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USF and Draper collaborate to create advanced devices for testing malaria drugs

February 8, 2011

Gates Foundation awards two grants totaling $5.45 M  for cutting-edge laboratory research Tampa, FL (Feb. 8, 2011) — The University of South Florida received $5.45 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The first grant is to create advanced devices that mimic the human liver to better study the life cycle of the malaria parasite – particularly the elusive liver stage where the disease may be most vulnerable to attack. Such human models could help accelerate the discovery of new drugs or even vaccines for Plasmodium vivax and […]

New chair of Health Policy & Management named

January 24, 2011

Arthur R. Williams, PhD, a nationally recognized expert in health services research and management, was recently appointed the new chair of USF College of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Williams, whose 40 years of professional experience bridge the public and private sectors, started Jan. 14. Chosen as professor and chair of the department following an extensive national search, Dr. Williams came to USF from Kansas City, MO. In Kansas City, he was director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Health Services Research at Children’s Mercy […]

USF adds social marketing training to national health agenda

December 13, 2010

USF’s College of Public Health will monitor the new social marketing education and training objectives Tampa, FL (Dec. 13, 2010) — The University of South Florida College of Public Health scored a coup in getting the latest iteration of the national health agenda to call for more education and training of public health professionals in social marketing. The College will work with local, regional and national stakeholders to promote the adoption of the nation’s new Healthy People 2020 objectives to support healthier lives for all Floridians. “We are especially pleased […]

USF Delta Omega public health honor society named Chapter of Year

November 23, 2010

The University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Tau Chapter has received the “Chapter of the Year” Award from Delta Omega, the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. The USF chapter was honored Nov. 8, 2010, during Delta Omega’s Annual Business Meeting at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. The only other chapter recognized by Delta Omega was the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services’ Omega Chapter, which was named Active Chapter of the Year. As “Chapter of the Year,” […]

Flu shot effort a success with 1,237 vaccinated at COPH

October 27, 2010

The USF College of Public Health provided more than 1,200 free seasonal flu shots this year as part of its annual vaccination effort.   Mike Conway, recently retired USF campus police, gets his flu shot from nursing student Nereida Valle, with nursing student Alys Garcia in background. Working in collaboration with the Hillsborough County Health Department (HCHD), the school’s clinical faculty and HCHD nurses provided 1,237 adults with their vaccinations against this year’s predicted influenza viruses (H1N1, H3N2, and B/Brisbane). The HCHD provided the clinical supplies and the vaccine, and the COPH purchased […]

COPH to assess long-term outcome of teen pregnancy prevention program

October 26, 2010

The USF College of Public Health is a key player in one of 75 competitive federal grants recently awarded across the country to replicate programs proven to lower the pregnancy rate of participants — including programs that focus on more than sex education or abstinence to combat teen pregnancy. The College will work with the Florida Department of Health, which received the $3.56-million grant in September from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health. A USF public health team will conduct a five-year, $2.5 million evaluation […]

COPH now offers undergraduate degree

October 14, 2010

This fall, the USF College of Public Health (COPH) began offering a degree in public health to undergraduates, the first of its kind to be offered in Florida by an accredited college of public health. The Bachelor of Science degree program provides the student-centered courses required for entry-level public health jobs found in government agencies, health corporations, community non-profit organizations and health care facilities, said Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor and director of Academic and Student Affairs for USF’s COPH. “The USF is home to Florida’s first and […]

USF gets $8M in federal awards to train state's public health workforce

September 23, 2010

The University of South Florida College of Public Health recently received two federal grants totaling $8-million to help train Florida’s public health workforce — making the college a key player in preparing the state to mount effective public health responses.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the college $4.75- million over five years to establish a center that will enhance the emergency and disaster preparedness of state and local public health workers.   USF was one of 14 accredited schools of public health nationwide – and the only one […]

Dr. Cindy Selleck says farewell, heads to UA Birmingham

September 21, 2010

She has spent that past 23 years at USF Health blending her passions for providing access to medically underserved populations and for teaching budding health professionals, all to the benefit of families along the entire west coast of Florida. But now Cindy Selleck, ARNP, DSN, director USF Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, is leaving USF Health to take a new position at her alma mater: the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she will be associate dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships in the School of Nursing. Dr. Cindy […]

Health effects of Gulf Coast heat

July 1, 2010

USF public health professor assesses measures to protect oil spill cleanup workers from heat illness The most serious imminent health risk for workers helping with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup may not be the oil or chemicals dispersants – but the unrelenting Gulf heat. “It’s was miserably hot and humid,” said Thomas Bernard, PhD, professor and chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. “When you have 10,000 people working outdoors in that type of environment, you’re bound to have some […]

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