Internship
services: PHC
6937
1. Monitoring health status to identify
and solve community health problems
2. Diagnosing and investigating health
problems and health hazards in the
X X X X X P P
community using an ecological
framework
3. Informing, educating, and
empowering people about health issues
4. Mobilizing community partnerships
and action to identify and solve health X X P P
problems
5. Developing policies and plans that
support individual and community X X X X P P
health efforts
6. Using laws and regulations that
protect health and ensure safety X X P P

7. Linking people to needed personal
health services and assuring the
provision of health care when otherwise X X P P
unavailable


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2008-09 MPH Student Handbook


Graduates of the MPH degree MPH Core Courses
program are expected to have
entry-level competence in the PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC 6946
following essential public health 6050/ 6001 6102 6313 6410 6601 Internship
services: PHC
6937
8. Evaluating effectiveness,
accessibility, and quality of personal X X X X X P P
and population-based health services

9. Conducting research for new insights
and innovative solutions to health X X X P P
problems

10. Communicating effectively with
public health constituencies in oral and
written forms X X X X X P



X: Course provides content and experiences that contribute to development of the competencies
P: Course provides opportunities for learning experiences that contribute to development of one or more competency.
Specific experiences vary by student.

Notes:
The PHHP Core Competencies for graduates of the MPH degree program are derived, with small modifications, from
the 10 Essential Public Health Services (1994).

PHC 6050: Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I (required for students in Health Management & Policy and Social
& Behavioral Sciences)
PHC 6937: Special Topics: Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (required for students in Biostatistics, Environmental
Health, and Epidemiology)
PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6102: Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems
PHC 6313: Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
PHC 6410 (formerly PHC 6406): Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health

PHC 6601 (formerly PHC 6931): Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues is a one-credit required course that
offers opportunities to illustrate and strengthen the core competencies, and to develop a written and oral report that
integrates knowledge and skills across the five public health concentrations.

PHC 6946: All MPH students are required to complete an internship with a public health or related agency. While each
internship involves different goals and activities, all of them provide opportunities for students to enrich and expand on
one or more of the MPH core competencies.


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2008-09 MPH Student Handbook


Principles of Ethical Practice in Public Health

The College of Public Health and Health Professions expects that all MPH students have a
comprehensive understanding of, and adhere to, the public health code of ethics in their academic
and professional careers. These 12 principles were developed by the Center for Health Leadership
and Practice, Public Health Institute in conjunction with the Public Health Leadership Society's
http://www.phls.org/home Ethics Work Group, and standing Committee on Public Health Ethics.
Students will find that these 12 principles correspond to the 10 essential public health services.

1. Public health should address principally the fundamental causes of disease and requirements for
health, aiming to prevent adverse health outcomes.
2. Public health should achieve community health in a way that respects the rights of individuals in
the community.
3. Public health policies, programs, and priorities should be developed and evaluated through
processes that ensure an opportunity for input from community members.
4. Public health should advocate and work for the empowerment of disenfranchised community
members, aiming to ensure that the basic resources and conditions necessary for health are
accessible to all.
5. Public health should seek the information needed to implement effective policies and programs
that protect and promote health.
6. Public health institutions should provide communities with the information that is needed for
decisions on policies or programs and should obtain the community's consent for their
implementation.
7. Public health institutions should act in a timely manner on the information they have within the
resources and the mandate given to them by the public.
8. Public health programs and policies should incorporate a variety of approaches that anticipate and
respect diverse values, beliefs, and cultures in the community.
9. Public health programs and policies should be implemented in a manner that most enhances the
physical and social environment.
10. Public health institutions should protect the confidentiality of information that can bring harm to
an individual or community if made public. Exceptions must be justified on the basis of the high
likelihood of significant harm to the individual or others.
11. Public health institutions should ensure the professional competence of their employees.
12. Public health institutions and their employees should engage in collaborations and affiliations in
ways that build the public's trust and the institution's effectiveness.

For more information about the Principles of Ethical Practice in Public Health, go to
http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/lCED3CEA-287E-4185-9CBD-
BD405FC60856/0/ethicsbrochure.Pdf


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2008-09 MPH Student Handbook


BIOSTATISTICS


Concentration Overview

Biostatistics uses data analysis to determine the cause of disease and injuries, as well as to identify
health trends within communities. Students entering into a biostatistics program should possess a
broad knowledge of biology and a solid understanding of mathematics, statistical methods, and
measures.

The biostatistics concentration is designed primarily for students with a previous graduate degree,
particularly in the health sciences, who want to obtain a solid background in quantitative and
analytical methods for public health research. The coursework exposes students to methodology
typically used to analyze different types of public health data and gives them opportunities to apply
these methodologies themselves. Graduates of the MPH program with a concentration in
biostatistics return to their careers with an improved understanding of quantitative methods for
public health research. This increased knowledge will both facilitate their own research programs
and enhance their ability to critically read the literature in their field.

Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Division of Biostatistics, teach
courses and advise students in the biostatistics concentration. The curriculum is designed to enable
students to develop competence in very specific biostatistical skills. In addition to 16 credits that
constitute the public health core courses, the biostatistics concentration requires 15 credits of
courses in biostatistics. Two of these courses address mathematical methods of statistics which are
essential for undertaking the advanced biostatistics courses that are available as electives. Students
are also required to develop basic skills in regression analysis, survival analysis, and epidemiology
methods. Each biostatistics MPH student has an opportunity to take public health electives and
complete his/her program of study with an internship that includes a special analytical project.


Biostatistics Faculty

Babette Brumback, PhD Michael Daniels, PhD
Concentration Coordinator HPNP, Room 3106
HPNP, Room 3112 daniels@phhp.ufl.edu
352-273-5366
bbrumback@phhp.ufl.edu Ning Li, PhD
HPNP Room 3115
Amy Cantrell, PhD 352-273-5822
HPNP, Room 3117 nli(@phhp.ufl.edu
352-273-5746
acantrell(@phhp.ufl.edu Xiaomin Lu, PhD
HPNP, Room 3109
352-273-7920
xlu2@phhp.ufl.edu


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Plans of Study


General plans of study for the 48-credit and 42-credit Biostatistics MPH curriculum are
provided in the following pages. These plans are templates for developing individual plans
specific to each student's needs and career goals.

Students should meet with the MPH Associate Director in their first semester to begin
developing their individual plan of study. In preparation for this meeting, students should
develop a list of goals they wish to accomplish through the MPH Program. Your Supervisory
Committee Chair and other public health faculty are also available to consult in the
development of the plan of study.

Once you have met with the Associate Director and developed your initial plan of study, you
will need to have your Supervisory Committee Chair sign your plan of study. Please provide
a copy of the signed plan of study to the Program Assistant to be placed in your student file.
At this time, the Program Assistant will register you for public health coursework.

If your initial plan of study does not change, you will be registered each semester according
to the original plan. If you need to change the plan of study, please contact the Associate
Director or your Supervisory Committee Chair for guidance. The revised plan of study,
signed by your Supervisory Committee Chair and the MPH Associate Director, must be sent
to the Program Assistant prior to course registration. You will not be registered for
practicum, supervised research or internship credits until appropriate proposal forms with
signatures have been submitted.


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MPH Biostatistics 48-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits **Semester
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostaistical Methods 3 F, S
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public 3 F
Health (formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues 1 F, S
(formerly PHC 6931)
II. Concentration Core: 15 credits
PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences 3 S
STA 5715 Survival Analysis 3 F
STA 5325 Fundamentals of Probability 3 F, S
STA 5328 Fundamentals of Statistical Theory 3 F, S
PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I 3 S
III. Concentration Electives: 3-6 credits*
STA 5223 Applied Sample Survey Methods 3 S
STA 5503 Categorical Data Methods 3 S
STA 5507 Applied Nonparametric Methods 3 F
STA 5701 Applied Multivariate Methods 3 S-odd
IV. Public Health Electives: 3-9 credits
PHC Public health coursework offered by the other
courses concentrations
PHC 6917 Supervised Research (Prereq: consent ofinstructor) 1-6
V. Internship: 5-8 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5-8

*Other courses may be substituted or added with the approval of the concentration coordinator.

**F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer

**Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should verify course offerings and
contact appropriate department for permission to register prior to registration.















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MPH Biostatistics 42-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits **Semester
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 3 F, S
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public 3 F
Health (formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues 1 F, S
(formerly PHC 6931)
II. Concentration Core: 15 credits
PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences 3 S
STA 5715 Survival Analysis 3 F
STA 5325 Fundamentals of Probability 3 F, S
STA 5328 Fundamentals of Statistical Theory 3 F, S
PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I 3 S
III. Concentration Electives: 6 credits*
STA 5223 Applied Sample Survey Methods 3 S
STA 5503 Categorical Data Methods 3 S
STA 5507 Applied Nonparametric Methods 3 F
STA 5701 Applied Multivariate Methods 3 S-odd
IV. Internship: 5 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5

*Other courses may be substituted or added with the approval of the concentration coordinator.

**F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer

**Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should verify course offerings and
contact appropriate department for permission to register prior to registration.



















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College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan of Study: Biostatistics


Graduate Year 1

Notes







Fall Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH

PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6937 3 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods
Concentration Core
STA 5325 3 Fundamentals of Probability

Spring Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
Concentration Core
STA 5328 3 Fundamentals of Statistical Theory
STA 6208 3 Regression Analysis
PHC 6000 3 Epidemiology Research Methods I


Graduate Year 2

Summer Semester 2008 Total Hrs 6
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Elective
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems
Public Health Elective
3

Fall Semester 2008 Total Hrs 9
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
PHC 6003 3 Survival Analysis

Concentration Elective
3
Public Health Elective
3

Spring Semester 2009 Total Hrs 6-9
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 5-8 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues


Chair, Supervisory Committee


Date


Associate Director


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Date











College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan of Study: Biostatistics-42 credit


Graduate Year 1


Notes


Fall Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH

PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6937 3 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods
Concentration Core
STA 5325 3 Fundamentals of Probability

Spring Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
Concentration Core
STA 5328 3 Fundamentals of Statistical Theory
PHC 6053 3 Regression Analysis
PHC 6000 3 Epidemiology Research Methods I


Graduate Year 2

Summer A Semester 2008 Total Hrs 3
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems



Fall Semester Total Hrs 9
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
STA 5715 3 Survival Analysis

Concentration Elective
3

3

Spring Semester Total Hrs 6
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 5 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues


Chair, Supervisory Committee


Date


Associate Director


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Biostatistics
Concentration Competencies


Concentration Core Courses

MPH Graduates with a concentration in Biostatistics are
expected to perform with entry-level competence in the
following areas:
PHC PHC STA STA STA PHC PHC PHC
6937 6053 5715 5325 5328 6000 6601 6946

1. Describe the role of biostatistics in public health research X X X P P
2. Interpret and critique analyses found in public health studies X X P

3. Use appropriate statistical methodology to address public
health problems
4. Communicate effectively with investigators in other areas of
public health
5. Develop presentations based on statistical methods and analyses X
for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences
6. Apply software to conduct statistical analyses X X X P X


X: Learning objectives in this course contribute to achievement of the competency.
P: Competency may be addressed through this course. PHC 6601 and PHC 6946 have clear objectives but variable content that is
tailored to individual student needs and goals. One or more competencies are addressed through the special projects conducted and
reported in these courses. Biostatistics students are required to conduct a statistical analysis for the special project component of the
internship. The analysis serves as the basis for their papers and presentations in PHC 6601.


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Notes:
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods
PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences
STA 5715 Survival Analysis
STA 5325 Fundamentals of Probability
STA 5328 Fundamentals of Statistical Theory
PHC 6000 Epidemiology Research Methods I
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship

These competencies were developed by the biostatistics faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. They represent the
educated opinions of the faculty on what competencies MPH graduates in biostatistics should have.

Visit http://www.mph.ufl.edu/concentrations/BIOCompetencies2006.pdf for a detailed map of the biostatistics concentration competencies
and the course learning objectives designed to contribute to them.


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MPH Biostatistics Concentration
Guidelines for Internships and Special Projects

The purpose of the MPH internship (usually a research internship for biostatistics students) is
to (1) apply the skills learned across the MPH curriculum and within the biostatistics
concentration specifically, and (2) to advance the student's understanding of biostatistics and
public health in a real-world application and setting. Typically, MPH students should seek an
internship that will extend their post-graduate competitive profile in various government,
academic, private, and agency employment markets. Based on students' goals, the internship
setting may be in a public health agency, academic setting, or another related organization or
agency. Within those settings, students may focus on a variety of specific discipline or
content areas of research, such as infectious or chronic disease, genetics, or cancer.

This document is intended as an overall guide to our program expectations for these
internships/ special projects for biostatistics. The intent is for biostatistics concentration
students to experience and accomplish activities that are considered competencies for
biostatistics at the national level. No one student will perform all activities on this list.
However, minimum expectations are given for groups of these. Consult with your
advisor/Supervisory Committee Chair and with the MPH Associate Director about these
requirements when selecting your project and completing your goals/plan.

