About MPH in GHH

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The field of disaster management, humanitarian relief, and homeland security plays an important role in global health, especially in the areas of armed conflict and natural disasters. With the increase in weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear and biological threats from terrorist groups and radical states, the need for formal training and education has increased. Local and international organizations, governments and United Nation agencies are in need of highly trained professionals to manage and direct programs to reduce the global public health threats that continue to plague us. Where and when the next tsunami or earthquake will strike, or how the next terrorist group will respond is unknown. But the logic behind professionally mitigating and preparing for one of these incidences places us in a stronger position to respond. Students come from all walks of life with various degrees. There is a mix of military personnel deployed globally, Public Health Service Corps officers, governmental employees including those currently working in the disaster, humanitarian, security fields, and younger students who have the desire but with little knowledge of the profession.

Program Outline

The primary objective of the MPH in Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, and Homeland Security is to provide an individual with a foundation in public health and the tools to enter the profession at the supervisory level. Upon completing the eight concentration courses the student will have covered most topics related to the disaster cycle, procurment and resource allocation, policy, business continuity and critical infrastructure with a specific emphasis on human security and response in context of an array of situations ranging from natural disasters to Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. The culminating public health cources, the Special Project, Field Experience and CPH exam will assess the student’s knowledge base and self-assess their capacity to complete written documents and hands-on experience as a specialist in the public health expertise of disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and homeland security.

Click Here to view the Course Curriculum

Can I start with a Graduate Certificate?

If you want to first consider one of the certificates you can access the flyers below by going to one of the three concentation areas including Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance, or Homeland Security. Visit the University of South Florida website for online graduate certificates or contact Dr. Anthony Masys (tmasys@health.usf.edu)  


Employment varies for graduates. Those who are in the military, USPHS Corps or are governmental employees generally remain in the current employment but with a strengthened resume to move to a better suited position. Others just starting out will have the formal education but will then need to begin at an entry level supervisory position to gain experience. Currently we have alumni with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the military and USPHS Corps, Federal, State and local governments, health care settings, and both National and International Non-governmental Organizations (e.g. Carter Center In Sudan, World Vision in Africa).

Program Cost

All in-state students will pay the approved USF tuition and fees for that academic year (click for details). The College of Public Health has established a special tuition rate for non-Florida residents of $525 per credit hour. All students are required to pay an additional $30 per credit off-campus fee for online COPH courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Click here to view admission requirements. (Under Prerequisites)
  • Click here to apply through SOPHAS.
  • If you are an out of state or international student, you may qualify for a reduced tuition rate as part of the Global Disaster Management Reduced Rate Program. Please click here for more information.


The program curriculum can be reviewed at: MPH in Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, and Homeland Security (GHH)


To learn more about the Online MPH in Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief & Homeland Security, please contact an Academic Advisor at (813) 974-6505 or preadmissions@health.usf.edu.

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