PHHP annual report 2015
143 faculty members
The college underwent an accreditation site visit from the Council on Education for Public Health and received re-accreditation as a school of public health for seven years, the maximum time allowed. The college expanded its education offerings by launching an online certificate program in psychiatric epidemiology, adding a social behavioral sciences concentration for the online master’s in public health program, and in partnership with the College of Dentistry, establishing a joint Doctor of Dental Medicine/Master of Public Health degree program. The college also succeeded in expanding its portfolio of federally-funded training grants from five to eight.
$25 million in research awards
Recipient of 4 NIH-funded training grants
Over the past five years, the college’s research awards have increased by nearly 50 percent. PHHP investigators received more than $19 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, placing the college in 19th place in NIH funding among the 50 accredited U.S. schools of public health. PHHP continued to make important contributions to understanding, treating and preventing a broad array of health and public health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cholera, chronic pain, environmental toxins, HIV/AIDS, insomnia, malaria, muscular dystrophy, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexually transmitted infections, smoking, stroke, substance abuse and zoonotic diseases.
51,854 patient visits
PHHP provides clinical, professional and community service at the local, national and international levels. The department of speech, language, and hearing sciences offers services at several UF Health locations. The department of clinical and health psychology provides psychological services for the entire Health Science Center and UF Health Physicians practices. HealthStreet, a community-based effort that works to reduce disparities in health care and research, added a site in Jacksonville and began providing services to rural communities. HealthStreet has established contacts with more than 11,500 individuals and has enrolled more than 1,000 community members in UF research studies. The Rural South Public Health Training Center has provided free continuing education training to more than 3,000 public health workers. The college’s unique approach to international service – Service Plus – incorporates education and research into efforts to improve the lives of the people in other countries including Haiti, Nicaragua and Mexico.