Kay Perrin, PhD, MPH, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the USF College of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2013 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education.
“She has been a leader in undergraduate education in the College of Public Health for the last 20 years,” said Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH, the college’s associate dean for academic and student affairs and one of two nominators for this award.
The award is presented at the third annual Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit in Boston and held in conjunction with the first Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 2.
Sponsored by ASPPH, the award recognizes Perrin for her “(1) exemplary efforts to start a new program, (2) collaborations with community partners and other disciplines, (3) and, garnering respect and enthusiasm from students.”
Prior to her current role as director of undergraduate studies, Dr. Perrin served as chair of the COPH Undergraduate Advisory Committee and the University Undergraduate Academic Student Grievance Committee. Additionally, she taught undergraduate public health courses in the college for more than 15 years.
In 2005, Dr. Perrin led an effort that resulted in the general public health minor for the College of Public Health. The minor was incredibly popular and in February 2011 it evolved into the first bachelor of science in public health (BSPH) housed in a CEPH-accredited college in Florida. As of spring 2013, 850 students are enrolled in the BSPH program and 360 students earned the degree.
By fostering collaborations across the USF campus, Dr. Perrin spearheaded the creation of an accelerated BSPH/MPH degree program in partnership with the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Likewise, Dr. Perrin is reaching out to community colleges in Florida to introduce their students to public health. She created another accelerated degree program that allows participating students to receive six lower level public health credits that apply towards both their associates degree and their BSPH degree. Most recently, she facilitated a bridge agreement with two community colleges that allows associate degree holders to complete their upper level, public health course work online through USF.
The Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education is funded by Dr. Richard Riegelman and his wife, Linda, to encourage and recognize excellence in teaching of public health to undergraduate students. Dr. Riegelman is the founding dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
Dr. Kay Perrin earned a master of public health and doctor of philosophy degrees from the USF College of Public Health. The Department of Community and Family Health serves as her academic home and includes more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees. Additionally, the department offers several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs.
ASPPH Announces 2013 Riegelman Award Recipient