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Last updated: July 6, 2021

Dr. Felicia Knaul: Access to Pain Relief Medicines in Mexico Should Be a Priority for Policy Makers

Dr. Felicia Knaul, professor from the Department of Public Health Sciences, brings awareness to the disparities and crisis in Mexico in accessing opioid medicines for palliative care.

UM-Led Study Links Green Neighborhoods, Lower Stroke Risk

According to a new study led by the Department of Public Health Sciences and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, neighborhood greenness is associated with a decreased risk of stroke.

New Study Examines Loneliness, Mental Health, and Substance Use among U.S. Young Adults during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic converged with the loneliness and addiction epidemics in the United States this year, public health and mental health experts forecast increases in substance use and mental health conditions.

UM Begins Second COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Physician-researchers with the Miller School of Medicie have begun a new Phase 3 clinical trial to test another investigational vaccine for COVID-19. Part of a large-scale international trial in partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the clinical trial to test the Janssen vaccine is the Miller School's second in human study of its kind.

COVID-19 Lessons from Peru and Argentina

The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas held a webinar that focused on the COVID-19 outbreaks in Latin America- the region has become the epicenter of the pandemic, accounting for a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases and deaths globally. The webinar provided an overview of the social, political and economic factors contributing to the spread of the virus.

More Green Spaces Can Help Boost Air Quality, Reduce Heart Disease Deaths

Data presented by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers shows that green spaces— trees, shrubs and grasses— can improve air quality and may lower heart disease deaths, according to the team's preliminary research, which will be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020.


Study Reveals Barriers and Facilitators Faced by African American Caregivers of Children with Asthma

A study— published in the November issue of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing and led by the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies and the Miller School of Medicine— emphasizes that nurses are well-positioned to impact African American caregivers and children with asthma. It also emphasizes that it is imperative for nurses to be aware of the challenges faced by caregivers, as well as by the children, so that appropriate assessment, education, and referrals be provided.


Celebrating 10 Hispanic pioneers in medicine

Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., president of the University of Miami and faculty in the Department of Public Health Sciences, was one of the 10 Hispanic pioneers in medicine recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The inspiring leaders have launched advances in medicine and research that led to Nobel Prizes, life-changing cures, and better care for millions of people.


Physician Specialty Influences Clinical Trial Participation, Study Finds

In a recently published Clinical Trials study, Jared Silberlust, a 4th-year M.D./M.P.H. candidate at the Miller School of Medicine, in collaboration with other experts at the Miller School, found that patients seen at specialty care clinics at a large academic center were significantly more likely to consent to be contacted for research than patients seen at primary care departments.


The Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium

The Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium— held in partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the CLEO Institute— took place virtualy from November 19 to 21, 2020. The symposium covered various topics including the climate's health, how it's impacting human health, and what we can to protect ourselves and mitigate the climate crisis.


Climate-Driven Atlantic Hurricanes and COVID-19 Transmission: Mitigating between the Concurrent Threats

Dr. James Shultz and a group of multidisciplinary experts discuss the complexities for addressing the threats of climate-driven Atlantic hurricanes and COVID-19 transmission. Recommendations for addressing both threats are outlined in the paper, including adapting community and in-home sheltering to COVID-19 and educating the public.

COVID-19 in the Americas: Countries and Context Webinar

Dr. Felicia Knaul, director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Americas and faculty at the Department of Public Health Sciences, moderated a discussion on the COVID-19 situation and outlook in Latin America. Former ministers of health, Dr. Patricia Garcia and Dr. Adolfo Rubinstein, from Peru and Argentina participated in the discussion.

UM Entomologist Shares Insight on South Florida’s West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever Cases

Dr. John Beier and Dr. Andre Wilke share important insights in a Q&A session on actions that can be taken to prevent the transmission of vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus and dengue, through infected mosquitoes. The symptoms and treatment for the diseases is also discussed.

Orthopaedic Trauma Units Across the Globe Greatly Impacted by COVID-19, Study Finds

The study, published in the journal International Orthopaedics, includes the largest data set characterizing global COVID-19 situations and responses of orthopaedic trauma practices from around the world.

Why Brazil is now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic

Latin America has 51 percent of daily global deaths due to COVID-19, even though it holds only 9 percent of the population. Brazil has 22 percent of global deaths (53,985 deaths), second to the United States.

Experts Discuss a Potential Global Public Health Convention in University of Miami-Led Advisory Meeting

The convention would identify the principles on which to build a process and mechanism for increasing global health security against the spread of infectious diseases, as well as to improve infectious disease pandemic preparedness and rapid response.


Researchers Examine the Impacts of COVID-19 on Loneliness and Mental Health 

The study is one of 24 University of Miami COVID-19 related projects that received rapid response grants for areas of research that will provide information about the effects of the pandemic.


