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Last updated: March 30, 2020

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.