A. Planning Activities
1. Literature reviews
2. Study design
3. Grant writing
4. Designing, testing, and adapting data collection methods
5. Group meetings, formal planning work
6. IRB preparation and activities

B. Conducting Collaborative Research
1. Data collection (interviews, records, laboratory, etc.)
2. Working with data entry systems
3. Laboratory or specimen handling and analysis

C. Data Management, Analysis, and Interpretation
1. Designing data collection or data entry systems
2. Database tasks such as data cleaning, programming, variable classification and
coding, designing and updating coding manuals, codebooks, etc.
3. Statistical data analysis
4. Creating tables, graphs, charts of analyses
5. Writing data methods or data interpretation methods

D. Communication
1. Routine memos, forms, files, calls, and electronic communications with team and
others for the internship
2. Written reports and findings


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3. Graphics, slides, or the aids in communicating results
4. Oral presentations
5. Disseminating results, e.g., community feedback, newsletters, reports to subjects,
etc.

E. Teams and Systems
1. Working with a lab, clinic, research group
2. Integrating activities at more than one level, e.g., investigator and department,
local and global, community and individual, laboratory and population, etc.
3. Establishing or working in a partnership

F. Community, Population-Level Thinking
1. Activities that relate to group levels, e.g., communities, nation, special subgroups


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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Concentration Overview

Professionals trained in Environmental Health study the impact of our surroundings on our
health. They understand how environmental risk factors can cause diseases like asthma,
cancer, and food poisoning. Environmental health professionals make up approximately half
of public health personnel and the field accounts for about half of public health expenditures.

Students interested in environmental health typically have a background in biological or
physical sciences, engineering, nursing, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Prior experience
in chemistry, biology, statistics, and Microsoft Excel software is desirable.

Those who graduate with an MPH in environmental health find challenging positions in
federal, state, and county departments of health and environmental protection, other federal
agencies, consulting and research companies, and industry. They work as environmental
health specialists, risk assessors, and project managers. Recent graduates from UF are
employed by several major environmental consulting firms as risk assessors and by a
research consulting firm.

The MPH environmental health concentration is part of the Environmental Health Program
in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Many faculty members in the
concentration are also members of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology
(CEHT) and/or the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI). Some of the faculty hold joint
appointments in other UF colleges including the College of Veterinary Medicine. The
environmental health curriculum addresses a diverse range of environmental issues that
concern individuals and communities. Courses and other educational experiences are
carefully structured to enable students to develop competence in very specific environmental
health skills. The program offers particular depth in the effects of hazardous materials on
human health and the environment through courses in toxicology and risk assessment.
Required courses include general toxicology, toxic substances, human health risk assessment,
risk communication, and exposure assessment. Included in the concentration core are courses
on water biology, air pollution, water pollution and wastewater management, and food
sanitation and safety where public health activities are guided by federal and state laws and
regulations. Through additional elective courses, which draw on the extensive expertise of
University of Florida faculty and the unique ecology of our state, students may focus on
community environmental health, food health, pathogens, or toxicology and risk assessment.


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Environmental Health Faculty


Natalie Freeman, PhD, MPH
Concentration Coordinator
CEHT-Building 471, Room 30
352-392-4700 x 1-5545
nfreeman@phhp.ufl.edu

David Barber, PhD
CEHT-Building 471, Room 34
352-392-4700 x 1-5540
barberd@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu

Andrew Kane, PhD
Emerging Pathogens Institute
(Annex Bldg. 62)
352-273-7526
kane@ufl.edu

Vito Ilacqua, PhD
CEHT-Building 471, Room 32
352-392-2243
vilacqua@phhp.ufl.edu

Traci Krueger, DVM, MPH
Dental Tower Room DG-95
352-273-5259
KruegerT@vetmed.ufl.edu

Brian Mayer, PhD
Fall-Spring: Department of Sciology
Summer: HPNP Room TBA
352-392-0265
bmayer@soc.ufl.edu

Bernard Okech, PhD
Whitney Laboratory for Marine
Bioscience
904-461-4024 x 30
bokech@ufl.edu

Steven Roberts, PhD
CEHT-Building 471, Room 12
352-392-4700 x 1-5505
smr(@ufl.edu


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Plans of Study


General plans of study for the 48-credit and 42-credit environmental health MPH curriculum
are provided in the following pages. These plans are templates for developing individual
plans specific to each student's needs and career goals.

Students should meet with the Associate Director in their first semester to begin developing
their individual plan of study. In preparation for this meeting, students should develop a list
of goals they wish to accomplish through the MPH Program. Your Supervisory Committee
Chair and other public health faculty are also available to consult in the development of the
plan of study.

Once you have met with the MPH Associate Director and developed your initial plan of
study, you will need to have your Supervisory Committee Chair sign your plan of study.
Please provide a copy of the signed plan of study to the Program Assistant to be placed in
your student file. At this time, the Program Assistant will register you for public health
coursework.

If your initial plan of study does not change, you will be registered each semester according
to the original plan. If you need to change the plan of study, please contact the Associate
Director or your Supervisory Committee Chair for guidance. The revised plan of study,
signed by your Supervisory Committee Chair and the MPH Associate Director, must be sent
to the Program Assistant prior to course registration. You will not be registered for
practicum, supervised research or internship credits until appropriate proposal forms with
signatures have been submitted.


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MPH Environmental Health 48-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public 3 F
Health (formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly 1 F, S
PHC 6931)
II. Concentration Core: 12 credits
VME 6602 General Toxicology (online) 3 F, S
VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment 4 F
PHC 6702 Exposure Measurement and Assessment 3 ss
PHC 6937 Risk Communication for Environmental Health and Risk 2 ss
Assessment
III. Concentration Core: 6 credits: select 2 of 4 courses
ENV 5105 Foundation of Air Pollution 3 S
EES 5245 Water Quality Analysis or 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Water Biology 3 S
FOS 5205 Current Issues in Food Safety and Sanitation (online and 3 F
on campus)
SOS 6932 Soils, Water and Public Health 3 S
IV. Concentration Core: 3 credits: select 1 of 3 courses
VME 6605 Toxic Substances (online) (pre-req. VME 6602) 3 S, ss
VME 6603 Advanced Toxicology (pre-req VME 6602) 3 S-Even
VME 6934 Ecological Toxicology and Risk Assessment 3 F-Odd
V. Concentration Electives: 2-3 credits
Toxicology and Risk Assessment Focus
VME 6605 Toxic Substances (online) (pre-req. VME 6602) 3 S, ss
VME 6603 Advanced Toxicology (pre-req VME 6602) 3 S-Even
VME 6934 Ecological Toxicology and Risk Assessment 3 F-Odd
PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation and Molecular Mechanisms of 3 F, S
Toxicity
Pathogen Focus
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Water Biology 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Bioterrorism 3 TBA
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Environmental Management of Vector- 3 S
borne Diseases
Food Health Focus
ALS 5106 Food and the Environment (online alternate years) 3 Even
FOS 5732 Current Issues in Food Regulations 3 S
ANG 5467 Culture and Nutrition 3 S
Community Environmental Health Focus
SYA 7933 Environmental Inequity 3 F
LAW 6936 Environmental Justice Issues Seminar 2 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Public Health Disaster Preparedness and 3 F
Emergency Response
VI. Public Health Elective: 3 credits
PHC courses Public health concentration coursework offered by the 3
other tracks
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PHC 6917 Supervised Research (Prereq: consent of the instructor) 1-3
PHC 6945 Public Health Practicum (Prereq: approval ofpracticum 1-3
site and consent of instructor)
VII. Internship: 5-8 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5-8

*F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer. Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should
verify course offerings and contact appropriate department for permission to register prior to
registration.


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MPH Environmental Health 42-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6406 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public 3 F
Health (formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly 1 F, S
PHC 6931)
II. Concentration Core: 12 credits
VME 6602 General Toxicology (online) 3 F, S
VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment 4 F
PHC 6702 Exposure Measurement and Assessment 3 ss
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Risk Communication for Environmental 2 ss
Health and Risk Assessment
III. Concentration Core: 6 credits: select 2 of 4 courses
ENV 5105 Foundation of Air Pollution 3 S
EES 5245 Water Quality Analysis or 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Water Biology 3 S
FOS 5205 Current Issues in Food Safety and Sanitation (online and 3 F
on campus)
SOS 6932 Soils, Water and Public Health 3 S
IV. Concentration Core: 3 credits: select 1 of 3 courses
VME 6605 Toxic Substances (online) (pre-req. VME 6602) 3 S, ss
VME 6603 Advanced Toxicology (pre-req VME 6602) 3 S-Even
VME 6934 Ecological Toxicology and Risk Assessment 3 F-Odd
V. Internship: 5 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5

*F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer. Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should
verify course offerings and contact appropriate department for permission to register prior to
registration.


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College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan of Study: Environmental Health


Graduate Year 1


Notes


Fall Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6937 3 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods

Concentration Core(II)

VME 6602 3 General Toxicology (online)

Spring Semester Total Hrs 9-12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems

Concentration Core (III) choose from list
3
0-3


Graduate Year 2

Summer Semester Total Hrs 8
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core (II)
PHC 6937 2 Risk Communication for Environmental Health
PHC 6702 3 Exposure Measurement and Assessment
Concentration Core (IV)
VME 6605 3 Toxic Substances (online Summer C)

Fall Semester Total Hrs 10-13
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core (II)
VME 6607 4 Human Health Risk Assessment
Concentration Core(III) choose from list
0-3
Concentration Elective choose from list
3
Public Health Elective
3

Spring Semester Total Hrs 6-9
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 5-8 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues


Chair, Supervisory Committee


Date


Associate Director


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Date







College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan of Study: Environmental Health-42 credit


Graduate Year 1


Notes


Fall Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6937 3 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods

Concentration Core(II)

VME 6602 3 General Toxicology (online)

Spring Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems

Concentration Core (III) choose from list
3
3


Graduate Year 2

Summer Semester Total Hrs 8
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core (II)
PHC 6937 2 Risk Communication for Environmental Health
PHC 6702 3 Exposure Measurement and Assessment
Concentration Core (IV)
VME 6605 3 Toxic Substances (online Summer C)

Fall Semester Total Hrs 10
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core (II)
VME 6607 4 Human Health Risk Assessment
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 5 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues



Spring Semester Total Hrs 0
Course Hrs Title


Chair, Supervisory Committee


Date


Associate Director


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Date








Environmental Health
Concentration Competencies


Concentration Core Courses

MPH Graduates with a concentration in
Environmental Health are expected to
perform with entry-level competence in the


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1. Describe to specific communities or general
populations the direct and indirect human and X X X X X X X X X X X X X
ecological effects of major environmental
agents

2. Describe genetic, physiological and
psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to X X X X X X P P
adverse health outcomes following exposure to
environmental hazards

3. Explain the health effects and general
mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a toxic X X X X P P
response to exposure to various environmental
toxicants

4. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, X X X X X X X X X X X P P
and controlling environmental hazards that pose
risks to human health and the environment

5. Develop a testable model of an environmental X X X X X X X P P
insult or design a way to evaluate an
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X: Learning objectives in this course contribute to achievement of the competency.
P: Competency may be addressed through this course. PHC 6601 and PHC 6946 have clear objectives but variable content that is tailored to
individual student needs and goals. One or more competencies are addressed through the special projects conducted and reported in these
courses.


Notes:
PHC 6313
VME 6602
VME 6607
PHC 6702
PHC 6937
ENV 5105
EES 5245
FOS 5205
SOS 6932
VME 6605
VME 6603
PHC 6946


Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
General Toxicology
Human Health Risk Assessment
Exposure Assessment
Risk Communication
Air Pollution
Water Quality Analysis
Food Safety and Sanitation
Soils and Public Health
Toxic Substances
Advanced Toxicology
Public Health Internship


Visit http://www.mph.ufl.edu/concentrations/EHCompetencies2006.pdf for a detailed map of the environmental health concentration
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MPH Environmental Health Concentration
Guidelines for Internships and Special Projects


The purpose of the MPH internship is to (1) apply the skills learned across the MPH curriculum and
within environmental health specifically, and (2) to enhance the student's understanding of
environmental health and public health in real-world applications and settings. During the internship
the student will:

1. Carry out a project representative of expected work in the field of environmental health
2. Demonstrate competence in research/practice/evaluation relevant to environmental health
3. Gain exposure to an organization's environment, culture and purposes
4. Develop professional judgment and contacts
5. Clarify Public Health/Environmental Health career goals

Based on the student's professional goals, the internship may be in any of a range of settings (public
health or environmental protection agency at a city, county or state level, community action group,
federal agency, or corporation) and may focus on one or more specific disciplines or content areas
(e.g., risk assessment, food safety, occupational health, environmental health planning, disaster
management).

