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News at UM Public Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health Sciences is actively working internationally, nationally, and locally to promote health and reduce the burden of disease. Faculty, research staff, students, and alumni conduct research on drug and alcohol abuse, HIV, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses that threaten the health of our city, our state, our nation, and the world. Learn more about the cutting-edge research and stay up to date with updates on the department here. 

For media inquiries regarding the Department of Public Health Sciences, please contact Margie Jimenez, M.A., C.R.A., assistant chair, at mjimenez5@miami.edu, and Amanda Torres, writer, at axt785@miami.edu.
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United Against Racism: 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. The Department of Public Health Sciences endorses the statements released on May 29th by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASSPH) and calls for action now. Join us as we challenge the systemic and structural barriers that support racism and social injustice.

Vice President Pence Visits UM to Highlight Launch of Phase 3 COVID-19 Clinical Trial

Vice President Mike Pence visited the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine along with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday to thank the University for its leadership in launching the first Phase 3 clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine.

UM to Launch COVID-19 Vaccine Testing Site for the COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network

Led by infectious diseases expert Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, M.D., M.S.P.H., associate professor of clinical medicine and alumna of the Master of Science in Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences, the initiative at the Miller School of Medicine is part of a large-scale study established by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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

In a paper published in the July issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, a multi-disciplinary group of experts have provided critical information on the intersection of climate-driven Atlantic hurricanes and COVID-19 transmission – highlighting the complexities and potential solutions to addressing these two threats.

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

In Miami-Dade County, there have been nearly two dozen locally transmitted West Nile virus cases so far this year, including eight reported in July. As of July 28, Monroe County has reported 22 cases of dengue. The West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States. Dengue fever, an important mosquito-borne disease worldwide, is also transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

$4.9 Million NIDA-Funded Study to Examine a Behavioral Intervention to Optimize PrEP Adherence in Sexual Minority Men Who Use Stimulants

The National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded Adam Carrico, Ph.D., professor in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences and director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, a $4.9 million grant to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial in South Florida and San Francisco.

UM Researchers Receive $2.27 Million Grant to Study Neighborhood Greenness and Cardiometabolic Health among Hispanics

In Miami-Dade County, there have been nearly two dozen locally transmitted West Nile virus cases so far this year, including eight reported in July. Monroe County has reported 22 cases of dengue. The West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States. Dengue fever, an important mosquito-borne disease worldwide, is also transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

Dr. Adam Carrico Awarded NIH Grant to Study Risk for COVID amid Methamphetamine Use and HIV

Adam Carrico, Ph.D., professor with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how methamphetamine use and HIV could create an increased risk for infection with the novel coronavirus in sexual minority men. The population includes gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

CHERISH, a NIDA-Funded Center of Excellence, Renewed to Conduct Studies and Provide Guidance on Health Economic Research

Kathryn McCollister, Ph.D., a professor in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, has been awarded as subcontract principal investigator on a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant under a 5-year renewal, where she and an interdisciplinary group of experts in health economics, infectious diseases, and health services research will continue to conduct innovative research and provide consultation and training services from the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH).

Dr. Paulo Pinheiro Awarded Florida DOH Grant to Study the Epidemiology of Lung and Liver Cancers

The Florida Department of Health has awarded Paulo S. Pinheiro, M.D., Ph.D., a research associate professor, with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center—part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine—a $264,356 grant to study the risk, etiology, and mortality of lung and liver cancers.

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Is Pot Heart Healthy? NIH Funds Novel Study

The University of Miami School of Health and Nursing Studies (SONHS) is proud to announce a new four-year, $2.9 million NIH grant for principal investigator Denise C. Vidot, Ph.D., assistant professor at SOHNS, secondary faculty and alumna of the Ph.D. in Epidemiology Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences, to study the impact of various types of cannabis use on heart disease, the #1 cause of mortality in the U.S.

Student with Healthcare and Law Focus Interns Remotely at Center for Disease Control and PreventionDefault Folder

Emely Sanchez, a rising third-year UM law student who received her Master’s in Public Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences in 2018, is spending her summer interning at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with their Public Health Law Program and their Center for Global Health’s Health System and Human Resources team.

Graduate School Eliminates Testing Requirements for Admissions

Hoping to ease hurdles for students to apply to master’s and doctoral programs, a new policy will remove the GRE and GMAT requirement from most of the University’s applications. The testing requirements will be lifted this summer for students applying to many of the master’s and doctoral programs that start in January 2021.

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Quality of Indoor Air Plummeted in Some Homes During COVID-19 Shutdown

Environmental sensors placed in Miami- and Baltimore-area homes by University of Miami public health researcher Dr. Naresh Kumar recorded elevated levels of particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and other harmful substances during a two-month, stay-at-home period.

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The Meet Group Appoints Health Experts to its New Safer Dating Advisory Board

The Meet Group, Inc. – a leading provider of interactive dating solutions – is committed to providing products and platforms that help daters safely spark conversation and form connections, while form dialogue around the most practical and safe ways to date, especially amid COVID-19. Recently, the group announced its Safer Dating Advisory Board, comprising of experts in epidemiology and health.

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M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2024 Begins Its Journey in First-Ever Virtual Orientation

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2024 orientation was held virtually this year on June 29 via Zoom, where leadership and faculty convened to welcome new students. There were more than 60 attendees in the orientation, including new students, leadership, faculty, and staff.

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Miller School’s NIH Research Funding Sets Record

Out of 45 public health departments within medical schools nationwide, the Department of Public Health Sciences was No. 13 in the 2019 federal fiscal year, receiving $11.8 million in NIH-funding. The department is the fourth highest NIH-funded department within the Miller School of Medicine and No. 20 out of 67 schools of public health in the nation.

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Dr. David J. Lee, Miller School of Medicine Faculty Member Since 1990, Named Acting Chair

Dr. Lee is a professor of public health sciences, chair of Graduate Programs at the Miller School of Medicine, and a prolific chronic disease and occupational epidemiologist.