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

Dr. Baracco, an infectious disease specialist at the Miami Veterans Affairs Health System and professor at the Miller School of Medicine, engaged in a Q&A with the Department of Public Health Sciences on the respiratory disease. Dr. José Szapocznik, chair emeritus and professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, also participated in the Q&A.

This Q&A was originally published on February 27, 2020 and was updated on March 12, 2020. 
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 invited five key stakeholders and leaders in the field to a panel discussion that addressed the implications for prevention and treatment in tackling the opioid epidemic. 

March 6, 2020
Department of Public Health Sciences More than Doubles in NIH Research Grant Funding

The department received $11.8 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research grants in Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019, raising the department from No. 19 in FFY2018 ($5.4 million) to No. 13 in FFY2019 ($11.8 million) – according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research – in public health departments within medical schools. The department also increased four spots since FFY2018 (No. 8), placing it as the fourth-highest NIH-funded department within the Miller School of Medicine. For rankings compared to schools of public health, the department is now No. 20, representing a seven-spot increase from FFY2018 (No. 27).

February 27, 2020
Dr. Hansel Tookes Named as One of the 2020 Herald Influencers

Hansel Tookes, M.D., M.P.H., an alumnus of the Master of Public Health program at the Department of Public Health Sciences, was one of two University of Miami leaders to be selected to the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Bradenton Herald 2020 Florida Influencers series. Dr. Tookes and a group of statewide leaders from a variety of perspectives and industries will assess major challenges in the state of Florida, as well as find solutions for these challenges.

February 27, 2020
Study Examines 33-Year Data to Investigate Cancer Risk in over 100,000 Career Florida Firefighters

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine examined cancer risk in over 100,000 career Florida firefighters, including approximately 5,000 females who were assessed from 1981 to 2014. Researchers from the NCI-designated Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Public Health Sciences, as well as the Florida Cancer Data System co-authored the study. 

February 27, 2020
Attractive Toxic Sugar Baits Found to be An Effective Mosquito Control Method in Mali, West Africa

In a study recently published in Malaria Journal, researchers found that attractive toxic sugar baits are an effective control method of the Anopheles mosquitoes in Mali, West Africa, where sustained malaria transmission occurs despite the use of other control methods.

February 27, 2020
Global Public Health Protection Against the Spread of Infectious Diseases

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami, in a unique collaboration with the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, will engage in global public health policy analysis and research to generate objective evidence that can help guide improvements in public health policy at the global, regional, national and local levels. This collaboration will be led by Dr. Jorge Saavedra, executive director at the AHF Institute, and Dr. José Szapocznik, who is chair emeritus and professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, on behalf of the University of Miami.

February 27, 2020
Public Health Researchers to Study a Mindfulness-Based Smoking Cessation Smartphone Application for People Living With HIV

Taghrid Asfar, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences at the Department of Public Health Sciences, and a group of public health experts are working on a study that will develop a mindfulness smartphone application for smoking cessation, specifically targeting people who live with HIV. The project, funded by the Center for AIDS Research, will adapt an existing mindfulness-based smoking cessation smartphone application – Craving to Quit – for people living with HIV.

February 27, 2020
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 at the Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences is March 1, 2020. These programs, all accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, include the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Accelerated M.P.H., Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.), and Bachelor of Science in Public Health/M.P.H. or M.S.P.H. 

February 6, 2020
Upcoming Priority Deadline for Graduate Programs in Biostatistics, Climate and Health, and Prevention Science and Community Health at the Department of Public Health Sciences

The priority deadline for various Master of Science (M.S.) programs in public health at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences is March 1, 2020. These programs, all accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, include the M.S. in Biostatistics, M.S. in Climate and Health, and M.S. in Prevention Science and Community Health.

February 6, 2020
New Public Health Scholarship Program to Launch in Fall 2020

The Department of Public Health Sciences announced a new scholarship program for prospective Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) students who enroll in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Eligible candidates will receive up to 25 percent in tuition scholarship awards. Students who are awarded the scholarship are required to complete the M.P.H. or M.S.P.H. degree, both of which are 45-credit programs.

January 21, 2020
Journal of Public Health Student Capstones is Now Accepting Submissions

The Journal of Public Health Student Capstones, led by the Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences, is a faculty/practitioner-reviewed journal that is dedicated to publishing scholarly work by students as part of their fieldwork and capstone experiences in public health. The journal is now accepting submissions from graduate and undergraduate students and the first inaugural issue will be published in the summer of 2020.

January 21, 2020

Feature Stories

Dr. Hermes Florez Named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Hermes Florez, professor and director of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health, has been named interim chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a physician, public health expert, and scientist who is trained in internal medicine, endocrinology, and geriatrics, as well as in epidemiology. Dr. Florez also serves as the director of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

January 21, 2020
Graduate Programs Lead Week of Welcome for New Students

Students attended an orientation where they learned more about graduate studies, met current students and faculty members at a networking social, learned more about student-run community service, academic, and networking events at a Public Health Student Association meeting, attended grand rounds, which focused on economic-based HIV prevention and treatment, participated in a University of Miami spirit day, as well as in a faculty and student networking lunch.

January 21, 2020
Annette Grotheer Named to Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ List for Program Addressing Health Disparities

Forbes recognizes 30 of the most promising game-changers under the age of 30 in 20 different industries from thousands of nominations every year. Grotheer, an M.D./M.P.H. candidate, founded The Shop Docs in 2016, which is a non-profit that brings health education and screenings to barbershops in African-American Neighborhoods.

January 21, 2020