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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…

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…

Environmental Health Student Dena Sadi Abusrur Volunteers Abroad

In the past year, student Dena Sadi Abusrur has volunteered in two countries overseas, in three different areas while taking classes. Her most recent service trip was to Zambia and Greece, spending a month in Zambia and six weeks in Samos, Greece. In Greece, she provided primary care and emergency…

MPH Alumna Johanzynn Gatewood Publishes Article on Social Media Strategies

Johanzynn Gatewood, an MPH graduate of the College of Public Health, recently published the article "Social Media in Public Health: Strategies to Distill, Package, and Disseminate Public Health Research" in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Learn more about her journey in the MPH program and her flourishing career as a Health Communications Specialist. The article can be read in its entirety here.

FPHA Mental Health Regional Training December 5th at UF

The Florida Public Health Association (FPHA) will be hosting a Mental Health Regional Training at UF Thursday, December 5, 2019, on how community-based health mental health and substance abuse treatment systems work. Registration is required and the last day to register online is Tuesday, November 27, 2019. There…