It’s the most wonderful time of the year—Back to school!

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A new herd of Bulls entered the USF College of Public Health on Thursday, August 17. They arrived at orientation ready to learn and share their public health passions with others.

Epidemiology graduate student Marissa Estrada wants to explore zoonotic and infectious diseases in her MPH program. (Photo by Natalie Preston)

Marissa Estrada is one of the college’s 296 new students. At 7:40 a.m., she was the first student to arrive for orientation. Estrada is a military brat who earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from Auburn University. When asked why she chose USF, Estrada asserted, “Because USF COPH is ranked #1 in the state and I wanted to move back to Florida!”

The rest of the class includes: 171 MPH, 14 MSPHs, nine MHA, 58 BSPH, and 12 PhD students.

The college also enrolled a record number of 31 new students into the DrPH program.

 

The incoming Class of 2017 (Photo by Natalie Preston)

Orientation day included small and large group sessions with academic and student affairs, departments, graduate and undergraduate studies, as well as a USF resource expo.

 

(From left) Behavioral health MPH student Rebecca joins her mom Karen in the Department of Community and Family Health. The senior Liller is a professor and director of the department’s academic graduate programs. (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

 

New graduate students in the Department of Health Policy and Management (Photo by Caitlin Keough)

USF hosts a Week of Welcome for all new students. This year, the COPH joined in the festivities to promote the college’s nationally ranked bachelor’s degree and new Health Scholars Program.

Despite the record heat temperature on Aug. 22, more than 800 students showed up on the Marshall Student Center lawn to test their knowledge with public health Jeopardy, It’s Your Health trivia, and reproductive health games like demonstrating the proper steps for using a condom (Hint: there are 12 steps!)! Incoming freshmen also enjoyed Kona Ice, corn hole, mini drones, magic card tricks, a rock climbing wall and Rocky D. Bull.

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

Story by Natalie Preston, USF College of Public Health

 

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