The intent is for environmental health students to experience and accomplish activities that are
considered performance competencies for environmental health both within the College of Public
Health and Health Professions and at the national level and to integrate competencies obtained in the
classroom. The objective of the environmental health internship is to provide the student with the
opportunity to apply some, if not all, of these competencies in a real world setting. Consult with your
advisor/Chair and with the Associate Director for Students and Academic Affairs about these
requirements when selecting your project and completing your goals/plan.

A. Environmental Health Planning Activities
1. Critical evaluation of a body of scientific information
2. Study design or problem assessment
3. Design, test, and adapt data collection methods
4. Group meetings, formal planning work Delphi methods, interviewing experts, etc.
5. IRB preparation and activities

B. Conducting Environmental Health Investigations or Assessments
1. Information gathering (interviews, records, laboratory, etc.)
2. Working with data entry systems
3. Laboratory or specimen handling and analysis

C. Data Management, Analysis, and Interpretation
1. Designing data collection or data entry systems
2. Statistical data analysis
3. Creating tables, graphs, charts of analyses
4. Writing data methods or data interpretation methods


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D. Communication and Collaboration
1. Routine memos, forms, files, calls, and electronic communications with team and others for
the internship
2. Written reports and findings
3. Graphics, slides, or the aids in communicating results
4. Oral presentations
5. Disseminating results, e.g., community feedback, newsletters, reports to subjects, etc.
6. Work with a lab, clinic, research group, community group, organization
7. Integrate activities at more than one level, e.g., investigator and department, local and
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EPIDEMIOLOGY

Concentration Overview

Epidemiology focuses on the study of the distribution and determinants of health in populations and
communities. It is the scientific foundation of public health research that seeks to reduce risk factors
and improve health. The discipline also contributes to public health practice and policy, and research
in other health related fields such as medicine and pharmacy. This concentration area is designed to
train professionals to apply the principles and methods of epidemiological investigation in a broad
range of settings.

Students who seek epidemiology as a concentration typically have strong quantitative training, or are
interested and enjoy quantitative or mathematical work. They tend to describe themselves as enjoying
science, problem solving, analytic reasoning, and have goals that include studying the causes, cures,
and prevention of health problems.

MPH graduates with a concentration in epidemiology are employed as epidemiologists in a broad
range of organizations, such as federal, state and local public health agencies, private, government and
academic research, pharmaceutical and other industries, health care organizations and medical
settings, legal settings, and consulting firms.

Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Division of Epidemiology, teach courses
and advise students in the epidemiology concentration. The curriculum is designed to prepare
practicing epidemiologists and to provide a foundation for those who wish to continue to a PhD
program in Epidemiology. Courses and other educational experiences are carefully structured to
enable students to develop competence in very specific epidemiology skills. In addition to the 16
credits that constitute the public health core courses, the epidemiology concentration requires 12
credits of epidemiology concentration courses in epidemiological methods and the epidemiology of
acute and chronic diseases, 3 credits of biostatistics, and at least 6 credits of specialty electives, such
as social epidemiology, survey research, survival analysis, pharmacoepidemiology, or research
measurement. Public health electives, additional concentration electives, and the internship (5-8
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Epidemiology Faculty


Elena Andresen, PhD
Department Chair
HPNP, Room 3114
352-273-5359
eandresen@,phhp.ufl.edu

Nabih Asal, PhD
HPNP, Room 3110
352-273-5363
nasal (phhp.ufl.edu

Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH
HPNP, Room 3114
352-273-5869
cookrl@(phhp.ufl.edu


Amy Dailey, PhD
HPNP, Room 3111
352-273-5934
abdailey@phhp.ufl.edu


Erin DeFries Bouldin, MPH
Lecturer
(352) 273-5279
HPNP, Room 3102
edefries@phhp.ufl.edu

Xiaohui Xu, PhD, MD, MPH
Concentration Coordinator
HPNP, Room 3119
352-273-5362
xhxu@phhp.ufl.edu


Plans of Study

General plans of study for the 48-credit and 42-credit Epidemiology MPH curriculum are
provided in the following pages. These plans are templates for developing individual plans
specific to each student's needs and career goals.

Students should meet with the Associate Director in their first semester to begin developing
their individual plan of study. In preparation for this meeting, students should develop a list
of goals they wish to accomplish through the MPH Program. Your Supervisory Committee
Chair and other public health faculty are also available to consult in the development of the
plan of study.

Once you have met with the Associate Director and developed your initial plan of study, you
will need to have your Supervisory Committee Chair sign your plan of study. Please provide
a copy of the signed plan of study to the Program Assistant to be placed in your student file.
At this time, the Program Assistant will register you for public health coursework.

If your initial plan of study does not change, you will be registered each semester according
to the original plan. If you need to change the plan of study, please contact the Associate
Director or your Supervisory Committee Chair for guidance. The revised plan of study,
signed by your Supervisory Committee Chair and the MPH Associate Director, must be sent
to the Program Assistant prior to course registration. You will not be registered for
practicum, supervised research or internship credits until appropriate proposal forms with
signatures have been submitted.


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MPH Epidemiology 48-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 3 F, S
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health 3 F
(formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly PHC 1 F, S
6931)
II. Concentration Core: 12 credits
PHC 6000 Epidemiological Research Methods I 3 S
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 3 ss (A)
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease 3 F
PHC 6011 Epidemiology Research Methods II 3 ss (A)
III. Biostatistics Core: 3 credits
PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences 3 S
IV. Concentration Electives: 6-9 credits (examples)
PHC 6901 Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club) 1 F, S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Public Health Concepts in Infectious Disease 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Seminar in Social Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6938 Oral and Craniofacial Epidemiology 3 F
STA 5507 Applied Nonparametric Methods 3 F
STA 5715
PHC 6937 Survival Analysis (PHC students take as special topic) 3 F
VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment 4 F
PHC 6162 Public Health Grant Writing 2 S
PHC 6014 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease II 3 S
PHC 6070 Epidemiology of Aging 3 S
PHA 6268 Pharmacoepidemiology 3 S
PHC 6711 Measurement in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: SAS for Public Health: Data 1 S,F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: SAS for Public Health: Analysis 1 S,F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: SAS Applications 1 S,F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Bias in Observational Studies 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Environmental Control of Vector-Bore 3 S
Diseases
STA 5503 Categorical Data Analysis 3 S
PHC 6716 Survey Research Methods 3 ss I
PHC 6717 Theory and Measurement in Public Health Disability Research 2-3 ss (B)
PHC 6917 Supervised Research (Prereq: consent of supervisory chair) 1-3
PHC 6945 Public Health Practicum (Prereq: approval ofpracticum site 1-3
and consent ofsupervisory chair)
V. Public Health Electives: 3 credits
PHC courses I Public health coursework offered by the other concentrations 3
VI. Internship: 5-8 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5-8

*F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer. Class schedules are subject to change. Students should verify course
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MPH Epidemiology 42-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 3 F, S
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health 3 F
(formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly PHC 1 F, S
6931)
II. Concentration Core: 12 credits
PHC 6000 Epidemiological Research Methods I 3 S
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 3 ss (A)
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease 3 F
PHC 6011 Epidemiology Research Methods II 3 ss (A)
III. Biostatistics Core: 3 credits
PHC 6053 Regression Methods for the Health and Life Sciences 3 S
IV. Concentration Electives: 6 credits (examples)
PHC 6901 Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club) 1 F, S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Public Health Concepts in Infectious Disease 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Seminar in Social Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6938 Oral and Craniofacial Epidemiology 3 F
STA 5507 Applied Nonparametric Methods 3 F
STA 5715
PHC 6937 Survival Analysis (PHC students take as special topic) 3 F
VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment 4 F
PHC 6162 Public Health Grant Writing 2 S
PHC 6014 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease II 3 S
PHC 6070 Epidemiology of Aging 3 S
PHA 6268 Pharmacoepidemiology 3 S
PHC 6711 Measurement in Epidemiology and Outcomes Research 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: SAS for Public Health: Data 1 S,F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: SAS for Public Health: Analysis 1 S,F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: SAS Application 1 S,F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Environmental Control of Vector-Bore 3 S
Diseases
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Bias in Observational Studies 3 S
STA 5503 Categorical Data Analysis 3 S
PHC 6716 Survey Research Methods 3 ss I
PHC 6717 Theory and Measurement in Public Health Disability Research 2-3 ss (B)
PHC 6917 Supervised Research (Prereq: consent of supervisory chair) 1-3
PHC 6945 Public Health Practicum (Prereq: approval ofpracticum site 1-3
and consent ofsupervisory chair)
V. Internship: 5 credits
PHC 6946 | Public Health Internship 5

*F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer. Class schedules are subject to change. Students should verify course
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College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan ofStudy: Epidemiology

Graduate Year 1 Graduate Year 2

Notes Summer Semester Total Hrs 6
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
PHC 6011 3 Epidemiological Research Methods II

PHC 6002 3 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Fall Semester Total Hrs 12 Fall Semester Total Hrs 9-12
Course Hrs Title Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core Concentration Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH PHC 6003 3 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology Concentration Electives (choose from list)
PHC 6937 3 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 6-9
Public Health Elective
3

Spring Semester Total Hrs 12 Spring Semester Total Hrs 6-9
Course Hrs Title Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core Public Health Internship
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH PHC 6946 5-8 Internship
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
Concentration Core
PHC 6000 3 Epidemiological Research Methods I
Biostatistics Core
PHC 6053 3 Regression Analysis



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Student Plan of Study: Epidemiology 42 credit

Graduate Year 1 Graduate Year 2

Notes Summer Semester Total Hrs 6
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
PHC 6011 3 Epidemiological Research Methods II

PHC 6002 3 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Fall Semester Total Hrs 9 Fall Semester Total Hrs 9-12
Course Hrs Title Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core Concentration Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH PHC 6003 3 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology Concentration Electives (choose from list)
PHC 6937 3 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods 6



Spring Semester Total Hrs 12 Spring Semester Total Hrs 6
Course Hrs Title Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core Public Health Internship
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH PHC 6946 5 Internship
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
Concentration Core
PHC 6000 3 Epidemiological Research Methods I
Biostatistics Core
PHC 6053 3 Regression Analysis



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Epidemiology Concentration Competencies


Concentration Core Courses
MPH Graduates with a concentration in
Epidemiology are expected to perform with entry-
level competence in the following areas:
PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC
6001 6000 6011 6002 6003 6053 6937 6601 6946

1. Identify and understand the historical context of
epidemiology, epidemiologic terminology, study X X X X X P P
designs and methodology

2. Identify key sources of epidemiologic data and data X X X P P
collection methodology

3. Demonstrate ability to analyze and interpret X X X X X X
epidemiologic data P

4. Explain and communicate current epidemiologic and
public health problems for informing scientific, X X
ethical, economic and political discussions of health X X X X X
problems

5. Apply epidemiologic knowledge and methodology in X X X P X
a substantive area or applied setting



X: Learning objectives in this course contribute to achievement of the competency
P: Competency may be addressed through this course. PHC 6601 and PHC 6946 have clear objectives but variable content that is
tailored to individual student needs and goals. One or more competencies are addressed through the special projects conducted and
reported in these courses.


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Notes:


Course Number Course Name
PHC 6000 Epidemiological Research Methods I
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
PHC 6003 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease I
PHC 6011 Epidemiological Research Methods II
PHC 6946 Internship (Special project)
PHC 6053 Regression Analysis for the Life Sciences
PHC 6937 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods


Visit http://www.mph.ufl.edu/concentrations/epidemiology.htm for a detailed map of the epidemiology concentration competencies and the
course learning objectives designed to contribute to them.


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MPH Epidemiology Concentration
Guidelines for Internships and Special Projects

The purpose of the MPH internship (usually a research internship for epidemiology students) is to
(1) apply the skills learned across the MPH curriculum and within epidemiology specifically, and (2)
advance the student's understanding of epidemiology and public health in a real-world application
and setting. Typically, MPH students should seek an internship that will extend their post-graduate
competitive profile in future education (e.g., PhD, MD), or in various government, private, and
agency employment markets. Based on students' goals, the internship setting may be in a public
health agency, academic setting, or another related organization or agency. Within those settings,
students may focus on a variety of specific discipline or content areas of research, such as infectious
or chronic disease, genetics, or cancer.

This document is intended as an overall guide to our program expectations for these internships/
special projects for epidemiology. The intent is for epidemiology concentration students to
experience and accomplish activities that are considered competencies for epidemiology at the
national level. No one student will perform all activities on this list. However, minimum
expectations are given for groups of these. Consult with your advisor/Chair and with the Associate
Director for Student and Academic Affairs about these requirements when selecting your project and
completing your goals/plan.

