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Department of Public Health Sciences Welcomes New Graduate Students

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences hosted the Fall 2019 orientation at the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. New graduate students met their fellow classmates, faculty and staff, learned about the various opportunities available to them within the department and at the Miller School, and gathered for coffee and desserts at La Estancia Argentina. 

August 20, 2019
Dean Henri R. Ford and Dr. Scott H. Rivkees Welcome the M.D./M.P.H. Class of 2023 

Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Scott Rivkees, M.D., the Florida State Surgeon General, welcomed and spoke to first-year M.D./M.P.H. candidates during one of their epidemiology courses this summer. The candidates began their medical education journey this week. 

August 20, 2019
Student Spotlight: BreAnne "Bre" Young, MSPH, Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate

BreAnne “Bre” Young, a double University of Miami alumna, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2014 and with a Master of Science in Public Health in 2016. Upon graduating, she began working at the Community-Based HIV Awareness for Minority Populations (CHAMP) program, a street-based, rapid-HIV testing initiative that employs community health workers to administer HIV tests in any location. She is now beginning the Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health program and will focus her dissertation on the efficacy of the program.  

August 20, 2019
Student Spotlight: Daniel Beckerman, M.D./M.P.H. candidate 

Daniel Beckerman, an M.D/M.P.H. candidate, traveled to San Cristobal, Dominican Republic with Medical Students in Action (MSA), a student-led, medical mission organization that is dedicated to serving the people in rural areas in the Dominican Republic. 

August 20, 2019
Ninth and Largest MD/MPH Class Begin Journey at Freshmen Orientation 

New students in the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health program (MD/MPH) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine began their journey at the freshmen orientation, which took place at the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building on June 24, 2019. The Class of 2023 met their fellow peers, as well as faculty and staff, and learned about the various resources that are available to them at the orientation.

July 23, 2019
Immersion Program Takes M.D./M.P.H. Students into the Community

The M.D./M.P.H. joint degree program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine implemented a public health immersion program two years ago to enrich students’ education with hands-on experience. The goal is for students to not only learn about concepts such as population health and the social determinants of health in the classroom, but to understand the broader impact of these concepts in the community.

July 23, 2019

News Releases

National Institute of Health Selects Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez as an LRP Awardee

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) selected Alberto Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health and deputy director of the Firefighter Cancer Initiative, as one of this year’s eight awardees. Each year, the NIH awards eight extramural LRP awards for researchers who are not employed by the NIH and three intramural awards for researchers who are.  

August 19, 2019
Tire Shops in Miami-Dade County Produce Vector Mosquitoes, Researchers Find

A study published in Plos One found that tire shops in Miami-Dade County are highly favorable breeding environments for the production of vector mosquitoes. This study used a cross-sectional design to survey the production of vector mosquitoes in 12 tire shops, where mosquitoes were found in all but one of the shops. Researchers collected 1,110 mosquitoes at the sites.

August 14, 2019
Hispanics in South Florida Have Higher Mortality Rates for Most Cancers Than Their National Counterparts

Hispanics in South Florida – mostly driven by Cubans – have higher cancer death rates than their national counterparts, according to a study published in Preventing Chronic Disease, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal. Given the results of this study, surveillance, minority participation in clinical trials and community-based, culturally-specific cancer prevention and control efforts are needed.

August 14, 2019
Researchers Find Association Between Extra Weight in 60s and Brain Thinning

According to a study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, having a high body mass index (BMI) and a bigger waistline in your 60s may be associated with brain thinning in later life. Brain thinning affects the cortex, which is the area in the brain that determines intelligence, personality, motor function, the process of sensation, as well as language processing.

August 6, 2019
Dr. Adam Carrico Presents at the 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science

Adam Carrico, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was a lead author on a five-year study that found that a counseling intervention reduced the HIV viral load in men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine. The intervention also reduced their substance use and improved their mood. 

August 5, 2019
Dr. Naresh Kumar Awarded Grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Naresh Kumar, Ph.D., will be the principal investigator on a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded project that will assess levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) – chemicals that can cause cancer and can have negative effects on the immune, nervous, and endocrine system –  in the Guanica Bay in Puerto Rico. Dr. Kumar will collect and examine PCB samples, including air, fish, seafood, and sediment, conduct a comprehensive survey to assess Hurricane Maria's post-impact on community infrastructure and the community's reliance on the bay for seafood and fish.

July 31, 2019
Waterpipe Smoking Is Increasing Globally, but Health Warning Labels Reduces Satisfaction in Users, Researchers Find

Taghrid Asfar, Ph.D., research assistant professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, and Wasim Maziak, MD, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Florida International University, initiated a five-year project funded by the National Institute of Health and the Fogarty International Center in 2017. The goal of the project is to develop and test waterpipe-specific health-warning labels in Tunisia and Lebanon, two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and equip them with the means to implement them successfully.

July 30, 2019