Fall kicks off with a sis, boom, bah [VIDEO]

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If newcomers to the USF College of Public Health didn’t know it before they arrived, they know it now … #‎USFCOPHRocks!

On August 20, COPH orientation for more than 150 new students kicked off with a sis, boom, bah!

Between the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band, an interactive clicker quiz on public health nerdiness, two packed expos on all things public health and USF, lunch with the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally, a powerful exercise on health equity, and a dinner meet-and-greet with academic departments, new student orientation in the COPH is absolutely better than all the rest!

View images from the 2015 fall orientation on Facebook.


Speaking of newcomers, a record number of 12 new faculty join the COPH family for the 2015-16 academic year. Some are COPH alumni and others are new to the university, however, all of them are dynamic scholars who are committed to sharing their practice and public health passion with others.

“We deliberately recruited a cohort of faculty, all with the same overarching requirements – public health practice knowledge, a record of interdisciplinary research and enthusiasm for team teaching and community engagement,” COPH Dean Donna Petersen said. “We are nurturing a new type of faculty, one eager and able to successfully navigate the incredible changes taking place in public health and in academia.”

The incoming class of new faculty members include:

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Dr. Ronee Wilson, research assistant professor
  • Dr. Hung Lu, assistant professor
  • Dr. Janice Zgibor, associate professor

Department of Community and Family Health

  • Dr. Anna Armstrong, assistant professor
  • Dr. Alicia Best, assistant professor

Department of Global Health

  • Dr. Katherine Drabiak, assistant professor (joint appointment with HPM)

Department of Health Policy and Management

Office of Undergraduate Studies

  • Tori Peek, MPH, instructor
  • Dr. Matawal B. Makut, instructor


For more than 30 years, the USF College of Public Health has played an active role in advancing the public’s health—at home and around the world.

Join COPH Dean Donna Petersen for her annual State of the College Address on Tuesday, October 13. She will report on current affairs, reflect on college highlights from 2014, as well as share what lies ahead for the COPH and public health.

The address is at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

State of the College Web 2015 banner