The MDP Program at the University of Florida is a professional, interdisciplinary program designed for individuals aspiring to pursue work in international development. Coursework is combined with hands on field experience to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a career in a wide range of development organizations and institutions. The overall MDP Program curriculum integrates the social sciences, health sciences, natural/biological sciences, and management skills into a holistic approach to sustainable development. Applicants to the program may possess a degree in any discipline participating in development processes directly or indirectly. Students from all regions of the world are encouraged to apply. The program spans four academic semesters and a summer field practicum. Students take eight core classes during their first two semesters. Next, students undertake an intensive 10-12 week field practicum over the summer, during which they apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the first academic year to address specific development challenges identified by governments, communities and/or organizations in different parts of the world.
We train students to become skilled practitioners who are able to:
Intellectually and culturally address complex sustainable development challenges by working across disciplinary boundaries and bridge scholarship and practice
Analyze and communicate multi-dimensional development problems (such as poverty, weak governance, and climate vulnerability) at the interface of the environment, health and development.
Plan, manage and monitor development interventions.
Acquire the knowledge and skills for assessing or managing organizations, staff and teams