A Message from the Director


Welcome! My name is Julia Varnes, and I am pleased to have recently been appointed as the MPH Program Director. I am thrilled to have joined such a passionate, hard-working, and diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. I am a born and raised Gainesville native, and earned three of my four degrees from the University of Florida. I did leave the state for several years, and then I came back to here to Gainesville. What can I say? I love this town. I love our university. And I am passionate about Public Health.

We are proud to be a part of the University of Florida, a top 10 public university in the US. The city of Gainesville, where UF is located, is rich with cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities. Our partnerships with alumni, and community members and organizations within the surrounding community and nationwide bring amazing practice-based opportunities for our students as they pursue their professional goals.

We offer several program options, including on-campus or online, combination degrees, and an accelerated option for working professionals. We also have graduate certificate options. Explore to determine which program and which of our six concentrations is the right one for you.

Let us be part of your journey!

Julia R. Varnes, PhD, MPH, MCHES®
MPH Program Director