Course Curriculum

DPM students must complete coursework from multiple departments in order to demonstrate competency each of the program disciplines. Competency area courses may be transferred from other institutions or other approved substitutions may occur with the approval of a student’s committee and the DPM Director.
The credit distribution is as follows:

Coursework Area Credits
Plant, Soil, and Weed Science 18
Entomology and Nematology 18
Plant Pathology 16
Additional Core Courses 18-19
Electives 13-15
DPM Internships 15-16

A full list of course offerings available to DPM students can be found in the DPM Student Graduate Handbook.


The following courses were specifically designed with the DPM Program in mind and information for the courses can be found at the Entomology Department website:

The following courses and internships are available only to DPM students:

  • Integrated Plant Medicine: ALS 6925
  • Plant Medicine Program Seminar: ALS 6931
  • Scouting and Survey Methods for Plant Health Professionals: ENY 6934
  • Internship in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Managment: ALS 6943

The following courses were designed for DPM students as a component of the Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management Certificate, but are available to other students.

  • Colloquium of Plant Pests of Regulatory Significance: ALS 6921
  • Principles of Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management: ALS 6942

The following core internships are offered in an intensive group learning environment, and were originally developed for DPM students:

  • Insect Diagnostics: ENY 6942
  • Nematode Diagnostics: NEM 6942

The following core internship is offered through the UF Plant Disease Clinic in Gainesville, Florida following completion of core plant pathology courses:

  • Professional Internship in the Plant Disease Clinic: PLP 6942

For syllabus information for the above course, go to the UF Plant Pathology Department Course and Syllabi Page.


In order to further understand the DPM curriculum, prospective students should review the latest DPM handbook.
The DPM Director, Amanda Hodges can also meet with you and discuss your Program of Study.