Strategies to Help the Hard of Hearing during COVID-19 Precautions

Amid COVID-19, audiology and public health experts from the Hispanic Hearing Healthcare Access Coalition strongly recommend that communities take special measures to stay connected with the hard-of-hearing. Experts suggest ten simple, but effective strategies that can boost communication during this time of wearing masks and beyond.

Statement of Commitment

The Department of Public Health Sciences repudiates the racism and disregard for human lives our nation witnessed and experienced with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd at the hands of police.

University of Miami Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

UM continues to take proactive measures - following the guidance of public health and government agencies - to safeguard the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.

Miller School of Medicine Magazine Publishes Special Issue on Response to COVID-19

The special report highlights the groundbreaking efforts of Miller School of Medicine researchers to control the spread of the virus from the perspectives of both basic science and public health.

New Grant Targets Global Health Protection Against the Spread of Infectious Diseases

The Department of Public Health Sciences and the AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami will be starting a collaboration to promote international coordination on global public health matters, such as infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Jorge Saavedra and Dr. Jose Szapocznik will be leading the efforts on behalf of the University of Miami.

Infectious Disease and Public Health Experts Weigh in on the Coronavirus Disease 2019

Dr. Gio Baracco, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at the Miami VA Healthcare System and professor at the Miller School of Medicine, provided insight on the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Dr. Jose Szapocznik, Ph.D., chair emeritus and professor of public health, also provided input during a Q&A session.

Experts Develop Observatory to Help COVID-19 in Mexico

Experts from University of Miami in collaboration with organizations in the U.S. and top researchers from Mexico have created the State-Level Observatory for the Containment of COVID-19. The new tool presents an overview of the public policies implemented by each state in Mexico and the level of mobility of the population in response to the safety measures.

U-TRACE Initiative to Address COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

University of Miami Miller of Medicine has established the U-TRACE program as a means to identify and manage new cases of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of the faculty, staff and students of the University of Miami community.

Sylvester Researchers Collaborate with County to Provide Important COVID-19 Answers

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have launched a new community surveillance program for COVID-19 called Surveillance Program Assessing Risk and Knowledge of Coronavirus (SPARK-C). The research team will be collecting and analyzing data, which will provide valuable information regarding infection in the community.

UM Experts to Study the Impacts of COVID-19 on Medical Cannabis Users

Public health researchers will be working on a new study in collaboration with Dr. Denise Vidot, assistant professor the University of Miami, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the Office of Hemispheric and Global Affairs. The study will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on medical cannabis users.

A message from President Julio Frenk to staff at UHealth

University of Miami President Julio Frenk addresses staff at UHealth, serving on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

University experts tackle multiple questions surrounding the coronavirus

Dr. Jose Szapocznik, professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Public Health Sciences, and Dr. Jose G. Castro, professor of clinical medicine in the division of infectious disease at the Miller School of Medicine, share insights on the coronavirus outbreak in a Q&A session with News@TheU.

Student garners reflections on the importance of public health

Renae Schmidt, in her second year of the Master of Public Health Program, finds an innovative way to express frontline workers’ thoughts on issues facing our community.

Meth Use and HIV Create Perfect Storm for COVID-19 Transmission

Methamphetamine use and HIV could create a double jeopardy for COVID-19 pandemic among men who have sex with men, according to a newly published editorial by Dr. Adam W. Carrico, a prolific public health scientist at the Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Felicia Knaul Weighs in on the Importance of Palliative Care in the Time of COVID-19

Dr. Knaul, who is director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, has been a long-time advocate for worldwide palliative care. In the time of COVID-19, Dr. Knaul weighed in on the importance of palliative care in tackling the pandemic.

Guided Meditation

Mindfulness During Uncertain Times

Dr. David J. Lee, professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, recorded mindfulness practices drawn from a program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the UM community and general public. Participate from the comfort of your home. 

Study Analyzes Risk Behavior and Syringe Coverage among participants accessing the IDEA Exchange

Public health researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently authored a study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy that provides important comparative data on the differences in demographic characteristics among users, risk behaviors, and syringe coverage among people who inject drugs.

The Miami-Dade Mosquito Control Division Visits the Department of Public Health Sciences

The Miami-Dade Mosquito Control Division gave a lecture at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, where graduate students had the opportunity to interact with professionals and learn from their real-world experiences. Students also learned more about the challenges to control vector mosquitoes in Miami.

Opioid Panel

University of Miami School of Education and Human Development Leads Panel on Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

The University of Miami School of Education and Human Development held a panel to discuss efforts to combat the opioid epidemic from a variety of perspectives and industries. The panel featured Dr. Viviana Horigian, associate professor of public health, and Tyler Bartholomew, a Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate, from the Department of Public Health Sciences.

WLRN: In Coronavirus Storm, Latin America & Caribbean A Sea Of Relative Calm. Will It Last?

