Prevention Science and Community Health

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At the University of Miami’s Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, we are committed to reducing the mortality and morbidity attributable to the leading preventable causes of illness, disability and death – and to promoting community health – in the United States and abroad.

Shaping the Future of Public Health 

Together, we advance research on the bio-behavioral, social and cultural determinants of health and on the prevention of physical and mental illnesses that lead to morbidity and mortality. We improve health and achieve health equity for all by developing, testing and supporting the implementation of effective health programs, policies and practices. We shape the future of public health by educating and mentoring emerging leaders in prevention science and community health.

Expanding

This is an exciting time for prevention science and community health. Our division is expanding, which includes the development of a world-class Ph.D. program in Prevention Science and Community Health and a doubling of faculty, who are leaders in the field, over the next three years. Our Division is strategically positioning itself as a leader in prevention science and community health to address preventable causes of illness and death in the U.S as outlined in the country’s National Prevention Strategy.

Discovering

Faculty in our division are also currently engaged in strong interdisciplinary and cutting-edge scientific discovery in a range of physical, behavioral and mental health areas, including HIV, cancer, obesity, substance use, delinquency, and depression. Faculty members are experts in developing preventive, theoretically-driven interventions for diverse populations, including Hispanic-Americans, Haitian-Americans, and men who have sex with men and male couples. Our faculty’s expertise in community-based participatory research and in translational and implementation science is applied in multicultural community settings and reaches populations in greatest need of health promotion. The Division houses several large programs of research, including a Center focusing on Reducing Cancer Health Disparities, programs in implementation science and community-based participatory research, and projects on substance abuse, HIV, and obesity in minority youth both in the US and abroad.Division faculty also direct the NIH-funded National Hispanic Science Network and the Sylvester Cancer Center’s Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity. 

Recognized

Our faculty have been locally, nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to prevention science, community health, and mentoring initiatives from numerous organizations, including the Society for Prevention Research, the National Hispanic Science Network, and the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Learn more about our exciting faculty, cutting-edge research and our future innovative Ph.D. program.