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University of Florida

College of Public Health and Health Professions


“…to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well being of populations, communities, and individuals...

…to fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research, and service.”

  • History of the College
  • Current academic, research, and service programs
  • Collaborations with the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
history of the college
History of the College

Darrel Mase, PhD


Howard Suzuki, PhD


Richard Gutekunst, PhD


Robert Frank, PhD


overarching goals
Overarching Goals
  • Educate students who will be leaders in public health and the health professions
  • Create new knowledge that will help solve critical problems in health care and public health
  • Provide outstanding services that will enhance the health and well being of individuals and communities



7 PhD programs

2 professional doctoral programs

7 masters degree programs

2 undergraduate majors (Bachelor of Health Science)

6 joint degree programs (e.g., PhD/MPH, MD/MPH)

8 certificate programs (e.g.,15-credit Public Health certificate)

academic departments and advanced degrees
Academic Departments and Advanced Degrees
  • Behavioral Science and Community Health (MPH, PhD)
  • Biostatistics* (MS, MPH, PhD)
  • Clinical and Health Psychology (MS, PhD)
  • Environmental and Global Health (MHS, MPH, PhD)
  • Epidemiology* (MS, MPH, PhD)
  • Health Services Research, Management and Policy (MHA, MPH, PhD)
  • Occupational Therapy (MOT, PhD in Rehab Science)
  • Physical Therapy (DPT, PhD in Rehab Science)
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (AuD, MA, PhD)

*Joint with COM

faculty staff and students
Faculty, Staff and Students
  • Faculty FTE:156
    • 74 tenured or tenure-track
    • 82 non-tenure track
  • Staff FTE: 88
  • Students: 2,158
    • ≈ 1,150 graduate/professional
    • ≈ 1,000 undergraduate
training grants

Training Grants


NIH T-32: Krista Vandenborne, PhD, PT, “Interdisciplinary Training in Neuromuscular Plasticity and Rehabilitation”

NIH T-32: Michael Marsiske, PhD, “Physical, Cognitive and Mental Health in Social Context”


NIH K-12: Krista Vandenborne, PhD, PT, “Rehabilitation Research Career Development “

HRSA: Mary Peoples-Sheps, DrPH, “Rural South Public Health Training Center”

NIH Fogarty: Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH, “Indo-US Training in Chronic Non-communicable Diseases and Disorders”

NIH Fogarty:Gregory Gray, MD, MPH, “One Health for Environmental and Occupational Health”

diverse portfolio of research
Diverse Portfolio of Research
  • Aging
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Cholera
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Diarrheal diseases
  • Driving
  • Dysphagia
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Medicaid/Medicare
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neuromuscular Plasticity
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Obesity (child and adult)
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Pain
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PTSD
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Stroke
  • Substance Abuse
  • Smoking
  • Tinnitus
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
dean s citation paper award winners
Dean’s Citation Paper Award Winners
  • Dr. Afsar Ali
  • Department of Environmental and Global Health
  • Ali A., Chen Y., Johnson J.A., Redden E., Mayette Y., Rashid M.H., Stine O.C., and Morris J.G. (2011). Recent clonal origin of cholera in Haiti. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17 (4).
  • .

Dr. Tracey Barnett

  • Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health
  • Barnett T.E., Curbow B.A., Soule E.K.*, Tomar S.L., Thombs D.L. (2011) Carbon Monoxide levels among patrons of hookah cafes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40 (3): 324-328

Dr. Myron Chang

  • Department of Biostatistics
  • Chang, MN, SH Jung, and S Wu (2011). Two-stage designs with additional futility tests for phase II clinical trials with heterogeneous patient population. Sequential Analysis, 30:338-349.

Dr. SherrileneClassen

  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Classen, S., Nichols, A.L., McPeek, R.W, & Breiner, J.F. Personality as a Predictor of Older Driver Performance: An Exploratory Study. (2011). Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, 14, 381-389.

Dr. Linda Cottler

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Cottler LB, Ben Abdallah A, Cummings SM, Barr J, Banks R, Forchheimer R. Injury, pain, and prescription opioid use among former National Football League (NFL) players. Drug Alcohol Depend 2011; 116:188-94. PMID: 21277121.

Dr. Jeffrey Harman

  • Department of Health Service Research, Management and Policy
  • Harman JS, Lemak CH, Al-Amin M, Hall AG, Duncan RP, "Changes in per member per month expenditures after implementation of Florida's Medicaid Reform Demonstration," Health Services Research, 46(3):787-804, 2011.

Dr. A. Daniel Martin, III

  • Department of Physical Therapy
  • Martin, A. D., B. K. Smith, et al. (2011). "Inspiratory muscle strength training improves weaning outcome in failure to wean patients: a randomized trial." Critical Care 15(2): R84.

