Ivana Sehovic develops curriculum for biomedical and behavioral researchers
Ivana Sehovic, MPH, CPH is a research coordinator at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. Assigned to the Health Outcomes and Behavior Department, her current research concentrates on exploring perceptions and ethical concerns about biobanking initiatives among unaffected genetic risk community members and researchers.
One outcome of Ms. Sehovic’s research is a web-based curriculum entitled “Project 4B: Bioethics and Biobanking Training for Biomedical and Behavioral Researchers.” She developed the program which contains five animated case studies and a variety of resources for researchers. It is currently being pilot-tested with graduate students in the USF College of Public Health.
In addition to these initiatives, “I’m also interested in the study of discussions of fertility preservation among newly diagnosed cancer patients,” Sehovic said. To this end, she’s involved in several projects investigating communication barriers and lack of documentation of fertility discussion and reproductive oncologist referral in oncology patients’ medical record. Furthermore, she manages a current medical record abstraction study funded by the LIVESTRONG Association that compares rates of documentation between four oncology institutions, both with and without a Fertile Hope Center of Excellence designation.
When asked about her future Sehovic shared, “I hope to return to USF and complete the graduate program for a PhD in Community and Family Health or Educational Psychology.”
A trained epidemiologist, Ms. Ivana Sehovic earned a master of public health from the USF College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The department offers more than 10 concentrations that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the college launched an online master of public health degree in epidemiology.