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2021-2022 MPH Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Dr. Young-Rock Hong was awarded the MPH Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award for 2021-2022. Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor in the Health Services Research, Management and Policy program. Dr. Hong is a health services researcher and medical sociologist, studying the social context of medical practice and interactions…

2021-2022 MPH Social

The MPH program celebrated Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 graduating students. Students were recognized for their many achievements, which are detailed below. Scholarships and Hall of Fame Zoe Lohse was awarded the John J. Benton Endowed Scholarship, which goes to an MPH student who demonstrates integrity,…

MPH Student Creates Powerful Public Health Visuals

MPH student Alexandra Rodriguez led a project using powerful visuals designed to inspire UF students to learn about vaccine safety and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities. During the launch event, students had the opportunity to get COVID and flu shots from UF HealthStreet along with…

MPH Students Volunteer with Dixie County DOH

MPH Students Sarah Chance, Niccole Smith, and Johanna Lucas volunteered with the Dixie County Department of Health for their HealthFest. The HealthFest was organized by the Florida Department of Health particularly for underserved populations to gain access to health screenings from local partners, like UF HealthStreet. This was…

Q & A with Alum Steven Gold

Steven Gold is the current CEO of Refresh Mental Health and a 2002 Juris Doctor JD/MPH combination degree graduate. Steven’s MPH concentration was Epidemiology, the same concentration as his mother who graduated from the Yale School of Public Health after completing her undergraduate education at the University of…

UF at APHA Annual Conference

The UF MPH program was well represented at the 2021 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO this October!  The booth had many visitors, drawn in by the stress-gators!  Many of the MPH faculty attended and presented at the APHA Annual Meeting.  We hope to see everyone in Boston next year!…

Four Tips for Navigating Your Career

MPH alum Omari Richins wrote a column for the PHHP alumni magazine, which has been reproduced below: By starting my blog and then launching my podcast, “The Public Health Millennial Career Stories Podcast,” I’ve learnt many insights into navigating your career. I have four tips I’d like…

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…