New students, new faculty, new staff—oh my!

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The USF College of Public Health was abound with energy on August 18 as new undergraduate and graduate students filled the Sam P. Bell III Auditorium for orientation festivities.

“We’d like to thank you for choosing USF, because you did have choices in Florida and you chose us, and you will not be disappointed,” said Dr. Kay Perrin, interim associate dean for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and assistant dean of Undergraduate Studies.

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Students gathered in the COPH lobby for fall 2016 orientation. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

Perrin opened her welcome address by reviewing the endless jobs opportunities that will be available to students with a public health degree including those in field of water, food, health care, data analytics, and the continuing research taking place on the Zika virus.

“All of these lead to multiple, multiple jobs for the newly graduated students, of which you will be in what seems like in the distant future, but you will be amazed at how fast the time goes when you’re here at the College of Public Health,” she said.

One hundred twenty-two undergraduate students joined the fall COPH for the semester, including nine international students.

The COPH graduate students peaked to 233 newly enrolled, including 26 international students. This semester also saw the highest number of Doctorate of Public Health students to date.

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Students checked into their respective departments at the start of the orientation. Academic Services Administrator Nolan Kimball (left) checked students in at the Environmental and Occupational Health Department table. Here she is photographed with student Dr. Kamal Patel. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

“We love our international students, you bring what I call ‘spice’ to the discussions in class,” Perrin said. “You have so much to teach us, so welcome!”

Each of the department chairs were also present to welcome the new students.

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Undergraduate and graduate students showing USF Bull pride during orientation. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

Distinguished Health Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health, Dr. Thomas Unnasch, told new students that health is global and travel brings emerging infectious diseases across the world closer to each of us.

“Around the turn of the century, the time it took to get from here [Tampa] to Orlando was about 30 hours,” Unnasch said. “Now, you can get anywhere on the globe to anywhere else on the globe in that same period of time—30 hours.”


Meet and Greet

A research expo followed the welcome addresses and put students face-to-face with other USF and COPH groups eager to share more information about their resources.

The expo took place at the USF Health WELL, which recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Phase II of the community space.

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Students were able to browse a plethora of tables with information ranging from travel abroad to USF parking services. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

Groups in attendance included:
Behavioral Health Student Organization
Campus Recreation
Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention
COPH Office of Engagement and Constituent Relations
COPH Office of Research
Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Student Collaborative
Domestic Field Experience
Environmental Health and Safety
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Student Association
Eta Sigma Gamma
Global Health Student Association
Health Career Services
Health Insurance Marketplace
Health Management Student Association
International Health Service Collaborative
International Programs, Field Experience and Peace Corps
Maternal & Child Health Student Organization
Preconception Peer Educators
Public Health Student Association and Undergraduate Public Health Student Association
University Police
USF Athletics
USF Center for Student Well Being
USF Credit Union
USF Health Bookstore
USF Health Shared Student Services
USF Health Service Corps
USF Health Information Systems
USF Parking Services
Shimberg Library
Student Health Services
Toxicology Student Association


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The expo exposed new students to the USF Health WELL, a hub for services critical to student success and a place for inter-professional development between all of USF Health’s colleges and schools. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

Welcoming New Faculty and Staff

Many new faculty and staff have joined the COPH this year, adding to the college’s diversity and research specializations.

Joe Bohn, PhD, MBA

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Visiting Assistant Professor and Director, Community Engagement, Dr. Joe Bohn. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

Dr. Joe Bohn is a visiting assistant professor at the COPH. Dr. Bohn is involved with teaching, community engagement and planning for research and accreditation efforts. “The community engagement role is a very exciting opportunity to expand on the great work already being done in the community by our faculty and students each year,” Dr. Bohn said.

Dr. Bohn will be teaching a four session module on holistic systems thinking with DrPH students this fall, and working with COPH leadership, faculty and staff to establish new partnerships with organizations across the community to expand student internship and faculty research opportunities.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Dr. Bohn brings more than three years of health care experience with an integrated delivery network focused on health IT program management support and best practices research to the COPH. Prior to joining USF, Dr. Bohn was founder and principal of KM4I (Knowledge Management for Innovation) an entrepreneurial firm focused on technical writing services and health care and public health book development and publishing support, for five years.

Dr. Bohn’s early career experience started in the shipping and logistics industry followed by 15 years in the defense industry, including six years working for the U.S. Navy in budgeting and congressional affairs for a military weapon system depot maintenance facility, four years for a Fortune 500 defense contractor in operations and business development, and five years with a woman-owned small business (WOSB) in military research and development as a business development representative focused on new partnership identification and creation.

Dr. Bohn received a doctorate in health management and system sciences from the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences in 2016 and a master’s in business administration from the University of Louisville in 2006.