A.Epidemiology Planning Activities
1. Literature reviews
2. Study design
3. Grant writing
4. Designing, testing, and adapting data collection methods
5. Group meetings, formal planning work Delphi methods, interviewing experts, etc.
6. IRB preparation and activities

B. Conducting Research and Epidemiologic Investigations
1. Data collection (interviews, records, laboratory, etc.)
2. Working with data entry systems
3. Laboratory or specimen handling and analysis

C. Data Management, Analysis, and Interpretation
1. Designing data collection or data entry systems
2. Database tasks such as data cleaning, programming, variable classification and coding,
designing and updating coding manuals, codebooks, etc.
3. Statistical data analysis
4. Creating tables, graphs, charts of analyses
5. Writing data methods or data interpretation methods










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D. Communication
1. Routine memos, forms, files, calls, and electronic communications with team and others
for the internship
2. Written reports and findings
3. Graphics, slides, or the aids in communicating results
4. Oral presentations
5. Disseminating results, e.g., community feedback, newsletters, reports to subjects, etc.

E. Teams and Systems
1. Working with a lab, clinic, research group
2. Integrating activities at more than one level, e.g., investigator and department, local and
global, community and individual, laboratory and population, etc.
3. Establishing or working in a partnership

F. Community, Population-Level Thinking
1. Activities that relate to group levels (e.g., communities, nation, special subgroups)






































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PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT AND POLICY

Concentration Overview

The Public Health Management andPolicy (PHMP) concentration focuses on the structure and
administration of health organizations and on the the policies that impact health programs and
reimbursement of health services. The concentration encompasses two of the major roles of leaders
in public health. The roles of manager and policy developer are often, although not always,
performed by the same individuals, and the skills required for these roles overlap a great deal. To
manage an organization, skills in accounting, financial management, human resources, strategic and
program planning, operations research, economics, and monitoring outcome measures are essential.
Development, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of government policies require analytic skills
and social skills, as well as a deep understanding of politics.

Students interested in PHMP come from a variety of backgrounds. Many of them have majored in
business or finance in their undergraduate programs, although students from the social and
laboratory sciences, as well as many other fields, often find their way to PHMP. Another large group
have health professional backgrounds. These individuals are either current students of a health
profession or they have "risen through the ranks" to administrative and/or leadership positions in
public health, without the benefit of appropriate training in management and policy.

Career opportunities in public health administration and policy are widely available in health
agencies at all levels federal, state, and local. MPH graduates with a PHMP concentration are also
employed in research and policy institutes, foundations, professional organizations, and the
healthcare industry.

Faculty in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy teach courses and
advise students in the public health management and policy concentration. The curriculum is
designed to enable students to develop competence in very specific skills. In addition to the 16
credits of public health core courses, PHMP students are required to take 15 hours of core courses
covering health care organization and management, fiscal responsibility, policy analysis, and
evidence-based management of public health programs. In addition, students may select 6 credits of
coursework from approved lists of options in public health management, public policy, or
pharmaceutical use and policy. The program of study is completed with up to 6 credits of public
health electives and an internship in a public health agency or related organization.















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Public Health Management and Policy Faculty


Allyson G. Hall, PhD
Concentration Coordinator
HPNP, Room 4137
352-273-5129
ahall@phhp.ufl.edu

Rada Dagher, PhD
352-273-6066
rdahger@phhp.ufl.edu

R. Paul Duncan, PhD, MS, BA
Department Chair
HPNP, Room 4155
352-273-6065
pduncan@phhp.ufl.edu


Louis C. Gapenski, PhD
HPNP, Room 4152
352-273-6064
lgapensk(@phhp.ufl.edu

Jeffrey S. Harman, PhD
HPNP, Room 4135
352-273-6060
jharman@phhp.ufl.edu

Niccie L. McKay, PhD
HPNP, Room 4140
352-273-6076
nmckayv(phhp.ufl.edu

Mary Peoples Sheps, DrPH
HPNP, Room 4110
352-273-6084
mpeoplessheps(iphhp.ufl.edu


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Plans of Study

General plans of study for the 48-credit and 42-credit public health management and policy MPH
curriculum are provided in the following pages. These plans are templates for developing individual
plans specific to each student's needs and career goals.

Students should meet with the Associate Director in their first semester to begin developing their
individual plan of study. In preparation for this meeting, students should develop a list of goals they
wish to accomplish through the MPH Program. Your Supervisory Committee Chair and other public
health faculty are also available to consult in the development of the plan of study.

Once you have met with the Associate Director and developed your initial plan of study, you will
need to have your Supervisory Committee Chair sign it. Please provide a copy of the signed plan of
study to the Program Assistant to be placed in your student file. At this time, the Program Assistant
will register you for public health coursework.

If your initial plan of study does not change, you will be registered each semester according to the
original plan. If you need to change the plan of study, please contact the Associate Director or your
Supervisory Committee Chair for guidance. The revised plan of study, signed by your Supervisory
Committee Chair and Associate Director, must be sent to the Program Assistant prior to course
registration. You will not be registered for practicum, supervised research or internship credits until
appropriate proposal forms with signatures have been submitted.





























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MPH Public Health Management and Policy
48-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits **Semester
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public 3 F
Health (formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly 1 F, S
PHC 6931)
II. Concentration Core: 15 credits
PHC 6104 Evidence-Based Management of Public Health Programs 3 F
HSA 5177 Fundamentals of Health Care Finance 3 S
HSA 6114 Introduction to U.S. Health Care System 3 F
HSA 6115 Introduction to Management of Health Services 3 F
Organizations (formerly HSA 6119)
HSA 6152 Overview of U.S. Health Policy (pre-req: HSA 6114) 3 S
III. Concentration Electives: 6 credits*-Students should select 6 credits (2 courses) from list
A, B, or C. Courses from these lists may be mixed (e.g., one policy course and one public health
management course) with approval of the supervisory chair.
A. Public Health Management ALL HSA COURSES REQUIRE PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR
HSA 6342 Human Resource Management 3 F
HSA 6346 Health Economics 3 S
HSA 6177 Health Care Financial Management 3 F
HSA 6198 Information Management 3 F
HSA 6126 U.S Health Insurance System 3 S
HSA 6425 Legal and Ethical Issues 3 F
HSA 6385 Performance Management for Health Care Managers 3 S
PHC 6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods 3 S
PHC 6112 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Public Health Law and Ethics 3 ss
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Systems Thinking and Public Health 3 ss
B. Public Policy
FYC 6660 Public Policy for Family, Youth and Community Sciences 3 F
HSA 6425 Legal and Ethical Issues 3 F
PUP 6009 Public Policy Analysis 3 S
PUP 6007 Policy Process 3 S
PUP 6006 Policy Evaluation 3 S
PHA 5263 Pharmaceutical Industry and Public Policy 3 S
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C. Pharmaceutical Use and Policy
PHA 5263 Pharmaceutical Industry and Public Policy 2-3 S#
PHA 5267 Critical Appraisal of Pharmacoeconomic Studies 1 S^
PHA 6250 The Patient in the Drug Use Process 3 ss (even)
PHA 6264 Pharmacoeconomics and Medical Technology Assessment 3 F (odd)
PHA 6265 Introduction to Pharmacy Health Administration I 2 F
PHA 6266 Introduction to Pharmacy Health Administration II 2 S
Courses below require permission of the Department ofPharmacy Health Care
Administration. Enrollment will be limited based on the number of available seats in the virtual
classroom.
PHA 6938 Research Seminar/Special Topics 1 F, S
PHA 6273 Structure Process and Outcomes of Regulation 3 F^
PHA 6277 Ethics in Drug Production, Distribution and Use 3 May/June
PHA 6274 Federal Regulation of Drugs and Pharmacy 3 F#
PHA 6275 Federal Regulation of Controlled Substances 3 Jan/Feb
PHA 6276 Regulating Pharmaceutical Access and Cost 3 March/
_April
IV. Public Health Electives: 3-6 credits
PHC Public health concentration coursework offered by the 6
courses other concentrations
PHC 6917 Supervised Research 1-6
PHC 6945 Public Health Practicum 1-6
V. Internship: 5-8 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5-8

*Other courses may be substituted or added with the approval of the concentration coordinator.

**F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer

***Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should verify course offerings and contact
appropriate department for permission to register prior to registration.

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42-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public 3 F
Health (formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly 1 F, S
PHC 6931)
II. Concentration Core: 15 credits
PHC 6104 Evidence-Based Management of Public Health Programs 3 F
HSA 5177 Fundamentals of Health Care Finance 3 S
HSA 6114 Introduction to U.S. Health Care System 3 F
HSA 6115 Introduction to Management of Health Services 3 F
Organizations (formerly HSA 6119)
HSA 6152 Overview of U.S. Health Policy (pre-req: HSA 6114) 3 S
III. Concentration Electives: 6 credits*-Students should select 6 credits (2 courses) from list
A, B, or C. Courses from these lists may be mixed (e.g., one policy course and one public
health management course) with approval of the supervisory chair.
A. Public Health Management ALL HSA COURSES REQUIRE PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR
HSA 6342 Human Resource Management 3 F
HSA 6346 Health Economics 3 S
HSA 6177 Health Care Financial Management 3 F
HSA 6198 Information Management 3 F
HSA 6126 U.S Health Insurance System 3 S
HSA 6425 Legal and Ethical Issues 3 F
HSA 6385 Performance Management for Health Care Managers 3 S
PHC 6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods 3 S
PHC 6112 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Public Health Law and Ethics 3 ss
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Systems Thinking and Public Health 3 ss
B. Public Policy
FYC 6660 Public Policy for Family, Youth and Community Sciences 3 F
HSA 6425 Legal and Ethical Issues 3 F
PUP 6009 Public Policy Analysis 3 S
PUP 6007 Policy Process 3 S
PUP 6006 Policy Evaluation 3 S
PHA 5263 Pharmaceutical Industry and Public Policy 3 S
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C. Pharmaceutical Use and Policy
PHA 5263 Pharmaceutical Industry and Public Policy 2-3 S#
PHA 5267 Critical Appraisal of Pharmacoeconomic Studies 1 S^
PHA 6250 The Patient in the Drug Use Process 3 ss (even)
PHA 6264 Pharmacoeconomics and Medical Technology Assessment 3 F (odd)
PHA 6265 Introduction to Pharmacy Health Administration I 2 F
PHA 6266 Introduction to Pharmacy Health Administration II 2 S
Courses below require permission of the Department ofPharmacy Health Care
Administration. Enrollment will be limited based on the number of available seats in the virtual
classroom.
PHA 6938 Research Seminar/Special Topics 1 F, S
PHA 6273 Structure Process and Outcomes of Regulation 3 F^
PHA 6277 Ethics in Drug Production, Distribution and Use 3 May/June
PHA 6274 Federal Regulation of Drugs and Pharmacy 3 F#
PHA 6275 Federal Regulation of Controlled Substances 3 Jan/Feb
PHA 6276 Regulating Pharmaceutical Access and Cost 3 March/
_April
V. Internship: 5 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5

*Other courses may be substituted or added with the approval of the concentration coordinator.

**F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer

***Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should verify course offerings and contact
appropriate department for permission to register prior to registration.

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A First 8 weeks of the semester


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College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan of Study: Public Health Management and Policy


Graduate Year 1


Notes


Fall Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH

PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology

PHC 6050 3 Stats Methods for Health Sciences I
Concentration Core
HSA 6114 3 Introduction to US Health Care System

Spring Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems

Concentration Core
HSA 5177 3 Fundamentals of Health Care Finance
HSA 6152 3 Overview of US Health Policy


Graduate Year 2

Summer Semester 2008 Total Hrs 3-6
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Electives
3-6



Fall Semester 2008 Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
PHC 6104 3 Evidence-Based Management of Public Health
Programs
HSA 6115 3 Introduction to Management of Health Services
Organizations
Concentration Electives
3
3

Spring Semester 2009 Total Hrs 6-9
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 5-8 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues


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Date


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Student Plan of Study: Public Health Management and Policy 42 credit

Graduate Year 1 Graduate Year 2


Notes


Fall Semester 2007 Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH

PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology

PHC 6050 3 Stats Methods for Health Sciences I
Concentration Core
HSA 6114 3 Introduction to US Health Care System

Spring Semester 2008 Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems

Concentration Core
HSA 5177 3 Fundamentals of Health Care Finance
HSA 6152 3 Overview of US Health Policy


Summer Semester 2008 Total Hrs 0
Course Hrs Title






Fall Semester 2008 Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
PHC 6104 3 Evidence-Based Management of Public Health
Programs
HSA 6115 3 Introduction to Management of Health Services
Organizations
Concentration Electives
3
3

Spring Semester 2009 Total Hrs 6
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 5 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues


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Date


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Public Health Management and Policy
Concentration Competencies


Concentration Core Courses

MPH Graduates with a concentration in Public Health
Management and Policy are expected to have entry-level PHC PHC HSA HSA HSA HSA PHC PHC
competence in the following: 6102 6104 5177 6114 6115 6152 6601 6946


1. Apply principles and methods of strategic and program X X X X P P
planning in public health contexts

2. Effectively manage public health programs and projects X X X X P P
3. Identify, retrieve, summarize, manage and communicate
public health information
4 Apply principles and theory of budget preparation,
managerial accounting, and financial management to X P P
organizations in the health sector
5. Demonstrate the principles of problem solving and crisis
X X X P P
management
6. Monitor and evaluate programs for their effectiveness and
l X X X P P
quality
7. Apply principles and methods of health policy development X X X X P P
and analysis to key public health issues ____ __


X: Learning objectives in this course contribute to achievement of the competency
P: Competency may be addressed through this course. PHC 6601 and PHC 6946 have clear objectives but variable content that is tailored to individual
student needs and goals. One or more competencies are addressed through the special projects conducted and reported in these courses.


