How do natural disasters impact access to health care?

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That’s a question Dr. Troy Quast, USF College of Public Health (COPH) associate professor of health policy and management, examined in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And now, again, in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This time the research will focus on Puerto Rico and how residents with breast and colon cancer have […]

USF College of Public Health named WHO-designated center of excellence to combat river blindness

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The new collaborating center will focus on diagnostics needed to verify progress toward global elimination of the disabling parasitic infection onchocerciasis TAMPA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has designated the University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Department of Global Health as the world’s only Collaborating […]

COPHers study public health in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

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If ever there was a ground zero for studying disaster management, it is Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In May an interdisciplinary team of students from USF’s College of Public Health and its Sunshine Education and Research Center (ERC) traveled with faculty advisors Dr. Anthony Masys, associate professor of global disaster management, […]

Candice Whitely helps women sew their futures

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USF College of Public Health MPH student Candice Whitely became increasingly aware of the discipline of public health while working with Doctors without Borders in South Sudan as a nurse practitioner. “We were treating a malaria epidemic and I learned first-hand the importance of disease monitoring and surveillance, as it is the trigger point for […]

Michelle Lyman takes her global health passion to Nicaragua

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Michelle Lyman, an MD and MPH student, spends week providing medical services to women in Cedro Galán as part of USF Health Nicaragua’s Manna Project International It’s one thing to study public health. It’s another to live and breathe it for a week in a community with limited access to even basic medical services, where […]

Alumna Deidre Orriola breaks down classroom walls

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As a faculty instructor II at the USF College of Public Health, COPH alumna Deidre Orriola is helping undergraduate students live outside the box and gain a global perspective in public health issues abroad. “I really love seeing students make new connections and discover their passions within the public health discipline,” Orriola said. Originally from […]

Dr. Arlene Calvo attends conference on human rights issues

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USF College of Public Health’s Dr. Arlene Calvo, research assistant and professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, participated in the annual membership meeting of Transparency International (TI) in Berlin, Germany, Oct.12-15. Calvo is assigned to USF Health Panama at the City of Knowledge, a program that has been officially active for eleven […]

Alumna Kelly Carpenter paves her way in Nicaragua

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USF College of Public Health alumna Kelly Carpenter heard about public health years before studying it and it has been stuck in her head ever since. “I wanted to specialize in a region more than I wanted to specialize in one area of public health,” Kelly Carpenter said. “We are taught that it’s the community, our […]