public health & health professions

Educating the Next Generation of Health Professionals

Explore Our Majors

BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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APPLY TO THE UPPER DIVISION MAJORS HERE

Sophomore students wanting to continue with the Health Science, Public Health, or Communication Sciences & Disorders majors in their junior and seniors years must apply and be admitted to the upper division portion of the program. If you are currently a UF student (in any major) and want to apply, you simply need to apply to one of the majors below. However, if you are currently at a state/community college (e.g., SFC, SFCJ, etc.), a Florida university other than UF (e.g., FSU, UCF, etc.), or an out of state student, you need to apply to both UF and one of the majors below.

*The application deadline for PRIORITY REVIEW is February 1, 2023; FINAL DEADLINE is February 15, 2023.*



Major

HEALTH SCIENCE (HS)

PRIMARILY FOR STUDENTS PURSUING:
-Medicine
-Physician Assistant
-Occupational Therapy
-Physical Therapy
-Dentistry
-Optometry

Health Science

Major

PUBLIC HEALTH (PH)

PRIMARILY FOR STUDENTS PURSUING:
-Epidemiology
-Biostatistics
-Environmental Health
-Global Public Health
-Population Health
-Social & Behavioral Sciences
-Health Administration

Public Health

Advising

Advisors in the College of Public Health & Health Professions (PHHP) are able to assist students via email, Zoom, and in-person appointments. Advisors (Rob Doyle and Andrea Smith) are generally available for appointments Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In person appointments are conducted within the Student Services Office within the HPNP building (ground floor, room: G205). Our address is: 1225 Center Drive Gainesville, FL 32610.

If you are a current UF freshman or sophomore in a different college and you are interested in changing your major to Health Science, Public Health, or Communication Sciences and Disorders, please email advising@phhp.ufl.edu and advisors will provide you with more information.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR PHHP majors: All students admitted to the upper division should contact their department staff or program director for advising assistance. Health Science majors may contact Dr. Moorhouse or Kendra Hamilton; Public Health majors may contact Dr. Dixon or Meredith Nappy; Communication Sciences and Disorders majors may contact Dr. Adams-Mitchell or Brenda McDonnell.

Email

Email is encouraged when you are unavailable to schedule an advising appointment, only have one or two quick questions, or wish to share documents (forms, semester plans, etc.) with an advisor. Emails are monitored by multiple staff members and are typically responded to within one business day. During peak advising periods emails will be responded to in the order in which they were received and will take up to five business days to be responded to. Advising holds will not be cleared via email, except in extraordinary circumstances.

To connect with an advisor via email, please send inquiries to advising@phhp.ufl.edu

30-Minute Zoom or In-Person Appointments

Zoom or In-Person appointments are the better option if you have more involved questions that you expect to take 30 minutes or less, such as:

  • Major changes
  • Four year plans
  • BHS/BPH application questions
  • Dropping a course
  • Planning for the next semester(s)
  • Transient student questions
  • Questions regarding minors, study abroad, or S/U options
  • University petition discussions/medical withdrawal
  • Forms such as PROMISE worksheets, ROTC plans, financial aid petitions
  • A variety of advising concerns, i.e. more than two things to talk about

To schedule a 30-minute zoom or in-person appointment, appointment please see the PHHP Advising Booking page (link is below). Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance using your ufl email and can only be made up to three weeks in advance. If you need to reschedule or cancel, you can do so via our MS Bookings page up to 24 hours before your appointment by clicking “reschedule” in your original confirmation email. If you must cancel within 24 hours of your appointment, please email the advising team advising@phhp.ufl.edu.

Click here to schedule an advising appointment.

College Minors

Deaf and Hearing Sciences

The Deaf and Hearing Studies minor includes language classes in American Sign Language and classes to deepen awareness of the impact of hearing loss on everyday life and function.

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Disability Science

The Disability Science minor provides a basic scientific foundation to understand the impact of disability on physical and psychosocial health.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Health Science

The Health Science minor introduces foundational knowledge and skills to students whose career goal is to work in health care.

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Apply to a PHHP Minor Here

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COMBINATION DEGREE PROGRAMS

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Undergraduate / Master of Public Health

Combination degree program that accepts UF undergraduate seniors into the Master of Public Health program where they earn 15 credits toward their MPH degree.

Public Health Combination

COMBINATION DEGREE

Health Science / Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Combination degree program that allows incoming Bachelor of Health Science juniors to take first-year Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program courses during their junior and senior years.

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS

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Welcome

Welcome to the undergraduate programs in the College of Public Health and Health Professions! Our aim is to provide you the very best preparation for a future in the health professions or public health. Whether you are pursuing a degree in Health Science, Public Health, or Communication Sciences and Disorders, you will be learning from and interacting with recognized leaders in all areas of the health spectrum. This mostly occurs in the classroom, but also includes opportunities to collaborate with researchers examining priority health needs, to contribute to community initiatives that impact the health of populations, and to practice leadership and communication skills within a health context. Throughout your time in our college, our faculty, advisors, and Program Directors will work with you to help you achieve your career goals. We look forward to serving you.

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Health Professions College Council

Health science student organization

Student Spotlight

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Emily McHugh

Emily McHugh

Alumni spotlight

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Ashley-Marie Bodor

Nurse and B.H.S. graduate Ashley-Marie Bodor finds joy supporting lung transplant patients.

Ashley-Marie Bodor

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Allison Petkoff

Allison Petkoff is completing a fellowship at the Infectious Disease Policy Office at the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

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College resources

PROMOTING HAPPY, HEALTHY PEOPLE

PHHP Wellness Program

The PHHP Wellness Program encourages faculty, staff, and students to engage in activities that will benefit their overall health and wellbeing. The program incorporates contemporary initiatives that encompass the eight dimensions of wellness, which are emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

PHHP Scholarships

The college offers several scholarships, which are typically awarded during the spring semester. Undergraduate junior and senior students in the Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Public Health degree programs are eligible to apply.

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Undergraduate Diversity Caucus

After the events that occurred in 2020— the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and specifically the call for justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor— the College of Public Health and Health Professions initiated the development of a platform that would make the environment at PHHP more safe, affirming, and supportive.

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