The UF College of Public Health and Health Professions is focused on preserving, promoting and improving the health and well-being of populations and individuals. It is one of 63 colleges and schools in the U.S. that has achieved accreditation as a school of public health from the Council on Education for Public Health.
The college offers a diverse variety of degree programs — two bachelor’s, seven master’s, eight Ph.D. and three professional degrees, as well as several certificate programs. By combining the population perspective of public health with the patient focus of our health professions disciplines, the continuum of care is covered, from prevention and treatment to rehabilitation that supports the health and well-being of communities and individuals.
Research funding in the college has more than doubled over the past decade. Faculty members are working on projects in the state and abroad on diverse topics such as dementia, sports concussions, suicidal ideation, violence and addiction, obesity, muscular dystrophy, driving safety and various infectious diseases. College faculty members are producing research that has had a real-world impact on patients and populations. Recent examples include preventing the spread of Ebola in Africa, and contributions to clinical trials that have been shown to slow the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The college provides clinical, professional and community service at the local, national and international levels. The department of clinical and health psychology provides psychological services for the entire academic health center and UF Health Physicians practices. Students in physical therapy, occupational therapy and clinical and health psychology offer pro bono services through equal access clinics, providing care for local residents who are uninsured or underinsured. Service projects are integrated into the college’s academic programs at the community level and internationally, including a unique model that incorporates education and research efforts to improve the lives of people in other countries, such as Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda and Uganda.