The USF College of Public Health is the first in Florida to update curriculum for its master’s degree program, a step that is in tandem with a national effort to better train the public health workforce and improve population health.
The new curriculum – built from concepts found in “Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health” launched earlier this year by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) – incorporates more integrated, real-world coursework that better reflects the realities of today’s public health job settings.
“We have to move into the 21st Century and this new curriculum is better at meeting the needs of today’s students,” said Dr. Rita DeBate, professor and associate dean for the COPH Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
Under the direction of Dean Donna J. Petersen, USF College of Public Health, Dr. DeBate and Dr. Jaime Corvin, assistant professor of public health, worked with a committee of faculty to guide this initiative. For two years they worked with a committee of fellow COPH faculty members to create the new curriculum and last fall the first group began the pilot project.