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Aubrey Bonsal

A Gator Goes to Columbus

Emilia Sykes (MPH ’11, JD ’11) was recently recognized by the University of Florida as one of the 2021 40 Gators Under 40. Ms. Sykes was elected to Ohio’s state House of Representatives in 2014 and currently serves as the Minority Leader. She credits her experience at…

Alum Jane Benton Appointed to Board of Directors

Jane Benton, MD, MPH Dr. Jane Benton, MPH ’12, has recently been appointed to the Space Coast Health Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Benton is a pediatrician who completed her medical residency at University of Florida’s Shands Hospital and currently works with patients at Brevard Health Alliance, which has…

MPH Exemplary Student Award

Melanie Hechavarria recently received the MPH Exemplary Student Award for demonstrating exceptional performance during her time in the MPH program. Exceptional performance is manifested by excellent academic performance, service to others, leadership, and an apparent dedication to public health. Melanie was selected by a panel of MPH…

2021 Superior Accomplishment Awards

Two members of the MPH staff were honored with a Superior Accomplishment Award in February, 2021. Katherine Pizarro-Gutierrez, MPH, and Robyn Smith were both recognized for their exemplary service to the MPH program and its students. The award recognizes employees who contribute outstanding service, efficiency and/or economy to the university,…

Tyrus Fleetwood Named Recipient of Dr. John J. Benton Endowment Fund

Last month, Tyrus Fleetwood was named this year’s recipient of the Dr. John J. Benton Endowment Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to students in the Master of Public Health program. Fleetwood first found out about the scholarship from a professor and was selected for demonstrating…

2020 PHHP Outstanding Alumni Awards

Congratulations to Frank Bandiera, PhD, MPH (’07), for being recognized as one of the 13 recipients of the College of Public Health & Health Professions’ Outstanding Alumni Awards. Dr. Bandiera is an epidemiologist whose research has focused on tobacco use among special and vulnerable populations, especially ethnic minorities, people with…

Alum Michael Prietula Awarded Joint Appointment

Michael Prietula, PhD, MPH Dr. Michael J. Prietula, MPH ’14, is a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He has been awarded a joint appointment with the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Prietula recently coauthored an article entitled, “Using…

MPH Student Named as Dean’s Ambassador

“I hope that the dean’s ambassador program allows me to gain a new professional family with whom I can develop professionally, network and connect with, as well as use my platform to help other students,” said MPH student Jae’Lyn Gilbert about her new appointment as a 2020-2021 Dean’s…