Sue Ann Girling, BS, CRA-USF Advanced

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Research administrator, Sue Ann Girling. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

Sue Ann Girling is a research administrator for Dr. Kevin Kip in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She assists Dr. Kip with studies focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is a Certified Research Administrator Advanced with USF.

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Girling moved to Florida in 1978 after earning her AAS degree and becoming a board certified optician, a license she still keeps active. She is also an alumna of USF, earning her bachelor’s degree in public health in 2010.

Prior to joining USF, she served as a national accounts manager and vice president for U.S. Vision, a manufacturer of frames and lenses with more than 800 retail locations. In this role, Girling oversaw site selection and lease negotiations in Canada and the U.S.

She served for six years at the USF College of Nursing, where she also assisted with Dr. Kip’s studies focused on PTSD. They will expand those efforts to analyze Brazilian juitizu and yoga to reduce PTSD.

“I’m very happy to have the opportunity to join the College of Public Health and continue working on Dr. Kip’s PTSD studies,” she said. “The energy and enthusiasm of all the people I have met here at COPH is wonderful.”


Kelley Graff, M.Ed.

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Graduate academic advisor, Kelley Graff. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

Kelley Graff is a graduate academic advisor at the COPH where she is currently working with Public Health Practice students. Beginning in Spring 2017, her duties will expand to advising to all MPH students.

Born in Charleston, W.Va., Graff’s family moved across the country frequently before permanently settling in Ocala, Fla., where she attended middle and high school. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Florida.

Prior to obtaining her master’s degree from USF in Student Affairs, Graff held a teaching position with the Pasco County School District.  While earning her master’s degree, she completed a graduate assistantship in the College of Education’s Development Office and an internship at USF’s Ombuds Office.

“As I learn more about this field, I am discovering many parallels between academic advising and teaching,” she said. “I am excited to explore that possibility, but from a higher education viewpoint.  Additionally, I look forward to observing our students practice their passion and make a meaningful impact in community and the world.  The work students are engaged in at the COPH is amazing!  I am excited to be here and be a part of this wonderful, vibrant university.”


Angie Harris, BS, CMP

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Conference and Events Planner, Angie Harris. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

Angie Harris is the conference and events planner within the Dean’s office. She will organize and coordinate events around the college, including undergraduate and graduate orientations, as well as graduation celebrations. In addition, she will work to help facilitate the coordination of CPH credits for faculty, staff and students.

Originally from Tavares, Fla., Angie is an alumna of Florida State University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in retail, merchandising and product development. In 2014, Harris received her CMP (certified meeting planner) certification joining her with more than 10,000 meeting professionals in 55 countries around the globe. This unique community represents every sector of the industry—from corporations and associations to government and institutional organizations.

Prior to joining the COPH, she served as an events manager for the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) for six years, where she coordinated more than 160 continuing education seminars each year for CPAs throughout Florida. She also oversaw the production of tradeshows during annual conferences and managed FICPA’s USF Annual Accounting Conference.


Kevin Kip, PhD, FAHA

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Distinguished University Health Professor, Dr. Kevin Kip. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

Dr. Kevin Kip is a Distinguished University Health Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder and cardiovascular disease epidemiology research.

Originally from Winter Park, Fla., Dr. Kip joined USF in 2007 in the College of Nursing and brings more than 16 years of experience in U.S. federal, Department of Defense and industry-funded studies.

With multi-million dollar funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, he established the Research to Improve Emotional Health/Quality of Life of Service Members with Disabilities, (RESTORE LIVES) Center at the University of South Florida. Through this Center, he is the leading researcher worldwide in the study of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an emerging, brief, and evidence-based method of psychotherapy for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related comorbidities.

Dr. Kip is previous principal investigator of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Dynamic Registry of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) which enrolled approximately 10,000 patients. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) – Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides. Dr. Kip is current chair of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the NIDDK-funded Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) multicenter trial, and is a frequent grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

He is excited to be joining the COPH because he said he looks forward to being able “to contribute significantly to the teaching mission, and to advance the research portfolio including interventional cardiology and emerging treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and related comorbidities.”


Laura Spring, BA

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Graduate academic advisor, Laura Spring. (Photo by Anna Mayor)

Laura Spring joins the COPH as a graduate academic advisor. She will be overseeing advising of graduate students.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree in sociology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1997. She joins the COPH from Madison, Wis., where she resided for the last 15 years.

Spring brings a keen sense of academic advising experience with her, as she was previously an academic advisor at the University of Wisconsin for ten years. She also recently spent a year as a program administrator with the School of Medicine and Public Health at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I’m thrilled to be supporting the COPH graduate students as they work towards their master’s degrees,” she said. “The work being done here and the work they will do in the future as they practice their passion is important and exciting.”

Story by Anna Mayor, USF College of Public Health




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