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Julia R. Varnes, PhD, MPH, MCHES® is the director of the Master of Public Health Program for the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and a clinical associate professor with the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy. Dr. Varnes received her PhD in health behavior, with a minor in research and evaluation methodology, from the University of Florida. Dr. Varnes holds two masters degrees, one in health education (from UF), and one in public health (University of Maryland, College Park). Dr. Varnes has worked in college health at UF for nearly 15 years. She joined UF as faculty in 2014, and joined the College of PHHP in 2021. Dr. Varnes is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®), and also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Focusing on psychosocial health, Dr. Varnes’s research and academic interests are specific to interpersonal violence, objectification, and gender role expectations. In her teaching, advising, and mentoring, she aims to instill concepts of empowerment, compassion, acceptance, and cultural competency in future professionals.
Telisha is a triple Gator with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UF Department of Health Education and Behavior as well as a Master’s of Arts from the UF Department of Sociology. She has been with the MPH program since October 2011 and currently serves as the Academic Advisor for both campus and online MPH students. She advises MPH students on their plans of study for completion of the MPH and other curriculum and program related requirements.
Please reach out to Katherine for assistance with general information, application and admissions procedures, campus visits, and guidance on educational pursuits for the Master of Public Health (on campus and online), PhD in Public Health – Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration, and combined or certificate public health programs.
Aubrey is the Internship Coordinator for the MPH Program. She works with students, faculty advisors, and internship sites to ensure students secure meaningful internships and complete the required projects associated with their sites.
In addition, Aubrey also offers administrative support to Dr. Cindy Prins, Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Dr. Julia Varnes, MPH Program Director.