Public Health Practice – Campus

public health practice

Lead communities in development, implementation and evaluation of public health initiatives

Career opportunities: Legislative policy advisor, management policy advisor, hospital/managed care administrator, program planner and evaluator, health services research analyst, policy analyst, academic


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. The campus program is available to students in combination 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 online program is available to individuals who have experience in the field, or a prior degree in a health-related field.

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 an internship/Applied Practice Experience. The concentration is offered in the traditional 48-credit format or in an accelerated 42-credit format.

If you are interested in the public health practice concentration, please contact Katherine Pizarro-Gutierrez.


All students in this concentration must hold a prior health professional degree or be enrolled in a combination graduate program. To be eligible for the accelerated option, applicants must hold a terminal degree in a health or health-related field. Eligibility for the public health practice MPH is summarized below.

48-Credit Traditional MPH Program 42-Credit Accelerated MPH Program
Prior professional degree (i.e. BSN, MS in Nutrition, MS in Social Work)Prior terminal degree (i.e. PharmD, DVM, MD, PhD)
Joint or concurrent professional/MPH program (i.e. JD/MPH, PharmD/MPH)

Public Health Practice Curricula

A variety of curricular options may be developed. Students admitted to the public health practice concentration develop their curricula in collaboration with the Associate Director of the MPH program or the director of their joint program and the chairs of their supervisory committees by first identifying the competencies they wish to obtain and then selecting courses to achieve those competencies.

Additional information on the curriculum, including plans of study, can be found in the MPH Student Handbook.

For information about the online public health practice concentration, please visit here.

Public Health Practice Core Courses

Instead of a specified set of concentration core courses, students choose two to three courses from concentration core course options in two to four of the other concentrations. Selections should include at least one course in research methods along with other courses with problem-based methodologies to enhance students’ practice skill sets as well as their skills in research and writing.

Internship/Applied Practice Experience

All MPH students are required to complete an internship/APE with a public health or related agency. While every internship involves different goals and activities, all of them 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.

Special Project/Capstone

Students must complete a special project/capstone project that demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and produce results. 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.

Interested in the other concentrations offered in the MPH program? Explore other options on the Concentrations page.