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Notes:
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems
PHC 6104 Evidence-based Management of Public Health Programs
HSA 5177 Fundamentals of Healthcare Finance
HSA 6114 Introduction to the US Health Care System
HSA 6115 Introduction to Management of Health Services Organizations (formerly HSA 6119)
HSA 6152 Health Policy
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly PHC 6931)
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship

Visit http://www.mph.ufl.edu/concentrations/managementpolicy.htm for a detailed map of the public health management and policy concentration
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Guidelines for Internships and Special Projects


The purpose of the MPH internship is twofold: (1) to provide a variety of opportunities in which the
student can enrich mastery of the MPH competencies and (2) to advance understanding and capacity
to apply the specific health management and policy competencies. Typically, PHMP MPH students
should seek an internship that will extend their post-graduate competitive profile in future education
or in various government, private, and agency employment markets. In general, public health
management and policy students conduct their internships in official public health agencies (e.g.,
local, state, and federal health departments), other agencies that offer public health services (e.g.,
neighborhood health centers, health planning agencies, community health units of hospitals), and
policy analysis and evaluation institutes/centers.

This document is intended as an overall guide to MPH program expectations for internships for
public health management and policy students. The intent is for PHMP students to acquire practical
experience in several of the competencies for which they have received didactic and classroom-
based exercises. No one student will perform all activities on this list. Consult with your supervisory
chair and with the Associate Director of the MPH Program about these requirements when selecting
your internship site, preceptor, and special project.

PHMP students should conduct their internships in sites that will allow them to do one or more of
the following activities. These activities are a subset of the MPH competencies.

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
Analyze and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community using
an ecological framework
Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Use laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health
care when otherwise unavailable
Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based
health services
Communicate effectively with public health constituencies in oral and written forms

Special projects that PHMP students may select within their internship sites should focus on the
following competencies expected of PHMP concentration graduates.

Program/project planning
Grant writing
Strategic planning
Project management
Financial management
Problem solving/crisis management
Program evaluation/performance measurement
Policy development and analysis


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A special project, of course, is likely to be further refined to a very specific aspect of the above list.
For example, a student who is working on performance measurement may have a special project
involving development and selection of performance measures. Students are expected to understand
the larger public health context in which their specific projects are conducted.




















































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SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Concentration Overview

The Social andBehavioral Sciences (SBS) concentration is based on the assumption that
health and health behavior are impacted by multiple psychological, behavioral, social, and
cultural factors. Central to addressing health problems and eliminating health disparities and
inequalities, these factors must be understood and addressed at multiple social-ecological
levels (individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and population). Through
classroom instruction, research, and field practice, MPH students who concentrate in social
and behavioral sciences explore the unique issues faced by diverse groups and populations
and acquire skills to achieve social and behavioral change.

Those who seek a concentration in social and behavioral sciences come from a variety of
undergraduate and professional backgrounds. Undergraduate majors in sociology,
anthropology, psychology and health education provide strong foundations for this
concentration. However, it is also sought out by individuals with backgrounds in bench
science, health professions, and other professions, such as journalism, to provide a multi-
layered perspective on the determinants of and solutions to health problems. MPH graduates
with concentrations in social and behavioral sciences are employed in health agencies at all
levels and sectors. They are usually involved in creative aspects of community assessment,
program development and evaluation, and research.

Faculty in the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health, Division of Social
and Behavioral Sciences, teach courses and advise students in the social and behavioral
science concentration. The curriculum is designed to enable students to develop competence
in very specific social and behavioral science skills.

In addition to the 16 credits of public health core courses, students are required to take 15
credits of social and behavioral science core courses. The SBS core courses enable students
to acquire and apply new knowledge and tools in social and behavioral theory, research
methods, health communication, need and asset assessment and surveillance, and ultimately
program planning and evaluation. Students also take 6 credits in SBS-specific electives that
provide opportunities for exploring substantive areas deemed public health priorities,
including gender, sexuality and health; international health; and health disparities. In
addition, students are able to choose up to 6 credits of elective courses that allow them to
tailor their education to meet their specific substantive interests and career goals.

Electives may be additional epidemiology, biostatistics, public health management and
policy, and environmental health courses or other graduate level Health Science Center
courses. With their advisors' approval and within UF guidelines, students may also take
graduate level courses outside the Health Science Center, and/or pursue mentored practicum
and research experiences. Finally, students are given the opportunity to apply their new
understanding and skills to a real-world experience through participation in a mentored
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Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty

Barbara Curbow, PhD
Department Chair
HPNP, Room 4157A
352-273-6095
bcurbow@phhp.ufl.edu

Tracey Barnett, PhD
HPNP, Room 4162
352-273-6086
tebamrett@phhp.ufl.edu

Alba Amaya-Burns, MD
HPNP, Room 4178
352-273-6565
abums@phhp.ufl.edu

Giselle Mann, PhD
HPNP, Room 3113
352-273-6497
gmann@phhp.ufl.edu

Brigette Rahim-Williams, PhD
HPNP Room 4179
352-273-5980
brws@phhp.ufl.edu

Dennis Thombs, PhD
Concentration Coordinator
HPNP Room 4162
352-273-6088
dthombs@phhp.ufl.edu

Nancy Winterbauer, PhD
HPNP Room 4181
Duval County Health Department
nwinterb@unf.edu
nancyw@phhp.ufl.edu


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Plans of Study

General plans of study for the 48-credit and 42-credit Social and Behavioral Science MPH
curriculum are provided in the following pages. These plans are templates for developing individual
plans of study specific to each student's needs and career goals.

Students should meet with the MPH Associate Director in their first semester to begin developing
their individual plan of study. In preparation for this meeting, students should develop a list of goals
they wish to accomplish through the MPH Program. Your Supervisory Committee Chair and other
public health faculty are also available to consult in the development of the plan of study.

Once you have met with the Associate Director and developed your initial plan of study, you will
need to have your Supervisory Committee Chair sign your plan of study. Please provide a copy of
the signed plan of study to the Program Assistant to be placed in your student file. At this time, the
Program Assistant will register you for public health coursework.

If your initial plan of study does not change, you will be registered each semester according to the
original plan. If you need to change the plan of study, please contact the Associate Director or your
Supervisory Committee Chair for guidance. The revised plan of study, signed by your Supervisory
Committee Chair and the MPH Associate Director, must be sent to the Program Assistant prior to
course registration. You will not be registered for practicum, supervised research or internship
credits until appropriate proposal forms with signatures have been submitted.




























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MPH Social and Behavioral Sciences
48-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health 3 F
(formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly PHC 1 F, S
6931)
II. Concentration Core: 15 credits
PHC 6251 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health (formerly PHC
6112) 3 S
PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 F
PHC 6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Foundations of Social Behavioral Science
Theory (SBS majors only) 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Public Health Information for Diverse
Populations 3 ss
III. Concentration Electives: 6 credits
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Adolescence, Risk Taking, and Health 3 ss
PHC 6762 International Public Health (formerly PHC 6114) 3 ss
PHC 6441 Health Disparities in the United States 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Psychosocial Issues in Chronic Disease 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Topics in Public Health Ethics 1 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Community-Based Participatory Research 3 S
IV. Public Health Electives: 3-6 credits
PHC courses Public Health coursework offered by the other concentrations
HSC courses Any graduate level HSC course
PHC 6917 Supervised Research 1-3**
PHC 6945 Public Health Practicum 1-3**
FYC 6330 Theories of Community Development 3
MMC 6405 Seminar in Mass Media and Health 4 S
CLP 7934 Health Promotion 3 S-odd
RCS 6080 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3 F
IV. Internship: 5-8 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5-8**
*F=Fall; S=Spring, ss=summer. Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should verify
course offerings and contact appropriate department for permission to register prior to registration.


**Total credits may not exceed 12.


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MPH Social and Behavioral Sciences
42-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health 3 F
(formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly PHC 1 F, S
6931)
II. Concentration Core: 15 credits
PHC 6251 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health (formerly PHC
6112) 3 S
PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 F
PHC 6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Foundations of Social Behavioral Science
Theory (SBS majors only) 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Public Health Information for Diverse
Populations 3 ss
III. Concentration Electives: 3 credits
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Adolescence, Risk Taking, and Health 3 ss
PHC 6762 International Public Health (formerly PHC 6114) 3 ss
PHC 6441 Health Disparities in the United States 3 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Psychosocial Issues in Chronic Disease 3 F
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Topics in Public Health Ethics 1 S
PHC 6937 Special Topics: Community-Based Participatory Research 3 S
IV. Public Health Electives: 3 credits
PHC courses Public Health coursework offered by the other concentrations
HSC courses Any graduate level HSC course
PHC 6917 Supervised Research 1-3**
PHC 6945 Public Health Practicum 1-3**
FYC 6330 Theories of Community Development 3
MMC 6405 Seminar in Mass Media and Health 4 S
CLP 7934 Health Promotion 3 S-odd
RCS 6080 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3 F
IV. Internship: 5 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 5**
*F=Fall; S=Spring, ss=summer. Class schedules are subject to change each semester. Students should verify
course offerings and contact appropriate department for permission to register prior to registration.


** Total credits may not exceed 12.


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Graduate Year 1


Notes


Fall Semester Total Hrs
Course Hrs Titl
Public Health Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemio
PHC 6050 3 Stats Methods for Heal
Concentration Core

PHC 6700 3 Social and Behavioral


Spring Semester Total Hr
Course Hrs Titl
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Adr

Concentration Core


PHC 6251 3


I Assessment and Survei


Concentration Elective
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Student Plan of Study: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Graduate Year 2

Summer A Semester 2008 Total Hrs 3-6
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
PHC 6937 3 Public Health Information for Diverse Populations
Concentration Elective
0-3

12 Fall Semester 2008 Total Hrs 9-12
e Course Hrs Title
Public Health Elective
Issues in PH 3
logy 0-3
th Sciences I Concentration Core
PHC 6937 3 Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science Theory
PHC 6146 3 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Research Methods Concentration Elective
0-3

S12 Spring Semester 2009 Total Hrs 6-9
e Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
Concepts in PH PHC 6946 5-8 Internship
ninistrative Systems Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues

llance for PH


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Student Plan of Study: Social and Behavioral Sciences 42 credit
Graduate Year 1 Graduate Year 2

Notes Summer A Semester Total Hrs 6
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core
PHC 6937 3 Public Health Information for Diverse Populations
Concentration Electives
3-6

Fall Semester Total Hrs 12 Fall Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core Concentration Core
PHC 6410 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH PHC 6937 3 Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science Theory
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology PHC 6146 3 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
PHC 6050 3 Stats Methods for Health Sciences I Public Health Internship
Concentration Core PHC 6946 5 Internship
PHC 6700 3 Social and Behavioral Research Methods Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues

Spring Semester Total Hrs 9-12 Spring Semester Total Hrs 0
Course Hrs Title Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems

Concentration Core
PHC 6251 3 Assessment and Surveillance for PH
Concentration Elective
0-3



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Social and Behavioral Sciences
Concentration Competencies


Concentration Core Courses
MPH Graduates with a concentration in Social and
Behavioral Sciences are expected to perform with
PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC PHC
entry-level competence in the following areas: 1 C PC PC
6410 6251 6146 6700 69371 69372 6601 6946


1. Critically describe and evaluate the state of public health
X X X X P P
social and behavioral science research and literature

2. Apply social and behavioral science theories and
X X X X P P
concepts to public health problems
3. Describe and apply the social ecological framework to
SX X X X P .P
public health problems _____

4. Understand and apply the principles of community X X X P P
participation in public health research and interventions

5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to P P
X X X X X X P P
conduct social and behavioral science research

6. Demonstrate an understanding of health disparities in the
U.S. and the underlying role of power differentials to X X X X X P P
disparities

7. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to design and
implement a public health information campaign

8. Demonstrate communication skills key to public health
workforce participation and advocacy


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X: Learning objectives in this course contribute to achievement of the competency.
P: Competency may be addressed through this course. PHC 6601 and PHC 6946 have clear objectives but variable content that is tailored to
individual student needs and goals. One or more competencies are addressed through the special projects conducted and reported in these
courses.


