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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

News Releases

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
HIV Prevention and Care Interventions are Cost-Effective or Cost-Saving Across Four U.S. Cities, Researchers Find

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a Florida Drug Administration-approved medication that can prevent HIV if taken daily, for example, was cost-saving in Miami and cost-effective in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Los Angeles, specifically for high-risk men who have sex with men. They found that interventions made to improve antiretroviral therapy initiation, such as PrEP, gave greater value than other treatment engagement interventions. No single intervention, however, was projected to reduce HIV incidence by more than 10.1 percent in any city.

January 21, 2020
Researchers Report on Invasive Alien Mosquito Species in America and Europe

Miller School of Medicine’s Andre Wilke, Ph.D., a post-doctoral associate, John Beier, Sc.D., professor and director of the Division of Environment and Public Health, as well as University of Pisa’s Giovanni Benelli, Ph.D., a senior research entomologist at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, co-authored a viewpoint paper on the A. albopictus in Europe and C. coronator Dyar and Knab in America – two highly invasive mosquito species. In the paper, which was published in Plos One, they shed light on key biological, ecological, and epidemiological issues that urgently need further attention at the forefront of vector biology and control research and provide suggestions for future research on the development of control strategies.

January 21, 2020
Network-Based Interventions Can Have Positive Effects on HIV Prevention and Treatment Outcomes for Latinos, Study Finds

A study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found significant changes in cognitive factors, such as in HIV knowledge, condom use self-efficacy, and adequate knowledge of condom use, behavioral factors, such as condom use, female condom use, and HIV testing, and communication factors, such as talking with friends about HIV prevention and intention to negotiate safe sex with male partners.

January 21, 2020
Researchers Report on the Double Environmental Injustice of Climate Change in the Bahamas

In the paper, public health experts noted that socioeconomically disadvantaged and marginalized populations are experiencing disproportionate harm and loss as more hazardous storms are worsening conditions. While small-island states, which are populations that are most vulnerable to Atlantic hurricanes, contribute nearly nothing to climate change, they are also most exposed to risks that are worsened by the carbon emissions from higher-income countries.

January 21, 2020
A Renewed Focus on Epidemiology Education

Epidemiology is evolving in its concepts and principles. As the scientific foundation of public health, epidemiology education should be continually examined to ensure that learners receive appropriate training. To gather insight, Dr. WayWay M. Hlaing, professor at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, collected doctoral-level epidemiology competencies from relevant leaders and directors of Ph.D. in epidemiology programs from accredited schools and programs of public health, as well as other pertinent information.

January 21, 2020
Department of Public Health Sciences Alumni Conduct Research on Racial Disparities Among American Film Celebrities

Alumni of the M.S.P.H. program in the department, as well as two public health professors, investigated the survival differences between black and white film celebrities in a paper published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research.

January 21, 2020
Researchers Address the Mental Health Needs of Hurricane Maria Survivors in Central Florida

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, an estimated 100,000 Puerto Ricans fled to Florida, the state with the largest Puerto Rican population in mainland United States. Central Florida, which encompasses Orlando and the surrounding areas, received the most Hurricane Maria survivors. Today, displaced families continue to face challenges as they rebuild their lives. Dr. Seth Schwartz, professor, and Dr. Adriane Gelpi, assistant professor, both from the Department of Public Health Sciences, examined the mental health needs of adolescent Hurricane Maria survivors in Central Florida.

January 21, 2020
Researchers Address the Mental Health Needs of Hurricane Maria Survivors in Central Florida

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, an estimated 100,000 Puerto Ricans fled to Florida, the state with the largest Puerto Rican population in mainland United States. Central Florida, which encompasses Orlando and the surrounding areas, received the most Hurricane Maria survivors. Today, displaced families continue to face challenges as they rebuild their lives. Dr. Seth Schwartz, professor, and Dr. Adriane Gelpi, assistant professor, both from the Department of Public Health Sciences, examined the mental health needs of adolescent Hurricane Maria survivors in Central Florida.

January 21, 2020
Researchers Examine Whether Racial Discrimination in Medical Settings is Protective for Blacks Against Opioid Pain Reliever Misuse

Dr. Samuel Swift, an alumnus of the Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Population Health program in the department, served as the lead author on a study that examined whether racial discrimination in medical settings is protective for blacks against opioid pain reliever misuse.

January 21, 2020