COPH alumnus brings the health department to the classroom

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Todd Patrick, MPH (PHP,’09) is the Area 6 prevention training consultant and HIV/AIDS surveillance coordinator for the Hillsborough County Health Department in Tampa. However, he also doubles as an instructor in the college’s undergraduate program.

For the second semester in a row, Patrick taught “Critical Issues in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America.”  The class explores the history and origins of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America and its impact on diverse populations, as well as public health counseling and testing, HIV/AIDS and the law, and the National HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategy for the United States.

Patrick takes great interest in his students—especially the seniors. “I am proud to say that four students from my classes have been hired by Metro Wellness and Community Center, an AIDS service organization located in Ybor City and St. Petersburg.  Hopefully I can assist more with placements upon graduation.”

Patrick advising an undergraduate student