Notes:
PHC 6410
PHC 6251
PHC 6146
PHC 6700
PHC 69371
PHC 69372
PHC 6946
PHC 6601


Psychological, Social, and Behavioral Issues in Public Health (formerly 6410)
Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health (formerly 6112)
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
Social and Behavioral Research Methods
Foundations of Social Behavioral Science Theory
Designing Public Health Information for Diverse Populations
Public Health Internship
Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly 6931)


Visit http://www.mph.ufl.edu/concentrations/socialbehavioralsciences.htm for a detailed map of the social and behavioral science
concentration competencies and the course learning objectives designed to contribute to them.


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Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration
Guidelines for Internships and Special Projects

The purposes of the MPH internship and special project for social and behavioral sciences (SBS)
students are: (1) to apply the skills learned across the MPH curriculum and within SBS specifically;
(2) to advance the student's understanding of SBS theories, methods, and approaches in a real-world
application and setting; and (3) to promote within students an appreciation for how public health
professionals interact with and affect the well-being of individuals and communities. Typically, SBS
MPH students should seek an internship that will provide a foundation for future educational
endeavors (e.g., PhD, MD) or employment within national and international organizations including
government, non-profit foundations and companies, and for-profit companies. Based on students'
goals, the internship will be in a setting (e.g., public health agency, community based organization,
federal agency, international organizations working in public health) and focus on a specific content
area (e.g., chronic disease, infectious disease, health behavior) that will prepare them for the next
step in their careers.

This document is intended as an overall guide to what our program expectations are for these
internships and special projects for SBS. The intent is for SBS concentration students to experience
and accomplish activities that are considered competencies for SBS at the national level. No one
student will perform all activities on this list. Consult with your advisor/Chair and with the Associate
Director about these requirements when selecting your project and completing your goals/plan.

A. SBS Planning Activities
1. Identification of community priority concerns (e.g., negotiating with stakeholders and
community participants)
2. Literature reviews of relevant studies on theory, methods, and content issues
3. Study, intervention, and evaluation design review and selection
4. Grant writing
5. IRB preparation and submission

B. Conducting Research, Community Assessments, and Evaluations
1. Designing, testing, and adapting data collection methods
2. Data collection (e.g., observation, interviews, surveys, records)
3. Working with data entry systems
4. Developing and sustaining communication with stakeholder groups
5. Working productively as a member of a team (e.g., research group, community
partners, health organizations)

C. Data Management, Analysis, and Interpretation
1. Designing data entry systems
2. Database tasks such as data cleaning, programming, variable classification and coding,
designing and updating coding manuals, codebooks, etc.
3. Data analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative)
4. Creating tables, graphs, charts of analyses
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D. Communication
1. Routine professional communication with team members and stakeholders
2. Written reports and findings for different stakeholders
3. Graphics, slides, or the aids in communicating results
4. Oral presentations
5. Disseminating results, e.g., community feedback, newsletters, reports to participants



















































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PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE

Concentration Overview

Public Health Practice is a concentration often preferred by professionals, such as physicians,
nurses, social workers, and nutritionists, who work in public health settings. This concentration
builds upon the strong foundation of the five basic MPH concentrations by allowing students the
opportunity to develop greater breadth in two, three, or four of the existing concentrations. Such
breadth is usually required of professionals who assume positions of leadership in public health. It is
available to students in joint degree programs on the campus, working professionals who return to
campus to study, and medical and other health professional residents in Gainesville and
Jacksonville.

The curriculum for the public health practice MPH follows the same model as the other five
concentrations. Students begin their programs with the MPH core courses required of all students.
Instead of a specified set of concentration core courses, however, these students choose 2 to 3
courses from concentration core course options in 2-4 of the other concentrations. Selections include
courses with problem-based methodologies to enhance students' practice skill sets. Students
complete their degrees with a 5-8 credit internship. The concentration is offered in the traditional 48-
credit format or in an accelerated 42-credit format. All students in this concentration must hold a
prior health or health-related graduate degree or be enrolled in a joint or concurrent graduate
program.

Eligibility for the public health practice MPH is summarized below.

48 credit traditional MPH program 42 credit accelerated program
Prior health or health-related graduate degree (e.g., BSN, MS Prior terminal degree (e.g., PharmD,
nutrition, MS social work) DVM, MD, PhD)
Joint or concurrent professional/MPH program (e.g.
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Sample Curriculum
MPH Public Health Practice 48-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health 3 F
(formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly PHC 1 F, S
6931)
II. Public Health Management and Policy: 6 credits
HSA 6114 Introduction to U.S. Health Care System 3 F
HSA 6152 Overview of U.S. Health Policy (pre-req: HSA 6114) 3 S
III. Social and Behavioral Sciences: 9 credits
PHC 6251 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health (formerly PHC
6112) 3 S
PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 F
PHC 6441 Health Disparities in the United States 3 S
IV. Environmental Health: 10 credits
VME 6602 General Toxicology (online) 3 F, S
VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment 4 F
PHC 6702 Exposure Measurement and Assessment 3 ss
V. Internship: 7 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 7

*F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer. Class schedules are subject to change. Students should verify course
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Sample Curriculum
MPH Public Health Practice 42-Credit Concentration


I. Public Health Core: 16 credits Credits *Semester
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Sciences I 3 F
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology 3 F
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 S
PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Administrative Systems 3 S
PHC 6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health 3 F
(formerly PHC 6406)
PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly PHC 1 F, S
6931)
II. Social and Behavioral Sciences: 9 credits
PHC 6251 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health (formerly PHC
6112) 3 S
PHC 6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 F
PHC 6441 Health Disparities in the United States 3 S

III. Environmental Health: 10 credits
VME 6602 General Toxicology (online) 3 F, S
VME 6607 Human Health Risk Assessment 4 F
PHC 6702 Exposure Measurement and Assessment 3 ss
IV. Internship: 7 credits
PHC 6946 Public Health Internship 7

*F=Fall; S=Spring; ss=Summer. Class schedules are subject to change. Students should verify course
offerings and contact appropriate department for permission to register prior to registration.



























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College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan ofStudy: Public Health Practice


Graduate Year 1


Notes


Fall Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6406 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6050 3 Stats Methods for Health Sciences I
Concentration Core-Public Health Management and Policy

HSA 6114 3 Introduction to U.S. Health Care Systems


Spring Semester Total Hrs 12
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems

Concentration Core-Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHC 6251 3 Assessment and Surveillance for PH
Concentration Electives Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHC 6441 _3 Health Disparities in the United States


Graduate Year 2

Summer A Semester Total Hrs 3
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core-Environmental Health
PHC 6702 3 Exposure Measurement and Assessment



Fall Semester Total Hrs 13
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core Environmental Health
VME 6602 3 General Toxicology (on-line)
VME 6607 4 Human Health Risk Assessment
Concentration Core-Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHC 6146 3 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

Concentration Core-Public Health Management and Policy
HSA 6152 3 Overview of U.S. Health Policy

Spring Semester Total Hrs 8
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 7 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues


Chair, Supervisory Committee


Date


Associate Director



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College of Public Health and Health Professions
Student Plan ofStudy: Public Health Practice 42 credit


Graduate Year 1


Notes


Fall Semester 2008 Total Hrs 9
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6406 3 Psych, Soc, Behavioral Issues in PH
PHC 6001 3 Principles of Epidemiology
PHC 6050 3 Stats Methods for Health Sciences I






Spring Semester 2008 Total Hrs 12
Course HrsI Title
Public Health Core
PHC 6313 3 Environmental Health Concepts in PH
PHC 6102 3 Introduction to PH Administrative Systems

Concentration Core-Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHC 6251 3 Assessment and Surveillance for PH
Concentration Electives Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHC 6441 _3 Health Disparities in the United States


Graduate Year 2

Summer A Semester 2008 Total Hrs 3
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core-Environmental Health
PHC 6702 3 Exposure Measurement and Assessment



Fall Semester 2008 Total Hrs 10
Course Hrs Title
Concentration Core -Environmental Health
VME 6602 3 General Toxicology (online)
VME 6607 4 Human Health Risk Assessment
Concentration Core-Social and Behavioral Sciences
PHC 6146 3 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation




Spring Semester 2009 Total Hrs 8
Course Hrs Title
Public Health Internship
PHC 6946 7 Internship
Public Health Core
PHC 6601 1 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues


Chair, Supervisory Committee


Date


Associate Director



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Public Health Practice
Sample Concentration Competencies


Concentration Core Courses
MPH Graduates with a concentration in Public Health
Practice incorporating Public Health Management and
Policy, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and HSA HSA PHC PHC VME VME PHC PHC PHC
Environmental Health into their curriculum would be 6114 6152 6251 6146 6602 6607 6702 6601 6946
expected to have entry-level competence in the following:

1. Apply principles and methods of strategic and program X P P
planning in public health contexts
2. Effectively manage public health programs and projects X P P
3. Apply principles and methods of health policy development X X P P
and analysis to key public health issues
4. Describe and apply the social ecological framework to X X P P
public health problems
5. Understand and apply the principles of community X P P
participation in public health research and interventions
6. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct
social and behavioral science research
7. Demonstrate an understanding of health disparities in the
U.S. and the underlying role of power differentials to X X P P
disparities
8. Apply social and behavioral science theories and concepts X P P
to public health problems
9. Demonstrate communication skills key to public health
workforce participation and advocacy
10. Describe to specific communities or general populations
the direct and indirect human and ecological effects of major X X X P P
environmental agents
11. Describe genetic, physiological and psychosocial factors
that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following X X P P
exposure to environmental hazards


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12. Explain the health effects and general mechanisms of
toxicity in eliciting a toxic response to exposure to various X P P
environmental toxicants
13. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and
controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human X X X P P
health andthe environment.
14. Develop a testable model of an environmental insult or
design a way to evaluate an environmental insult X X P P


X: Learning objectives in this course contribute to achievement of the competency.
P: Competency may be addressed through this course. PHC 6601 and PHC 6946 have clear objectives but variable content that is tailored to
individual student needs and goals. One or more competencies are addressed through the special projects conducted and reported in these
courses.


Notes:
HSA 6114
HSA 6152
PHC 6251
PHC 6146
VME 6602
VME 6607
PHC 6702
PHC 6946
PHC 6601


Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
Health Policy
Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health (formerly 6112)
Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
General Toxicology
Human Health Risk Assessment
Exposure Assessment
Public Health Internship
Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (formerly 6931)


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PUBLIC HEALTH INTERNSHIP

All MPH students are required to complete an internship with a public health or related agency. While
each internship involves different goals and activities, all provide numerous opportunities for students to
enrich and expand on one or more of the MPH core competencies and one or more of their
concentration-specific competencies. The internship is usually completed in the student's final term in
the program, although it may be started in the third semester or earlier with permission of the
supervisory chair. Within each internship experience, students must complete a special project that
demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and
produce results. The special project serves as the basis for a final oral and written report. These final
activities of the MPH program are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the
larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected
of all MPH graduates. Student presentations are scheduled on one or two Public Health Days near the
end of fall, spring and summer semesters. The internship and written/oral presentations involve
registration in different courses, described below.

Internship: An internship consists of 5-8 credits, or 240-384 contact hours. The internship must be
conducted in a public health or related setting, and it may include many projects and other activities
selected to strengthen the competence of the individual student. Students register for PHC 6946 for the
internship course (see the following page for the syllabus) after all or most required classroom-based
coursework is completed. Students who expect their projects to involve any form of research should start
early in the semester before undertaking the project to assure Institutional Review Board (IRB)
approval. IRB approval may take several weeks. In situations like this, students may enroll for a small
number of credits (e.g. 2) in one semester, and the remainder in the next semester when the project is
actually carried out.

Special Project: During the internship experience, each student is required to complete a special
project, which serves as the basis of a written report and an oral presentation. The special project may be
one of several activities undertaken during an internship. However, it should be a substantial project
which involves identification of a question/problem/issue, review of relevant literature, application of
appropriate public health methods, description of results, and identification of strengths and weaknesses.
If a student is part of a team working on a large project, the student's special project is the piece for
which s/he is responsible. The content of special project reports is described in the syllabus for PHC
6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (see the following section of the Handbook for the
syllabus). A Public Health Day is scheduled every semester (fall, spring, and summer) for special project
presentations.

Students who enter the MPH Program with limited experience often choose to enroll in a practicum or
work with a faculty member on his or her research, usually during the summer between the two MPH
years. In these situations, students may enroll in PHC 6917 Supervised Research Project or PHC 6945
Public Health Practicum. These courses may be used to meet elective requirements in a chosen
concentration; however, a practicum or a supervised research project cannot substitute for the
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PHC 6946 Public Health Internship
Time and Location: Variable Credits: 5-8

Purpose: To enable the student to apply entry-level competencies acquired in the classroom setting to
public health practice through experiential activities.

Description: The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting
in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. Each placement is different, but all of
them depend upon completion of most concentration coursework, the ability to work with minimal
supervision, and permission of the student's supervisory committee.

