University of South Florida College of Public Health

Region: North America
Industry: Education

The University of South Florida College of Public Health (USF COPH) is a leading college offering a variety of programs and concentrations in public health at the bachelor’s (BSPH), master’s (MPH, MSPH, MHA) and doctoral (PhD, DrPH) levels. As the first public health institute in the state of Florida, USF COPH provides a transformational research and interdisciplinary curriculum to creatively solve problems and enhance the universal right to health and well-being.

To address cumbersome and paper-driven processes, USF COPH partnered with Appian to migrate its student course selection and advising system to a cloud-based application accessible via mobile device. This new approach aims to provide a collaborative digital environment, allowing faculty and students to quickly access not only degree requirements but also when mandatory courses are scheduled and in what semesters.

In 2015, USF COPH launched its first application with Appian that allows students to register, add or drop courses from their iPhone or Android smartphones. With three taps on their mobile phone, students can submit a course request to their advisor, who can then approve or deny it. The application, which integrates with USF’s Banner student information system, shortened class registration completion from 15 days to two days per student case. Simultaneously, faculty and advisors are now able to leverage the app as a student digital record to make sure that students meet course requirements. This has created instant access and knowledge as to whether a student is academically eligible for select courses and if any registration holds exist.

To leverage Appian as an enterprise application platform, USF COPH plans to develop future applications with an eye towards an Internet of Things scenario that would include parking spots, equipped with sensors, to alert students arriving for exams about available parking.