Undergraduates shine at FPHA
In August, researchers with the USF College of Public Health presented posters at the Florida Public Health Educational Meeting in Orlando.
The first poster, “Creating Research Experiences and Activities for Public Health Undergraduates Through Teaching Enhancement (CREATTE),” described the efforts of four public health instructors. Marie Bourgeois, PhD, René R. Salazar, PhD, CIH, Alison Oberne, MA, MPH, CPH, and Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH served as mentors with undergraduate research projects in the CREATTE pilot program from the Office of Undergraduate Research. Designed in response to a provost request to get more undergraduate students involved in research, the campus wide CREATTE project was considered successful enough to be continued in the 2013/2014 school year.
The second poster, “Literature in Public Health: Infusing Historical, Cultural, and Ethical Perspectives into the BSPH,” described the overwhelmingly positive student response to a novel course offered by Dr. Perrin and Ms. Oberne. In the course, the students learned about public health from current literature such as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Mountains beyond Mountains, and Full Body Burden rather than textbooks.
USF is home to the Florida’s first accredited college offering a bachelor of science in public health. Currently, more than 800 co-eds are pursuing their practice, their passion in public health. The Office of Undergraduate Studies offers a plethora of academic offerings including a major, five minors, as well as several certificates and accelerated programs.