Objectives: At the completion of the Public Health Internship, the student will be able to:
1. Describe newly acquired knowledge in one or more specific public health area
2. Apply one or more MPH competency with the skill expected from a practical experience
3. Apply one or more concentration competency with the skill expected from a practical experience
4. Demonstrate professional work habits

Course Design: This is a variable credit course reflecting the number of hours the student is engaged at
the internship site. One credit = 48 internship hours. MPH students are required to complete at least 5
internship credits.

Requirements:
To begin an internship...
1. Prepare an Internship/Special Project Proposal Form, including a description of the proj ect with
goals specific to the individual student. The form must be submitted to your Supervisory Chair
and to the Internship Coordinator at least 4 weeks before the start of the internship. Goals must
specify the fulfillment of at least one MPH competency and one concentration competency. Most
projects will incorporate more than one of each. While internships are expected to involve a
variety of enriching experiences, each student must identify in advance specific project that will
serve as the basis for the major paper and final presentation on Public Health Day.
2. Obtain authorization from the site and identify an on-site preceptor at least 4 weeks prior to
engaging in activities at the internship site.
During the internship...
1. Maintain a log of hours worked throughout the internship period and have it signed by the
preceptor.
2. Participate in a formal evaluation session with the Supervisory Committee Chair and preceptor at
about mid-term in order to receive feedback and modify the project, as appropriate.
3. Consult with your Chair on development of the final report and presentation 3-4 weeks before
completion of the internship.
Upon completion of the internship...
1. Request that your preceptor complete the Internship Evaluation Form.
2. Complete the Agency and Preceptor Evaluation Form.
3. Prepare a short, factual report that includes a signed log of hours, names of projects/assignments
undertaken, and whether or not they were completed during the internship.

Grading: This course is graded as Pass/Fail (S/U) based on assessments by each student's preceptor and
Supervisory Committee Chair.


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Timeline


Two to Three Months before Public Health Internship...

Step One: Complete the Internship Questionnaire and update the self-assessment of competencies (both
MPH and concentration-specific) in your MPH Portfolio and submit the Questionnaire to the MPH
Internship Coordinator.

Step Two: Attend the Special Project/Public Health Internship Seminar, which is scheduled during a
regular session of the Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues (PHC 6601), and meet with the
Internship Coordinator and/or your Supervisory Committee Chair individually for ideas and guidance.
The lists of competencies in your MPH Portfolio will help you identify the skills and knowledge areas
you would like to strengthen during your internship.

Step Three: Begin researching and contacting potential internship sites and/or preceptors, for example
National Organizations
Government Organizations
Local Departments of Health
Community Centers
American Public Health Association
Florida Public Health Association

Step Four: Update MPH Portfolio and prepare for interviews
Create resume or curriculum vitae
Select writing samples
Contact and speak with possible references
Practice interview skills
For further information and assistance for properly creating a resume, curriculum vitae, and
writing sample, as well as interview skills, check out the University of Florida's Career Resource
Website. Appointments are also available for resume/curriculum vitae analysis and mock
interviews.
Confirm, with the Internship Coordinator and you Supervisory Chair, the number of credits and
contact hours you will need for your internship and how you would like to distribute them within
one semester or across two semesters. 1 credit = 48 internship contact hours.
Become familiar with the MPH Preceptor Handbook

Step Five: Contact final site selections:
Submit a letter of interest Be sure to identify specific projects you would like to work on at that
particular site
Submit resume or curriculum vitae

Step Six: The interview process:
Take your MPH Portfolio to the interview
Use this time to determine the scope of potential field experiences and activities available at the
site
Discuss goals, objectives, competencies, possible projects, timeframes, and expectations.
If field site does not meet your expectations, meet with the Internship Coordinator and/or
your Supervisory Chair to discuss alternative sites and options.


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One Month before Public Health Internship...


Step Seven: Complete the Internship and Special Project Proposal Form:
This includes a description of the internship and projects that will be undertaken
In the workplan, describe in detail at least one special project and provide sufficient information
to determine whether the project can be completed in the time allotted to this internship.
Goals must specify the strengthening of at least one MPH competency and one concentration
competency
Sign these forms and acquire original signatures from your Supervisory Chair, your Internship
Preceptor, and the MPH Internship Coordinator

Step Eight: Submit the completed and signed Internship and Special Project Proposal Form with
original signatures to the Program Assistant. Registration in PHC 6946 is restricted to students with
signed Internship and Special Project Proposal Forms.


During the Public Health Internship...

Step Nine: Maintain a log of hours worked throughout the internship period and have it signed by your
preceptor.

Step Ten: Participate in a formal evaluation session with your Supervisory Committee Chair and
preceptor at about midway through project to receive feedback and make modifications, if necessary.

Step Eleven: Consult with your Supervisory Chair on development of the special project written report
and presentation at 3-4 week intervals during the internship


Upon Completion of Public Health Internship...

Step Twelve: Request your preceptor to complete the Internship Evaluation Form

Step Thirteen: You complete the Agency and Preceptor Evaluation Form

Step Fourteen: Prepare a short factual report that includes:
A signed log of hours
Names of projects/assignments undertaken
What was or was not completed during the internship

Step Fifteen: Present your Special Project on Public Health Day See the next section of the handbook
for details.


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Name:

Semester Entered: Semester of Internship:

Concentration:

Areas of Interest: (e.g., diabetes, HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, maternal and child health, access
to care)


Professional Strengths:


Professional Weaknesses:


MPH and Concentration Competencies you would like to strengthen::


Site Preference: (e.g., academic or private research, hospital or clinic, PH department, federal
agency, PH lab, community group)


Long-term career goals:


Preferred Geographic Location:

Please return this form to the MPH Internship Coordinator.

Thank You!


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University of Florida
Master of Public Health Program

Internship Questionnaire







University of Florida
Master of Public Health Program

Internship and Special Project

Proposal


Directions: Please complete the ENTIRE application form before submitting. Incomplete or
handwritten applications will be automatically returned to the student unless prior
arrangements have been made.

STUDENT INFORMATION

Name:

Concentration:

UFID:

Home Mailing Address during Internship:

Street Apt. # City State Zip

Home Phone # ( ) Email

Address

INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

Course: PHC 6946 Course Credits:

Semester/Year Desired: Final Report Due Date: Public Health Day

Project Title:

Do you have reliable transportation? YES NO

Do you have any disabilities that might hinder your performance during your project? YES NO

If yes, please explain:



Does this site require a formal contract to be signed prior to beginning internship? YES NO



Are you required to have insurance as result of participation in this project? YES NO

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If YES, please CIRCLE all that apply:


Personal Accident Insurance Personal Liability Insurance Health Insurance

Other:

PRECEPTOR/AGENCY INFORMATION

Organization/Agency Name:

Preceptor's Name, Credentials and Position Title:




Address:


Street Suite/Room # City State Zip

Phone # ( ) Fax # (

Email:

INTERNSHIP WORKPLAN
Attach a detailed workplan that includes the items below. The workplan must specify at least
one special project and provide sufficient information to determine whether the project can be
completed in the time allotted to this internship.
Internship Organization/Agency the purpose, mission or goals of the organization
and the populations) they serve, especially the organization's public health
programs or projects.
Student's Goals and Objectives include learning objectives for all projects and
activities you will be working on during your internship/practicum. Identify the
objectives for your special project clearly
Competencies- identify the specific MPH and concentration-specific competencies
you will strengthen during your internship
Significance Describe why your internship and special project are significant to
public health
Methods describe the methods (focus groups, analysis of archival data, policy
analysis, etc.) you will use to carry out your projectss.
Timeline include a timeline for completion of each project or activity, with
particular attention to your special project. If a particular assignment or activity will
be ongoing, please indicate. Be as specific as possible.
Role of Participating Parties describe the roles of your preceptor and teammates
(if applicable).


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IRB APPROVAL

Will you be collecting data from human subjects? YES NO

Is IRB approval necessary? YES NO Obtained? YES NO

If not yet obtained, please explain and specify your timeline for acquiring approval:


Is any other approval necessary? YES NO

If yes, please explain:


Obtained? YES


SIGNATURES

By signing below, the participating parties indicate that they have read and approved the
student's Internship/Special Project work plan/proposal.


Student Signature and Date


Supervisory Chair Signature and Date


Preceptor Signature and Date


Internship Coordinator Signature and Date


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**This form is to be completed by the Internship Preceptor**


University of Florida
Master of Public Health Program

Internship Evaluation




Student Name:

Semester: Fall Spring Summer Year


Agency:

Preceptor:
(name/title)

Thank you so much for providing an internship for this University of Florida PHHP student. We deeply
appreciate your contributions to our program.


5 = Excellent 2 = Below Average
4 = Above average 1 = Poor
3 = Average N/A= Not Applicable


Professional Behavior
Professional behavior is critical to successful careers in public health. The MPH program at UF introduces
professional practices throughout the course of study. Please indicate below your assessment of this intern with
regard to the following professional behaviors.

1. Promptness and dependability 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

2. Appropriate appearance 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

3. Ability to relate and work with clients/patients 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

4. Ability to relate and work with staff members 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
(cooperation, helpfulness, etc.)

5. Ability to maintain confidentiality 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

6. Flexibility 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

7. Willingness to solve problems 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

8. Ability to solve problems 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

9. Preparation to do assigned tasks 5 4 3 2 1 N/A


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10. Enthusiasm for assigned projects


11. Ability to take responsibility

12. Professional attitude
(interest in the field, attendance, etc.)

13. Response to supervision (ability to accept and
profit from suggestions to improve performance)


5 4 3 2 1 N/A

5 4 3 2 1 N/A

5 4 3 2 1 N/A


5 4 3 2 1 N/A


Competence in MPH Core Knowledge and Skills
The MPH program at the University of Florida is designed to provide entry-level competence in 10
services/activities essential to the practice of public health. This intern will soon enter the profession of public
health. Based on your experience with other individuals entering the workforce with an MPH, please rate this
intern's competence in each area. It is unlikely that the intern would have engaged in activities that would allow
you to rate him/her on every (or even most) of the competencies. Circle NA (not applicable) in such cases.


1. Monitor health status to identify and solve
community health problems

2. Diagnose and investigate health problems
and health hazards in the community using an
ecological framework

3. Inform, educate, and empower people about
health issues

4. Mobilize community partnerships and action
to identify and solve health problems

5. Develop policies and plans that support indivi-
dual and community health efforts

6. Use laws and regulations to protect health
and ensure safety

7. Link people to needed personal health services
and assure the provision of health care when
otherwise unavailable

8. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality
of personal and population-based health services

9. Conduct research for new insights and innovative
solutions to health problems

10. Communicate effectively with constituencies in
oral and written form


5 4 3 2 1 N/A


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Competence in Specific Public Health Concentrations
Each MPH student concentrates in one of five areas: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, public
health management and policy, and social and behavioral sciences. Competence in a concentration area is also
expected of our graduates. Based on your experience with other individuals entering the workforce with an MPH,
please rate this intern's competence only in his/her concentration area. It is unlikely that the intern would have
engaged in activities that would allow you to rate him/her on every (or even most) of the concentration
competencies, even in the one area. Circle NA (not applicable) in such cases.


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Biostatistics Competencies
1. Describe the role of biostatistics in public health research

2. Interpret and critique analyses found in public health studies

3. Use appropriate statistical methodology to address public
health problems

4. Communicate effectively with investigators in other areas of
public health

5. Develop presentations based on statistical methods and
analyses for both public health professionals and educated
lay audiences

6. Apply software to conduct statistical analyses


Environmental Health Competencies
1. Describe to specific communities or general populations the
direct and indirect human and ecological effects of major
environmental agents

2. Describe genetic, physiological and psychosocial factors that
affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following
exposure to environmental hazards

3. Explain the health effects and general mechanisms of toxicity
in eliciting a toxic response to exposure to various
environmental toxicants

4. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and
controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human
health and the environment

5. Develop a testable model of an environmental insult or
design a way to evaluate an environmental insult


Epidemiology Competencies
1. Identify and understand the historical context of
epidemiology, epidemiologic terminology, study designs and
methodology

2. Identify key sources of epidemiologic data and data collection
methodology

3. Demonstrate ability to analyze and interpret epidemiologic
data

4. Explain and communicate current epidemiologic and public
health problems for informing scientific, ethical, economic
and political discussions of health problems

5. Apply epidemiologic knowledge and methodology in a
substantive area or applied setting


5 4 3 2 1 N/A

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Public Health Management and Policy Competencies
1. Apply principles and methods of strategic and program 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
planning in public health contexts

2. Effectively manage public health programs and projects 5 4 3 2 1 N/A

3. Identify, retrieve, summarize, manage and communicate 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
public health information

4. Apply principles and theory of budget preparation, 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
managerial accounting, and financial management to
organizations in the health sector

5. Demonstrate the principles of problem solving and crisis 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
management

6. Monitor and evaluate programs for their effectiveness and 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
quality

7. Apply principles and methods of health policy development 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
and analysis to key public health issues


Social and Behavioral Science Competencies
1. Critically describe and evaluate the state of public health social 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
and behavioral science research and literature

2. Apply social and behavioral science theories and concepts to 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
public health problems

3. Describe and apply the social ecological framework to public 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
health problems

4. Understand and apply the principles of community 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
participation in public health research and interventions

5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
social and behavioral science research

6. Demonstrate an understanding of health disparities in the U.S. 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
and the underlying role of power differentials to disparities

7. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to design and 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
implement a public health information campaign

8. Demonstrate communication skills key to public health 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
workforce participation and advocacy




Summary

Overall contribution to the agency 5 4 3 2 1 N/A


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Based upon your overall evaluation of the intern's efforts, please indicate the most appropriate values on the
scales below.