Dr. Hermes Florez from the Department of Public Health Sciences interviews with WLRN regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Latin America. The discussion focuses on health systems, risk factors, and the development of COVID-19 in the region.

Miller School Student Named to Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List for Program Addressing Health Disparities

Forbes magazine recently named Annette Grotheer, an M.D./M.P.H. candidate at the Miller School of Medicine and Department of Public Health Sciences, to its "30 Under 30" list in the health care category. Grotheer, who is committed to addressing health disparities and improving outcomes for African American men, founded The Shop Docs in 2016. The nonprofit, which began as her M.P.H. capstone project, brings health education and screenings to barbershops in African-American Neighborhoods.

Temporary tattoos mark, target human trafficking

Students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine design a high-profile tattoo to create awareness of human trafficking during Super Bowl weekend in Miami-Dade County. The tattoo shows the image of a broken barcode, which symbolizes that no child or person is available for sale.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with us! UM Department of Public Health Sciences Open

Join us on February 27, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Shalala Student Center, Activities Room South (Room 306). You'll have the chance to engage with students, alumni, and faculty and learn more about our Graduate Programs’ admissions process. Reserve your spot today.

Upcoming Priority Deadline for Graduate Programs in Public Health at the Department of Public Health Sciences

The priority deadline for various graduate programs in public health offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences is approaching rapidly. The priority deadline is March 1, 2020. Scholarships are available. No additional application is required. The graduate programs include: Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Accelerated M.P.H., Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.), Bachelor of Science in Public Health/M.P.H. or M.S.P.H. (4+1), M.S. in Biostatistics, M.S. in Climate and Health, and M.S. in Prevention Science and Community Health.

Researchers Receive State Funding to Study Human Impact of Harmful Algal Blooms

InventUM: Researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in collaboration with UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, have been awarded state funds that support research efforts to improve the understanding of the potential long-term human-health impacts of harmful blue-green algal blooms (HABs).

The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Announces New Ancillary Eye Study

Investigators from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, recently announced SOL Ojos – a new 9.7 million dollar National Eye Institute-funded ancillary project – that will assess the prevalence of chronic eye disease and its associations with risk factors across participants of diverse Hispanic/Latino backgrounds.

Dr. Seth Schwartz to Study Stress Impact on Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria Survivors in Florida

Seth Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of public health at the Miller School of Medicine, will conduct a study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities that will investigate the effects of hurricane-related stress and trauma on Puerto Rican families and their adolescent children.

Office-Based Addiction Program is Treating Opioid Use Disorders in UHealth Primary Care Clinics

UHealth — the University of Miami Health System — is one of six health systems in the United States to house an office-based addiction treatment (OBAT) program in its primary care clinics. At the clinics, opiate use disorder is managed in the same way other chronic health conditions are – with confidentiality, medication-assisted treatment, and counseling. Patients also receive help with linkage to other providers, health and social service resources.

First graduate program merging climate and health to launch

The University of Miami will launch the nation's first Master of Science in Climate and Health Program in Fall 2020. The innovative program will be offered by the Miller School of Medicine and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The two-year graduate program will prepare the next generation of clinical and research professionals to diagnose and manage the anticipated health effects of climate change and extreme weather.

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. Among other needs, they discussed medical, displacement, environmental, mass migration and mental health needs.

Department of Public Health Sciences Ranked Top 20 in NIH Research Grant Funding

According to data compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, DPHS ranks No. 19 in its field in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health in Federal Fiscal Year 2018.

A clinic without walls aims to conquer HIV/AIDS

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Community-Based HIV Awareness for Minority Populations, or CHAMP, program, is a novel, street-based, rapid-HIV testing initiative that employs community health workers to administer the simple mouth-swab test anywhere to the African-American and Haitian populations most at risk in Miami-Dade County of contracting and dying from AIDS-related complications.

New Mental Health Research Center Will Combat Miami’s AIDS Epidemic

The University of Miami established the Center for HIV and Research in Mental Health whose aim is to curb the local Greater Miami HIV/AIDs epidemic. Drs. Daniel Feaster, Adam Carrico, and Raymond Balise from the Department of Public Health Sciences will be involved in the center by contributing their expertise in public health, psychology, and biostatistics.

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.

Legislature Approves Expanding Needle Exchanges Throughout Florida

Tireless advocacy, care and research by faculty and students at the Miller School of Medicine helped spur the Florida Legislature to pass a bill that allows counties across the state to establish needle exchange programs like the one created by the Miller School to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C and prevent opioid overdose deaths.

Student Creates Exchange Program with Hospital in Brazil to Care for the Underserved

The Beatriz Project, created by Nicole Dias de Souza, an M.D./M.P.H. student at the Miller School, will expose medical students to different cultures and health care needs through a new international exchange program – and helping patients in need at the same time.

