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A Medical Doctor in Public Health is a physician who holds a master of public health degree or is board eligible or certified in public health or preventive medicine to practice medicine as an employee of the Department of Health. For Certificate as a Medical Doctor Public Health, the requirements are as follows and can be found in Chapter 458.316 F.S.:
- Be a graduate of an Allopathic US Medical School of a school recognized and approved by the US Office of Education (AMG) and completed at least one year of approved residency training
- Be a graduate of an allopathic international medical school (IMG) and have a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate and completed an approved residency of at least 2 years in one specialty area
- Be a graduate who has completed the formal requirements of an international medical school except the internship or social service requirement, passed parts I and II of the NBME or ECFMG equivalent examination, and completed an academic year of supervised clinical training (5th pathway) and completed an approved residency of at least 2 years in one specialty area
- Holds a master of public health degree or is board eligible or certified in public health or preventive medicine.
- Licensed to practice medicine without restriction in another jurisdiction in the United States and holds a master of public health degree or is board eligible or certified in public health or preventive medicine
Effective July 1, 2012, section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
- For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
- Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
- Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
- Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.
The section above does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.
Section 456.013(1)(a), Florida Statutes, and Chapter 64B8-4.016, Florida Administrative Code, provides that a licensure application and application fee are valid for one year. Application fees are non-refundable.
To practice medicine in the state of Florida, you must have a valid Florida medical license. The licensing process involves the collection of credentials from the applicant and from other sources. Once all materials are submitted, an application specialist will review them; however, it may be necessary for the application specialist to request additional information. Our goal is to review materials as quickly as possible, but we must be thorough.
You should expect the entire process to take between two to six months from the time your application is received.
You can help expedite the application process by including all relevant materials with your application packets (medical school transcripts, residency certificates, etc). We will mail you a deficiency letter approximately 30 days after receiving your application, so please refrain from contacting our office until after you have received your initial deficiency letter. Time spent on the telephone impacts time available for staff to process applications.
Please email questions or comments to our office at email@example.com.
We process applications, mail, e-mails, and telephone calls in date order.
Submit your application, supporting documentation, and applicable fee payment, to the following address:
Department of Health/ HMQAM
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6330
Receiving your application and logging in your check usually takes about 7-10 days. Once the application is logged in, it is then forwarded to the board office. NOTE: The reason you must use the above address is because of the fees you must enclose.
Mail additional documentation or anything without a fee to the following address:
Department of Health
Medical Quality Assurance/Board of Medicine
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN #CO3
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3253
All documents must have your name as listed on your application to ensure materials reach your application in a timely manner.
Again, we recommend that you do not make any commitments based upon expectation of licensure until you are actually licensed. Some applicants suffer significant costs by signing mortgages and committing to a start date prematurely. One application is not accelerated at the expense of another, particularly if there is a premature commitment to start practicing medicine. All applicants are handled equally and fairly.
Initial license fee:
$250.00 or $5,000.00
(please read information at www.nica.com )
Dispensing Practitioner fee:
(optional, this fee is for selling pharmaceuticals in your office)
Make certified checks or money orders payable to: “Department of Health” (DOH); or pay by credit card when applying online.
Click on Chapter or Section Number to View
456.013 Department; general licensing provisions
458.311 Licensure by examination
458.316 Public health certificate
458.331 Grounds for disciplinary action
456.035 Address of record
456.039 Designated health care professionals; information requirement for licensure
456.048 Financial responsibility requirements for certain health care practitioners
456.0635 Medicaid fraud; disqualification for license, certification, or registration
458.320 Financial responsibility
Florida Administrative Code
64B8-1.007 List of approved Forms
64B8-3.002 Applications, Certification, Registration, and Licensure Fees
64B-2.001 Practitioner Profile
64B8-12.001 Financial Responsibility applicability
64B8-12.005 Financial Responsibility procedures
64B8-12.007 Financial Responsibility exemptions for persons not practicing in Florida; Change of status
Before practicing medicine in Florida, read Chapter 456, 458, and 766.301-.316 Florida Statutes (F. S.), and Rule Chapter 64B8, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C). You must know and comply with the laws and rules as they pertain to your professional practice. Laws and rules are subject to change at any time. For updated information refer to the following web-sites www.leg.state.fl.us (Florida Statutes) and www.flrules.org (Florida Administrative Code).