USF’s College of Public Health kicked off its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration last month with its first official tour stop, the annual Florida Public Health Association Educational Conference in Orlando, July 30 through Aug. 1.
Dr. Michael White, professor in the Department of Global Health and deputy director of the department’s Florida Center of Excellence for Drug Discovery and Development, was a featured luncheon speaker. He presented “Public Health and the Genomics Revolution.”
Dr. Donna Petersen, COPH dean and senior associate vice president of USF Health, delivered “Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education in Public Health.” Both talks resonated the conference theme, “The Future is Now: Rethinking PH.”
Three groups of COPH students from Dr. Jaime Corvin’s spring Global Health Assessments Strategy course presented research posters. Each year, students in the class design, develop and implement needs assessments.
One group was awarded “most innovative research idea” for “Exotic Dancers: Occupational Health Needs Assessment and Analysis.” Another reaped recognition as “most informative presentation” for “Behaviors and Perceptions of Road Safety at the University of South Florida,” and a third group presented “Developing a Pictorial Scale to Examine Healthcare-Seeking Behavior Among Tampa Bay Burmese Refugees.”
“Students are taught the process of conducting research in local communities and low-resource settings,” Corvin said. “The class is a practical, hands-on course that allows students to not just learn about research methods, but to conduct their own research projects on health issues impacting the local community that also have global implications.”
Story by David Brothers, photos by Ellen Kent and Natalie Preston, USF College of Public Health
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