Cedric Harville earns doctoral fellowship from University of Florida
“The most interesting part of public health is the ability to develop intervention programs that focus on preventing disease and using the results from these programs to inform the public and influence policy,” said Cedric Harville, II.
Thanks to a placement with the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network , Harville was able to do just that on behalf of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. During his last year of studies, Harville partnered with investigators and honed his professional skills as an outreach core intern and research assistant in health outcomes.
In addition to his practice experience with Moffitt, Harville served as president of the Delta Kappa Chapter for Eta Sigma Gamma, a National Health Education Honorary; helped create and led the ALLY Mentor Program, a group that pairs first with second-year graduate students in order to alleviate fears and welcome newcomers to the college; and, served as a graduate assistant in the college.
With commencement in the rear view mirror, the road ahead looks bright—bright orange and blue, that is.
This fall, Harville begins a doctoral program with a concentration in health behavior at the University of Florida. His research focus is health literacy as it relates to reducing health disparities among African-American men.
There’s been little down time between earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in health education from USF. However, Harville plans to make the most of the 90+ days that remain as a non-student.
He’ll spend some time traveling back home to Birmingham, catching up on movies from the past two years, and perfecting his form in the swimming pool. But, what he’d most like to do is “… Play one game as a Major League Baseball player. Baseball has been my favorite sport since I was seven and something I would have enjoyed playing professionally, if given the opportunity.”
Story and photo by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health