The Opioid Epidemic Is Forcing Southern States To Change How They Help Addicts

Southern states, like the rest of the nation, are searching for ways to reverse the trend of rising opioid deaths. In 2014, when nearly 29,000 Americans died from opioids, no Southern state had allowed for both needle exchanges and naloxone. Now, these states are embracing harm reduction techniques more than ever before. 

Miller School Medical Students, Graduate Students and Residents Shine at Research Conference

The Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF) selects medical, graduate, and M.D./Ph.D. students and resident physicians from throughout the country to present original basic science and clinical research in multiple biomedical fields.

Florida Institute for Health Innovation Selected to Lead Regional Hurricane Response Hub

FIHI has been chosen to serve as one of five regional technical assistance centers for the Hurricane Response Hub initiative led by the National Network of Public Health Institutes.

Greater Greenness on Residential Blocks Linked to Lower Risks for Heart Disease

People living on blocks with the highest levels of tree canopy could have lower risks for a number of heart diseases compared with residents of blocks with the lowest levels of ‘greenness,’ a new study finds.

Providing help during a challenging crisis

Dr. Hermes Florez, division chief of the epidemiology, and his former student, Dr. Denisse Pareja, are working with Chicago-based medical nonprofit MedGlobal, Inc. to organize a series of missions to send supplies and medical care to Colombia. 

Poster Symposium Highlights Work of Medical Students and Residents

On February 7, the work of several University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students and residents was highlighted at the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s James J. Byrnes Future of Medicine Poster Symposium.

A dark day for universal health coverage

On Dec. 14, 2018, universal health care programs in both the United States and Mexico were dealt significant blows to their future and impact. 

Battling the stress of Hurricane Maria

A University of Miami study determined that Hurricane Maria survivors in Central and South Florida experienced higher levels of mental stress than those who remained on the island. 

CAN Community Health Partners with the IDEA Exchange

CAN Community Health made a recent donation to the IDEA Exchange that will help meet the deeply complex needs of a vulnerable population.

New U-LINK awards support innovative ideas for tough problems

Teams of scholars will use U-LINK grants to examine ways to reduce opportunity gaps and biases in multiple realms and improve brain injury treatments and coastal protections. 

Construction Sites Are Excellent Breeding Grounds for Vector Mosquitoes, Researchers Find

If you don’t like mosquitoes, what are some places in Miami-Dade County you should avoid? Construction sites. 

Four Researchers Honored by the Batchelor Foundation

The 14th presentation of the Micah Batchelor Awards for Excellence in Children’s Health Research, created to recognize and inspire the development of innovative ideas and solutions to improve the health and well-being of children, took place November 8. 

Venezuela Spotlight: UM Study Finds More Stress among Migrants in Colombia than in U.S.

Newly published research by a public health researcher and developmental psychologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, reveals surprising news about this population’s levels of self-reported stress in their new homelands.

UHealth Launches Opioid Use Disorder Program in Primary Care Clinics

A new opioid use disorder program is now available through primary care clinics at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System.

Dr. Tatjana Rundek Awarded the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging

Renowned researcher, epidemiologist, mentor, and educator Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., formally became the holder of the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging.

Dr. Guillermo Prado Receives National Award for Research Excellence

Prado was recently honored by the National Hispanic Science Network with the National Award of Excellence in Research by a Senior Investigator.

UM Public Health Leader Emphasizes Importance of Prevention Strategies

Primary prevention strategies are crucial in addressing the nation’s persistent medical challenges.

Noted Sylvester Public Health Researcher to Chair NIOSH Study Section

Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., MPH, has been named chair of the Safety and Occupational Health Study Section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Eminent endowed chairs awarded

Two families with deep ties to Miami—the Millers and Fains— celebrate two endowed faculty chair appointments at UM.

Overtown streets where homeless live are blockaded during public health investigation

The number of cases of hepatitis C and HIV has increased near Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest First Avenue in Miami, an area under the 836 overpass where homeless have been residing.

The curious connection between vision and cognition

Graduate student Diane Zheng’s research on vision and cognitive deterioration has garnered her international recognition.

Worried About Mosquitos? Drain Your Bromeliads

Mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise, but you can help protect yourself by making sure a common South Florida plant – the bromeliad – isn’t retaining water.

Cassandra Rene, UM MPH Alumni, Featured Global Health Fellowship

Cassandra Rene, M.P.H., a University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine graduate, is one of 13 students that is a part of the 2018 Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship (GHES) Program.

Opiod Crisis: Miami Police To Place Addicts in Rehab, not Jail

Miami police will be working with local healthcare providers to direct opioid addicts to rehabilitation instead of jail, according to the Miami Herald.

Hurricane Maria stirred up dangerous pollutants on this Puerto Rico waterfront

Naresh Kumar, Ph.D., an associate professor of environmental health, found that levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in Guanica Bay increased after Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico.