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2019 Feature Stories

The Learning Collaboratory: Applied Public Health in the Community

Thee Learning Collaboratory – a three-to-four semester program offered at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences – gives graduate students in master's programs the opportunity to apply public health in the classroom and community. They are introduced to various public health concepts and skills and work with thematic group leaders, community partners, and fellow students to apply what they have learned as they complete their capstone and thesis projects. 

December 11, 2019
Public Health Researchers Present at the 2019 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting 

The American Public Health Association leads an annual meeting and expo each year, where thousands of public health professionals convene to network, learn, and inspire. Various graduate students and faculty from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences attended the annual meeting, which was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown from Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 to Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.

December 11, 2019
What Parents Should Know About E-Cigarettes

From 2017 to 2019, there was a 78 percent increase among high school students and a 48 percent increase among middle school students who use e-cigarettes. To prevent these percentages from rising, Dr. Taghrid Asfar, a research assistant professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, wants parents to learn more about the products.

December 11, 2019 
APHA Awards Jared Silberlust the Jay M. Bernhardt Excellence in Student Leadership Award 

Jared Silberlust, an M.D./M.P.H. candidate at the Miller School of Medicine and Department of Public Health Sciences, was awarded the Jay M. Bernhardt Excellence in Student Leadership Award at the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. The award is given to students who excel in communications, information technology, and/or public health.

December 11, 2019
Kathleen Kelly Presents at the American Academy of Pediatrics on Quantifying Rates of Naloxone in Youth and School

Kathleen Kelly, a second-year candidate in the M.D./M.P.H. program at the Miller School of Medicine and at the Department of Public Health Sciences, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) meeting on quantifying rates of naloxone distribution in youth and schools. Naloxone is used to reverse drug overdoses in an emergency situation. The AAP meeting this year took place in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center from Oct. 25, 2019 to Oct. 29, 2019. 

December 11, 2019
Department of Public Health Sciences Hosts Open House for Prospective Students

The Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences held an open house at the Shalala Student Center, where over 40 prospective students learned more about the opportunities that are available in the department, as well as in the Miller School. Faculty, staff, current students, and alumni presented information on the department's five divisions, gave an overview of the graduate programs, as well as engaged in Q&A sessions with attendees.

November 5, 2019
Rhoda Moise Presents Dissertation on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Haitian Women

While cervical cancer is a preventable disease through primary and secondary prevention strategies, such as vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) – the principal cause of cervical cancer – and routine screening for cervical cancer, Haiti has among the highest cervical cancer burden in the world. According to Rhoda K. Moise, Ph.D., a soon-to-be graduate of the Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health program at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, Haitian women may face multiple barriers to disease prevention, as knowledge on preventive measures and access to care are limited on the island.

November 5, 2019
Public Health Graduate Students Expand Their Horizons in Israel

Each year, the Miami, Israel, Science, and Health (M.I.S.H.) Science Fellowship – established by the Sanford and Gabrielle Kuvin Foundation – awards various graduate students in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences with travel awards. The fellowship is designed to support travel and work in a foreign country that is dedicated to the foundation’s mission, which involves building peace in the Middle East region through science. Selected students fulfill their capstone project, field experience or thesis with the support of the fellowship.

November 5, 2019
UM Public Health Experts Weigh in on Hurricane Dorian's Impact on The Bahamas

After Hurricane Dorian – the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the Bahamas in early September - public health leaders, students, faculty and staff from the Miller School's Department of Public Health Sciences held a brainstorming session to discuss the deteriorating situation, potential relief efforts, and gather ideas on the various impacts of the storm. Medical needs, displacement, environmental concerns, mass migration, and mental health were topics of discussion.

October 3, 2019
The Shop Docs: Bringing Preventative Care to the Community

Annette Grotheer, a fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. candidate at the Miller School, founded The Shop Docs, a program that provides blood pressure testing in barbershops located in Miami-Dade County. The program also provides information on nutrition and exercise to prevent and manage high blood pressure and heart disease.

October 2, 2019
Annie Liu Conducts a Project on Smoking Cessation in Delhi, India

According to a study published in BMC Med, smokeless tobacco is a major public health threat and in India, it is attributed to 75 percent of the global burden of disease. Annie Liu, a second-year M.P.H./M.A.I.A. candidate, spent one year in communities within Delhi, India and worked with the Public Health Foundation of India throughout the process. She conducted research on the social perceptions of smokeless tobacco and areca nut cessation.

October 2, 2019
Stop, Drop, and Roll: Firefighters and Scientists Team Up to Put Out Cancer Risk

The Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI) was launched in 2015 to better understand cancer among firefighters, which is the number one cause of line of duty death. The FCI is housed in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, South Florida’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. On August 28, 2019, the FCI held an Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series to disseminate research and groundbreaking discoveries that are addressing the excess burden of cancer in firefighters.

September 10, 2019
Bradley Lezak, M.D./M.P.H. candidate, Begins Surgical Mission in the Peruvian Amazon 

This past summer, Bradley Lezak, a second-year M.D./M.P.H. candidate, completed his public health field experience in Pucallpa, Peru, working with Scalpel at the Cross, an orthopedic surgical non-profit organization that has been serving the region since 2005, on the development of a new orthopedic trauma surgery and physical therapy clinic in the remote-Peruvian town.  

September 10, 2019
Cynthia Lebron, MPH, Selected as an American Public Health Association Maternal and Child Health Fellow

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has selected Cynthia Lebron, MPH, a Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate, as a 2019-2020 Maternal and Child Health fellow. Lebron graduated from the Master of Public Health program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2013 and began the Ph.D. program at the Miller School in 2015.  

September 10, 2019
Saskia Vos, MPH, Finds Inspiration in Germany

Saskia Vos, M.P.H., a Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate at the Miller School, traveled to Hildesheim, Germany where she guest lectured a three-day class for graduate students at the University of Hildesheim. The experience inspired her to decide on a topic for her dissertation.

September 10, 2019
Department of Public Health Sciences Welcomes New Graduate Students

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences hosted the Fall 2019 orientation at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. New graduate students met their fellow classmates, faculty and staff, learned about the various opportunities available to them within the department and at the Miller School, and gathered for coffee and desserts at La Estancia Argentina. 

August 20, 2019
Dean Henri R. Ford and Dr. Scott H. Rivkees Welcome the M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2023 

Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Scott Rivkees, M.D., the Florida State Surgeon General, welcomed and spoke to first-year M.D./M.P.H. candidates during one of their epidemiology courses this summer. The candidates began their medical education journey this week. 

August 20, 2019
Student Spotlight: BreAnne "Bre" Young, MSPH, Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate

BreAnne “Bre” Young, a double University of Miami alumna, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2014 and with a Master of Science in Public Health in 2016. Upon graduating, she began working at the Community-Based HIV Awareness for Minority Populations (CHAMP) program, a street-based, rapid-HIV testing initiative that employs community health workers to administer HIV tests in any location. She is now beginning the Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health program and will focus her dissertation on the efficacy of the program.  

August 20, 2019
Student Spotlight: Daniel Beckerman, M.D./M.P.H. candidate 

Daniel Beckerman, an M.D/M.P.H. candidate, traveled to San Cristobal, Dominican Republic with Medical Students in Action (MSA), a student-led, medical mission organization that is dedicated to serving the people in rural areas in the Dominican Republic. 

August 20, 2019
Ninth and Largest MD/MPH Class Begin Journey at Freshmen Orientation 

New students in the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health program (MD/MPH) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine began their journey at the freshmen orientation, which took place at the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building on June 24, 2019. The Class of 2023 met their fellow peers, as well as faculty and staff, and learned about the various resources that are available to them at the orientation.

July 23, 2019
Immersion Program Takes M.D./M.P.H. Students into the Community

The M.D./M.P.H. joint degree program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine implemented a public health immersion program two years ago to enrich students’ education with hands-on experience. The goal is for students to not only learn about concepts such as population health and the social determinants of health in the classroom, but to understand the broader impact of these concepts in the community.