Dr. William Perlstein

  • Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Sozda, C., Larson, M., Kaufman, D., Schmalfuss, I., Perlstein, W. (2011). Error-related processing following severe traumatic brain injury: An event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Dr. Michelle Troche

  • Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Troche MS, Huebner I, Rosenbek JC, Okun MS, Sapienza CM. (2011). Respiratory-swallowing coordination and swallowing safety in patients with Parkinson's disease. Dysphagia. 26(3):218-24.
phhp research

PHHP Research

PHHP research awards have increased by more than 46% over the past five years

PHHP ranks 2nd among UF Colleges in grant $ per tenure-track faculty member

PHHP ranks 19th in NIH funding among the 54 accredited Schools of Public Health

clinical services

Clinical Services

  • 40,916 outpatient visits
  • Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic
  • Psychology Clinic
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
AfghanistanBangladeshEl SalvadorChinaGeorgiaHaiti IndiaKenya Mexico NicaraguaMongolia Romania South Africa Thailand

Global Activities

PHHP has research, training and service activities in 14 countries:

dr bernard okech malaria
Dr. Bernard Okech - Malaria

Presentations by UF Faculty

Dr. Afsar Ali - Cholera

Dr. Andy Kane – Water & Aquaculture

research findings
Research Findings

Emerging Infectious Diseases • • Vol. 17, No. 4, April 2011

Recent Clonal Origin of Cholera in Haiti

Afsar Ali, Yuansha Chen, Judith A. Johnson, Edsel Redden, Yfto Mayette, Mohammed H. Rashid, O. Colin Stine, and J. Glenn Morris, Jr

  • Cholera in Haiti: Reproductive numbers and vaccination coverage estimates
  • Zindoga Mukandavire, David L. Smith & J. Glenn Morris Jr
  • Scientific Reports3, Article number: 997 doi:10.1038/srep00997
interface between phhp and the north florida south georgia veterans health system
Interface Between PHHP and the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
  • PHHP faculty who are part-time VA employees
  • PHHP Faculty with IPAs with the VA
  • VA Staff with PHHP Appointments
  • PHHP Faculty who are VA Career Research Scientists or Recipients of VA Merit Review and Career Development Awards
  • PHHP Clinical Trainees at the VA
  • PHHP Students Conducting Research at the VA
phhp faculty who are va employees
PHHP Faculty Who Are VA Employees
  • Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC)
    • Russell Bauer, PhD, ABPP
    • Lisa Edmonds, PhD, SLP
    • Carolynn Patten, PhD, PT
    • William Perlstein, PhD
    • Dorian Rose, PhD, PT
    • Chris Sapienza, PhD, SLP
    • Nicole Tester, PhD, PT
    • Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center (RORC)
    • William Mann, PhD, OTR
    • Sergio Romero, PhD, OTR
    • Craig Velozo, PhD, OTR
    • Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
    • Ronald Shorr, MD, MS
va staff with phhp appointments
VA Staff with PHHP Appointments
  • Jason Burns, PhD
  • Tim Conway, PhD
  • Diane Cowper, PhD
  • Yun Feng Dai, PhD
  • Janis Daly, PhD, PT
  • Glenn Grace, PhD
  • Julius Gylys, PhD
  • Lisa Hannold, PhD
  • Blaze Harkey, PhD
  • Thomas Hundersmarck, PhD
  • Lewis Radonovich, MD
  • Deanna Robins, PhD
  • Khalil Sakalla, PhD
  • Valerie Bonk Shorter, PhD
  • George Shorter, PhD
  • Linda Struckmeyer, PhD
  • Sandra Winters, PhD
phhp faculty with ipas
PHHP Faculty With IPAs
  • Gregory Gray, MD, MPH
  • John Kairalla, PhD
  • Gary Heil, PhD
  • John Lednicky, PhD
  • Michael Moorhouse, PhD
  • Sam Wu, PhD
recipients of va research career scientist merit review or career development awards
Recipients of VA Research Career Scientist, Merit Review, or Career Development Awards
  • William Mann, PhD, OTR
    • Senior Research Career Scientist
  • Carolynn Patten, PhD, PT
    • Career Research Scientist
  • Christine Sapienza, PhD, SLP
    • Career Research Scientist
    • Merit Review Research Awardee
  • Dorian Rose, PhD, PT,
    • Career Development Awardee
  • Nicole Tester, PhD, PT,
    • Career Development Awardee
phhp clinical trainees at the va
PHHP Clinical Trainees at the VA
  • 12 Masters in Occupational Therapy students
  • 7 Doctor of Physical Therapy students
  • 6 Clinical Psychology PhD students
  • 1 MA student in Speech/Language Pathology
phhp students conducting research at the va
PHHP Students Conducting Research at the VA
  • 9 PhD Candidates in Rehabilitation Science
  • 1 PhD candidate in Speech/Language Pathology
  • 5 Undergraduate Honors Thesis Students

University of Florida

College of Public Health and Health Professions


Through its educational, research and service activities, the College is improving the health of individuals and communities, locally and globally.

Collaboration constitutes a core value of the College.

Collaboration with the VA represents a key element in our research and training endeavors.