Poor
60 65
A= 90 or higher
B= 80
C= 70
D= 60
E= 60 or below


Excellent
100


Please provide any additional comments that may contribute to the professional development of this intern.


Signature, Agency Preceptor


Date


Agency Preceptor:
Please submit this form to Bridgette Hart via email to bhart@phhp.ufl.edu or by fax to: (352) 273-6199

Many thanks!


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**This form is to be completed by the intern**

University of Florida
Master of Public Health Program

Agency and Preceptor Evaluation


Student Name:

Semester: Fall Spring Summer Year

Agency:

Preceptor's Name, Credentials and Position Title:


5 = Excellent 2 = Below Average
4 = Good 1 = Poor
3 = Average N/A = Not Applicable


Evaluation Items
1. Expression of expectations of intern
2. Expression of project goals and objectives
3. Provided tools for successful completion of the job
4. Ability to delegate appropriate tasks
5. Encouraged creative and independent thinking
6. Respect and concern for intern
7. Flexibility
8. Demonstrated leadership qualities

Overall contribution to the professional development
of the intern
Overall rating of the preceptor
Overall rating of organization


N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A


5 4 3 2 1 N/A


5 4 3 2
5 4 3 2


N/A
N/A


Would you recommend this internship site to another student? Why or Why Not?


Did this internship experience complement your public health training?


Why or Why Not?


Thank you for filling out this evaluation to the best of your ability. Your honesty assists in the assignment of
appropriate internship sites for the MPH classes to come.

Please return this form to Slande Celeste, HPNP Room 3121, Fax 352-273-6199


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Student Log for Internships and Practica


Student Name

De Arrival/Departure Total
Date HouToday's Assignment
Time Hours


+ i


+ i


i 4


Preceptor Signature

Date


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PUBLIC HEALTH DAY PRESENTATIONS

The oral and written reports of your special project constitute the culminating experience in the MPH
program. These reports are graded by your Supervisory Chair, with input from two additional faculty
members who assess the oral report. Your performance in these reports constitutes the grade for PHC
6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues.

Written Report. Each student prepares a scholarly paper, 15-20 pages in length (exclusive of graphs,
figures, and references), based on the special project undertaken as part of the internship. A substantial
portion of this paper includes an in-depth discussion of the manner in which the MPH and
concentration-specific competencies were strengthened by conducting the special project. A near final
draft of the written paper must be submitted two weeks before Public Health Day and approved by the
Supervisory Committee Chair before the student can be scheduled for a Public Health Day presentation.
Specific content required for written reports is specified in the PHC 6601 syllabus. Two copies of the
final paper must be submitted by a date announced each semester. One copy of the paper is submitted to
the Supervisory Committee Chair for grading. The second copy is submitted to the Program Assistant
for inclusion in the student's permanent file.

Oral Report. Oral presentations are made during one or two Public Health Days at the end of each
semester and all students and preceptors are invited to attend. The dates are announced at the beginning
of the semester. Specific times for each presentation are posted two weeks before Public Health Day.
Each student is allocated 30 minutes for his/her presentation: 20 minutes of formal presentation,
followed by a 10 minute question and answer period. Specific content required for oral reports is
specified in the PHC 6601 syllabus, along with criteria for assessment of presentation style. Three
faculty members attend each presentation and provide feedback to the student and Supervisory
Committee Chair.

Abstracts. Students are required to prepare abstracts of their reports before the oral presentation. Your
abstract serves as a short summary of your project and should make the reader want to learn more about
the project. Abstracts should follow these guidelines:

Plan to write an abstract that is no more than 10% of the length of the written report;
Note key facts in each category: issue/problem, methods, results, implications;
Avoid a statement of scope; a sentence like "this paper will look at...."
Be sure to omit or condense lengthy examples, tables, and other supporting detail;
Think of the abstract itself as a mini-essay;
Be sure that the abstract is complete, accurate and written in the same voice as the paper.


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PHC 6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
Time: Monday, 11:45AM-1:40 PM
Place: See schedule
Credit: 1 credit


Description
This course is designed to provide a framework for students to integrate a variety of public health topics,
issues, and skills into a culminating experience for the MPH program. The course is offered fall and
spring with at least 3 two-hour sessions in each semester. MPH students are required to attend 8 of the
sessions during their course of study, and to complete a major paper and a presentation during the final
semester of the program. Since many students are not on campus during the final semester while they
conduct their internships, it is wise to attend all sessions of this course early in the program. Each
seminar session consists of a one-hour presentation followed by one hour of discussion.

Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss selected interdisciplinary, cross-cutting issues in public health,
2. Explain the interrelationships among the five core areas of public health in a written paper and an
oral presentation, and
3. Complete an MPH portfolio documenting achievement of MPH and concentration competencies.
4. Present a complete project undertaken during the internship in written and oral form, thus
strengthening competence in communication.

Specific learning objectives for each seminar session will be developed in collaboration with the speaker
for that session and posted on the course Web site.

Content
Seminar sessions are offered on interdisciplinary topics considered essential to the contemporary
practice of public health, such as:

Communication: The ability to give, solicit and receive oral, written, graphic, and numerical
information, taking into consideration target audience and using a variety of mechanisms in both
formal and informal settings.

Diversity and Cultural Proficiency: The ability to interact sensitively and professionally with
individuals and communities with diverse characteristics.

Leadership: The ability to create and communicate a shared vision for a better future, champion
solutions to organizational and community challenges and energize commitment to goals.

Professionalism and Ethics: The ability to demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional
practices implicit in public health decisions, giving consideration to the effect of choices on
community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability, as well as to commit to
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Program Planning and Assessment: The ability to design, develop, implement and evaluate
strategies and interventions to improve individual and community health.

Systems Thinking: The ability to recognize dynamic interactions among human and social
systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, and
communities.

In addition to the above topics, sessions will be offered each semester on the role of workplace
competencies in public health education and on developing a major paper which addresses, in part, the
synergistic relationships among the public health concentrations. Students are required to attend the
session on competencies during their first semester and the session on the major paper during the
semester before they undertake their internships.

Attendance/Expectations
Students are expected to:
Attend at least 8 seminar sessions during the course of the MPH program
Attend the seminar session on competencies during the first semester of the program
Attend the seminar session on major paper during the semester before beginning a special project
Attend 6 30 minute Public Health Day presentations by other students during the semesters
before their own internships
Complete the required reading PRIOR to class
Participate actively in the discussion of the topic after the presentation
Register upon arrival at each session
Be on time and stay until class is dismissed
Turn off cell phones and pagers during class

Readings
Appropriate readings for each seminar session will be announced two weeks prior to the session.
Readings will include published literature and online resources recommended by the scheduled speaker.

Registration
Students will register for one credit of PHC 6601 during the last semester in the MPH program. Each
student's Supervisory Committee Chair will serve as the instructor of record.

Major Paper and Presentations
Each student develops a scholarly paper based on a project undertaken as part of his/her internship. A
substantial portion of this paper includes an in-depth discussion of the manner in which all five of the
core disciplines and cross-cutting skills are involved in the project. Students are expected to use this
opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the broad field of public health. The major paper must be
approved by the supervisory committee chair before the student will be scheduled for a presentation.

An oral presentation based on the paper is made during a Public Health Day near the end of the student's
final semester in the program. The oral and written reports constitute the culminating experience in the
MPH program.

Specific guidelines for developing the paper and presentation, meeting with supervisory chairs, and
evaluating the presentation are distributed prior to commencement of the internship (during a PHC 6601
session).


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Written reports should be 15-20 pages, exclusive of graphics and references. Oral reports should be 20
minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. Students should use appropriate
audio/visual aids in the delivery of their reports. Oral presentations will be made during one or two
Public Health Days at the end of each semester. The dates are announced at the beginning of each
semester. Specific times for each presentation are posted no less than two weeks before Public Health
Days. All students and preceptors are invited to attend. Three faculty members attend each presentation
and provide feedback to the student and Supervisory Committee Chair.

Each report, both oral and written, is expected to include the following content:

Background
Summary of critical literature
Rationale and/or need for the project
Relationship to public health values
Objectives or specific aims

Description of methods
Hypotheses
Specific identification of methods used in needs assessments, policy analysis, epidemiological
analysis, financial management, program planning, evaluation, etc., noting especially how
methods of concentrations other than your own were used
Justification of methods
Stakeholder involvement

Results
Order and clarity
Relationship to objectives, aims, or hypotheses
Appropriate use of tables, charts, and other graphics
Interpretation

Discussion
Strengths and limitations
Generalizability

Implications
Relationship of this project to the internship experience
Relationship to practice and research in the larger field of public health, focusing, as appropriate,
on each of the other concentrations
MPH and concentration competencies strengthened by this project
Lessons learned from this project/recommendations for future projects

The quality of the content is assessed by three faculty members representing different concentrations. In
general, the project itself should demonstrate your ability to apply one or more of your concentration
competencies. Your ability to integrate the MPH core competencies should be evident throughout the
paper and presentation. For example, a project may involve biostatistical analysis and an
epidemiological research design to produce results that will inform policy decisions.


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A few weeks before Public Health Days, students are given opportunities to practice their
presentations. They may receive feedback on the content as well as the following characteristics
that will be evaluated during the presentations:

Presentation style
Energy/enthusiasm
Appropriate body movements
Voice projection
Inflection
Appropriate eye contact
Avoidance of"um," "ah," etc.
Ability to hold the attention of the audience
Appropriate drama

Delivery methods
Organization of the material
Clarity of delivery
Appropriate use of time
Appropriate audio-visual materials

Students are expected to consult regularly with their Supervisory Chairs and Preceptors as they develop
their reports. At a minimum, students should have a meeting with the supervisory chair at mid-term to
evaluate progress and decide on subsequent meetings.

Faculty
Guest experts and faculty of the MPH program, the College of Public Health and Health Professions,
and other Health Science Center colleges at UF contribute to the seminar sessions. Timely and relevant
Internet broadcasts from outside UF will also be presented. Students will work closely with their
supervisory committee chairs and internship preceptors to develop their major papers and presentations.

Grading
The course uses the standard letter grade format of the University of Florida. In order to receive a grade
for the course, students MUST (1) attend eight seminar sessions, including the required sessions on
public health competencies and the major paper and presentation, (2) attend six 30- minute presentations
by other students on Public Health Days before they begin their internships, (3) submit a major paper,
and (4) present the key elements of the paper during an oral presentation. A letter grade for the course is
derived from the paper, based on the content identified above, (60%), oral presentation (30%), and
attention to guidance from supervisory chair and preceptor (10%).

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
To obtain academic accommodations, first register with the Dean of Students' Office. The Dean of
Students' Office will provide documentation to be given to the course instructor at the time you request
the accommodation. The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to assist
students' coursework.


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Academic Integrity/Honesty Statement
Students are expected to act in accordance with the University of Florida Honor Code, which recognizes
that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Cheating or
plagiarism in any form is not acceptable.

Schedule
Three or four seminars will be scheduled at regular intervals during each of the fall and spring
semesters. Schedules are posted on the MPH Web site.



Detailed Guidelines for Internships, Special Project Papers,
and Presentations


Internship Registration and Forms
You are not registered for your Internship until you have turned in your signed Internship
Proposal form to Brigette.
1 credit = 48 contact hours
Course number is PHC 6946 Leave the section number blank
Please include your preceptor's credential AND position title on the form
Please turn in paperwork by

Internship v Special Project
Internship is broad and may have many projects and activities
Special project is narrow and involves one in-depth project
o The project must be an application of one or more concentration and MPH competencies
(see lists of competencies on the PH website and in your portfolios)

During your internship
Stay in touch with your supervisory committee chair at least every 3-4 weeks
Consult other faculty, as necessary, for advice on specific aspects of the project
If your project is not working out as expected:
o Contact your supervisory chair immediately
o Take corrective action

Important characteristics
Your project may be a part of a larger project
Your project must have
o A literature review, which should be started immediately
o A reason for doing the work (who will benefit, how much, and why?)
o Methods that you can describe
If you do any data analysis, you must be able to defend your choice of statistical methods
(including a choice not to use them)
If you will need IRB approval, please submit paperwork during the semester prior to your
internship semester.


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