July 23, 2019
Ekomobong Eyoh, MPH candidate, Presents Capstone Project at the LEND's Grand Rounds

Ekomobong Eyoh, a second-year MPH candidate and a graduate assistant at the Department of Public Health Sciences, who is also involved in the LEND program, focused her capstone and LEND Advocacy Project on increasing social support for siblings of children with special health care needs. Eyoh, who recently presented her project during LEND’s Grand Rounds, resonates with the topic on a personal level.

July 23, 2019
Student Spotlight: Kasha Bornstein, MSc, EMT-P, MD/MPH candidate

Kasha Bornstein, MSc, EMT-P, a third-year MD/MPH candidate, has been involved with the IDEA Exchange since the summer of 2017, right before beginning medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Bornstein has assisted with enrolling participants, has performed HIV and Hepatitis C testing and counseling, as well as provided education and resources on safer injection practices and overdose prevention and treatment for patients.

July 23, 2019
Dr. Lourdes Rojas is First to Graduate from Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health Program

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences admitted its first cohort to the Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health program in the fall of 2015. This year, Lourdes M. Rojas, Ph.D., M.P.H., who is now a two-time graduate of the Miller School, was the first to graduate from the program.

June 28, 2019 
Dr. Nelson Arboleda Named Director of the Americas at the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Global Affairs

Nelson Arboleda, MD, MPH, a graduate from the Master of Public Health program and a voluntary professor at the  University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, was recently appointed as the Director of the Americas at the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Global Affairs. Dr. Arboleda previously spent five years working in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and was CDC county director for Central America and the Dominican Republic.

June 28, 2019
Miller School Public Health Student Awarded the Graduate Student Exemplar

Daniel Samano, MD, an MPH candidate at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, was awarded the Graduate Student Exemplar award by the University of Miami Graduate School.

June 5, 2019
Public Health Graduate Students Celebrate at the 2019 Graduation Reception

To celebrate graduate students of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) program, the Miller School's Department of Public Health Sciences hosted its annual graduation reception at SALT Waterfront Restaurant. 

June 4, 2019
MD/MPH Graduates Attend Annual Graduation Reception

As students at the Miller School of Medicine finished their four-year journey in the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health program (MD/MPH), they celebrated with their peers, faculty, and staff at the 2019 graduation reception.

June 4, 2019
Miller School Public Health Graduate Awarded an InterExchange Foundation Christianson Grant

Gabriela “Gaby” Pages, MPH, a recent graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences, was awarded a 2019 Christianson Grant from the InterExchange Foundation. The grant will make it possible for her to volunteer with Partners in Health on their tuberculosis mobile screening vehicle, and gain a unique global health research experience.

May 29, 2019
Public Health Educators Host Panel on Gun Violence Prevention

To raise awareness within its medical community and beyond, the department hosted a Gun Violence Prevention panel that was organized by associate professor's Viviana Horigian, Ph.D., MHA, director of public health education, and Roderick King, MD, MPH, associate dean of public health education, in collaboration with public health students at the Miller School.

May 29, 2019
Solemn Event Marks Anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shootings

After a year of hard work, “This Is America – Mass Shooting Memorial Event,” co-sponsored by the Miller School’s Department of Public Health Sciences, opened on April 22. It attracted 468 students, faculty and staff to the Student Complex Center, where it was held. 

May 9, 2019
Chair's Hour with Dr. J. Sunil Rao and Special Guests

Once every spring semester, the Miller School's Department of Public Health Sciences coordinates Chair’s Hour, a two-way dialogue event between students and J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., department chair and director of the Division of Biostatistics. This year, Dr. Rao and students were joined by President Julio Frenk, Dr. Edward Abraham, executive vice president and CEO of UHealth, and Dr. Henri R. Ford, dean of the Miller School of Medicine.

March 27, 2019
Merging interests in medicine, public health and human rights

Nicole Lin, a third-year MD/MPH candidate at the Miller School, won second place for her project at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium. Lin presented her project “Prevalence of Physical and Psychological Trauma in an Asylum Seeking Cohort,” on Feb. 7, 2019, alongside several medical students and residents. 

March 18, 2019